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Problem food. Cold Turkey or gradual?

I am trying to remove some problem foods in my diet, what are the pros and cons of going cold turkey or gradual? How did you manage to remove it? Any suggestions are really appreciated.

Wed. Sep 6, 2:49pm

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Are you able to just eat the foods very seldomly and control your portion size? I think that eliminating food completely from your diet will make it feel more like a "diet" and you may be less successful.
I love pizza and it's terrible for me so instead of a fattening kind I eat a lean cuisine pizza or a couple of pieces of thin crust from Papa Murphys. I don't feel like taking anything out of your diet all together is helpful at all.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 3:15 PM

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I agree....can you wean yourself away with healthier substitutes? My personal favorite is nachos. I make my own healthier version with baked chips, low fat cheese, fat free refried beans or black beans, and lots of veggies and salsa. Sure the baked chips and lowfat cheese aren't perfect for me....but it is a heck of a lot better than ordering 1000 calorie+ nachos at a restaurant.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 4:21 PM

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Other substitution ideas...if you feel like you need something sweet after dinner, replace it with fruit rather than a sweet. I love chocolate but did this and now crave fruit instead of chocolate after my meals. It took a couple of weeks but was well worth it.

I now have real sweets very rarely and only for something really special. I'd rather have a magnificent dessert at a restaurant once every of couple of months then waste calories eating doughnuts someone brings into the office. They don't taste good enough to make it worth it...a piece of fruit is just as good and you feel good after eating it, too!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 4:26 PM

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It depends on the food. If I really can't control my intake of it (potatoe chips for me) then I am better off quiting cold turkey, but if it's just something I like that is spectacularly high in calories/fat/sugar, then I will try to find a healthier substitute (I make a very healthy veggie pizza and veggie-laden burrito mix).

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 6:07 PM

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What makes them a problem? If they are unhealthy in your opinion, try moving toward a healthier alternative (less cheese on your pizza, for example). If you eat too much of them, try moderating your portion control (example - buy snack size bags of chips rather than jumbo bags, or buy a kiddie size ice cream at the shop rather than bringing home a gallon). Really try and enjoy the portion that you do it rather than scarf it down unconciously. If you go cold turkey, you may feel deprived and eat other things to try and substitute what you really want.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 6:07 PM

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OP here, I have a huge problem with peanut butter, I didn't realize it till I started eating the natural kind and still could not put the stuff down! Maybe I should just remove it completely that includes the other problem foods. I guess substitutions to me are like teasers. It just reminds me of what I could have had.
I guess I should just elimate them completely, because not matter how little I eat or substitute, it just snowballs.

Thursday, September 07, 2006, 8:26 AM

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I have a problem with peanutbutter too! I don't have any good answers but there are a couple things I've noticed about myself. If I make a sandwich or put it on a mini bagel, I'm much better about "stopping". If I sit there with crackers nearby, I can just keep spreading forever, on the next cracker and the next and the next . . !!! For me the natural or low sugar version would drastically curb this problem.

I also have a huge problem with sweets. I would not be able to have just a couple pieces of candy out of the bag; I would eat the entire bag! What I found out with that was it was easier to go cold turkey and avoid all candy/desserts for 2-3 weeks. Then, after that amount of time had passed, I was able to be more sensible and have just a serving. I still have to be extremely careful because the desire to binge is still there. It really is/was a kind of "addiction" for me. Good luck!

Thursday, September 07, 2006, 8:58 AM

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Anything in moderation is OK

I love peanut butter as well, but it's easier for me to have PB on toast or a PBJ sandwich for a meal -- which overall is not many calories for entire meal. I would limit having peanut butter as a snack as it is pretty high in calories, especially like another posted stated -- if you are spreading it on crackers or just eating it from the jar.

Anything is fine in moderation - which means a serving as part of your meal or once in awhile as a snack.

Thursday, September 07, 2006, 11:07 AM

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I totally disagree. Going cold turkey is the only way to progress. Just like quitting smoking, the 2 cigarettes a day don't work. Just quit.

Thursday, September 07, 2006, 11:26 AM

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since it is a food that you find you cannot put down once you start, it is better to go cold turkey. I had to do that with a few foods, I know what they are..if I eat one I need to eat 2...then I think about having more and feel guilty for even eating the 2nd one. Once I got the food (or the beverage) out of my system the cravings went away. For me it I takes about 3 days for the really strong urge to leave. Once the craving subsides I avoid it at all cost..even the aroma can bing it back but the longer I make it, the less I feel the *need* to have it. I can successful watch other people eat and drink many of the things I used to love without wanting a taste.

Thursday, September 07, 2006, 1:22 PM

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