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10/3/11 9:39 P

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I agree with the tea, coffee and water options as well as gum.
For one thing, I've found that I don't actually get Thirsty since I'm so heavy, I 'Crave" food, of any sort, between meals when water will completely satisfy if I remember to reach for it.
tea and coffee if I"m definitely craving something sweet,
and gum for that or if I want to CHEW something.
Celery is also good for when you just want to chew on something.

When I read that, I wonder if my coping skills are permanently broken.

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9/29/11 11:38 A

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You have gotten some great answers! First the best distraction for carb cravings is not to eat the carb that is causing the craving. Example: I find when I eat the bread/cereal group I get cravings real fast.

You should not be getting cravings if you have sufficiently eliminated them and are slowly adding them back in.

Yogurt has way too many carbs but you can switch to Greek yogurt if it is really important.

Peanut butter never caused cravings for me and I used it (1 heaping teaspoon) for help with moments of hunger.

Distractions I have used are drinking water, exercising, typing on the computer.



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9/29/11 10:27 A

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I totally agree... when I am being really good and not eating any at all I do not crave much at all... once I cheat then it starts to snowball. Since you aren't doing Atkins and are not "really low-carb" that is likely a good reason for the cravings.

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9/29/11 3:40 A

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One thing that gets rid of carb cravings is less carbs.You probably don't eat low enough level of carbs.. I eat 30 g a day, and don't have cravings, or hunger.

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9/28/11 7:17 P

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Some of the things I do when I start to crave are

Go to the bathroom (seriously it distracts the mind and goes a different route and sometimes when I feel hungry I'm not really I'm just feeling my body adjusting!)
Start doing something mathmatical or such like a crossword puzzle type thing because it starts to absorb the mind and focus' it.
start in on a project - craft, cleaning, organizing, anything where you are focusing and concentrating on something else... heck take down your Christmas ornaments and wash them or something!! ANYTHING to occupy yourself. I think a LOT of eating is from boredom.
pet the cats (or play with the dog... then you have to wash your hands to and you've gotten some exercise).
DRINK something.
Have an egg.
Get on SP and read some articles or better yet take some quizzes.
Research something on the internet - Google "why am I craving (fill in blank)" and read whatever comes up :)


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9/28/11 12:19 P

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ROMANS is right - If you feel "hungry" when your stomach isn't actually empty, then it's a craving of some sort. I found it useful to pause when I feel a craving and spend a minute thinking about what brought it on. If you can come close to identifying the cause that goes a long way toward suggesting a solution.

I'm still in the early stages of weight loss, so I don't begrduge myself snacks. I keep a lot of low carb stuff on hand to munch on if a craving strikes.

I've noticed that I often start to "want something" when I'm low on water for the day. Drinking a couple of glasses of water and waiting 20 minutes until my cells get their h2o fix usually makes that one pass.

Also, low carb tends to make your teeth, gums, and tongue cleaner, so you don't have any food taste in your mouth. Sometimes I just want something with some flavor. Luckily, I've been able to eat just one M&M with peanuts to get that burst of flavor for a few minutes, and then the craving passes again. (I know that solution won't work for a lot of people. I'm surprised it even works for me!) If you like gum that might be good to keep on hand for times when you simply can't eat or drink anything. Or sugar free mints/hard candies, providing you can tolerate sweeteners.

There are a lot of great suggestions in the this post. I'll be trying a few of them myself.

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9/28/11 11:20 A

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Well, I still feel new, especially on this team, you are all very well educated! :) But after being set free from such incredible cravings I want to put my 2 cents in!

I don't crave specifically 'carbs' but just 'anything'. If I feel 'hungry' when I am not then I call it a 'craving'. The cravings I have now are no where near what they use to be before quitting sugar and flour but when I start feeling hungry without a reason I now label it a 'craving'. The way I get rid of craving/unreasonable hunger is to eat pure protien. To me the carbs in the yogurt or PB would only be adding to the problem. So, if I feel I must eat then it is devilled eggs, beef, chicken or maybe some pepperoni or salami. I would save ANY carbs for your real meals :)

A side note, for me, and maybe I am just extra sensitive (physically, not emotionally, lol) but I get cravings from using sweetners emoticon

Everyone is different but I hope this is helpful emoticon

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SIMPLEMAW Posts: 4,139
9/28/11 9:34 A

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RunToFindMe - full fat yogurt usually has about 12 carbs per cup, according to the package. However, there are many in the low carb community, including many "experts" whose opinions I trust, who say that a cup of full fat yogurt only has about 4 carbs per cup. The reason for the discrepancy is twofold. First, the little beasties that turn milk into yogurt are eating up the sugars (lactose?) in the milk and turning them into something else. (I don't remember what.) And second, the way the government says that manufacturers have to compute the carbs in a food is to subtract the fat calories and the protein calories from the total calories to get the carb calories, then divide by 4 to get the grams of carbs. Carbs are whatever is left over after subtracting protein and fat. This works for most things, but not for yogurt (or buttermilk, at least to some degree) because whatever it is that the beasties turn the lactose into is neither a protein nor a fat.

Not everyone agrees with this. Some say that reducing the carbs to 4 per cup would mean that all the lactose is eaten and that this would produce an incredibly sour product and that the commercial yogurt has just a little bit of the lactose eaten.

I usually subtract 8 carbs per cup from whatever the yogurt carton says, and it seems to work for me. Some people swear by yogurt, saying that it really helps their weight loss. (And it seems to help with constipation issues, too!) Other people find it slows or stalls them. It seems to be very person specific. It comes later in Atkins, when you're adding back carbs to find your personal carb limit.

As for the peanut butter, as long as it's all natural, with no sugar (I grind my own to be sure it's pure peanut butter and not adulterated with sugars or oils), it's not too bad, as long as you just eat a little bit. 2 tablespoons of pure peanut butter made from dry roasted peanuts has about 6 carbs, 2 of which are fiber, so 4 net carbs. But again, it's something that you add later if you're doing Atkins.

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9/28/11 8:56 A

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Great ideas! Love them! I'll definatly put them in my journal.

To respond to RUNTOFINDME: Great question! I'm not low-carb per se. I'm South Beach. It has similarities to low carb, but it's not really low carb. Peanut butter is a fat choice on SB, so I don't know the answer to your question about peanut butter.

I hope more people have other ideas to my original post because so far the responses have been marvelous and so helpful!!! Sometimes I get stuck, but the online support is great emoticon

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9/28/11 8:46 A

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I am only begining week 2 so I am still learning also but aren't your yogurt and peanut butter full of carbs? Peanut butter is a huge trigger of mine, as I am finding most sugary carbs are.

I agree with the others though, distract yourself.

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9/28/11 8:23 A

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Distract yourself someway, as LuvMySons said.

Other tricks from my old dieting days - brush your teeth (it seems to signal your brain that eating is over), chew some gum (you don't want to put food in your mouth if it's got gum in it), eat a dill pickle (put something in your mouth with that garlicky dill taste? Yuck!).

Or, what I usually do, and it almost always works - have a cup of tea (coffee would probably work too) with cream and sweetener. Or skip the sweetener if you prefer it that way, but do include the cream. Because it's hot, it takes a while to drink a whole cup, which gives you time to get over the cravings. And in the meantime, you're having something sweet and with fat.

Or sometimes you have to just white-knuckle it until the cravings go away.

Hang in there!

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9/28/11 7:42 A

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go outside and exercise, drink a glass of water, play on the computer, read a book, do something fun to distract your mind from eating. Go for a walk, I can go on and on.

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9/28/11 7:14 A

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Sorry I have so many questions. I'm just trying to figure this out.

I heard and tested for myself successfully that when I have a crab craving to have protein and fat (yogurt and peanut butter for me). However there are times when eating food is not a good option (like out of town or if I'm already full). I try to stay away from triggers, but sometimes I stumble or I have the rare craving. What are other options rather than eating to end carb cravings? Sometimes I just don't want to put more food in my body. (I'm also posting this to my other team pages because I want multiple perspectives, so sorry if you get any duplicates.)

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