Friday, May 6, 2016

Cravings


I have gotten SO hungry this week and my eating has been not so good. I just suddenly started *wanting* things, maybe even craving them?? This is different; I have not had much in the way of cravings for a long time. But this week, one day I saw someone eating ice cream and I was like, "I have GOT to have some ice cream!" Since I have been on the "say yes to everything in moderation" train for awhile (and losing weight) I went and got some ice cream. Mistake because the pint was gone in 2 days. Since then I have had some cravings for things like those yogurt cups with stir-ins, sugar cereals, and fried foods (which I did not give in to, but I am *thisclose* to going to the store for potato chips. Why??) This is the first big struggle I have had in awhile and it sucks, because before, if I wanted a cookie I just had one and was okay and went on. For some reason this week I am a lot more food-centered and wanting random things like chocolate or salami sandwiches, but when I eat them it doesn't satisfy. It doesn't end. I then want some other things. I need to put the brakes on this.

16 comments:

LHA said...

I'm not sure if irrational cravings ever really end. They might be banished for some length of time but there is still some trigger in our brain that can set off a very powerful desire for certain foods. All I know to do is to ignore those cravings and not give in to them. To me, giving in to a strong craving is a lot different from eating a cookie or a piece of pizza when you are at a social event. In my case, giving in to one of those sudden strong cravings is far more likely to set off a prolonged jag of eating non-healthy foods. I wish you luck in handling the sudden cravings! It's tough!

Kate said...

Could it be related to hormonal variation due to menstruation? Or, similarly, you've mentioned in the recent past that you're either approaching or actively in menopause, which can cause random hormonal surges and drops. Of course, I'm not sure how you'd tell what's happening with that, but for me at least, it helps a little in pushing through impulses to starve or binge when I at least know that it's biologically based and will pass whether I indulge the impulses or not.

Keep at it. I strongly suspect your body will soon settle back into being able to have anything you like without it causing cravings. For now, can you buy just a single serve of what you crave? Or perhaps try to increase your activity levels even a little, to help offset any increase in calories. Please be careful to not fall into the trap of assuming that these cravings right now are going to be permanent, because then you start thinking about having to go back to restricting for life and that will only cause escalation of the cravings. Hang in there. You can power through this; it's only temporary.

Best wishes to you,
Kate.

nic0ll3tt3 said...

Hi, Lynn! For me, when I eat certain foods, those foods just create more cravings. It just becomes this endless cycle of wanting and wanting. The only way out for me is to just stop eating those foods that create the cravings in the first place. It's not easy though. Usually, I have to just start piling on the protein and eating slightly hypocalorically.

I've also realized that sometimes, my cravings for foods will actually be an indication of some other emotional struggle that I wasn't paying attention to. Are you going through some stress that might be masquerading as a craving? It's a rhetorical question, but definitely one that I've fallen victim to before.

Hang in there and stick to your guns on what you want! Wishing you all the best! -N

Lyn said...

It could be hormonal, yes. I don't really know what is going on with my cycle. It's regular for awhile, then suddenly I skip one or have one in 3 weeks. Emotional struggles/stress? It could be that too. This week *has* had more challenges (family member health issue) and I did always use food to cope with that kind of thing... hmmm, yes that's probably the most likely cause.

The thing that confuses (and scares) me is that ever since I took off the restrictions and took 6 months to just settle down and allow myself the foods I would like to have, those foods *stopped* triggering cravings for the most part. For almost a year I have been able to eat, say, 3 crackers with cheese, or 1-2 cookies, or a few bites of a dessert and then when I am done eating I am literally DONE eating. But this, this feels more like the old "don't want to stop eating, what can I eat next?" thing, and THAT is what got me to 280 pounds.

I also wonder if there is some nutritional deficiency causing it because I *have* been busy and not been taking my vitamins, not using the protein shakes for breakfast, not fitting in as many veggies the last few days.

So that at least gives me a course of action (better nutrition, pay attention, walk more and bike more for stress relief). Thank you for the dialog!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you read the research on biggest losers. I thought of you as well as me. I did medifast when u did. We could have done the research, we already knew when u lose a big chunk, you can't eat like everyone else. You have to stay right around 1200 calories to maintain and to lose, well, closer to 1000 calories. I just finished counting calories and losing 145 pounds in the last 14 months or so. I really think the clean eating helps push the wants away. Yes, we still will have them, but in my experience if I start giving in, eventually, I will be back to where I began. I'm tired of being fat and taking it off. It is great to be back to my fighting weight, 5'11", 45 years old this week and now 175 for the last 6 weeks or so. I feel like I understand that I can't be eating the ice cream or cake or potato chips that my stupid body longs for because I enjoy being pain free, walking 5-7 miles each day with my dog and still have energy to do whatever else I would like. I know you have been wanting to just be a normal person, eat 1600 calories and enjoy in moderation everything you want, but we as fat people, don't seem to get that luxury, at least that is what I read from the study. We have a broken metabolism that will never be fixed, just like a diabetic can't make their pancreas work or a blind person can't make their eyes better. It's something we have to deal with; now it is a choice how you want to deal with it, throw up your hands and eat whatever you want how much ever you want or learn to live with the restrictions. It was my decision to gain so much and I will have to live with the consequences, but I choose to live within the restrictions and enjoy my life in other ways. Blessings.

Kristi

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn. . . I have been a reader of your blog for many years, but have never left you a comment before. You were actually the very first weight loss blogger I ever decided to follow.

Over the years, I have read of your accomplishments, your struggles, and of the relationship, in particular, with your mother. As I read your most recent entry, concerning your upsetting cravings, it struck me that this may be in relation to the approaching of Mother's Day this Sunday.

As I remember, the relationship with your mother was, at times, difficult. Perhaps all of these recent cravings are tied in subconsciously to your mother and a mother's love.

As we sometimes use food to love ourselves, I just wanted to pass this thought along as something for you to consider. I wish you all the best. . .

Charlene

Lyn said...

Kristi~

I dunno, I do still believe I can eat in moderation and lose, if I keep up the exercise and don't start eating a lot of junk after junk after junk. Not sure what this week's cravings are about, but they don't necessarily mean I need to go back to restricting. I want to figure this out so I can handle it better in the future.

Charlene~

Thank is *very* insightful. I hadn't thought of it but as soon as I read your comment I felt that emotion in my gut. Even though I worked through those issues I think it may subconsciously still be there and it IS very upsetting... even if it's been under the surface. Thank you for something to consider.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, if it's helpful this is what I ate today & I'm maintaining my weight at a healthy BMI

breakfast - pancakes made with a cup of Kodiak mix (380 calories) & 2 eggs made in cooking spray (140 calories).
Lunch - salad (large amount of unmeasured green salad mix, with 5-6 chopped radishes, around a cup of baby carrots, Greek pepperoncini peppers, and sliced cucumbers)
Snack - slice of Ezekiel bread (80 calories) with 1/2 an avocado (150 calories)
Dinner - Amy's cheese pizza (870 calories) and a Noosa yogurt (280 calories)

I had black coffee in the morning and drank a ton of water around dinner time (let myself get dehydrated throughout the day unfortunately but it was fine). I also walked for about an hour at the park at a slow/talking on the phone pace.

Candace said...

For me, one craving and snowball into a million. Thanks for reminding me I am not alone. I try to always remember that this too shall pass.

Lyn said...

Anon~

I am always interested in people's menus. Curious, do you use any dressing on your green salad? You're eating lots of healthy calories, a lot more food than I usually eat (although I have eaten more this week for sure) so it is encouraging that you are staying a healthy weight eating so well. May I ask, did you lose a large amount of weight in the past? Wondering because of the topic of "diet/weight loss breaks metabolism" associated with the Biggest Loser article. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cravings are a completely natural response of the body. Don't worry, just embrace them as part of life. That doesn't mean you must always indulge them, but it's not wrong to do so. Blessings on your journey (I love your blog).

Anonymous said...

Hey Lyn - I have never been over 200 lbs but my weight as an adult has fluctuated around 30 lbs and right now I'm in the middle of that range. I don't use any dressing on my salad - it is like my healthy "daily dose" of filling greens & veggies and I don't bother to track the calories from it.
The research that's been very powerful to me is the difference between being heavy & normal weight can be at little as 100 calories a day. That is both encouraging (I can eat *almost* everything a heavier person can!), helps me to be more empathetic (people who are super heavy are not eating everything in sight, I know many who are very fastidious eaters) and scary (got to watch myself because that one extra cookie per day could creep up on me, literally).

Anonymous said...

Have you tried Halo Top ice cream? It's under 280 calories for a pint depending on the flavor you get. It has also a high amount of protein compared to regular ice cream: http://www.halotop.com/flavors/

If one of your local stores doesn't carry it, you can order it online.

Lyn said...

Anon~

yes, I did try it, two flavors. I didn't really like it, but I think it would be a great substitution for someone who enjoys the flavors and texture (which is different, not bad).

JDET said...

Lyn, boy do I feel your pain. The past few days I've been hungry like I haven't been in weeks, if not moths. I wanted all sorts of things, but just tried to fight it. Not fun. Hang in there, you can do this!

Amy said...

Not being satisfied by what you thought you wanted can be a sign of emotional eating. I am reading a book now that is helping me wade through the signals we give ourselves and how our past and how we were comforted (or lack of) leads to us feeling that there is an absence of something. So the key is to ask ourselves, 'what do I not have enough of right now'? Comfort, free time, love, understanding, human touch, laughter, etc. I use food a lot when I try to comfort myself over not having enough free time or downtime, especially when I am working, raising a family and going to college. Everyone has triggers. If you seriously feel content and are craving the food, it may be biochemical as you mentioned, vitamins or maybe hormones.