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How do you react to food cravings?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (30391points) September 23rd, 2012

Some days, I have a will of iron and can withstand any food craving, but other days, I give in without a second thought.

Do you indulge your cravings or resist?

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Bellatrix's avatar

Mostly I have great willpower but on occasions, I can’t resist. I try not to buy food I know I can’t resist. If the food isn’t there, I can’t eat it. On occasion though I allow myself to indulge. I think a small indulgence is better than a big scoff!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Give into them and then feel guilty for the rest of the day. I ALWAYS give in no matter what.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If I overindulge with one item, I compensate as quickly as possible by reducing my intake of my “normal” food. For example, I want to eat the pumpkin pie that is in the refrigerator right now., I can do it. But, I will skip the have a cheese sandwich I was going to have for lunch. If I will be physically working hard that day e.g. splitting wood, pruning trees , etc., I will eat more.

fremen_warrior's avatar

In my case food cravings means eating too late. I try to eat regularly and often. Besides that I don’t care for food, beyond it fuelling my body. I eat to live not the other way around.

tups's avatar

If I crave something, I try to get it.

Trillian's avatar

I go ahead, usually, and eat the chocolate.

wonderingwhy's avatar

By feeding them.

Sorry I couldn’t resist.

I’ll go lock myself in a closet now.

Generally I precede indulging them with either a big glass of water or exercise both of which seem to pretty reliably reduce or wipe out my interest in food. And in both cases it’s not so much an effort to ignore the craving so much as to make sure I don’t overindulge it, all about moderation.

yankeetooter's avatar

It depends on the nature of the food. If it has no beneficial aspects to it, like Oreos, get some, but then just eat one or two. If it is something healthier, than I indulge a bit, since sometimes I think cravings are really your body saying it needs something that that item contains…

wildpotato's avatar

If I crave something, I figure it’s my body telling me it needs something I’ve been neglecting to give it. In general, I’m very active and eat for fuel, so I try to listen and usually pig out on the food in question.

Sometimes I crave things I’m not allowed to eat, like peas and cabbage and tofu. I try to think about the pain I’ll be in if I eat these things, but if I want the taste badly enough I’ll usually ask my fiancĂ© if I can have a bite, and if he thinks it’s really good, he’ll let me. Damn, now I want some wasabi peas so bad…

Your question reminds me of this prologue to a recent episode of This American Life.

Fred931's avatar

I can resort to, let’s see, cheese… beef jerky… diet sodas… uhh….

I probably had diabetes (T1 Dxed 6 weeks ago) for a while and everyone just thought I had a badass metabolism, because I could eat whole pizzas every day if I wanted to and stay in the 120-lb-range at 6’ tall. Then came frequent urination, ridiculous leg cramps, etc.

So now I can still eat as much as I want on the count of I was 108 when diagnosed… as long as no carbs are involved. Not many good-tasting or wholesome options. Plus now I’m definitely putting weight on; I was 127 two days ago (You all wish you could lose 20 in six weeks!). I have to actually do something about my impulsive eating now. :/ Wonder how I will fare…

bookish1's avatar

I had to learn the joys of discipline from a very early age. When I was a little kid, there wasn’t even short-term insulin, so I could not be spontaneous at all. I had to eat according to the demands of the long term insulin. I couldn’t eat what I wanted when I wanted.

Suffice to say I am very grateful for short term insulin now and don’t take it for granted! If I have a craving now, I can indulge it… But it’s also a double edged sword because insulin is what makes you gain weight…I try to think in terms of my total consumption for the day, and adjust accordingly. For instance, yesterday, I was working at a volunteer job for 6 hours, on my feet the whole time. I felt like I deserved an egg and cheese bagel afterwards! But I had a smaller than usual dinner, with no carbs, to compensate. I don’t usually crave specific foods, I just crave putting something fatty/starchy/fried in my mouth :-p

MilkyWay's avatar

I submit to them. Every time.

YARNLADY's avatar

I rarely have cravings of any sort, but I have learned how to indulge with overdoing it. My nutritionist taught me I can have anything I want, as long as I do it in moderation. My worst indulgence is french fries, and I restrict myself to eating a handfull = 10.

mangeons's avatar

I almost always have amazing willpower when it comes to food. On Thursday I was at the fair all day, where there are countless food places with delicious delicacies only done right at the fair. However, I didn’t cave. Not even for funnel cake, my personal favorite! I brought snacks for during the day and ate dinner before I came at night, and was able to avoid buying any fair food at all!

janbb's avatar

Sometimes I give in and sometimes I resist.

“And it doesn’t really matter if I don’t get any fatter – and I don’t get any fatter – what I do.”

(Lots of walking!)

Seaofclouds's avatar

I usually give in to my cravings, which I had quite a few of while pregnant. Luckily, my cravings aren’t always for things that are unhealthy.

Argonon's avatar

If I could find the food I crave, then I will satisfy the craving. If I can’t find it, I’ll just nibble on some cheese seeing as how that’s like a neutralizer for me. I have trouble gaining weight anyway so it’s not really a problem, I hate how small and fragile I look..

Shippy's avatar

Ugh! I always indulge, life is so short with so few pleasures!!

talljasperman's avatar

I check my bank balance and if its in the budget then I go with the food cravings. If I don’t have the money then I have a glass of water and some peanut butter on crackers.

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