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does eating better lead to less craving of food?

I am reading that if you eat foods that are high in nutrients, your body craves less food. The idea is that when you eat junk, there is little nutrient value which your body needs. So it tells you to get more. In essence, fat is an appetite stimulant, where the more junk you eat, the more you crave.

Mon. Feb 5, 5:33pm

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I'm not sure if that is true, but you can definitely get used to eating less food!

For example, I give myself a calorie budget - I am allowed 300 cals for breakfast, 500 while I'm at work (including lunch), and 500 after work (including dinner). That's pretty tight. I need to focus on getting foods that are filling; otherwise I'll be hungry all day.

Well, a good solid year of doing that, and, seriously, I get full so fast now! I used to be able to eat probably thousands of calories in a sitting; now, I fill up, especially when I concentrate on listening to my body. It's great!

Though, a day or two of eating crap, and I can get right back to being able to eat whatever again! So, it's not permanent, yet.

Also, though, cutting out junk will make you crave it less b/c things like sugar are somewhat addictive - the "high" and then the crash. If you avoid it, you'll want it less and less.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 5:49 PM

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Yes! I definitely crave less junk when I eat better. And by 'better' I mean I eat 5-8 healthfully prepared servings of veggies and fruits, lean protein, whole grains, heart-healthy fats, low-fat dairy and very, very little in the way of processed foods. It's when I get crunched for time and need convenience and just buy something fast that I find myself getting back on the craving roller-coaster. However so long as I make it a priority to purchase and prepare healthful meals and snacks - I do not crave much in the way of junk and I find I prefer the treats I do have to be of a higher quality. This sounds easy when I write it, but I don't always make my health a priority even though I *know* I should. I put everything else ahead of my own needs for healthy food and pretty soon I'm eating a diet of junk and giving in to cravings left and right. The hardest part of eating well has been giving myself permission to do it full-time and refusing to feel guilty for making it a priority in my life.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 5:53 PM

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so true for me!!! wheni eat NO junk food, i have NO cravings. it all starts with one chip or one spoonful of ice cream or one nacho. and then *BOOM* i cannot stop thinking about food. i have definitely taken notice of this. each time i succumb to the cravings it gets that much harder to get over the initial "hump" again, but i've never felt better than when i had virtually no preservatives in my system.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 9:01 AM

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I rarely ate junk food and rarely eat it today. But regarding healthy foods: since I joined PT (Jan. 2006!!) I have significantly reduced the number of calories I eat by reducing portion sizes. I eat smaller portions of just about everything, including healthy foods like veggies + salads. And to my surprise, I have gotten used to these much smaller portions. Occasionally, I slip and eat much larger amounts (usually at parties or celebrations where I am faced with all sorts of wonderful foods). However, I then tend to feel sick and I KNOW I really overate.

Changing my eating habits has been and still is an interesting process....
(so far, I'm down about 35 lb.)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 9:02 AM

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When it comes to choosing healthy foods, it all kind of falls into place if you get the recommended 5-8 servings of fruit and veggies and then focus your healthy eating efforts on choosing smart carbohydrates -- for most, it's the junky carbs/sugar that give us an uncontrollable appetite, not the fat (which is generally considered "satiating"). I have not consciously given up junk food, but by doing the above, it's at an all-time low, like once or twice a week instead of 2-3x a day. I rarely miss it, which is a total surprise to me.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 12:09 PM

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Too much diet soda gives me cravings for food- I think my body throws a fit when it tastes sugar but doesn't get actual sugar.

I've found if I keep my diet soda intake to 1 can or less a day, i doesn't mess with my system. 2 cans, I get slightly snacky. 3 cans, I get ravenous. Weird.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 1:18 PM

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I stopped eating junk food about three years ago, and never crave it. In fact, when I drive by one of those places, the smell makes me sick. The couple times I have eaten something from them because it was the only choice, etc., I felt like crap afterward.
I do agree with some of the other posters that once you have a splurge day of sugary sweets, the next couple days are hell trying to get back on the healthy track, but eating sweets in moderation has been what has kept me on track. I'm even eating mostly vegetarian foods now, even though I don't consider myself vegetarian. It just makes more sense to have a boca burger than a high calorie regular beef burger. When I go out to eat is when I have regular meat, but at home I don't even have meat in the house.


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Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 5:46 PM

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would you cite some sources so i can read up on this more?

Thursday, February 15, 2007, 3:46 PM

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My experience is that the less you eat of anything, the less you crave it. I became a vegetarian almost 8 years ago, after having been quite the meat-lover and an aficionado of barbecue! It didn't happen overnight. I just told myself that I could have BBQ whenever I really craved it. So I craved it maybe once every 6 weeks at first....twice a year for a long not even that often.

The same is actually true of serving size, for me. I used to eat a whole huge bowl of salad or plate of food, no matter how rich. Over the last 5 years I have totally adjusted to healthy serving sizes, and now those heaped plates look somewhat pathological and alarming to me.

Now, I am not a quick weight-loss kind of person. But my high weight was about 170, and I'm now at about 120. So I would say that if you accept that your cravings might not be gone in a week or even in a month, but give them time to become less frequent, you are on your way!

Saturday, February 17, 2007, 1:29 PM

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The high fructose corn syrup in lots of "junk" foods - what makes them sweet - has been known to cause cravings, esp. for more sweets. I don't eat that stuff anymore cause even when I have a little, I am ravenous and cravings sweets and junk all day.

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 12:03 PM

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