Originally Posted by rcptaylor
I have done really well so far I am on my 3rd week, but my husband is on a 2 week medical leave and I am having trouble staying away from the snacks, and unfortunately chips, oreo's and a little ice cream. I keep telling myself they are not worth it but then the next thing I know it is 10 chips later and want to kick my own a$$. I have held flat with a 1 pound loss but I should have lost a whole lot more in the last week.
Any good tricks to getting past this bump in the road.
Hey there! Just remember, cravings feed cravings feed cravings! Our brains are hard-wired to want more, more, more when we eat sugar, fat and salt. You really have to go cold turkey and find something else to do. I read that it takes 3-4 days after eating something like that for the cravings to go away. That is way too hard! I would rather work a little hard at saying "no" at the moment than really hard for 3-4 days afterward!
Also, try waiting 20 minutes. So much of my eating in the past has been impulse. You might try saying, "I want this chips right now, but I'm going to wait 20 minutes." Try to find something else to do or drink a big glass of water...anything to distract yourself and give you time to think rationally.
There's 2 great books that have helped me: The End of Overeating-taking control of the American Appetite
which explains brain chemistry in regards to fat/sugar/salt loading in American food (a MUST read), and The Beck Diet Solution
- a book that forces you to look at your habits in regards to food.
Congrats on being open and honest to all of us here - we've been there!