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#1 Old 05-09-2010, 09:44 AM
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I had troubles with portion controlling certain foods (namely potato chips and roasted nuts). I thought after a while of not consuming these items, I could learn to better portion control and eat a serving or two, and then be satisfied. But for some reason, eating these foods triggers this "I want more. I want more" craving and appetite. So, I'm thinking of just trying to avoid roasted nuts and potato chips altogether rather than have to test my "will-power". I'm not sure if this is the best route.



I'm just curious if anyone else avoids certain foods or is this not good at all? It's just that, for some reason, I end up craving more and more of the food. To the extent where, I overeat it and feel sick.



Anyways, in substitute of roasted nuts, I am thinking of instead resorting to raw nuts. I don't tend to overeat on those nearly as much as roasted nuts.
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Sounds like you're addicted to salt and fat. You might want to try to cut out all processed oils and nuts, seeds, soy; all salt. And just eat avocado for your fat.



It's very common. Gradually cutting it out or reducing may help you feel better.
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Food addiction is quite common as Penny mentioned. A good book on the subject is Dr. Neal Barnard's "Breaking the Food Seduction". Honestly, it's geared more towards people eating the Standard American Diet rather than those of us who are already veg, but it still has some really great ideas on overcoming the addiction.
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Dr. Barnard's book on reversing diabetes is about eating a vegan diet. I love his philosphies.



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There are certain foods I only buy/eat on occasion, because I know I am prone to overindulging when I have them. I don't want to cut them from my diet entirely, because that won't help the cravings or the will-power, I just don't keep them around very often.
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I am exactly like this with bread, pasta, etc.. but have found out that I'm intolerant to WHEAT! (which is the main ingredient in all of the things that make me 'binge')



I'm intolerant, yet addicted to the very thing that harms me the most.



The only solution is to NOT have it around you! I can go months without any wheat whatsoever, then I eat one cracker and it triggers a week long binge of all things wheat-related. Not good! Just dont allow yourself any of it if you know it will make you overeat.. (the only thing that works for me)

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There are certain foods I only buy/eat on occasion, because I know I am prone to overindulging when I have them. I don't want to cut them from my diet entirely, because that won't help the cravings or the will-power, I just don't keep them around very often.



I do this as well. I rarely keep certain foods at home, but I'll buy them once in a while if I'm having a serious craving. I find if I try to cut them out completely I will eventually binge on them.
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Avoiding foods helps me. I LOVE chips, cookies, cake, candy, chocolate...anything bad in excess and it's always in excess. LOL I try to avoid them as much as possible. I don't cut them out entirely, but 1) I buy smaller packages, so if I DO binge, it's not as bad as it could have been 2) I don't buy things packaged if I can help it. If I have to make the cookies, I appreciate them more, plus want to share them. My mom loves my cookies, so I'll make a dozen and take some to her, so I'm *at worst*, eating 6 small cookies. 3) Certain things I do just have to avoid completely. Like those mini chocolate covered donuts. I will eat a whole bag at once. Plus, I've cut out dairy so that helps with some of the packaged snacks I want to binge on. If I "can't" buy them, I won't.
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#9 Old 05-11-2010, 07:25 PM
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Thank you for such great responses!



I'm not sure about avocados, however, because I can't say I'm super fond of them. Well, I'm okay with guacamole though, haha.
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Since going completely vegan I have had the same problem with nuts! It might be a fat/protien issue for me since I dont care much for chips. I am going to check out Dr. Barnard's book ASAP, i know that the author was mentioned in vegan freak.



Are you getting enough sodium otherwise? how is your water intake? When I drink a ton, I crave pickled things thats less calories and still salty as all get out?
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I use avoidance too - this is the exact reason why there are never any potato chips on my countertop or ice cream in my freezer. Too tempting. If I do eat "trigger foods" like this, I try really hard to do it in single-serving situations. For example, I'll buy a SINGLE ice cream cone every once in awhile, but I never buy cartons of ice cream. I might buy one of those little mini-bags of chips at a store occasionally, but I never buy family size. Stuff like that.



Another thing that helps is making yourself eat something good for you BEFORE you have something bad for you. Like saying, "Okay, I can have a bowl of potato chips/a handful of nuts, but first I have to eat this apple and drink a full glass of water." Usually, by the time you finish the apple and the water, you aren't hungry anymore.



And if you don't want the chips bad enough to eat a piece of fruit or a serving of vegetables and drink a glass of water for it, you probably weren't hungry to begin with.
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I use avoidance too - this is the exact reason why there are never any potato chips on my countertop or ice cream in my freezer. Too tempting. If I do eat "trigger foods" like this, I try really hard to do it in single-serving situations. For example, I'll buy a SINGLE ice cream cone every once in awhile, but I never buy cartons of ice cream. I might buy one of those little mini-bags of chips at a store occasionally, but I never buy family size. Stuff like that.



Another thing that helps is making yourself eat something good for you BEFORE you have something bad for you. Like saying, "Okay, I can have a bowl of potato chips/a handful of nuts, but first I have to eat this apple and drink a full glass of water." Usually, by the time you finish the apple and the water, you aren't hungry anymore.



And if you don't want the chips bad enough to eat a piece of fruit or a serving of vegetables and drink a glass of water for it, you probably weren't hungry to begin with.



That's a great strategy. I'll have to start doing that.



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