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How will I give up Animal Crackers.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Having thought about this while I was walking today, I decided it is not just the crackers that are a problem it is anything even a little sweet. Lately, it seems that anytime I eat anything like this I don't want to stop at my allotted amount. So, I have decided to give up sweet foods altogether, at least for the eight week challenge. My beloved, chocolate,nut, protein bars will even have to go. Can you hear me crying? When I have had to give up things in the past I have just stayed away from them. emoticon This is my face for the next eight weeks.
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  • no profile photo CD2856573
    Give yourself a fruit treat mixed with greek yogurt and some crunchy cereal on top! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2992 days ago
    Careful not to be too strict on the sweets. Giving yourself a sweet treat every once in a while helps you not feel deprived. Having a healthy relationship with sweets is the goal, not total deprivation.

    I do think if you have one food that you feel you don't have control over, like maybe the animal crackers, it does help to give them up cold turkey, at least for a while. Try just focusing on just these. Baby steps are the key. At some point you'll find that your tastes have changed and you may not even want them anymore. I used to eat tortillas (I know random) with everything. They were really adding up in the calorie department, so I cut them out. Giving them up cold turkey and focusing on just them really helped me not crave them anymore. Now I enjoy them appropriately (like with a burrito!).

    You can do it!!
    2993 days ago
    I will support you in this - but do remember that it is ok to indulge in small portions. I hate negative feedbacks on blogs - SO please do what will work for you!
    2993 days ago
    Ooooh! emoticon When depriving yourself, you give the food more power over you. I keep a whole drawer full of junk food. When I want some, I pull it out look at it, then decide whether or not to eat it. I rarely do. If I told myself that I couldn't have it though, I would eat 1000 calories trying to get the satisfaction that I would get out of 100 calories of animal crackers.

    I suggest measuring out 1 serving then telling yourself that you need to wait 30 minutes before having anymore? Thirty minutes gives the signal time to get from your head to your gut that you are no longer hungry.

    emoticon Good luck! emoticon
    2993 days ago
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    2993 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    I respect that you've identified a trigger food and want to make changes.
    Just one suggestion - avoid depriving yourself by substituting something healthy instead. Read labels. Look at the "Eat This, Not That" books. Decide what you ARE going to have and not simply what you are going to avoid. And respect serving size in all you eat.
    Best wishes, and by the end of the 8 weeks you might not even want the animal crackers anymore.

    2993 days ago
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