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Eliana
01-27-2010, 02:19 PM
And it isn't TOM! LOL!

Argh, I hate this! I so rarely have strong cravings. My only option is the vending machine. Maybe I can get a pack of M&M's and savor 4-5 of them. I'm actually capable of that. :dizzy:


Eliana
01-27-2010, 02:21 PM
Oh wait! No cash! Crap! :devil:

JayEll
01-27-2010, 02:26 PM
So just forget about it! C'mon, in the larger scheme of things, you can live many, many hours without a single M&M. :lol:

Jay


Sskar
01-27-2010, 02:28 PM
First of all :rofl: at title of your post! My immediate thought was, "no you don't need chocolate" - then my compassionate side and the lurking chocolate lobe of my brain emerged and said, "Why not? Just because I can't eat 4-5 M&M's and not put on a feed bag doesn't mean she can't."

So, you go girl and enjoy every molecule of the cocoa bean. :drool:

jewels05
01-27-2010, 02:29 PM
Ugh! I know the feeling! I had the cravings last night after dinner... I had a 100 Calorie pack of cookies bc i knew I still had wiggle room in my daily calories... But I HATE having those cravings!

calluna
01-27-2010, 02:35 PM
You are a better woman than I am! I am not capable of eating only 4-5 m&ms.

In fact, I have had one bite of chocolate (within plan) in the last month and I must keep it that way. The ravening, sweet-craving monster lurks, slavering, in the wings!

cathydoe
01-27-2010, 02:36 PM
Wow you can only eat 4-5 m'n'ms? Holy Buckets! Good 4 u!

HaleyisLove
01-27-2010, 02:44 PM
I'm staring at a bowl of M&M's at work and I think I maybe at 7...but thats it just 7... I was like really these arent that good...

cfmama
01-27-2010, 02:47 PM
You don't NEED the chocolate... every single time you DENY yourself that chocolate you are saying YES to a slimmer and healthier you. And if you are going to have chocolate... at least make it good chocolate ;)

And yah... there'd be no way I could only eat 4 or 5. Okay maybe 4 or 5 at a time... repeated until the bag was gone! lol!!!

Eliana
01-27-2010, 02:53 PM
So nice to not be alone! :D And I hope I don't trigger anyone else. :o

If I crave something, whether salty or chocolatey, I find if I eat just a tiny amount it stops the craving, whereas if I don't indulge my craving, I will eat a lot of something else. For instance, dinner isn't over until I have a piece of chocolate. But just a little Hershey's Kiss will do it. I figure it's better to eat the kiss than go back for seconds.

Eliana
01-27-2010, 02:55 PM
You don't NEED the chocolate... every single time you DENY yourself that chocolate you are saying YES to a slimmer and healthier you. And if you are going to have chocolate... at least make it good chocolate ;)

And yah... there'd be no way I could only eat 4 or 5. Okay maybe 4 or 5 at a time... repeated until the bag was gone! lol!!!

LOL! I have a way of making food last. I like to suck on each piece until the candy coating is gone. Peanut M&M's are great because after the candy coating is gone there's another layer of chocolate to suck on. Then I even suck on the peanut for a while. So my 4-5 M&M's can last a good ten minutes.

Weird. :rolleyes: I know.

lackadaisy
01-27-2010, 03:05 PM
Try Godiva's "chocoiste" line. Very, very full of flavor and in a nice sealed tin you can keep in your purse. 5 calories per little dark or milk chocolate pearl. I LOVE them.

marigrace
01-27-2010, 04:00 PM
When I deny myself something I am really craving, I usually end up compensating , and doing alot more damage in the long run..... I am all for a little bit of the really good stuff...or sometimes, some skim milk with cocoa powder and a little sugar (or sweetener) will hit the spot.

FitGirlyGirl
01-27-2010, 04:16 PM
I have to take care of cravings by having at least a little of it too. If I don't then bad things happen! I am also a chocoholic and could never eat 4,5,or 7 M&Ms without the whole bag/bowl suddenly being in my tummy. I take care of my chocolate cravings now with Green & Black's Organic Dark chocolate - I get 85%. It is soooo good, but sadly, becoming harder and harder for me to find.

ubergirl
01-27-2010, 04:49 PM
You don't need chocolate.

Nobody needs chocolate.

Taurie
01-27-2010, 04:56 PM
I would only be able to eat 4 or 5 if I throw out the pack straight away. I did that with a bar of chocolate. I couldn't trust myself with the other squares. My bf hides Lindor mini chocolate eggs in our flat. When I get a craving he fetches me a couple. It's the only way to control it. He's such a good sport!

Nada
01-27-2010, 05:28 PM
Ghiridelli squares (high cocoa %) can be broken into 8-12 *tiny* pieces and savored slowly. That's how I deal with my chocolate cravings. They're so rich one square is enough.

PeanutsMom704
01-27-2010, 05:38 PM
I've been craving chocolate too, although in my case, TOM/PMS is the explanation.

And I've made the mistake of trying to eat around it - meaning pushing the envelope of my healthy eating (and yesterday, ripping that envelope) but that never works, it's just stuff I shouldn't have eaten but still haven't satisfied the craving.

I'm still on the fence - part of me thinks that I should just fight through it, and part of me thinks that one candy bar a month is ok as long as I admit I'm going to have it and I plan for it. (and I would definitely just get one regular size bar, no big bags or anything to keep tempting me!)

WhitePicketFences
01-27-2010, 05:39 PM
I do the same, with different brands of dark chocolate squares. I have one written down for tonight after dinner, actually. 40 calories. There are delicious ones and I really recommend that.

A hershey kiss is 25 calories, also a good choice (I'm capable of just having one of those, too; I like having two at a time as well).

BUT for some reason, I don't feel capable of having 4-5 m&ms from a vending-machine bag! That's just different to me. So it's with that bias that I say, don't push the m&m button ...

caryesings
01-27-2010, 05:42 PM
You don't need chocolate.

Nobody needs chocolate.

Blasphemy!!

marigrace
01-27-2010, 07:04 PM
Blasphemy indeed !

ubergirl
01-27-2010, 07:20 PM
Blasphemy!!

HA! Didn't know there was a gospel of chocolate... :D

But frankly, I am skeptical of the entire concept of cravings...

I used to crave a lot of stuff-- and I can do without all of it. I don't see why chocolate is any different.

Obviously I'm in the minority here.

Carry on!

LovebirdsFlying
01-27-2010, 07:31 PM
Well, admittedly, chocolate isn't a biological need, but...

I keep unsweetened powdered cocoa on hand. Add a teaspoon to my coffee, and my chocolate cravings are satisfied, calorie-and-carb free. Delicious mocha! Who needs Starbucks?

LOL at Sskar's "feed bag."

I'm not one for saying I can *never* have a certain food, especially not chocolate! If I do, I set myself up for a binge. It works like this: Hmmm, I want chocolate. But I'm on a diet, so I can't have chocolate. Instead I'll eat a carrot.... Oh, ****, I still want chocolate. I'll have an apple. Etc. Hours later I'm full of "healthy" foods until I want to puke, but I still want chocolate. The next day I decide I'm going to have the chocolate anyway, and I'll take a whole pie, thank you!

So I will plan and budget for an occasional treat. This way I can eat a little bit and feel good about it, rather than a lot and hate myself for it. It's working for me.

marigrace
01-27-2010, 07:46 PM
Wow...quite a controversy here...obviously some folks are unable to do "just a small piece" of chocolate and... That is ok, but some can....that is ok too...

lovemyboy
01-27-2010, 08:55 PM
For me I can eat dark (like 80-85% cocao) chocolate and satisfy the craving while not triggering a feeding frenzy. With that level of cocoa there isn't much sugar involved. I could never open a pkg of m&m s and eat just a few though. I blame that more on the sugar content than the chocolate content though. You know your limits, so if it really is a trigger food, it might be best to stay away. How are you doing now?

Michelle98272
01-27-2010, 09:18 PM
I don't mean to be a naysayer but I've read studies that some people can truly become addicted to a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g including chocolate. You read here about people being addicted to soda, caffeine, chocolate...it does happen. I believe it.

On the topic of 4 or 5 m&m's, I couldn't do it. I'd have to flush the remainder down the toilet because YES as a person with binge eating issues (at times) I've even taken things out of the trash that I put there to get rid of. Just so you don't think I'm too too gross, it was Oreos and they were in a half full package that I had thrown away. I later "retrieved" them. and ate them. *baaad me* It wasn't in an alley in a random dumpster or anything.

Eliana
01-27-2010, 09:45 PM
I'm not one for saying I can *never* have a certain food, especially not chocolate! If I do, I set myself up for a binge. It works like this: Hmmm, I want chocolate. But I'm on a diet, so I can't have chocolate. Instead I'll eat a carrot.... Oh, ****, I still want chocolate. I'll have an apple. Etc. Hours later I'm full of "healthy" foods until I want to puke, but I still want chocolate. The next day I decide I'm going to have the chocolate anyway, and I'll take a whole pie, thank you!


Precisely. This is me to a T. And if I'd just had the chocolate kiss instead of the carrot in the first place, I'd have done without the carrot, the apple, the oatmeal, the celery, the watermelon, etc. The kiss is 25 calories. And the rest of the healthy food came out to ______??? I definitely crave chocolate. Yes, I can power through it. But why? ;)

Margalo
01-27-2010, 10:25 PM
vis-a-vis cravings.

The first type is like Eliana, who can sate cravings with a small amount.

Then there's the other category. 4-5 M&Ms => the whole bag => tomorrow I need dessert at dinner => the day after that I need dessert at dinner and lunch => hey, my admin refilled the candy jar on her desk, and I need to stop by every five minutes to DISCUSS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT (and eat two pieces of candy each time) => WHAT THE HECK DOES THE STUPID SCALE MEAN I GAINED FOURTEEN POUNDS? :mad: Um, not that I would know from personal experience or anything.

ubergirl
01-27-2010, 11:58 PM
vis-a-vis cravings.

The first type is like Eliana, who can sate cravings with a small amount.

Then there's the other category. 4-5 M&Ms => the whole bag => tomorrow I need dessert at dinner => the day after that I need dessert at dinner and lunch => hey, my admin refilled the candy jar on her desk, and I need to stop by every five minutes to DISCUSS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT (and eat two pieces of candy each time) => WHAT THE HECK DOES THE STUPID SCALE MEAN I GAINED FOURTEEN POUNDS? :mad: Um, not that I would know from personal experience or anything.

Yup. Margalo nailed it...

The entire concept of craving anything is suspect for me. Once I start craving, I'm cooked. Because craving is uncontrollable and I get into this whole should I/shouldn't I dialectic like a freaking drug addict or something.

The ONLY way for me to deal with a craving is to put it on the permanent NO list....WEIRD. I could have an entire box of GODIVA CHOCOLATES sitting in my kitchen right now, and if they were on my NO list then I wouldn't even remember they were there, but if I started craving, then the next thing you know, I would have eaten the entire box and might well be on the way to the store to buy more.

I think that makes me....

UNBALANCED :D

But hey, at least I have found a way to conquer the beast. :dizzy:

Meanwhile, I see the rest of you licking your little squares of chocolate and enjoying yourselves. GO FOR IT!

cfmama
01-28-2010, 12:08 AM
I can't do it either Uber. I just can't. It HAS to be a NO WAY NO HOW thing for me... perhaps that's one of the secrets to my success? No way to know. But I do know that if I give in to my cravings I crave things MORE AND MORE AND MORE. And THAT leads to disaster... big big big time.

chickiechic
01-28-2010, 04:17 AM
We have a bucket of Hershey's kisses at work. I usually indulge in two, around mid-afternoon (within plan). Then, I had a massage appt. today and the massage therapist *forced* me to eat a chocolate after my session... I hadn't eaten much at that point, I wasn't hard to convince (and still within plan). But it was more candy than I've had in one day since Christmas, so it felt downright decadent.

marigrace
01-28-2010, 05:06 AM
Personally, I stay away from junk food (cheap chocolate included) because it makes me hungry and I have come to the point where I don't even like the taste. However, I don't have trouble including a small piece of good dark chocolate and a few almonds at the end of a healthy low calorie dinner. I have to say that I think it is more than just a matter of will power, some foods just cause people like me to crave because of real physiological responses....but you know what ...no two chicks are a like, and if chocolate is on your danger list you are very wise to avoid it completely.