I miss Junk Food SOOO!!!! Much instead of going without it are there any good tasting alternatives?

  • Jericophantom...

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    Mar 22, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    I've been good with this diet an exercise stuff but my old life is a undying temptress I miss it so
  • prime02

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    Mar 22, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    haven't eaten at McDonalds since 2004

    Stopped eating at burger king, carls jr, taco bell, del taco, kfc, and etc since 2006

    keep your eye on the prize dude.. just bring a snack a long with you throughout the day
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    Mar 22, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    I completely relate, but it's the devil. I learned to like health food. Fruit is really good for curbing the craving.
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    Mar 22, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    Plain popcorn (with a dash of seasoning for flavor)

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    Mar 22, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    Smoothies with frozen fruit, milk, vegetables, and protein powder. It's like a milkshake, but excellent for you
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    Mar 22, 2011 5:53 AM GMT
    I've you've really been good, then wait until you've stuck with your diet for at least 3 months (6 months or a year would be better) then go get something really bad for you that you miss. McDonald's or KFC is really good for this. If you've really been good, then your body won't be used to the greasy processed food, you'll get sick, and it will make it really easy to avoid the cravings in the future.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 22, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
    If the junk food was that important, you can't cut it out of your diet, otherwise your new program will fail. Work those tastey tidbits into you menu, and cut out something else to bring your total daily calories down to you goal.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:19 AM GMT
    You could get run over by a bus, tomorrow.
    TREAT yourself, once in awhile.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:23 AM GMT
    well it depends on what you like. i was never much of a junk food junkie. my idea of junk is pizza, ice cream, and baked goods. if want them and it is not my training season then i have them. if it is my training season, i avoid them at all cost if i do just have to have them. then i will have frozen yogurt or sorbet
  • gallus81

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:24 AM GMT
    abstinence makes your brain go fuzzy


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    Mar 22, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    dsmith123 saidPlain popcorn (with a dash of seasoning for flavor)

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    I find the perfect seasoning for a light popcorn snack is a pound of maple smoked bacon, don't you agree?
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    also, and for no reason,
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    there's bacon in them thar flapjacks
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    Mar 22, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    dsmith123 saidPlain popcorn (with a dash of seasoning for flavor)

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    I find the perfect seasoning for a light popcorn snack is a pound of maple smoked bacon, don't you agree?
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    also, and for no reason,
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    there's bacon in them thar flapjacks


    I normally go for bacon salt or baconnaise, but actual bacon is probably more flavorful.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    An occasional (once or twice a week) modest cheat meal (nothing too wild) is OK, but remember (because I need to rememeber it, too) -- Nothing tastes as good as healthy and fit feels.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:21 PM GMT
    Storing fat is your body's natural defense against starvation.
    If you're having occasional cravings for junk food, eat it...in moderation.
    If you don't, your body will think it's starving.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    60isthenew40 saidAn occasional (once or twice a week) modest cheat meal (nothing too wild) is OK, but remember (because I need to rememeber it, too) -- Nothing tastes as good as healthy and fit feels.


    I totally agree.

    I was just thinking about this yesterday and thought about creating a forum. Glad you beat me to it. Here's what I think.

    1.) Learn to appreciate healthy food as you do junk food. Just as you "savor" french fries and pizza, savor an orange -- it's sweetness, it's textures, etc. Salads, fruits, vegetables, etc. can all be savored as much as junk food. As your eating think about not just the fresh taste, but all the great that you are doing for your body.

    2.) Find some foods that fit in your diet that satisfy your snack attack. These most likely will work if they have intense flavors/textures and are low calorie. Such as:

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    Pickles (Great for snacking)
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    Walk through the grocery store one day and make a list of anything that is strong in flavor and low in calories. These foods can satisfy your snack attack.


    3.) Learn moderation. Once a week or so: a slice of pizza. Or, A chocolate bar. Or, some icecream. Be careful with this one. If you find you are holding out with all your might until you get to have one of these, you need to take a serious look at your food issues.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    Ermine saidI've you've really been good, then wait until you've stuck with your diet for at least 3 months (6 months or a year would be better) then go get something really bad for you that you miss. McDonald's or KFC is really good for this. If you've really been good, then your body won't be used to the greasy processed food, you'll get sick, and it will make it really easy to avoid the cravings in the future.

    This. The day before yesterday I took a few sips of a Carvel milkshake before training legs. BAD idea.

    One go-to of mine is unsweetened applesauce. Another occasional one (gasp!) is sugar free jello. Not great-tasting but filling are hardboiled egg whites - if you don't mind being the butt of pregnancy jokes and being less-than-kissable, mix 'em with pickles!
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    Mar 22, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    Make your own junk food out of healthy stuff. As an example: Instead of a couple of Mcd burgers which will take you way over the top of your daily sodium intake, get some organic ground buffalo and make your own. Get a bag of frozen fries w/no trans, or cut your own, roll 'em in sunflower oil and bake them.

    So you'll be healthier, indulged yourself guilt-free, and have learned to cook a few things that will impress any guy you go out with. It's all good.icon_wink.gif
  • matt13226

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    Mar 22, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    if you want something like potato chips there are veggie straws they are veggie potato chips and they taste really good but i have to agree with webster treat yourself every once in a while if u do get fast food dont go overboard and order a bunch of stuff get like a salad with grilled chicken on it that way ur not really cheating ur diet ur staying with it
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    Mar 22, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    Junk food is okay in moderation... Always give yourself a day of the week u can eat whatever u want... Then the rest of the week u wont be tempted as much.

    It works.... 2 years ago i used to weigh 180lbs now i weigh 148

    so..... Its about moderation
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    Mar 22, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    I second pickles. Also try sugar free jello.
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    Mar 22, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    when yo feel really hungry for junk food,

    well, have a celery stick. .. but not too big !
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    Mar 22, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    That reminds me, there's a delicious Angus Deluxe snap wrap waiting for me at McD's. I love how the mayonnaise oozes out into my mouth. Wash it down with a Coke. icon_wink.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 22, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    I've cut out all dairy and switched to coconut milk products. There is a company called "So" that makes a wide array of products. I use their coffee creamer, and I love the Mocha Almond Fudge frozen dessert

    http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/index_products.php
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    Mar 22, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    I'm pretty much a sugar addict. I'm kind of like the little girl with a curl in that nursery rhyme. "When I'm good, I'm very very good, when I'm bad I'm horrid." To avoid being "horrid" I think moderation is the key, but in moderating choosing my battles wisely. If I buy a big bag of something, I usually have no off switch, sugar has that profound effect on me. However, if I go for the lesser of the evils, I find that it still satisfies my desire to indulge, but I still save a few calories.

    When you indulge consider your training days. The popular thing seems to be work out a few days a week, Monday through Friday and take weekends "off." However, people also aren't as structured on weekends, so they're more inclined to eat more. For me it's not an issue because I'll usually do a long run of 10-12 miles, plus a gym session, a shorter run, a 3 or 4 mile walk with my dogs. My body needs calories, so having pizza night on Saturday when I know I'm going to be burning through over 1500 calories Sunday kind of makes sense to me.