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What Do You Do When You Are Craving Something?

I just eat it, I have found that trying to eat around my craving - i eat other things trying fulfill my stomach, but then end up eating what I wanted anyway.

so now I just eat what I crave, and get it over with. then the next day or the next hour, I eat sensibly again.

Wed. May 14, 9:12am

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Eat what you crave but eat a small amount. For example if your craving cheesecake get those mini cheesecake bites and eat 2-3 just enough to get the taste.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 9:43 AM

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Depends on what I'm craving. There's no way cheesecake fits into my diet right now - not even 3 bites (and let's face it, those cheesecake bites are not what I'm looking for). So one good way I have to cope with this when the item is especially unhealthy is to look up the nutrition info. Once I've done that and seen how much food I'd have to not eat to fit it into my day, I usually can't justify it and the craving goes away.

If the craving is reasonably healthy, I measure out a portion, log it and have it. Once I've stopped losing weight I may cautiously allow a few more indulgences but right now I'm pretty strict and I think that's a better way for me - I've given in way too many times in the past to cravings and really didn't feel any better for it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 9:54 AM

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sorry OP but I agree with the PP here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 11:08 AM

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I either eat a small bite of it, eat a low cal substitute, or do something else to distract my mouth such as hot water, diet soda, tea, gum, or sugar free halls vitamin C candies. For substituion example, if I'm craving ice cream, I have sugar free pudding or yoghurt with berries on hand. Usually that does the trick. If I want something salty like crackers, I try to eat hummus with celery, a few olives or pickles. Usually my craving has nothing to do with hunger. Sometimes if I drink hot water and just push through the craving and get busy with some task, I notice that in 20 minutes or so I've forgotton about the craving. Especially at work where we have a kitchen loaded with granola bars, chips and chocolates for the taking. I REALLY want to get something from there, and most of the time I can distract from the craving with tea or water. Not always though (0=

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 11:27 AM

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I just wait 20-30 minutes. Usually it has passed by then. If not, then I'll have something. Maybe the thing I was craving, or maybe a healthier substitute.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 11:30 AM

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That's great if giving into your craving works for you, OP, but for most of us I don't know if that's true. If I give in to my craving I cannot stop at a couple bites and end up blowing my diet.

I agree with the poster who finds no or low-cal ways to work around things. For sweet cravings, I pop some gum, diet soda, artificially sweetened tea or fruit; salty cravings I do a pickle, an olive, or some chicken broth.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 12:16 PM

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I can't just eat one bite, or just one taste. It's like trying to tell a smoker who has quite for a month to "just have one drag" or an alcoholic to "just have one shot."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:28 PM

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OOOhhhhh PP, AWESOME analogy! I feel exactly like that!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 3:25 PM

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I brush my teeth and drink enough water until I can float...that usually fixes it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 3:29 PM

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I don't get a difficult craving too often, but when I do, I can usually put it off until I can really appreciate it. The only exceptions are cravings for cheese or red meat...I reckon those might be physiologically-driven.

But if it's for cheeseCAKE (or brownies or ice cream), I can usually put that off for weeks, until there's a birthday or a dinner out when I would find it hard to resist a dessert anyway. It's kind of like halving the damage.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 3:34 PM

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