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2/22/11 3:39 P

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I hear you. One of my favorite candies in the world is only available at this time of year.

I do exactly what BABARABOO does: I plan it in advance. If I can handle it, I work it into my program for the day and have it. If I'm feeling weak, I stay far away. It took me a long time to figure this out and get to a place where I can do this...but I'm so much happier having a small amount than not at all.

Only buying single servings of my favorites is key.

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MIGHTYMEW's Photo MIGHTYMEW Posts: 62
9/14/10 11:23 P

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Thanks for the warm welcome!

I am definitely one of those 'you can't eat just one' people... I tend to have happy emotional ties to certain and specific candies. I do not typically crave salt and fat near as much as the sugar... I could literally nibble at it all day - wait a minute - I have done that! (which is why I am here - LOLOL)

I may have to try the mouse poop thing - emoticon - imagining it, not eating it, HeeHee!

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9/14/10 7:45 P

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I forgot to welcome you, since you already seemed like one of us.
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There are a few days like LALA'S Thanksgiving where I decide to "live with it" and eat the extras right there in front of everyone. Eliminating my former activity of eating sparingly and then stuffing my face in private saves me a lot of calories.

If we can keep the number of those days to a minimum, we can still lose wt.

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9/14/10 7:28 P

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I guess it depends on whether you fall into the "no one can eat just one" category or the "I can have a small snack and give away the rest and be ok" category. Especially early on, though, we tend to fall into the first category, don't we? (There are a number of recovering binge eaters among us, so boy do we know that one!)

Also, do you have little ones who participate in the seasonal wonder?

I don't have kids, except for the fuzzy kind, so my general plan is just to never let it cross my doorway, kind of like a vampire. At least, that works for Halloween. And Easter and Christmas, come to think of it, since my little family unit doesn't do either the Christian or Pagan version.

Thanksgiving is harder. My mum in law always makes a special pie for my husband and one for me. And cookies. And fudge. So, we let that day just be a fun day, then everything leftover goes home with someone else or in the freezer at the end of the day - then taken into the break room at work next week. And then we go back to "normal" the next day with no regrets. Yeah, so I end up with an extra couple of pounds to lose, but that's just a trade-off I have decided to live with.

Also... welcome to the gang!

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9/14/10 7:24 P

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Good question. I KNOW you're not alone with your fears.
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It's been a long time since my days of stealing candy from my children after they went to sleep, but I remember it well.

Some people swear off sugar entirely and say they feel better. Research often tells us there's something going on in our bodies, chemically, after ingesting sugar that makes us want more. Sugar, salt and fat in combination is the worst. It addicts us to "hyper-eating", I'm told.

Ever try to eat any one of those 3, all by itself. Gawk! You could always try the aversion theory and pretend it has mouse droppings on it.

There was a time when I might have thought those were jimmy's, so it might not be your thing.

Seriously, this is the beginning of a very gluttonous time of year in our culture. It's a big problem.

I plan ahead for whatever sweet indulgence I want to have and eat is slowly so that I get every calorie of enjoyment out of it. I explore the calorie-counts ahead of time when I know something that has traditionally cued me to overeat will be available. Then, I know what a "normal" serving is and I can decide to have it as part of my day's legit food. It's not a crime, after all, to eat things we like.

If I know I'll have a hard time stopping at a "normal" serving, I can decide ahead of time not to have it.

The "ahead of time" seems to be the trick. In the heat of the moment, the emotional triggers are hot. I've decided that I'll always be fat if I keep feeding those old habits. I'm working to learn not to give in to the cues to overeat. It's working, sl-o--wl-y. I'm not saying it's easy. We all know that would be incorrect.

What are are some of the "secrets" the rest of you have found to help you keep on task?
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We don't want to give up on having it all.

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9/14/10 6:53 P

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Hi All

I am a total sugar addict... and I have just gotten back on the SparkPeople wagon! I am almost terrified of the Halloween Candy Season (pun intended!)

My mouth waters at the mere thought of the certain special candy I love every year (will not go into details now...) and then it is the November and December holidays.. then Valentines and Easter Bunny time!

Anyone have any tips to help with the sugar cravings?
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