Fight Food Cravings & Temptations

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  1. JessicaB says:

    I carry around oranges with me all day! Whenever I get hungry, I reach for the orange… I know I could eat as many as I want!

  2. theysaidwhat says:

    You’ve already hit on most of the big ones.

    Really concentrating on eating while you’re doing it helps as well. We’ve all gotten into so many bad habits of eating while working at our desks, eating while driving, eating in front of the TV! No wonder we often don’t feel satisfied when our focus is on anything BUT what we’re putting in our mouths.

    Another things that’s worked well for me is to set fitness goals, like running a road race, that keep me on track. When I’m doing those workouts with a race in mind (instead of just because you know you should for your health) it’s easier to stay on track.

    Figuring out what you really want when you think you want the ‘bad stuff’ can help as well. Do cravings hit when you’re tired? Bored? Lonely? Angry? Often the craving is really a message that something is amiss at the moment. Identifying what’s amiss can help.

  3. Nick R says:

    Definitely a good list. I also like to do some cycling as well. No, not on a bike, what I mean, is that I like to have 2-3 weeks where I’m hardcore and then relax my standards a little for a weekend (but not going on a complete eating binge.) This helps a lot with holidays, you know you’re going to have to eat more than normal, so I just go hardcore leading up to it. I do the same with exercising.

    I also try to not keep my favorite snacks around the house. As a kid I would eat 2-3 little debbie snack cakes a day. I don’t buy them as an adult at all. In fact, it’s been years since I’ve had one, and if I eat them now, I’ve mostly lost my taste for them. I find that if you have to go to an ice cream parlor to get ice cream, 1) you won’t do it as often and 2) when you get there, you can order from the kid’s menu.

    Also, another one of my favorites, is an annual buddy backpacking trip (getting ready for one now.) We always pick a place that gives us about 20-30 miles of hiking over 2-4 days. I find that I hit exercise hard leading up to it, so I won’t be the guy pulling up the rear, then you’re on a limited diet for those days (only as much food as you can carry), and finally, you’re hiking most of the day carrying 25-30 lbs on your back.

  4. Joe says:

    I quit smoking in 1996, so my perspective is one of the recovering addict – if you don’t want to consume something, don’t have it available in your home.

    When I quit smoking I had to stop buying cigarettes. Likewise, when I decided to lose weight I stopped buying ice cream. If it’s not in the house, I won’t eat it.

  5. Matt says:

    Congratulations and keep up the good work. I dropped 50 lbs myself and know the ordeal it is, I did pretty much exactly what you are doing. No fads, no frills, just simple plain” move more, eat less.”

    I’ve been a reader for a couple of weeks now, I never see you post on the differences in how you feel. I was wondering if you could go a little in depth as to the changes of energy levels, how you feel after workouts, how you sleep, etc etc. It’s something I would be interested in hearing your take on.

  6. Joy Manning says:

    I have to piggyback on what Joe says above about addiction. Junk food, all processed food, is manufactured to be addictive. The single best way to overcome cravings is to quit it, detox, and reboot your palate.

    I grew up on a junk-food-only diet but have gradually rehabbed. I recently passed on Doritos–a former favorite–at a party, while drinking plenty of alcohol. Why? I just don’t like/want/crave that stuff anymore.

    The way you speak of salad topped with chicken and strawberries makes me wonder about the quality of your ingredients. I wouldn’t eat a strawberry from a supermarket on a dare, but I can think of few things more crave-able than fresh, never-been-refrigerated early summer strawberry. A hearty salad, made from local, fresh greens and topped with quality roast chicken and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and champagne vinegar? Heaven. A million times tastier than fast food alternative.

    Brushing your teeth, drinking water and accountability are terrific tips. But you are a human and you can’t be expected to have a lifetime of vigilance against cravings. It’s easier to eradicating them.

  7. theysaidwhat says:

    Joy has a very good point there. Once you just stop eating crap, you do lose your taste for it. In fact, you may even find that when you try to go back to it, it doesn’t taste good to you any longer.

    The other excellent point she makes is that the quality of the ingredients and the way things are prepared make a very big difference in your enjoyment of them. If the only asparagus I’d ever had were those tree-trunk sized pieces boiled into bendable near-mush at bad restaurants, I’d never eat it again. Fresh, quality ingredients prepared well are far more appealing. Give me some asparagus picked up at a roadside stand, grilled-heaven!

  8. Chris Clarke says:

    The best thing to do is never buy the stuff. The next best thing is to resist temptation by following your advice above. If you can’t do that, eat one, enjoy it, and put it away. Craving satisfied. I used to eat several servings of junk food at a time, and now if I’m really craving something I’ll just eat one cookie or one spoonful of ice cream. Some might say you’re doing yourself a disservice that way (“‘betcha can’t eat just one”) but it usually works for me.

  9. Tyler says:

    This is all good advice. I do crave healthy things like strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges, fresh salads, etc… it’s just the craving for the horrible stuff is a lot more. I can only force myself to stay away from the stuff, but it’s hard to force myself not to crave it…

  10. Sarah says:

    Very inspiring…thank you for sharing your tips…I’m craving things so badly today- but have done well changing my habits…your story made me rethink going to the corner shop and getting a candy bar!!!!!

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