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Getting over certain kinds of foods.

In the past year or so, I've managed to make myself not crave a number of foods. For example I don't eat white bread any more after choosing wheat over and over again, I've managed to never want more than one or two chips by eating fewer and fewer each time, I don't drink soda any more etc etc. The one weakness I have now is ice cream. For some reason no matter how hard I try, I can't turn myself off of this. I've tried visualizing it with nasty things, pressing my fingers together, but I just can't stop! And when I eat it, I just keep eating and eating. What are some ways that you guys have made certain foods less appealing?

Sat. Apr 12, 12:02am

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I imagine those foods going to my hips.. do I really want to get bigger.. do I want to get healthy.. doesnt mean i wont have something now and than.. everything in moderation is the key.. the main thing I think about is I want to be healthy and when I have kids I want to be a role model that they can look up to foir healthy eating.. I want to encourage my family to get healthy and stop teh junk food all the time.. so it cantbe do as I say not what I do.. I have to practice what I prewach.. they have to see me in action eating healthy.. but most importantly this is for you.. for your health.. do you really want to binge on icecream and gain more weight.. which causes more diseases or do you want to be healthy.. it all comes down to will power and the choice you decide to make.. you can do this!! I know you can.. your on pt so you CARE about yourself and your health or you wouldnt be here.. so start again and make thenext choice a heathy one,

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 3:12 AM

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I have two words for you:

FROZEN YOGURT!

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 4:30 AM

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Nah, frozen yogurt isn't any healthier than reduced-fat ice cream.

My trick is Cool Whip...a cup of berries topped with 1/4 cup of frozen Cool Whip (not the diet kinds, only saves about 10 calories anyway) and then for sprinkles I use cereal. So I get a full serving of high fiber, antioxidant rich fruit (50 cals) topped with cold creaminess (50 cals) and a touch of sweet crunchiness (30 cals - Honey Nut Cheerios are the bomb!). Nothing about this alternative is diet or lite except the calorie count.

Does it help with the immediate urge to pound a pint of Ben & Jerry's? No. But working it into my diet drastically reduces the occurence of that craving.

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 9:41 AM

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i've totally changed my eating habits to incorporate all my favorite foods into them.. even if its only a litlte so satisfy the craving.... BUT when it comes to chips, its easier for me to not even have one.. once I get that taste in my mouth, I cant stop so for me, I have to stay away. altho every once in a while I'll give myself a little bowl of chips and enjoy them and sometimes the craving will go away - but sometimes it just makes me want more. i cant even do the 100 cal packs... it just fuels the fire.. i say listen to your body and figure out what you can allow in moderation and what you should stay away from.

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 10:31 AM

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Dove..

Try those teeny weeney dark chocolate covered ice cream things they have. Decadent as hell, but such a small serving is really satisfying. Not healthy in any way, but the size is very limiting and it is a far cry from a big bowl of ice cream.

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 11:17 AM

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Two ideas
I give myself a free day a month. Then you can have it if you choose.
For some people that would trigger them though so you have to figure that out for yourself.

I recently started having a frozen pudding cup. I freeze it for about 2 hours and it is perfect. And if you get the sugarfree kind they are as low as 50 cal but I have to say Jello brand is 60 cal and amazing. It is really decadent.
The thing about it is, it is portion controled. You make one you have one. That is probably the only way I would get away from a food that is hard for me.
I am the kind who has one potato chip and I have to eat the whole bag.

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 1:16 PM

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I Scream for Ice Cream!

OP I totally feel your pain. Ice cream is my weakness too. In the past three weeks I've made so many change in my life: I've been eating whole grains instead of refined, lots and lots of fruits and veggies instead of carbs and all the crackers, chips, breads I used to eat a lot of, I work out at the gym for 45 minutes daily and I've completely re-oriented myself towards a new, healthier way of life.

The one thing I've accepted is my love for cold, sweet treats. I figure that if one thing in my diet isn't going to be healthy it had better be because I love it a lot. So, I allow myself one small serving a day. I make sure I stay under my calorie limit for the day and I don't have it if I haven't worked out.

I've made the switch though, from ice cream to sorbet, frozen yogurt, and popcicles (as childish as that sounds) I've found versions of each that total only 75 calories a serving (1/2cup for sorbet, frozen yogurt, or one popcicle.) The key is to limit yourself. Measure out half a cup - which you absolutely do not have to feel guilty about - then go enjoy it. Personally, what led me to be out of control with it in the past was the feeling of guilt. After that first bowl I would start to get down on myself about how I had ruined my progress, how I was irresponsible, etc, and one bowl would lead to two because "why not just have more, I've already screwed up." This mentality made the situation so much worse than it had to be for me. Instead, I just work it into my plan and I know that I'm allowed to have a bit so it doesnt trigger an all out binge.

I figure if it makes me happy it is just one small detail. Since I am also quitting smoking at the same time, and I have a lot of weight to lose, that is such a small battle that can escalate so quickly. Perhaps once I've made more progress I'll feel differently.

I hope that helps some!

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 5:15 PM

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I second the ideas above regarding - if you can't give it up, replace it with a lower cal alternative. I use sugar free pudding (60 cals). Mixing it with cool whip would make an even bigger serving. Every now and then I do have ice cream but only 1/2 cup and then I count it in my regular day's calories or do extra exercise to work it off.

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 8:42 PM

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