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luckymommy
05-31-2013, 09:03 AM
I have recently quit drinking coffee

Artificial sweeteners (Splenda, etc.)

Refined sugar

Oh! I almost forgot about Diet Coke. Now if I taste it, it's disgusting! I used to LOVE it! Now if I could only feel that way about chocolate. ;)

The only one I still can't quit (which I know contains artificial sweeteners) is my gum. I love Extra Dessert Delights and I usually have about 4-6 sticks every night in order to avoid binge eating. I know this is my last major vice but I still need to work on that one!

So, what did you all quit?


elvislover324
05-31-2013, 09:13 AM
I quit munchy snacks which was a huge part of my diet for years and years (chip, popcorn, crackers, tortilla chips, Cheeze-its, peanuts--notice the trend? Salty and crunchy!). There was no such thing as a serving size, a stopping point, a save some for later strategy. It was literally eat it til it's gone (and never tasting it or realizing that I just ate 10 servings in less than an hour...). It was the hardest habit I ever had to break. I never smoked or did drugs but mentally, it would have to be comparable I think. I was addicted to the carbs and crunch (if it's possible).

I can never ever eat like that again in my whole life. I almost think I have to ban them from my diet, I can't be trusted.

Edited to add!!! timetolose reminded me!! I haven't had a bagel, a piece of bread, an English muffin, a pizza crust, NOTHING! in 10 months now. I guess I really did forget about them, lol! But I'd give my right arm for any bread type product but again, I can't be trusted. EVER.

alizarin
05-31-2013, 09:18 AM
I quit coffee too, via a slow wean-off via decaf, and then artificial sweeteners. I used to put them in my tea, but now (I'm off for about .. 6 weeks?) I can appreciate the tea without the sweetness :) Lucky me.

I also quit my snoozing habit! I used to snooze the alarm for 40 minutes or so usually. Sometimes longer, up to 1.5 hours! I thought I'd enjoy getting the "5 more minutes" feeling more often, but in actuality it just left me with less restorative sleep. Now, except maybe once a month when I snooze my alarm once (then feel bad about it and get up before the alarm goes off again ;) ), I get up immediately when my alarm goes off. So much better. That one actually made a surprising difference in how I start my day. Just .. more positive :)

Any kind of diet soda - I used to drink a lot of Coke Zero. None of that anymore.


IanG
05-31-2013, 09:21 AM
All of them except beer.

But I am starting to drink less. Which is very scarey...

time2lose
05-31-2013, 09:23 AM
Elvislover originally posted I quit munchy snacks which was a huge part of my diet for years and years (chip, popcorn, crackers, tortilla chips, Cheeze-its, peanuts--notice the trend? Salty and crunchy!). There was no such thing as a serving size, a stopping point, a save some for later strategy. It was literally eat it til it's gone (and never tasting it or realizing that I just ate 10 servings in less than an hour...). It was the hardest habit I ever had to break. I never smoked or did drugs but mentally, it would have to be comparable I think. I was addicted to the carbs and crunch (if it's possible).

I can never ever eat like that again in my whole life. I almost think I have to ban them from my diet, I can't be trusted.

I could have said the exact same thing. Last time when I lost 100+ pounds I did not think that I could completely give up those munchy snacks. I allowed myself a carefully weighed serving of baked Cheetos or chips every day. Then I would cut something healthy so that I could have another serving. I also did not think that I could live without bread. I kept my calories low enough to lose but it was hard.
This time I am following a doctor's low carb plan that completely cut out those snacks and bread. I am so glad that I decided to try it. It was difficult at first but has gotten much easier and I am losing weight quickly for the first time in my life.

Now, I just need to completely get rid of the Diet Dr. Pepper.:) I still allow myself one can a day.

Silverfire
05-31-2013, 09:36 AM
Smoking! But that happened a few years ago now. Still, one of the best habits to kick!

Pop - I was a 2-3 pop a day kinda girl for a while there. I would buy a case of green tea ginger ale on Sunday and it would be gone by Tuesday. I haven't given it up completely, it is just a treat once and a while now. Regular pop, can't stand the diet stuff.

Buying a snack every time in a store. It used to be that every time I went anywhere, I would buy something. Usually to eat/drink. Chips, beef jerky, candy, chocolate bars... you get the idea. I don't do that anymore.

Habit I need to break - Red Bull. I am still hooked on the zero cal red bull. And binging, I am so so much better than I used to be, but I still find myself occasionally binging :(

tehshort1
05-31-2013, 09:38 AM
I was big on snack foods while I watched tv at night. I cannot have oreos or chips ahoy in my house - I WILL each the ENTIRE box in ONE night. lol No self control with that. If I really want oreos I will buy the 6 cookie snack pack and that's all I'll have. I swear I'm addicted to them. They have been the hardest thing to quit.

seaurchin
05-31-2013, 09:48 AM
As I have gallstones (going on 4 years), I got rid of all fried foods, dairy, most refined carbohydrates, beef and pork. I eat chicken on occasion, but mostly have transitioned to a pescetarian/vegetarian lifestyle. It has taken me four years to get where I am today and through food diaries and gallbladder attacks, I've finally learned what I can/cannot have. I haven't had an attack in over a year now and have had no symptoms associated with this due to diet changes. If anyone has experienced gallbladder attacks, the pain is an incentive to change your diet or get the gallbladder removed. I opted to keep mine! :-)

I had a hard time eliminating soda but I've learned to substitute diet/regular soda for seltzer/club soda when I want fizz. Although now my drink of choice is water.

luckymommy
05-31-2013, 09:49 AM
I saw a report (I believe it was 60 minutes quite a few months ago) that when they make the snack foods, they make the flavor very intense and short lasting which makes people really want to continue that sensation of reaching in the bag and into the mouth. They make an effort to make them addicting...obviously but it's more sinister than I expected.

veggiedawg
05-31-2013, 09:49 AM
Sugar in my tea and coffee. (DH and I would go through alot of white sugar)

Processed snacks. (my new habit is fruit or veg as a snack)

Not having dessert every night. LOL I think it's all sugar craving more sugar...

Sadly, I find myself sliding back into diet pop addiction. I know how bad it is, but with the warmer weather I want cold drinks not so much tea... I'll be working on this one.

**oh, just read seaurchin's post...maybe I'll start buying soda water for the fizz. :) good tip!

the shiv
05-31-2013, 10:05 AM
Same here, veggiedawg :) First thing I cut BACK on was sugar in my tea & coffee. I didn't completely cut it out, as I try it now and again but it just tastes... greasy? So I think I've actually learned to not want it! That in itself took nearly 6 months. Since doing that, I no longer have constant hunger & heartburn, and the horrible cystitis I've had a few times a month since I was a teenager has all but disappeared! That made me want to cut back on other sugar & refined carbs. I still occasionally have sugary things I really like... Usually lattes and Lindt salted caramel dark chocolate, and a donut or cake here and there. But if i'm having, say, a burger, i'll skip the bun as i'm just not really that interested in it. Or having meat & veggies, i used to think i HAD to have potatoes or something, but i'm just not that bothered about them, so i'll usually skip those too. Different story if i've lifted weights though, lol! The thought of how I'm going to feel if I overdo it is more than enough to stop a binge a good 90% of the time :D

And... Sitting on my a** all the time. I walk more, and have the habit of slacking off from this, but it's relatively easy to stick to as it's full of NSVs once I get out the door. I can feel how much fitter & smaller I am from just losing 10% of my weight, and long-term, that's enough to keep me at it :)

Another big one: guilt!! I have a long history of binge eating, and after years of trying to break the cycle at the eating part, I realised that was PART of the cycle. So, a few Jedi mind tricks later, I broke the cycle at the guilt part, and it's worked! I'm done with all the good/bad food distinctions now. I'm no nutritionist but I've learned about hormones a bit, and how my body reacts to food, sleep, stress, etc. I guess I actually think I deserve it more now :)

That post was entirely too long... I'm just working it out for myself as the current habit I'm working on breaking is micromanaging the **** out of everything. I keep veering away from the principles that I know work (eat when hungry, stop when no longer hungry, walk more, lift more, get sleep, be happy). I seem to overcomplicate everything and have put myself on a plateau several times doing this.

I was lucky to find this thread! It's reminded me to focus on what I KNOW works, rather than freaking out over what MIGHT work. One habit at a time :)

KatMarie
05-31-2013, 10:26 AM
Smoking and junk food. I try to eat the least processed foods.

PreciousMissy
05-31-2013, 10:37 AM
Buying and eating an entire big bag of chips in one sitting.

Keeping sweets in the house.

Saying yes every time the little voice in the drive through asked if I wanted get the meal, and if I wanted to super size it.

elvislover324
05-31-2013, 10:37 AM
**oh, just read seaurchin's post...maybe I'll start buying soda water for the fizz. :) good tip!

My newest favorite seltzer water is Cucumber Melon from Polar. It's soooo good I drool over it before I even take a sip!

And it's all natural flavorings so
NO CALORIES
NO SODIUM
NO CAFFEINE
NO SUGAR
NO CARBS
(not yelling at you, just copied from their website!)

PreciousMissy
05-31-2013, 10:40 AM
(not yelling at you, just copied from their website!)

:lol: Elvis, you are too cute!

betsy2013
05-31-2013, 11:02 AM
Hhhmmmm. Maybe this has identified my problem with my weight loss stall/gain/lose/gain/lose/gain......You actually have to give these items up!

SuperCecilia
05-31-2013, 12:16 PM
Great thread.

Habits I've quit - going too long without eating and letting myself get too hungry. I have mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks even if I don't feel I need it.

Eating stuff people bring to meetings at work (leftover birthday cake, cookies, etc) - this relates to the note above. If I eat a healthy snack, won't be hungry and as tempted by that stuff.

Eating oatmeal for breakfast. Seriously, it may sound weird, but with my insulin resistance, oatmeal is too high carb for me and sets me up for a day of too much blood sugar fluctuation and hunger and sugar cravings.

celigirl88
05-31-2013, 12:36 PM
Definitely soda. I used to drink that stuff like it's my job. Everyday, didn't matter. Once I started getting serious about getting in shape and started changing my life around, I drank one soda a couple weeks back and I felt it for days.

I no longer "snack". If I'm hungry I always make sure I have a granola bar, fruit, trail mix, something instead of a bag of chips. I also cut my portions in half, and if I'm still hungry I wait a little bit to make sure I really am hungry or I'm just being a glutton.

Arctic Mama
05-31-2013, 12:50 PM
I quit eating junk in pretty much all forms.

I haven't had grains or sugar in ages, and don't much miss them (except oatmeal :().

craftygirl
05-31-2013, 12:56 PM
I recently gave up diet soda. I dreaded doing it, but it hasn't been that bad. I did buy myself a SodaStream so I can have all the bubbly water I want. I don't know what it is about bubbles that makes me enjoy a beverage so much more.

Issaknits
05-31-2013, 01:09 PM
Things I've stopped doing:

* Going to bed so late it could be considered early, especially during the work week.

* Drinking Dr. Pepper. No other sodas used to tempt me like the old school real sugar added Dr. Pepper. (except maybe cherry flavored old school real sugar added Dr. Pepper.)

* Stress eating. When I'm stressed out or upset, I head to the gym instead of the fridge now.

* Listening to that voice in my head that says "Go for the double bacon burger with extra cheese and a large order of fries! You don't want that junk you have at home!" when said junk is actually a healthy, filling meal that probably takes as much time to put together as it does to wait in line at the drive-in.

krampus
05-31-2013, 01:12 PM
Cigarettes. Nothing of value was lost. Also eating all-carbs crap all the time, but I've been off that for years now.

You can pry my coffee, 1-2x/week diet soda, recreational drugs a couple times a year, booze maybe 1-2 drinks/week, and ice cream out of my cold dead hands.

ICUwishing
05-31-2013, 01:51 PM
I gave up 2 habits - 1, thinking every pang of hunger was a crisis, and 2, eating until I felt full. The biggest one left to conquer is the habit of listening to the little voice that says, "eh, you can exercise tomorrow."

Vex
05-31-2013, 10:26 PM
I gave up caffeine, well at least the kind in soda/coffee. I don't care about the caffeine in food.

I also pretty much gave up chocolate. I never buy it anymore. I could easily put away an entire bag of lindor truffles at my desk in the afternoon. Oddly enough I wasn't TRYING to do that, but the less sweets I ate, the less I craved.

novangel
05-31-2013, 10:55 PM
Everything except coffee. Once I hit 70, if I make it to 70, I'm plan to take up smoking and vodka again. :lol:

freelancemomma
05-31-2013, 11:17 PM
Once I hit 70, if I make it to 70, I'm plan to take up smoking and vodka again. :lol:

Love it! Can I join you?

F.

MarleneV
06-01-2013, 01:23 AM
Diet Coke - went from drinking 2 24 packs per week plus additional wheN eating out to none. Drink only water, and a can of diet 7-up maybe every 10-12 days.

Also gave up biting my nails, which I have done my entire life, nervous habit that was subconscious.

MAK247
06-01-2013, 07:53 AM
While I am mentally still tempted, I have been getting myself out of the habit of eating a dessert every night.

I have also been working on my emotional eating. I do not need to reward myself with food for good things, and I don't need to comfort myself with food for bad things.

Lastly, instead of soda, I love perrier mineral waters. I love the plain ones and lime flavored.

Wannabeskinny
06-01-2013, 08:44 AM
HABITS BROKEN
- artificial sweeteners in coffee - DONE!
- diet soda (once in a while as a treat) - DONE!
- cigarettes (ok once in a while as a treat) - DONE!
- margarine - LONG GONE!!
- jellies and jams - DONE!

Habits I have yet to break:
- wheat.... working on this one pretty hard
- fast food
- chips

crispin
06-01-2013, 09:34 AM
* Cigarettes (only recently quit)

The rest I quit years ago...

* Sugar or honey in my tea, oatmeal (I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so that was just wasted calories)
* Mindlessly eating tons of carbs.
* Not paying attention to how food affects me.
* Rarely exercising.
* Eating past full on a regular basis.
* Eating when not really hungry on a regular basis.

I still do the last two occasionally. I'm cool with "occasionally." :D

crispin
06-01-2013, 09:37 AM
elvis - :lol: I prefer to read that as you yelling. "NO SODIUM!!!!: :lol:

Pink Hurricane
06-01-2013, 01:37 PM
*Smoking cigarettes
*Drinking soda
*Artificial sweeteners
*Most processed foods
*Body Bashing (took many, MANY years to stop)

Hoopty
06-01-2013, 01:54 PM
I turned my regular meat, pasta, bread and rice into the occasional-date-night-food. Something I never thought I'd do but I don't miss it.

I've never smoked, I don't drink or do drugs, I was never a fan of sodas, ever, and I'm allergic to caffeine so none of those apply to me.