Sunday, January 24, 2010

Reader request

I realize that I don't really talk about food nearly as much as I do exercise these days. For the moment, I am not officially counting calories, but I do try to keep a rough total going in my mind each day. Mostly I'm just trying to eat healthier, eat less, and exercise lots.

I have received a request from a reader to post some on what I do about cravings. So here goes. I have several strategies, some of which obviously work better than others.

Strategy 1: EAT whatever food it is that I am craving. This is okay if I am craving a red pear. (I had like 4 this week, SO GOOD.) This is not okay if I am craving cookies. Because then I will want to eat like 8 at a time. My housemate Caroline made delicious cookies this week. I know this because I have eaten 5 of them. This did not work out so well for me this week. However, I certainly did not eat all 5 at one time. Whew.

Strategy 2: Eat something similar to what I want but that is lower in calories. If I have a craving for pizza, I get Lean Pocket pizzas and have one. These are much better for killing cravings than Lean Cuisine. Lean Cuisine pizzas suck compared to Lean Pockets. Sometimes I crave chocolate. Let's face it, who doesn't? I have been mostly good about this. I have one of two things: A fudgesicle, or hot cocoa. I have 40 calorie fudgesicles and one serving of the cocoa I use is 80 calories. Two great options for chocolate that are both under 100 calories. If it is just something sweet in general that I am craving, I have been loving the sugar free Jello pudding cups. I don't usually crave salty things, but when I do rice cakes are good, or a few Triscuts with hummus.

Strategy 3: Do something else until the craving goes away. I am still working on this one. I'm not very good, I would usually rather eat the food. Obviously. But I am working on it. You could take a walk, or read a book, or look up healthy recipes online to make for dinner. You could play Boggle with your housemates or family. You could journal or create a piece of art. You could listen to songs that inspire you and give you hope. Here is one called Fight Another Day from my newest favorite artist, Brandon Heath:

I am in no way perfect when it comes to food. Sometimes I have Frosted Mini Wheats for breakfast. Sometimes I go to Einstein's for lunch. Sometimes I don't eat any vegetables all day. Sometimes I eat 5 cookies.

But the majority of the time... I'm doing okay. I know I'm not perfect, and I can never expect to be. In any aspect of my life. Isn't that a relief? I am doing the best I can, every day. And it seems to be working. For now anyway.

I hope this was a helpful post. What do you do to address your cravings? Let me know, I can always use new ideas!!!

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  1. I love it! I do the exact same thing and it is definitely working. Not depriving myself of anything I crave makes me feel less like I am on a diet and more like this is a life change. Well said!!

  2. progress is perfection. that's my motto! =)