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Getting over cravings from things you've seen

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 01, 2013 at 4:33 AM

I've been trying to find ways to get around cravings and i have less now because the semester's over and I'm under alot less stress, but earlier today i was in a fun part of town where there are lots of frozen yogurt and gelato parlors and there were lots of people walking with their tasty frozen sugary baby-cow juice treats and I started craving some and after i got home i raided the freezer and dove in headfirst to my mom's stash of Moose Tracks D: I just know i'm going to feel awful tomorrow :( i wasn't craving any before, i'm getting enough carbs and fats and protein, so i know it's from seeing other people with it. Is there some way around cravings cause by seeing something?

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on June 02, 2013
at 09:58 PM

I do this all the time haha. It works for me!

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on June 01, 2013
at 10:33 AM

This sounds cruel, but sometimes, I wait and take a long look at the people already eating that stuff, for example, if I pass a burger joint or bakery. Then I try to remember what I used to look like when I ate that stuff.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on June 02, 2013
at 09:58 PM

I do this all the time haha. It works for me!

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on June 01, 2013
at 05:41 PM

I'm not sure how to completely get rid of cravings, but I try to remind myself that what I'm eating is better for me than whatever processed food someone else might be eating. I also try to make substitutions, so I don't feel left out or like I'm missing anything. Often, those sorts of feelings lead to binges for me.

You could try making some banana ice cream, which can be mixed with other fruit to create different flavors. Or, you could make your own popsiscles using whatever fruit you like. You could even add some coconut milk to them. I'm sure you could find lots of paleo-friendly ice cream-type recipes online.

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on June 01, 2013
at 02:58 PM

I find it helpful to be full on nutritious foods as much of the day as possible, and also to be hydrated and refreshed on water, homemade iced tea etc on hot days so as to crave a beer or ice-cream less strongly.

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on June 01, 2013
at 05:06 AM

I still occasionally eat froyo and such but I find that my cravings are significantly reduced if I eat 1/2 cup of rice with lunch and dinner.

I don't deny myself the occasional treat, though. As long as I don't indulge daily (like I used to), my health and weight isn't too badly affected.

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Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on June 02, 2013
at 10:02 PM

I read in a magazine that omega 3 fish oil can help cut cravings by increasing seratonin in the brain. I tried it, and now I swear by it! Within a couple of months of starting daily fish oil supplementation, my cravings have literally disappeared, particularly for those foods like nuts that used to be extremely problematic for me. Also, hormonal birth control can cause increased appetite and cravings. Once I stopped taking that garbage, the cravings and appetite decreased.

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on June 01, 2013
at 05:27 AM

I've read that magnesium can help with sugar cravings, and managing their impulses, so you might want to look into that.

My other piece of advice, which is some bitter Truth, because I do this for myself because it keeps me ???honest???...if when walking down the street I see a group of people approaching, and my gut tells me...

"I don't like the looks of this situation, cross the street and keep moving"

I trust my gut.

The same rule applies here, only instead of my gut, it's my brain...if I know I???m going to be in a situation ahead of time where these things will be present, I cross the street, avoid it all together, I make sure I???ve eaten beforehand so that I KNOW I???ve eaten everything my body could need, this makes dealing with impulses easier because I know it???s that Sugar Gremlin looking to get it???s fix, and it???s willing to sabotage me in order to get it!

Truth.

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on June 03, 2013
at 02:49 AM

You could try becoming a food snob. It's mostly working for me on the gluten/refined sugar issue. The vegetable oil thing is a real *. God forbid you hate cooking. Ugh. Anyway, it's nice to be able to straight up walk into hole-in-the-ground NAD joint and have absolutely no desire to eat anything in the place purely for taste reasons.

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on June 02, 2013
at 03:25 AM

it's so hard seeing other people eating things. i can say it gets (a bit) easier and some of the things I used to love actually gross me out a bit now when I see them. how long have you been eating clean? it may be that it gets easier with time.
and it may not hurt to have some kind of emergency treat to go to when you are really craving something. my family has an ice cream maker and we love making coconut milk berry custards...yum! when we are out and my kids see other kids eating something that my kids want i'll whisper to them, do you think they get to have strawberry custard for dessert tonight? having some good go to treats really helps!

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on June 01, 2013
at 10:03 PM

Lots of people probably wouldn't agree with this, but if it was so strong, I'd think getting a smallest size of the most innocent thing wouldn't have hurt you, and would have prevented the later binge. If my gf has some icecream and offered me a spoonful, I'd take it. Keeps me from dwelling on it to the point of extreme reaction later.

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