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5/29/11 11:16 P

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I know I'm posting a little late on this topic, but I'm new to the group. Great topic by the way! I am a firm believer that if your body is craving something, chances are you need what you are craving. It sounds like you are craving carbs. If you feed your body smart carbs, you should curb your enchilada cravings. I frequently crave Big Macs which means I need protein. I usually will eat whatever leftover meat I have on hand and it takes care of the cravings (I may have to shut off the TV with all those food comercials too). When I was pregnant, I craved fish, so I ate fish. When I was pregnant with my twins, I craved Hostess Cherry pies, usually toast with a little jelly took care of that craving. Good luck!

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4/24/11 9:18 P

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Great posts you guys

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4/22/11 7:37 A

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Hey Julie! Glad I could help!! Definitely let me know if you need any other help in the future!!!

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4/21/11 6:00 P

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Thanks, REEKU731. I followed the link you posted. Pretty cool blog. I don't think I would do something like that (I hate to write), but looking at pictures of what I have already consumed each day would most definately make me think twice about consuming excessively. It would also help me give myself a pat on the back when I am "good". I appreciate the tips and may take you up on your offer of help in the future. Have a great Easter, everyone!!


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4/21/11 11:48 A

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Nice job FCHEEKO - that's the way to do it! Make little choices each time and then they'll add up to a big payoff! Keep up the good work!

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4/21/11 11:42 A

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Thanks for the advice, folks. I had a learning lesson yesterday, and for me, I think it has to be a decision that I make all the time - which I know it is for everyone, but willpower is hard!

And the lesson I learned yesterday was a good one - lunch was very tempting, but I didn't overeat and I made choices about what foods I was going to eat instead of eating all of the foods I wanted. Kept my caloric intake in check and am doing the same thing again today. I'm just going to keep doing it everyday!

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4/19/11 3:51 P

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I am not sure on the NM food cravings - I pretty much try to go the route of make it myself and cut way back on the fat. can be tricky. Freezing stuff in portions can help for the temptation of having stuff in the house. (e.g., make a bunch of red chile and freeze in single serving sizes). As for the nutrition tracker - one thing I have learned is that you can switch the settings to have it search for other entries by people - so that helps some. Once you find it, be sure and add it to your favorites. It is a pain to have to add everything in as a recipe - particularly since i don't share them (they tend to not be mine to share, not because I am greedy or anything!)

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4/19/11 12:44 P

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JDOWM62 - I am always happy to help!! When I kept my food blog, I literally would snap photos of my food with my camera phone before I ate it, upload it to photobucket and put the photos in a blogspot account on a daily basis. I also would track my food on Spark so I knew my calorie intake. It was simple, if I couldn't track it, and I didn't want to photograph it - then I shouldn't eat it. Since I started the blog, I developed better habits with eating and found I don't need to keep it up. I am now doing something similar, but its just a general blog about my nutrition, fitness, etc all in one.

I would photograph everything I ate (including handfuls of candy, munchies or drinks that had calories) and post them on a daily basis along with a total calorie count for the day. It really helped me stay in line when I had a visual on a daily basis of what 1500 cals (or whatever my goal was) looked like. Does that make sense?

Here's a blog from back in Feb that shows pics of what I ate that day - just to kind of give a general idea (I was doing a vegan adventure at the time and wanted to document what I was eating). The calorie counts aren't there, but it will maybe give you a general idea of what the blog set-up was like:
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I hope this is helpful and if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask! Being a fitness nutritionist, I've got lots of little tricks to help make healthy eating a little easier! I can always type up a "sample" of the nutrition blog so you can see what it might look like on a daily basis - just let me know!!!

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4/19/11 12:16 P

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First, Thank you FCHEEKO for asking this question. I suffer from the same problem, but have a hard time asking for help.

Second, Thank you REEKU731 for responding. Everything you have said makes sense. I have really struggled when it comes to using the nutrition tracker, mostly because I don't measure my food and eat totally different things than is on there. It is a pain to break down my meals by ingredient. I tried adding my own recipes and groups, but that proved to be a big hassle as well.

Anyway, I am curious about the picture idea. Do you actually take a picture of your plate before you dig in or do you clip pictures out of magazines, etc.? I tend to eat out or bring home take-out a lot because I don't like to cook. I'm trying to develop an interest in cooking by pouring through cookbooks and magazines like Cooking Light. It has helped some, but as my kitchen is far from ideal (we have to use a toaster oven and the microwave mostly), I still struggle with it. I am gathering recipes to use in my new, bigger slo-cooker I recently purchased. There are quite a few really healthy ones out there for those. I figure if I can get into batch cooking (my husband is not thrilled with the idea), That will help the most. Then I only have to cook once or twice a week.

Thanks for listening and for the advice. I really appreciate it.

Julie
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4/19/11 11:36 A

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Hey there - I know its hard, I'm the SAME way. I've never been a "few bites" kind of girl. I was always a "clean your plate (there's starving people in China!)" girl. So NM food can be totally rough - especially when I'm craving burritos covered in beans & cheese!

There's a few tricks I learned. First of all, I started keeping an online food journal with pictures of EVERYTHING I ate. I figured if I was too embarrased to post my food, then perhaps I shouldn't be eating it in the first place. It really helped and now I've developed better food habits so I don't need the daily journal (though sometimes I think it might be good to start again)

Next, I always ask myself if eating this will help me get closer to my goals - if the answer is "no" then I can usually stay away. I don't keep junk food in the house either, but I know there are some days that are just harder than others. Those days I'll try to come up with the "best" of the worst options - if I'm craving chocolate, what's the most reasonable way I can eat it? If I'm craving chinese food, how many calories can I save if I make it myself instead of getting take out? Does that make sense?

If neither of these options work, then I try to make the NM food healthier - I'll get it without cheese, corn tortillas instead of flour, no rice, regular beans (not refries), lots of veggies (i.e. calabacitas, etc) and lean proteins (chicken breasts & turkey). That way if I eat my whole plate - I'm not destroying my WHOLE day. I'll try to stay away from the mindless munching that chips & salsa or sopapillas offer and just focus on the yumminess of the chile and other flavors.

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4/19/11 11:06 A

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I could have posted this inquiry on any other team message board, but you folks know a bit more about how tempting New Mexican cuisine can be.

I usually don't have a hard time with food cravings - I like "healthy" food and know what items to pick that are good for me. But for some reason lately, I am just ravenous for the bad stuff: enchiladas, sopaipillas, bad Chinese food, sweets, you name it.

I know the normal answer is "Just have a few bites" or to allot a certain day or meal each week to the bad stuff, but the problem with me is once I start down that road, it is EXTREMELY difficult for me to turn around. And I have never been "a few bites" person, which is why there is no junk food in my house - I'll eat a bag of chips in one sitting by myself!

So, how do y'all deal with it?

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