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I read that if you can wait out a craving for 10 minutes it will pass, I was wondering what are some ways you "fight" cravings - you know the kind that tells you to eat when you know 1. it is wrong and 2. your not even hungry?

Thu. Jun 7, 4:39pm

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I chew gum on my way home from work so I don't dive in and eat everything in sight. If I am home and having a craving (when I know I'm not hungry), I try to distract myself. If it still doesn't go away I try to brainstorm the cheapest caloric way to satisfy it. For example, if I want something sweet, I try a piece of fruit (one that I really like, like a nectarine or some raspberries) or some non-fat yogurt with a little honey. Then I try to eat it really slow.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:07 PM

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I have found that the best way to fight cravings is to actually THINK about what I am doing. Often times, I see something, and just start eating it. I get on auto pilot, and before I know it, the thing I am eating no longer tastes good, my belly is aching, and I am still eating! When I actually stop and consider the food I am craving, I find that often I come to terms with the fact that I should not have it at that time. Even if I do give in to the craving, I have more control over how much I am eating. You'd be surprised how much most people with weight problems eat without thinking. CGS

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:25 PM

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To deal with a craving that is hitting me really hard I find I have to basically render myself unconscious (i.e., go to bed!) I'm fortunate that my big time cravings happen later in the evenings!

Before 9pm I have to completely get away from the kitchen and DO something - take a bath, go for a walk, get on the computer, etc.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:28 PM

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First of all you should not be having temptation near you or even inside a place where you know you'll be vulnerable. Just think about how guilty you'll feel afterwards its worked for me. Or you can take a bite and move on.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:50 PM

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I seem to go against popular strategy here, but I have learned over time that sometimes when I have cravings and they are strong, I actually have to give in to them. And I do much better that way--I may feel guilty as hell, but if I make the decision to actually 'give in', I only eat a small amount--sometimes only a bite or two (especially if the craving is for chocolate or ice cream) and then I am actually satisfied. If i try to avoid the craving altogether, I end up eating EVERYTHING ELSE! I will be so focused on NOT eating the chocolate, that I may be apt to eat a whole bag for frozen corn, or an entire garden full of salad, or baked veggies with brown rice (rounded on a dinner plate) or anything else I can find just to try to fill myself up and make my craving go away. Problem is, the next moring I will wake up feeling guilty about all that I ate, and I may still have my original craving...Obviously I have an issue with overeating (and years of bulimia behind me) so when I can take a BITE of chocolate, I consider that a huge success--and usually I even splurge and get the really fancy dark chocolate, or the good Ben & Jerry's ice cream. I figure if I want to satisfy the craving, I need to do it with something that will really satisfy me.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 8:30 PM

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