Friday, April 15, 2011

K Is for Kill the Cravings

I have talked about being a foodaholic in a previous post. Not only do I enjoy food, I sometimes find myself craving food even when I know I should not be hungry. I know these feelings occur for me when I am bored or anxious. Knowing the cause is a great first step but it is only the first step to battling the cravings.
You don’t want to wait until you’re in the middle of a craving crisis to realize you are unprepared to deal with it. If you know you have triggers and they are unavoidable, say, stress, for example, you need to be prepared. None of us can completely eliminate stress. We can be prepared for it. I know I tend to crave chocolate and chips when I’m in one of those frames of mind. I am keeping some 100 calorie packs of cookies in the pantry for when the carb-demons come calling.
I am not likely to reach for celery sticks when my brain is screaming CHOCOLATE!  Having something around that will satisfy the yearning without undermining your diet is the smart approach.
In a side note, I have recently started a low-carb diet and have experienced a radical reduction in eating impulses. I will keep you posted as to how this goes.


Amy Brantley said...

You're right. It can be hard to reach for something healthy when your brain wants something bad. Fruit seems to be helping me a lot though.

Lisa Carey said...

It is so true, those cravings once they hit are so powerful. For me it's water. I drink lots of water.

Word Nerd said...

If I have fruit on hand, I can easily avoid giving in to something wicked, but otherwise, I'll grab whatever is handy when my sweet tooth calls.

Limiting carbs really does reduce cravings--at least after those first few killer days. For me, though, I prefer to have the carbs--just not too many of the white, processed kind.

My “M” post is right here:

Marie Anne said...

My problem is still the carb addiction. If I can get myself through several days of truly low-carb, I can kick it and have NO cravings.

Karen Walker said...

Found you thru the a-z challenge. We share something in common. I am 5' 3 1/2 and weighed 183 pounds a few years ago. I lost 50 pounds and have maintained the loss for 3 years now. However I recently gained a few back and just can't get them off, no matter what I do. So afraid I'll end up back where I was. Looking forward to hearing more about your low-carb diet.

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