How do you manage your (food) cravings?

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    Feb 07, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    So I get random cravings not for specific foods but for certain types of tastes, textures, etc. and to satisfy the cravings without ruining a healthy diet, I try to keep some decent alternatives around the house.

    Some things I've got are diet soda (sweet, carbonated), watermelon (sweet, juicy), cottage cheese and peanut butter (creamy, salty), salt and pepper popcorn (salty, crunchy). fiber cereal (sweet, crunchy). Of course, portion control is always important, so for example with PB I might just have a teaspoon to curb the craving.

    How do you manage your cravings? And don't just say "mental discipline" because that's not satisfying enough for me icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 07, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    The less temptation I have laying around the house, the less I am tempted. If the potato chips are there, I will eat them. If they are not there, I won't.

    Decadent eating, for me, is reserved for special occasions, the holidays, the occasional nice restaurant. As time goes by, I miss it less and less.
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    Feb 07, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    I eat. Craving gone.
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    Feb 07, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    life is too short not to eat, i eat and loose weight without working out. icon_lol.gif
  • 1man

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    Feb 07, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    a cheat day
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    Feb 07, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Look at pictures of guys with better abs than myself (like yours) and then I don't want to eat anymore. BAM!
  • metatextual

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    Feb 07, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    eat now, exercise later
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    Feb 07, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    satisfy the cravings but make up for them the next day by eating cleaner

    reward your cravings after you go through a period where you are eating pretty healthy and your workouts are going good
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    Feb 07, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    By eating what I want
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    Feb 07, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    i find that the cleaner i eat the less tolerance i have for foods that aren't good for me. gluten, wheat and legumes give me headaches and dairy upsets my stomach. so if i have a craving for a chocolate chip cookie, i just remember that if i eat it i'll soon have a headache and an upset stomach. even if that isn't true, thinking that the results of the instant gratification aren't worth it in the long run is enough to kill any craving.

    besides, i think i read on here somewhere that lean/muscular tastes better than cookies.
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    Feb 07, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    I've come to the conclusion that, no matter how hard I try, I still won't be able to stop myself from indulging every once in a while. But I don't worry about it, because of how well I regulate my diet otherwise and the amount I exercise.

    If you're eating healthy and clean on a regular basis, then a few slips into something greasy/fried/sweet/fatty aren't going to kill you. What's important is that these slips are only blips (maybe with creamy dips....mmmm) in an overall healthy diet.
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    Feb 07, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    Easy. Cardio until I'm too damn tired to eat.

    For some reason, that works.

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    Feb 07, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Well, I rarely get cravings, but if I do, I am okay with just getting a few wifts of the smell of whatever the craving is.. after smelling it long enough, i no longer want it. I learned that when I used to do the "cooking" thing. Smelling it the whole time while I was cooking it made me no longer want it when it was ready. If I HAVE to have it, then I just use a cheat day and sacrifice myself in the gym on an off day to appease the gods. I prepare most meals in the beginining of the week for the whole week, so if/when any cravings dare rear their ugly heads, they are thrashed severely with clean eating. =^) My body pretty much rejects "bad foods" though, so it also automatically keeps me away from them. eatng clean is a way of life pretty much. =^)
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    Feb 07, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    http://nuts.com/driedfruit/strawberries/freeze-dried.html?gclid=CJ3F65bejK4CFQwj7Aod6EP2dQ


    ^^ those ^^

    Whenever I get a sweet craving I munch on these.

    1/4 of the container is ~40 calories. Sweet, Crunchy... and guilt-free! Seriously I love them... and they are so portable.
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 08, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    Cottage cheese. A tablespoon satisfies pretty much all of my cravings, even for sweets-you can also put some fruits and a teaspoon of sugar on it.

    I've tried yogurt, but that is one of the foods that makes my mouth water and makes the cravings a lot worse.
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    Feb 09, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
    gibby320 saidhttp://nuts.com/driedfruit/strawberries/freeze-dried.html?gclid=CJ3F65bejK4CFQwj7Aod6EP2dQ


    ^^ those ^^

    Whenever I get a sweet craving I munch on these.

    1/4 of the container is ~40 calories. Sweet, Crunchy... and guilt-free! Seriously I love them... and they are so portable.


    Oh those look good. I have yet to try baked veggie chips and freeze dried stuff. I really like crunchy and salty things, but they're usually pretty expensive.
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    Feb 09, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    i eat !!! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 09, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    i don't, i eat like a horse and gain no weighticon_confused.gif
  • Art2D2x

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    Feb 11, 2012 11:59 PM GMT
    If I crave something sweet (especially cake) I eat fruit, sometimes with yogurt.

    If I crave something salty like chips, I eat nuts. Sometimes salted; sometimes not.
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    Feb 12, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    I crave, therefore I eat. I don't ever feel guilt. I feel the burn at the gym!
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    imasrxd saidi find that the cleaner i eat the less tolerance i have for foods that aren't good for me. gluten, wheat and legumes give me headaches and dairy upsets my stomach. so if i have a craving for a chocolate chip cookie, i just remember that if i eat it i'll soon have a headache and an upset stomach. even if that isn't true, thinking that the results of the instant gratification aren't worth it in the long run is enough to kill any craving.

    besides, i think i read on here somewhere that lean/muscular tastes better than cookies.


    +1
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    If i'm going to have temptations around the house I will usually divvy them out into snack bags so that each bag has 1 serving in it. That way i can't just grab the box of Famous Amos and munch on them mindlessly for twenty minutes, heheh. Ice cream is a lost cause for me. 1 serving for me is an irish coffee mug completely stuffed (about 8floz)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    Take a laxative with each of those cravings.
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    I watch what I eat.

    First I look at it.

    Then I put it inside my mouth.
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    imasrxd saidi find that the cleaner i eat the less tolerance i have for foods that aren't good for me. gluten, wheat and legumes give me headaches and dairy upsets my stomach. so if i have a craving for a chocolate chip cookie, i just remember that if i eat it i'll soon have a headache and an upset stomach. even if that isn't true, thinking that the results of the instant gratification aren't worth it in the long run is enough to kill any craving.

    besides, i think i read on here somewhere that lean/muscular tastes better than cookies.


    Also this. I've found that whenever I eat processed foods I get really sleepy. For instance I had a pastry awhile ago along with some Reese's and I felt like crap for an hour. So exactly what he said "just thing about the consequence of shit".