Jun 10, 2011

How do you resist the cravings? I just P.A.S.S.

I am still thinking about cravings tonight. More often than not, it's the reason I detour from eating well. . It's the late night snack, the "just one more ...", the "well I can work it off later" that keeps me from achieving my goals as fast as I would like. What have I learned that has helped me be successful in losing weight this time? What didn't I know or have all the times I failed before in my efforts to lose weight?
I thought long and hard about the answers to these questions and came up with a list to share. When nothing seems better than stuffing my face with ooey gooey, salty, sweet, smothered goodness, I just P.A.S.S.


Productivity
Abstinence
Substitution
Support
I know, acronyms are stupid but what do you want? It's easy to remember. These 4 ways keep me from becoming a ravenous food eating monster ... like Cookie Monster. Actually, I only think about 1% of the food he eats ends up in his mouth so eating like Mr. Monster would probably work out okay, but I digress.


Productivity
An idle mind is not only the devil’s workshop, it's an imaginary all you can eat buffet. When my mind is busy, I don't have time to think about what I wish I was eating. Sometimes I forget to eat all together when I am working on a really big project. Fill your life up with so much good, that you don't have time for the bad.
 


Abstinence
No, I am not talking about "Bow Chicka Wow-Wow". I am still talking about food. I have trigger foods. There is a reason Lay's Potato Chip has a slogan "Betcha' can't just have one." They know it! And mock me! If I start in on "trigger foods", the next thing I know, I wake up from passing out with Doritos dust fingers and an ice-cream mustache wondering, "What happened ... why is there pixy stix dust in my nose"? Mt. Dew, was a vicious temptress. When I decided to get fit I knew I would have to say good bye forever. I allow myself a diet soda once in a long while but no Mt. Dew. It sucked at first, going cold turkey, but but never again has a drop of the yellow-greenish liquid touched these lips. My sister started something cool that worked for her and her husband. For one whole year they decided to give up fried foods. Then the next year gave up all soda. Giving up a food doesn't have to be forever, but if you know you simply cannot have it, there is no chance for that food to be a trigger.

Substitution
I am sure I am not alone in this one. I am not talking about substituting chocolate ice-cream for strawberry. That would just be wrong. Chocolate is way better. No, I am talking about having healthy snacks on hand. Sometimes, when a craving gets real bad, I drink so much water that I literally could not put anything in my mouth. Pickles are salty (watch the sodium) but have almost no calories. Crystal Light is a good substitute for soda. You get the idea.

Support
When I crave, I blog, tweet, facebook. Accountability is everything to me. Blogging about my weight loss is a huge strength. Knowing I am going to have to answer to a weak weigh in keeps my head straight. Conversation breeds logic, except if you’re a politician. Typing the words "I neeeeed a doughnut" seems a lot more stupid than thinking it. Sometimes when you are being dumb, you need others to hold a mirror to you. It has made the difference for me all the way around. When signs, TV commercials and packaging say "eat me", sometimes you need a friend to say "you neeeeed to eat that like you neeeeed a kick in the crotch". While every once in a while a good kick in the boys is pretty nice, it kept me from eating. Be that friend to someone; find people you can share success and struggles with. Don't have one? WRONG! I'm right here when ya' need me.

Well that's it. Hit me up in the comments and tell me how you deal with cravings.

8 comments:

  1. That's my rule for temptation items I just don't have them around my house, when I grocery shop I avoid the trigger aisles and even if I think about grabbing a bag of something I distract myself with something else.

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  2. I need to write out your acronym and post it right here by my computer- which is here in my kitchen. I hurt my ankle a few weeks ago and since I have not been able to exercise I have been angry at food and wanted ONLY junk. Not cool. My husband actually looked at me funny tonight (when my response to "What do you want for dinner?" was "onion rings, funnel cakes, kettle corn drizzled with chocolate and caramel popcorn balls") and told me I needed to get back on my bike or go running. When I am exercising it actually totally curbs cravings for me- and all the above things help as well. Thanks, Mike!

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  3. This is an AWESOME acronym! I think I might post it on my refrigerator! Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. Good advice. You always have a lot of good info to pass on that we all benefit from hearing. I also just love the pictures you take!

    Sarah
    notaneffingdiet.blogspot.com

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  5. I am still new to your blog, but find what you have to say thoughtful and informative. That is why I am giving you a blog award tomorrow on my blog. I find your blog and you as the writer inspiring. So, I hope you will accept, this award ( to you and your blog. Michele

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  6. I came by from Michele's blog. I am a bit fan of abstinence too:) I have written about it and it is certainly controversial. But, for me, some foods just set me off in a big way.

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  7. Sometimes when I get a craving I exercise instead. This is especially true in the summer months I just go in my pool and exercise and normally when I am done I am not hungry anymore :)

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  8. I eat tangerines. Not the ones in a can covered in syrup, the ones you have to peel. I like the 'lil cuties, they are easier to peel. They are sweet, cold and hit my cravings with about 30 cal each.

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