Food Cravings and Willpower

  • PharmKY

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    Jun 28, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    Hello, I have been having a lot of trouble with willpower and food cravings in the past couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to overcome this. It is really hampering my progress and I an not sure where to go with it.
  • BryUSC88

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    Jun 28, 2013 2:40 AM GMT
    I hope you get some good replies here...because I have the same problem. It's frustrating...I can go weeks with a healthy diet, then for some reason I struggle with it.
  • PharmKY

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    Jun 28, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    I was fine when I was determined to lose weight, but now that I am plateauing a bit, it has been harder to cut out sweets and other such things... I need to live in a cave by myself so it seems.
  • BryUSC88

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    Jun 28, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    I'm trying to lose about 15-20 pounds...and I can be determined for a while, but then something changes and I have trouble sticking to a healthy diet. Nothing really changes...I just can't seem to stick to it after a while. And my diet is never deprivation.
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    Jun 28, 2013 3:11 AM GMT
    A heaping teaspoon of natural peanut butter kills my sugar cravings. Maybe it will work for you.
  • PharmKY

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    Jun 28, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    I have addiction problems with PB. It is like, seriously my cocaine. But maybe I could go back to freezing tablespoons of it for a quick sugar fix. Thanks!
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    Jun 28, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    Try dried fruit. Apricots and whichever ones don't have added sugar. For example, dried cranberries are often sugared. Fruit sugar is fructose which has a low glycemic index which means it doesn't spike your blood sugar the way white/table/cane sugar does. With it your blood sugar goes up more slowly.
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    Jun 28, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    I have controlled my diet for the past few years & I'm continually experimenting myself in diet...I've changed a lot in my dietary life style...

    List of things I quit... Meat, soft drinks, eggs, cakes, even potatoes and many more. Now I can honestly feel and say that I'm more healthier and energetic today than I was before.

    I couldn't make these changes without one simple logic...
    & the logic is...know the facts about foods until you feel disgusted.

    For ex: Take meat...look up in the internet how meat is prepared, what kind of chemicals were used, are they humane? etc.
    The truth is, one always feels disgusted when they start to look into the facts of unhealthy diets.

    And whenever you feel craving for foods which you don't want to eat, just remember all those disgusting facts and immediately drink water or eat some healthy foods like fruits etc.

    those cravings will irritate you only in the starting few days...soon, you'll no longer feel any interest in not even thinking about those foods.

    My advice:
    1.KNOW THE TRUTH & FACTS of how disgusting bad diet is (bad diet almost always feels disgusting)
    2. Whenever you feel craving, think about those disgusting facts and IMMEDIATELY eat or drink something healthy & Walk away from the place ASAP.
    3. PATIENCE...only for the starting few days you'll feel very tired...have strength to fight those early animal instincts & the following days will look very bright.

    NO.2 is Very important to follow.

    This always worked for me.
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    Jun 28, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    PharmKY saidI have addiction problems with PB. It is like, seriously my cocaine. But maybe I could go back to freezing tablespoons of it for a quick sugar fix. Thanks!


    Okay, my other trick is I buy this dark chocolate bar from Whole Foods made with Stevia. You can eat several squares of it and still not blow your eating plan. Hell, sometimes I even dip it in peanut butter. I also love to saute some apple or pear slices in a pan, while melting down the chocolate in the microwave. Pour that over the top with a few nuts and it's heavenly and fairly healthy.
  • PharmKY

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    Jun 28, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of the tips guys, I think I just need to get that willpower going and start connecting the foods with thoughts of my I'm craving them. Maybe if I can link it to feelings like boredom or stress, I can stay to turn things around a bit and get back on track.
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    I'd eat through a live horse if the urge hit me and it was standing in my living room so what I've found best for me is I literally only keep food I eat daily.

    Its not really the type of stuff you get binge cravings for. That helps a lot but every now and then some bad food is good but then again I"m not going for lean.
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    I remember reading about Fergie from the BEP saying she uses mental tricks to avoid cravings for sugary snacks.

    She basically brainwashes herself into thinking that sweets are literally poison. Perhaps you need to build some negative associations with PB yourself mentally.

    Never had a problem with food cravings myself, TBH food is usually the last thing on my mind.
  • Ironman4U

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:36 AM GMT
    Read The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal. Great book about the science behind willpower and will give you some constructive advice and strategies to address your cravings.
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    Jun 29, 2013 11:02 AM GMT
    Every time you get a food craving, lift your shirt, rub your abs, and ask yourself which is more fun to play with...food or abs.
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    Jun 29, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThis is interesting, because my best galpal (who is reed thin but has to werq to stay that way) talks about her food cravings all the time, and I've never felt any. I dislike most foods---or maybe the whole subject just bores me---and I've never once "had" to eat any particular thing.

    Which makes me a great guest. I'll eat whatever is put in front of me and I'll tell you it's delicious but I'm lying, because I really can't tell.
    How are you single? You'd be the perfect date! I could get you the dollar menu and you'd love it. icon_biggrin.gif
  • LJay

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    Jun 29, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    Google news has listed an article lately claiming that there really is some basis to the idea that certain foods may be addicting to certain people.
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    Jun 30, 2013 4:28 AM GMT
    It is too early to blame your will power, in that food craving may be initiated and strengthened by very diverse physiological and psychological factors.

    First of all, you need to check what type of food craving you are experiencing right now. Are you craving for all kinds of foods, or just a small range of food items? Are your craving bouts happening during meal time or the period between meals? How often do your experience food craving? How strong a feeling is it? My suggestion is that for the following week or so, make a simple daily journal detailing when, where and what you are craving for. In this way you may find a dietary pattern that helps pinpoint the cause.

    Second of all, have you experienced sudden change in mood lately, but somehow didn't get a chance to let out your feelings? It is well known that suppressed feelings can change a man's eating behavior. Sometimes things happen. Some people subconsciously take it as a pure fact whereas the psychological impact is suppressed, neglected or objectively believed to be handled. This unsatisfied psychological need can reveal itself through craving for foods. I have seen a lady in the clinic having trouble managing her eating behavior. Since her knowledge about weight management was superb, the conversation/small talk was led to her everyday life, during which she briefly talked about losing her husband and father in a single month, keeping a busy job and taking care of her kids. I showed my sympathy and obviously that was all it needed to break her 'strong-woman'facade. She started bawling and realized she was using food to sooth her psychological need. After a couple of sessions with a clinical psychologist, she was back on the right track.

    Third of all, how is your current diet? Did you start working out and change your diet? If your current diet is unbalanced, some vitamin and mineral deficiency will cause food craving or pica.

    Lastly, certain illnesses e.g. cancer can alter taste, appetite and eating behavior. It is highly unlikely the cause you are looking for, but for the completion purpose, I am listing it here.
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    Jun 30, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    PharmKY saidI have addiction problems with PB. It is like, seriously my cocaine. But maybe I could go back to freezing tablespoons of it for a quick sugar fix. Thanks!


    Then you don't EVER want to taste dulce de leche.

    It will call your name for the rest of your life.









    Seriously, try eating carrot sticks. You'll get your sweet and it will be healthy too.


















    Just don't dip them in PB or dulce de leche.
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    Jun 30, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
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    PharmKY saidI have addiction problems with PB. It is like, seriously my cocaine. But maybe I could go back to freezing tablespoons of it for a quick sugar fix. Thanks!


    Then you don't EVER want to taste dulce de leche.

    It will call your name for the rest of your life.

    Seriously, try eating carrot sticks. You'll get your sweet and it will be healthy too.

    Just don't dip them in PB or dulce de leche.


    Suggestions for the dulce de leche addicts:

    1) If you cook it the normal way, in the can for hours in a boiling water bath, some people are concerned about chemicals in the can lining.

    2) Instead of cooking it in a boiling water bath for several hours you can make it in a pressure cooker by cooking it for 30 minutes, in the can if you prefer. Also submerged in water, but on a trivet.

    I used a regular stove top pressure cooker for several years but recently converted to an electric one (Fagor 6-in-1 I think it's called). The nice thing about the electric one is that it has a timer and shuts off after the timer expires, and goes into a keep tasty hot mode.

    I make my dulce de leche by scooping out the sweetened condensed milk (scd) into a metal bowl which I then cover with foil, and then put in the pressure cooker which has a trivet in it, with enough water around the bowl to come up to the level of the scd. Set the timer for 30 minutes, and after it cooks let it sit and release the pressure (about 15 minutes), walla, ready to go.

    The next batch I'm going to try jacking up the milk content by adding a tablespoon or two of powdered milk and mixing well with an electric hand mixer. I'm also wondering what it would be like to add a tablespoon or so of melted butter and mixing well. Both of these will be added before cooking. The mind boggles at the possibilities.
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    Jul 02, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    For me, my cravings occur at night so I usually have a small glass of almond milk and that seems to do the trick.
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    Jul 02, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    Ironman4U saidRead The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal. Great book about the science behind willpower and will give you some constructive advice and strategies to address your cravings.


    At your suggestion, I bought this book today.