Category Archives: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

That bad C word: Cravings

Some Ideas for Managing Cravings:

Step 1:  Know the difference between “Hunger” and “Craving”

Step 2: Identify WHY you are craving a certain food

Step 3:  Try a healthier version of the food to satisfy the desire.

Step 4:  Eat a small portion of the food you are craving.  PORTION CONTROL is the key.

Image from McDonalds.com

Image from McDonalds.com

This morning, I woke up with a huge craving for a McDonalds’ Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit.  In truth, I’ve been fighting this craving for two weeks, as I remember making biscuits one Saturday morning in an attempt to appease it in a mindful way.  It didn’t work.

Cravings that last two weeks…I fear what I will be like pregnant.

This is the last week of the Dietbet that I’m participating in, and I had a pretty indulgent weekend visiting some friends, so I wanted to really focus on eating healthy this week.  I need to lose .7 pounds for Dietbet.

Yesterday, I had a great day, both with food and fitness:  ate lots of fruits and veggies; drank lots of water; snuck in some extra activity by walking for 50 minutes during lunch.  Then last night, I didn’t sleep well.  I woke up at 2:30 and could not fall back asleep until after 4.  Needless to say, I opted to sleep a little more rather do the 30-Day Shred this morning (but I WILL do it first thing when I get home from work).

I almost ran by McDonalds this morning on my way to work, but was able to talk myself out of it – for a couple of reasons.  While I don’t believe that any food is off limits, as long as I practice portion control, I realize I want it today just because I am not feeling my best.  I want to eat my sleep deprivation – but eating crap will just make me feel crappier.  Another reason I didn’t give in is because I know that nothing I could eat will be as good as I’ve got it built up to be in my mind.  Not only will I be disappointed in how it tastes, I will then be disappointed that I wasted those calories.  And then the final reason is because its 420 calories, 23 grams of fat (12 of which are the bad saturated fat), and 1130 mg of sodium.  That’s a ton of saturated fat and sodium for one little biscuit.  I can buy the frozen kind with a third less of all of those things – calories, fat, and sodium.

I pretty sure that just destroyed the craving…at least for today.

If you have any tips or advice on how to fight cravings, PLEASE SHARE!!

Men vs Women

Yesterday, on a quest for a little daily motivation, I was looking on Pinterest at some weight loss boards.  Like usual, I saw a lot of junk and lies, which I have ranted about before so I’ll spare you, but then I came across a really great article from Prevention:  Lose Weight Like a Guy.

Here’s the book report version of the article:

It’s no secret that men and women lose weight differently – but a deeper look reveals some secrets that may help women.  For example, most men don’t crave sweets like women do; they crave meat.  When they give in to their cravings, they are eating protein, not junk.  And they don’t “forbid” themselves their favorite food; they eat a smaller portion instead.  Then there are the psychological issues:  women tend eat their emotions and get upset when they’re not perfect.  Men tend to work out their emotions (like workout when they’re angry) rather than eat and aren’t as hard on themselves when they slip up.  And it touches on workout ethic.

There were several good tips in the article – like the 80% rule – or 80/20 (which I also heard Jillian Michaels say yesterday while watching some clips that I came across).  The 80% rule is to strive for meeting your weight goals on average 80% of the time; some days you’ll do better, some days, you’ll do worse.  Jillian even went so far as to say use that other 20% for the “treat” items – don’t deprive yourself – much like this article mentioned.  If you strive for only 80%, you won’t beat yourself up that you’re not perfect.

The article compares 7 things that men and women do differently in terms of “dieting”, and as I was reading, I was thinking to myself, “Guilty!  I do that…and that…and that…”. For example, I gave up desserts and sweets for Lent, which conveniently started around the same time I began tracking WW style again.  It’s supposed to be a sacrifice, but I can’t say that I didn’t have additional motives behind it.  Am I just setting myself up to binge on Easter? (I’d like to think that I am not, that I am in control…but I can say that right now while I’m not craving sweets).

Anyway, I highly suggest this article – especially for women who have ever thought “It’s not fair” when it comes to how men and women lose weight.  I know I was guilty of that too; in fact, when I excitedly told my husband about my 2 lb loss yesterday morning, I threw in the despairing comment, “I know, you could lose 2 pounds in an afternoon”.  Now I know why – and now I can at least call attention to the harmful things that I am doing and work on correcting them.