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ellenaj90
11-02-2013, 08:47 PM
It's my first week (back) on IP again and i'm suffering from terrible terrible cravings! I thought it might help to get some feed back from fellow IP'ers to see what you do in times like these! help:(
any suggestions/comments are appreciated!:dunno::dunno::dunno:


stephascope
11-02-2013, 08:50 PM
Sorry to hear that. The weekends are so tough too! It crossed my mind to order pizza tonight - had to remind myself that pizza will not be an option for a looong time. What are you craving?

ellenaj90
11-02-2013, 09:09 PM
yeah :(
honestly the question is - what am i NOT craving haha.
I work at a restaurant which makes things completely worse.
I mostly just crave something sweet. I try to eat one of the bars when I get like that which works for a while but it still comes back :/


itzroxy814
11-02-2013, 09:12 PM
I am on day 4 of IP and having a very hard time keeping with it. Went Trick or Treating last night and SO BADLY wanted an Almond Joy! I had actually made up my mind that I was going to eat one and then found Chocolate Soy Puffs and instead ate those as my "halloween candy". It was torture. My carb cravings right now are out of control and there is nothing I am doing to "substitute" them because I honestly have no idea right now how I would.... I'm just forcing myself to say "Those are the things that made me fat. Those are the things that made me in the place I am right now and one day in the future I can have them again, but not right now". It has worked... I have not cheated once!

Ruth Ann
11-02-2013, 09:16 PM
What works for me when I get sweet cravings is eating a dill pickle. For some reason, that totally kills the craving for me.

ellenaj90
11-02-2013, 09:19 PM
I am on day 4 of IP and having a very hard time keeping with it. Went Trick or Treating last night and SO BADLY wanted an Almond Joy! I had actually made up my mind that I was going to eat one and then found Chocolate Soy Puffs and instead ate those as my "halloween candy". It was torture. My carb cravings right now are out of control and there is nothing I am doing to "substitute" them because I honestly have no idea right now how I would.... I'm just forcing myself to say "Those are the things that made me fat. Those are the things that made me in the place I am right now and one day in the future I can have them again, but not right now". It has worked... I have not cheated once!

Yeah, it is very hard. I felt the same way on halloween :(
as far as carbs go, have you tried making the potato puree they make now, or like a smashed cauliflower or making a spaghetti squash? if you make those right they can be pretty tasty!
I totally know how you feel about the carbs though, i always feel like im just eating the same thing over and over again and sometimes find myself just wanting to give up.. but I just remind myself IP is pretty much the fastest weight loss system out there right now so hopefully ill get to my goal weight sooner than later!:shrug:

ellenaj90
11-02-2013, 09:21 PM
What works for me when I get sweet cravings is eating a dill pickle. For some reason, that totally kills the craving for me.
good idea...now i need to go to the store to buy some!:broc:

Avalon1957
11-02-2013, 09:32 PM
A few ideas:

1. if cravings come after 7pm, go to bed early (nighttime is a dangerous time), often when you wake up, the cravings are gone.
2. have a cup of decaf coffee with some IP choc drink and cinnamon mixed in, you can sip it for a long time and it will kill your appetite.
3. drink water with herb tea bags (I like cinnamon apple spice) sometimes cravings happen because you are thirsty.
4. take some vitamins then drink water (sometimes vitamin deficiencies can cause cravings).
5. have a full IP chocolate drink (tastes like you are cheating and cures that sweet tooth) ... you can even partially freeze it and eat it like ice cream
6. in a full freak-out emergency, have an extra 4 oz of lean protein or an extra IP ... it's better than cheating with carbs/sugar/fat

ellenaj90
11-02-2013, 09:42 PM
A few ideas:

1. go to bed early (nighttime is a dangerous time)
2. have a cup of decaf coffee with some IP choc drink and cinnamon mixed in
3. drink water with herb tea bags (I like cinnamon apple spice)
4. have a full IP chocolate drink (tastes like you are cheating and cures that sweet tooth)

thanks! Ill try those :frypan:

patns
11-02-2013, 10:01 PM
At least two of you are in the first week. This is totally normal because you are having severe calorie reduction and ketosis has not kicked in yet. That is why you can have an extra pkg a day in the first week. Once ketosis starts the ultra strong cravings go away.

JLUS
11-02-2013, 10:27 PM
Yeah, it is very hard. I felt the same way on halloween :(
as far as carbs go, have you tried making the potato puree they make now, or like a smashed cauliflower or making a spaghetti squash? if you make those right they can be pretty tasty!
I totally know how you feel about the carbs though, i always feel like im just eating the same thing over and over again and sometimes find myself just wanting to give up.. but I just remind myself IP is pretty much the fastest weight loss system out there right now so hopefully ill get to my goal weight sooner than later!:shrug:

SPAGHETTI SQUASH is NOT a veggie for P1 (nor 2 or 3). It is a winter squash so too high in carbs. You can shred zucchini into "noodles" to mimic spaghetti and it's quite satisfying!

ellenaj90
11-02-2013, 10:46 PM
SPAGHETTI SQUASH is NOT a veggie for P1 (nor 2 or 3). It is a winter squash so too high in carbs. You can shred zucchini into "noodles" to mimic spaghetti and it's quite satisfying!

oh yes you are right, I don't eat squash which is why I probably forgot its not on the IP phase one! whoops:yikes:

brelo
11-03-2013, 12:05 AM
I remember it taking a few weeks before the cravings were really under control but with each passing day they got less intense. The payoff for your hard work is right around the corner! Keep it up you will be so glad you did!

as far as specific suggestions, there were times when I had to practically sit on my hands to keep from extra snacking. Just muscling through it. I love Avalon's ideas too.

good luck you can do it!

shrinkingsusie
11-03-2013, 08:05 AM
I read somewhere (likely on Pinterest) that if you are having cravings, take 100 sips of water. Keeps your mind busy, and by the time you are done, you are full.

Sally4397
11-03-2013, 10:20 PM
One thing I have found really satisfying to get thru some of the carb cravings is mashed cauliflower! Sounds disgusting but it is almost like mashed potatoes, just season it up. That has really helped me stay OP.

megjohnsonnj
11-04-2013, 11:12 AM
For chocolate cravings, I found Sweet Riot's cacao nibs. they are tiny intense chocolate flavor. One of those with a cup of hot tea and i can keep the craving at bay. www.sweetriot.com.

I also agree that a sour snack like a dill pickle or listerine strips can kill off the moment.

sarahBell
11-04-2013, 11:19 AM
For me it is chewing sugar free dessert gum (only 1 piece a day sometimes tow) but not every day

Tea with cinnamon
water lots of water. I need to live by what I say because I struggle with the sweets too :(

Avalon1957
11-04-2013, 05:32 PM
All three of my IP servings are now the chocolate drink

9am 3pm 9pm

So I get chocolate every 6 hours

That's one way to stay OP if you are a chocoholic

i dont give myself any time to think about cheating