How do you cope with cravings?

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    Nov 24, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    We all have them. There are those foods we all have a soft spot for, and once in a while, our brains pester us for that one thing: pizza, cheeseburgers, doughnuts, chocolate, pie, cake, ice cream...

    I feel like my situation is far different. I've adopted the healthier view that I shouldn't "ban" any foods from my lifelong diet indefinitely, as that never works out. So when I am in the mood to have that treat once in a while, I let myself go ahead. But...I feel like I have these cravings far more frequently than most people. And that's where it becomes a problem. I'm pestered by them constantly, all the freaking time. Maybe it's just stress for me. I've been planning on returning to college here in about a month, and so I've been working to find a lease for an apartment, and I finally found one and I'm doing all the paperwork to get it going. I also recently fell victim to debit card fraud. But I finally got that resolved and everything worked out.

    I know once I return to begin college again, the stress is just gonna be all over me, being up till the wee hours of the morning writing papers, getting comparatively little sleep which can cause me to backtrack on my weight loss. Is there some way I can cope with all these cravings? Something I can do to make them stop? What do you guys do? I heard things like chewing sugar-free gum...

    (Smoking is not an option.)
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    Nov 24, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    Szchatt89 saidWe all have them. There are those foods we all have a soft spot for, and once in a while, our brains pester us for that one thing: pizza, cheeseburgers, doughnuts, chocolate, pie, cake, ice cream...

    I feel like my situation is far different. I've adopted the healthier view that I shouldn't "ban" any foods from my lifelong diet indefinitely, as that never works out. So when I am in the mood to have that treat once in a while, I let myself go ahead. But...I feel like I have these cravings far more frequently than most people. And that's where it becomes a problem. I'm pestered by them constantly, all the freaking time. Maybe it's just stress for me. I've been planning on returning to college here in about a month, and so I've been working to find a lease for an apartment, and I finally found one and I'm doing all the paperwork to get it going. I also recently fell victim to debit card fraud. But I finally got that resolved and everything worked out.

    I know once I return to begin college again, the stress is just gonna be all over me, being up till the wee hours of the morning writing papers, getting comparatively little sleep which can cause me to backtrack on my weight loss. Is there some way I can cope with all these cravings? Something I can do to make them stop? What do you guys do? I heard things like chewing sugar-free gum...

    (Smoking is not an option.)


    you can have tho cravings, but just dont sit around and do nothing, i eat junk food a lot, but i pay it off at the gym, but i also eat those in moderation, at least 3 times a week...to help the craving, also include in your diet, some Fatty acids, flaxseed, olive oil, Oatmeal, slow digesting carbs, and many more
  • Jerebear

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    Nov 24, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    I tend to eat food high in dietary fat early in the day. This usually results in far less cravings in the evening, because fat burns slowly and evenly unlike carbs. If I absolutely have to have something, I go for frozen raspberries and yogurt. Relatively harmless, the yogurt gives the satisfying fullness and the raspberries provide the sweet without being too sugary, and if you are sensitive to cold then all the better because you have to eat it slow. Think of something like that and have it ready, instead of junk food.
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    Nov 24, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    if your goals are a better diet... and if you crave other wise, have some discipline... man up... nuff said
  • mybud

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    Nov 24, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    You develop will power...when weakness strikes..you say to yourself....How bad do I want this????....a killer body...if you want it bad...you drink some water and forget about it...there has been many times after eating my calorie load I'm still hungry...instead of givin in....I call it a night...go to bed...problem solved....BUD
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    Nov 24, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    i have two tricks
    1) Brush your teeth
    2) Peanuts or baby carrots
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    Nov 24, 2010 6:26 AM GMT
    sounds like you're a stress eater.. there's two types of people when it comes to eating in response to stress: those that get uncontrollable cravings, even when not hungry, and those that lose all appetite... the first type eats under stress, the second type fasts under stress...

    so the problem is not the food, the problem is your stress levels.. what you need to do is find ways of releiving stress

    best way i know is meditation... not the type you do in yoga, but just the slow-breathing exercises to calm yourself down... what it does, and thats what you need, is it relaxes your over-actve sympathic nervous system, ctivates the para sympethietic one (lowers adrenaline, taking you out of "fight or flight" and puts you into "rest and relax" response)
  • marius87

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    Nov 24, 2010 6:26 AM GMT
    I lost 40kg (88 pounds I think?) in 8 months when I was 18. I did this in a pretty healthy way, I just worked my ass off and ate a very healthy diet. I was living in Italy at the time though so temptation was EVERYWHERE. My main coping strategy when dealing with a craving was green tea. If I wanted to eat something I knew I shouldn't be eating and it kept calling me from the kitchen I would force myself to make a mug of green tea, drink it and then if I was still craving it and my diet that day had been good I'd allow myself to have a small amount of whatever it was I wanted. 9 times out of 10 by the time I went to the effort of making the tea, waiting for it to cool down and drinking it I'd stopped craving/thinking about whatever it was I wanted. It also meant I was drinking more water and green tea is a great source of many great natural substances that are good for your health and according to some research weight loss. Just be careful you aren't drinking it too late as it does still have caffeine...something I didn't realise for a while and could never work out why I was having trouble sleeping icon_razz.gif
  • FredMG

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    Nov 24, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
    I practice pre-emptive eating: I pretty much keep snacking on good all day long.

    I also do my best to be honest, and there are things I crave so I don't indulge in them often, but I don't keep them in the house.

    Most importantly if I do binge, I try and put in an extra long hike or bike ride - to help burn all that extra off.
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    Nov 24, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    Eating Premptively is great its what I do most of the time, but yes there are moments of weakness.

    Some people just don't understand it, but they happen to me all the time.

    My strategy is to try to hold off as long as possible just drinking water with lemon, brushing the teeth trick works well too.

    But there are times that you need a bit of chocolate or a sweet.

    So what I do is stop by my local grocery and make a conscience decision in the bulk candy aisle to just get a couple chocolate covered almonds. (we are talking like 5)
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    Nov 24, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    There's a saying "NOTHING tastes as good as SKINNY feels" icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 24, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    snowboarder saidi have two tricks
    1) Brush your teeth
    2) Peanuts or baby carrots



    brush ur teeth huh? thats interesting im gonna try that!


    as for me. drinking alot of water helps. If my stomach is full i dont crave nearly as bad
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    Nov 24, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Indulge in your cravings BUT do it in moderation and only a few times a week in small amounts, i.e. having a cheesburger for dinner while eating healthily at all your other meals and snacks.

    Look into vegan cookies, which I've found are often made with wheat flour, spelt, flax seed, and healthy oils. Eat DARK chocolate, i.e 75% or more, rather than milk and white chocolate. Eat whole-wheat crust pizza with unprocessed cheese and veggies. Do turkey burgers, lamb burgers, veggie burgers, and so on with a whole wheat bun or without and lots of veggies. There are numerous ways to satisfy your cravings without going overboard on fat. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 24, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThere's a saying "NOTHING tastes as good as SKINNY feels" icon_lol.gif


    Normally quoted by this lady

    anorexic-fake-skinny-model-colette-perfe
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    Nov 24, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThere's a saying "NOTHING tastes as good as SKINNY feels" icon_lol.gif


    Normally quoted by this lady

    anorexic-fake-skinny-model-colette-perfe


    I am surprised all her hair hasn't fallen out.

    But that's probably a wig or weave.
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    Nov 24, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    People who starve themselves and try to chalk it up to dieting kind of disgust me morally. Also, some can do it physically...

    However, depending on what it is I normally fulfill it. Your body craves things for different reasons and most of the time it is a good reason.
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    Nov 24, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    I down a bottle of water
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    Nov 24, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    I am required to give the following answer:

    Just come to me. I'll give you something far better to put in your mouth.

    Now that that's out of the way...

    If you abstain long enough from whatever you're craving, you'll eventually stop craving it. Back when I still had cravings, I used to do the following:

    -- go for a run
    -- watch porn/jerk off
    -- chew gum
    -- drink coffee
    -- leave the room

    Anything to take my mind off what I was craving.
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    Nov 24, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    Find pictures of naked fat people and tape them to your refrigerator.
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    Nov 24, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    marius87 saidI lost 40kg (88 pounds I think?) in 8 months when I was 18. I did this in a pretty healthy way, I just worked my ass off and ate a very healthy diet. I was living in Italy at the time though so temptation was EVERYWHERE. My main coping strategy when dealing with a craving was green tea. If I wanted to eat something I knew I shouldn't be eating and it kept calling me from the kitchen I would force myself to make a mug of green tea, drink it and then if I was still craving it and my diet that day had been good I'd allow myself to have a small amount of whatever it was I wanted. 9 times out of 10 by the time I went to the effort of making the tea, waiting for it to cool down and drinking it I'd stopped craving/thinking about whatever it was I wanted. It also meant I was drinking more water and green tea is a great source of many great natural substances that are good for your health and according to some research weight loss. Just be careful you aren't drinking it too late as it does still have caffeine...something I didn't realise for a while and could never work out why I was having trouble sleeping icon_razz.gif


    A friend of mine on Facebook (he's incredibly ripped, but sadly straight...) suggested green tea for cravings! I've heard so many good things about it, it makes me really want to try it.
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    Nov 24, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    snowboarder saidi have two tricks
    1) Brush your teeth
    2) Peanuts or baby carrots


    Add some listerine to #1, I never want to eat after cleaning with listerine. Your mouth is numb!!
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    Nov 24, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
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    Lostboy said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThere's a saying "NOTHING tastes as good as SKINNY feels" icon_lol.gif


    Normally quoted by this lady

    anorexic-fake-skinny-model-colette-perfe


    I am surprised all her hair hasn't fallen out.

    But that's probably a wig or weave.


    The image is photoshopped:

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/people/models.asp
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    Nov 24, 2010 10:28 PM GMT
    I have cravings for cock...I don't yet know how to overcome this one icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 24, 2010 11:32 PM GMT
    Szchatt89 said

    A friend of mine on Facebook (he's incredibly ripped, but sadly straight...) suggested green tea for cravings! I've heard so many good things about it, it makes me really want to try it.


    You totally should, have you ever tried it before? Just be careful not to use water that's too hot or to steep it for too long or it risks getting a bitter taste.
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
    Heaven forbid you splurge once and a while and actually eat some food you enjoy. :s