100 lb. Club - How did you break up with junk food?




chickiegirl
09-01-2009, 12:48 PM
For those who have beaten/slammed down/are able to control the sugar/salt/fat demons this is my question: How long did it take before you were able to break that mental addiction of bad food feeling so good?

I mean that in the sense that for a few brief moments, it does feel good, although I know after effects fell bad. If you don't eat it for a while, I know you can break the physical cravings -- but what about the mental anticipation and cravings?

How did you break up with the junk in your mind?


TamiL
09-01-2009, 12:51 PM
I tell myself "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels". Sounds cliche, but it works for me.

ladyrider72472
09-01-2009, 12:56 PM
I just think about what it really is...... I mean you cannot spell or pronounce half of it...... so is it REALLY food?


marbear24
09-01-2009, 01:08 PM
I find alternatives. I allow myself a little bit of something healthy that seems like a treat during the day, and I basically fool myself into thinking "Yes! We had that snickers bar after all!"

Emerald has these 100 calorie packs of cocoa roasted almonds. Almonds are healthy, and there is just enough cocoa to satisfy the " Me. Want. Chocolate. Nuts. Caaaaaandy." voice in my belly.

rockinrobin
09-01-2009, 01:38 PM
Does it feel good or does it TASTE good? Two different things.

Anyway, I finally realized that I couldn't have junk food in my life AND be that slim, trim, active, energetic, fit, healthy person I longed to be. Nope. I just can't have it both ways. Yay for the ones who can do moderation and make it all the way to goal. Tried that experiment - for decades - didn't work. Soooo, I finally accepted that fact that I couldn't have it anymore. Okay. If that food was standing in my way - then so be it. Is it worth risking my life - the length of my life - and the quality of my life? No. A big fat gigantic NO.

Cravings? Luckily within 2 weeks of being "off" the stuff, yes I liken it to an addict, not everyone would agree, my cravings for it GREATLY diminished. Which quite honestly I hadn't expected. I was pleasantly surprised! It was easier then I thought.

As far as the cravings till that point (& if they should & have arised thereafter) - so what???? Big deal. WANTING something doesn't mean I have to have it. It's irrelevant. I go shopping all the time and have to walk away with out many things that I'd love to purchase. But I don't. Because there would be consequences to pay. A better head prevails. Because I am mature, reasonable, sensible and responsible. My food intake is no different.

So, I no longer settle for foods that just TASTE good. Nope. Now, that I've become sensible, rational, mindful, and mature with my food intake - I now require that they TASTE good and ARE good for me. No more settling. I hold myself to a higher standard. I'm worth it. I love the foods that I'm eating. Love it. Love it. Love it. And I LOVE my life more then I ever could have imagined.

beerab
09-01-2009, 01:40 PM
It was a hard break up full of tears :(

lol. It's still something I struggle with- I don't buy junkfood anymore- specially not anything I like! Hubby still does but thank goodness I don't like the stuff he buys.

First I finished off what I had- then I stopped buying it. I eventually stopped craving things like chips and chocolate. And even if I had the craving I'd just let it pass. Don't get me wrong, I'll indulge now and then, but not like I used to.

Onederchic
09-01-2009, 01:59 PM
I don't have it available. It didn't take long for the cravings to disappear, for me. For me, I can't do moderation because for me, it leads to binging (except for the rare occasion when I will allow myself a handful of fries or chips but only have enough available to me for one serving and nothing more).

rockinrobin
09-01-2009, 02:07 PM
For those who have beaten/slammed down/are able to control the sugar/salt/fat demons this is my question: How long did it take before you were able to break that mental addiction of bad food feeling so good?



I just wanted to add, that I had known for a LONG time that "junk" didn't make me feel good. It TASTED good for a few minutes, but that was it. I felt like garbage after eating it. Very quickly too. There was that inevitable carb stupor horrible feeling. There was heartburn which I suffered from daily. The out of control feelings of having eaten the stuff. And that was just the short term. The longterm - well it led to my obesity, my MORBID obesity and a poor, poor quality of life. So for me, it hadn't FELT good for quite some time.

Eating "those foods" never, ever, ever provided me with HAPPINESS. I WAS a miserable, inactive, in pain, worried, anxiety ridden, under productive mess. No. They didn't make me happy. Food was no comfort to me any longer, even if it was in the very, very beginning of my overeating ways.

Funny enough, now food DOES provide me with comfort. I find adhering to a healthy diet, in and of itself, never mind what it produces, but just staying on plan is indeed incredibly gratifying and yes - comforting. Who knew?

Elladorine
09-01-2009, 03:05 PM
I just made the decision one day. I got fed up of making excuses for being tired, miserable, and fat. And if food is the main key to feeling better, is there really a choice to be made?

I choose the veggies and fruits over the junk. I choose salads and home-cooked meals over fast food and meals from a box. I choose everything I possibly can that will contribute to my health instead of things that will take away from it, no questions asked. :)

Glory87
09-01-2009, 03:10 PM
Like any bad relationship, I went cold turkey. It was 5 years ago, and I honestly don't remember the details - I don't remember wanting any of those foods and the cravings are still gone today. I was so pumped and excited about my new lifestyle, my new choices, my new energy - all I remember is joy.

JayEll
09-01-2009, 03:16 PM
Well, ya know, there were a lot of close feelings between me and J.F. I mean, I sacrificed a LOT to stay in the relationship. But eventually I had to admit that it was just... toxic! And so, I said goodbye. Changed the locks on the doors, didn't let J.F. come in again. Never went by J.F's place, just changed my route. No more J.F.!

And as time went on, I found that others could fill my needs even better, although it did take some getting used to because those new relationships were, well, healthy! And I wasn't used to that!

Of course, that went on for some time. But today, I occasionally see J.F. from time to time--and we're cordial--but I'm still the adult in the relationship and always will be. I hope never again to make that mistake and put myself into a situation that was really soooo bad for me.

Oh--and J.F. will never change. Still the same old lines and lures... It's sad, really.

;)

Jay

JulieJ08
09-01-2009, 03:21 PM
Does it feel good or does it TASTE good? Two different things.

I agree they're two different things. But yes, it certainly can make you *feel* good. It's emotional. Junk food can feel good as soon as it hits your tongue. In fact, it can make you feel good even when it doesn't taste good. I think it's part psychological and part physical. Long term, no. Short term, um, yeah. :o

JulieJ08
09-01-2009, 03:27 PM
How did you break up with the junk in your mind?

Junk can be defined lots of ways. I don't even define it the same way all the time. But one functional definition I like is it's stuff that makes me want more and more, EVEN THOUGH I am consciously aware it doesn't taste good. I mean, geez, something like that has to not be good for you. Giving myself that conscious reminder that I'm eating more even though it doesn't even taste that great makes me think there must be something eeuuuwww and alien about the substance (I don't want to call it food), and makes it easier to stop.

rockinrobin
09-01-2009, 03:38 PM
Well, ya know, there were a lot of close feelings between me and J.F. I mean, I sacrificed a LOT to stay in the relationship. But eventually I had to admit that it was just... toxic! And so, I said goodbye. Changed the locks on the doors, didn't let J.F. come in again. Never went by J.F's place, just changed my route. No more J.F.!

And as time went on, I found that others could fill my needs even better, although it did take some getting used to because those new relationships were, well, healthy! And I wasn't used to that!

Of course, that went on for some time. But today, I occasionally see J.F. from time to time--and we're cordial--but I'm still the adult in the relationship and always will be. I hope never again to make that mistake and put myself into a situation that was really soooo bad for me.

Oh--and J.F. will never change. Still the same old lines and lures... It's sad, really.

;)

Jay

Cute!

rockinrobin
09-01-2009, 03:44 PM
I agree they're two different things. But yes, it certainly can make you *feel* good. It's emotional. Junk food can feel good as soon as it hits your tongue.

I get what you're saying....

But for me, there was just too high a price to pay and it came to a point, where it certainly didn't FEEL or TASTE good. It just felt and tasted WRONG. Hard to explain. I was just so DISGUSTED with it and ME. Every bite was just like, "what the H#@L am I doing? WHAT THE H#@L AM I DOING?"

ubergirl
09-01-2009, 03:47 PM
I was thinking about this today.

I find that there is a big difference between obsessively craving something-- that feeling that I will get no relief until I eat the thing I want-- and just wanting something because I think it would taste good.

Right now, I have a big chocolate cake made by a friend sitting inside my kitchen. She makes wonderful chocolate cakes and my whole family loves them.

I thought about having a slice, even went so far as to think about looking up the calories on fitday, but I decided that I didn't want it that bad. I was afraid I would want it more, much more, obsessively more, if I started out with a slice. Right now, I KNOW that I won't eat any of it because I decided not to, and because I'm not in that compulsive craving mode.

I'm not quite sure what that obsessive craving is, but I don't think it has anything to do with hunger-- I think it's more of a compulsion.

It didn't take me that long to get over the compulsion to eat stuff I shouldn't, but I have no illusions.

I think I'm like RR and I will never have the talent for moderation. I can keep it in my house, for limited periods of time, but I can't eat it.

JulieJ08
09-01-2009, 03:53 PM
I get what you're saying....

But for me, there was just too high a price to pay and it came to a point, where it certainly didn't FEEL or TASTE good. It just felt and tasted WRONG. Hard to explain. I was just so DISGUSTED with it and ME. Every bite was just like, "what the H#@L am I doing? WHAT THE H#@L AM I DOING?"

I've been there too. It really feels like a kind of insanity.

rockinrobin
09-01-2009, 04:16 PM
I'm not quite sure what that obsessive craving is, but I don't think it has anything to do with hunger-- I think it's more of a compulsion.
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You know I've never thought of it in terms of a compulsion. But it is fitting. That explains it very well. A light bulb just went off in my head. Wow. Eye-opening.....

As far as moderation..... I have learned it - to an extent. I will have indulgences every now and then, but they have to be in a controlled setting, usually that means AWAY from my home. And there are still certain foods that will never be in my home again. Oh well. No room for them anyway. Now that I'm slender, my phenomenal and extensive wardrobe, , is taking up every extra inch of space in our home . ;) C'est la' vie.

Do I miss those foods? Nu-uh. Not a bit. :D

Lori259
09-01-2009, 04:26 PM
I just look at how many calories are in it and leave it at the store.
I now eat sugar free ,Low calorie snacks.

As an example:
I haven't ate a cookie in proboly 8 months.....And never will again...The calories they have in it aint worth the feel good or the taste 0f it.


GOODLUCK

P.s. ~The trick is to decide junk food is unhealthy and high In calories~find low calorie snacks that are healthier for you If possible or eat in small calorie portions if you can not fully give it up.

matafleur
09-02-2009, 02:32 AM
I have two junk food weaknesses: fast food and something sweet after dinner.

For fast food, I just started paying attention to how gross it is. I mean, your mouth feels coated with grease after you eat a combo meal. It's gross! So I would just pay attention to that gross greasy feeling, and convinced myself that fast food is disgusting (which, you know, it is!).

Breaking myself of dessert was harder. As soon as I finish my evening meal I start craving a sweet. I tried those 100-calorie cookie packs, that sort of thing, but it didn't work. They weren't as good as the "real thing." So I just went without. The habit was hard to break because it would consume my thoughts after dinner. But when I eventually stopped craving it, so I bought some Skinny Cow ice cream cones. Compared to the big fat nothing I'd been having for dessert, those Skinny Cows tasted really delicious! But since the cravings had stopped I only had them now and then and it was fine.

Basically, you just do it. Use mental tricks if those will work - like I did with the fast food - or just deprive yourself until you're over it. Because you WILL get over it.

Jadebatdog
09-02-2009, 03:50 AM
For some reason I HAVE to have something sweet in the evenings, or I start going crazy. (I'm like a drug addict rummaging through the kitchen!) I decided not to torture myself and got myself these little bags of of those rainbow cookies which are about 200 calories, or a skinny cow ice-cream cone which are 150 calories. I just make sure that I allow myself enough room in my diet for these calories at the end of the day. So I guess we can say that I never really broke up with junk food. I won't get any chips though because I know how that goes. I am just tired and hungry and all I want to do is snack on something and before I know it, the whole bag is gone!

Windchime
09-02-2009, 11:08 AM
For my "trigger" junk food items, I remind myself that it's not food. When I'm tempted, I look at the object and say, "Oh, I can't eat that--it's not food." Triggers for me are chip and dip, Cheetos, and cookies. I do keep Skinny Cow ice creams in the house and will have one of those most nights if I want something sweet.

If I REALLY want something bad, I think about how I felt in December and January. I was depressed and crying all the time. My jeans were literally busting through at the seams on the inner thighs. I felt heavy and slow and awkward and my asthma was out of control. I could barely fit into my one remaining pair of work pants.

So....when I want to reach for candy or a trigger food, I remember December and how horrible I felt. It was junk food and crap that got me to that place. Junk food is NOT food; it's garbage that makes me feel bad.

Trazey34
09-02-2009, 02:27 PM
I had to dump it cold turkey. No matter how much time goes on, I'm sure I'm always going to LIKE the taste of chips and candy and ice cream, I just will. I think our cave-man brains are hotwired to loveeeeee fat and sugar when we stumble on them in the wild...oh wait we're not cave-people any longer, I can get all the fat and sugar I want, whenever i want! LOL

To me "junk food" is stuff our grandparents never ate as kids. The garbage fastfood burgers and fries and bags of crap with unpronounceable ingredients, I kinda feel that way about 100 cal packs too. sure, it's 100 cals but of what??? LOL I do like a sweet after dinner, so I make these kind of organicy ginger snaps and freeze them -- they're good but not THAT good that i'd eat the whole tray LOL

for me tho, I just had to let the snacking GO at night. I can't do a little snack mid evening, even a piece of toast. That would lead to 4 slices and then something else....sigh... it's a drag knowing yourself inside and out sometimes!!!!

jrsygrl
09-02-2009, 04:22 PM
I didn't give up my sweet tooth. I found alternatives. Instead of buying prepackaged goodies I make my own that are lower in calories and not as bad for you. I don't eat them every day only on occasion. I would say to just have them in moderation. Plan for it. Don't give it up.

Now if sweets are your down fall and you can't just have one cookie or a small slice of cake, pie, etc then I would give it up totally.

Stella
09-02-2009, 05:46 PM
I can recommend you Jason Vale`s book "Slim for life". Very highly.I`m glad I was able to see past the (IMO somewhat unfortunate) title and buy it. It`s mainly about breakingthe addiction to junk food.

You don`t need to do anything but read and really take it in. I re-read it again and again. It`s what Allen Carr did for smoking (I successfully stopped after reading his book, 10 years ago.)

SunshineCA
09-03-2009, 02:25 AM
I just said NO and walked away!

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