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Thursday, February 12, 2015

I know we all have cravings for the bad things and I know that you aren't supposed to completely ignore your cravings because when you do once you get a hold of it later on you will overeat it. I'm trying different tricks like drinking yet another glass of water or changing the situation I'm in at the time in case the craving is being triggered by something I'm doing and it's just not working. I'm hungry all the time and I can't say it's for good food. I think that's really weird because I eat healthy foods.

A normal day for me is a mocha frappe for breakfast (which I know isn't the greatest for me). I'll make a fruit smoothie for lunch with fruit, skim milk and cottage cheese. I have a snack in the afternoon of nuts or a protein bar or peanut butter and apples and then a healthy dinner. Dinner for me last night was a piece of pork loin (3 oz), mashed potatoes and asparagus spears. Another option we do is eat a lot of chicken (NOT fried). My husband is a wiz in the kitchen and has spices of all sorts so he can make one hell of a chicken breast!! We'll eat chicken and veggies and salad and a carb of some sort, of course watching portion control.

I know I'm not a master dietitian and there are things I could most likely change, but I'm getting annoyed with having cravings for things like pizza or ice cream or fried crab rangoon from my favorite Chinese restaurant.

Last night I could NOT get out of my head the craving I was having. I wanted Cheez-its and Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yep, together. What the hell!! My husband just looked at me like I was from another planet!! I'm drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day EVERY day and most of the time about 10 glasses so I should be full and not have these crazy cravings.

Plus I'm thinking that if I'm not actually eating enough food and that's why my body is craving food then I should be losing weight, right? The scale is NOT going down. As a matter of fact I have put on 2 lbs. in the past three weeks or so. emoticon I just don't get it and I'm frustrated and since I'm an emotional eater this makes for a slippery slope I'm heading towards and I don't want to slide all the way back. There aren't any other things going on that are stressing me out in my life, at least not out of the normal anyway so I don't think the cravings are from stress and emotional eating. I just don't know what to do to get rid of them. FRUSTRATION!!! emoticon

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    Sometimes it is good to completely ignore your cravings for something. Not every thing available is good for us. What a lot of nutritionist recommend is taking our favorite foods, that may not be so healthy, and swapping them for healthier fare. Another thing they'll say is to eat less sodium and less sugar.

    Food can be like a drug, if you eat too much of the wrong things. It lights up pleasure centers in our brains. But so can exercise! Have you been exercising? They say exercising can help us to crave healthier food. I don't know if that's true or not. To tell you the truth, I don't think it can possibly work in my case, because I haven't sampled that many healthy foods. So how can I crave what I haven't had? So when that's the problem, we have to get over to the store and browse around the produce department and get new things to try out!

    Are you using the nutrition tracker to track your food? Because that will give you the most accurate information about how many calories your getting. Also, it can help you to see how much salt you're getting. I think you may be getting too much salt, and that makes you thirsty, but you think you're hungry, which is really common!
    2309 days ago
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    Oh girl I can so relate!! If your like me, it might be your sugar levels going all bonkers that's creating these intense cravings. Remember that sugars call for sugars much like magnets do, and all the foods your craving have a lot of carbs/sugars
    2320 days ago
    Must be the season! Winter eating is the worst!!!! I'm not doing any better but I'm trying to swap out bad for good. For some things it's working for others not. I'm glad we're rowing the same boat!! Nice to know others share our sufferings and frustrations. One day we'll share our successes, too.
    2320 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear you're having such a hard time with cravings. Have you tried food replacement? Cheddar cubes to address the cheese-its, frozen Andes candies or peppermint patties for the mint chocolate chip ice cream, etc?

    Sometimes, hunger is habit and we want the things we used to fulfill that hunger with in the past. It can take months to get habitual hunger to subside. Some folks can shrug it off, others can change their portions of old trigger foods, and others need to find substitutes. Do what you have to do, to get through.

    As far as the two pounds over the last three weeks, that could literally be anything. Did your period come up? Are you going to the bathroom regularly? Are you building lean muscle mass?

    Have you done a calorie check, because if they're too low you body might be in starvation mode. Also, it's possible to overeat healthy food, if you've been frustrated or stressed, stealth calories could be a problem.

    Whatever it is, all you need to do is take a deep breath, regroup, look at the details and move forward. Don't let it get to you, don't let it make you doubt. You've got this, you just need to tweak a few things like we all do from time to time.

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    2323 days ago
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    Hey girl, I can relate. I have been struggling lately too. I know that keeping my trigger foods out of the house is huge for me. Also if there are healthy filling snacks available like cut up carrots, homemade hummus, popcorn I can pop in my air popper, those things have really helped me. Also hot herbal tea. When I am done with my calories for the day in the evening, it is sometimes helpful to have a hot cup of herbal tea like sleepy time tea. But of course you gotta find the things that work for you. Don't give up! You can do this! emoticon
    2323 days ago
  • JIMA64
    We all have those food demons. I sometimes find myself rambling around the house and kitchen. Water also helps me. You just have to find ways to say no.
    2323 days ago
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    I've been having cravings lately too and I'm not hungry!!! Think in my case it is boredom. Just too much free time on my hands right now. It could be the weather too. Got to blame something ; ) Hope you can break your cravings. Try having fresh or frozen fruit on hand or baby carrots. It sure isn't easy!!!! Let me know if someone finds an easy way. I'll pay big bucks for it! : )
    2323 days ago
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