For me, drinking a lot of water helps. It keeps my hands/mouth busy Also it will let you know the difference between a REAL craving and a (insert reason you became overweight here - ie. boredom, emotional, etc) craving.
If it's a REAL craving .. induldge - but within moderation. You want chocolate - FINE - have a Hershey's kiss or two. You want pizza - FINE - have ONE slice and don't eat the crust.
Know that ONE "bad" choice, meal, indulgance won't make you gain - you just have to move on from it and make your next 'choice' (or next few choices) better.
♥ 01-Febuary-2006 ♥
SW 250 lbs CW 233.8 GW 150
APRIL walking goal : 14hr 15mins/35 miles
Actual: 45 mins/2.2 miles
April water goal : 3000 oz
Actual: 100 oz
March walking goal/actual : 35 miles/60 miles
Do you have specific cravings? I ask this because I occasionally crave a cherry poptart. I don't keep them in the house, but I will on occasion buy the little 2 pack pop tarts that they sell in convenience stores. I only eat one, and that normally tames my craving monster.
If your just craving food in general try drinking a glass of water, journaling (blogging), or just ask yourself, "am I really hungry for this, or am I bored, and if I eat this will I be able to stop after a small amount."
Usually whatever I know I will eat to excess is not allowed in my apartment. I'm always conscious of the decisions I make at the grocery store.
If I'm out I always ask myself if it's worth paying for whatever it is I want. Usually it's not.
Sometimes getting out to exercise motivates me to not give in. When I'm done working out I feel so good and I feel like I lost 1000 pounds that I don't want to mess it up.
There are times however that I do plan those craving days in advance...like for parties or Christmas or something. I don't feel guilty because I know I really didn't blow off everything because my mind is still focused on losing weight...it's not like I'm giving in or up.
I really like the WW plan I'm on because I'm able to eat what I'd like to eat...it really takes away those craving times because I'm not depriving myself of anything I want.
well, i try to substitute the craving foods for healthy snack foods.... I TRY very hard to come up with a subsitute for the particular "craving". (peanut butter pie--> 1 slice whole wheat bread with 1 teaspoon peanut butter, crunchy things like potato chips-->special K, chocolate cookies or cake--> pria bar, ice cream or anything creamy-->decaf coffee with cream) They might not work for you, but I try to see exactly what I'm craving. Otherwise, if I'm bored and I want to avoid shoving anything in my mouth for no reason, I chew some extra sugarfree gum!
Art is man's nature, nature is God's art.
I crave sweets and crunchy foods. For instance when I have ice cream I have to have a cone, when I have soup I have to have crackers, when I have a sandwich I have to have chips.
I took me a while to realize that my weight gain was not completely because of my pregnancy. Although, it was the start of it. Since then I have went from a size 18 to a size 22 on my own. I can admit that I have an eating problem. If it's there I'll eat it. I seem to think if I don't eat it right then it will be gone next time I look. I have learned that no matter how hard I try I cannot have things in my house that are weaknesses for me. Even if I do put it on the top shelf out of reach behind everything, I will get it down and eat it.
I did lose weight a few different times, 5 and 10 pounds here and there but always gained it back. So I know it can be done. I just have to make it happen.