The weekend is the worst time for me to curb my cravings for overeating the bad stuff. I was actually good all week and for some reason, I had a carb attack last night. I ate two bowls of cereal and two Unreal Candy Bars. The bars are only 80 Calories each, but the two bowls of cereal had to be at least 400 and it was all carbs and sugar. Today, I am paying for it a feel like CRAP! I found a post from my old blog to help plan for future snack attacks.
When hunger strikes, be ready for it! Arm yourself with ammo. Remember, only YOU can prevent unhealthy eating. Some careful planning and a few minutes in the morning can supply you with the weapons you need to battle those pangs. Cut up some veggies, check out our fresh ideas for light snacking, and listen to your stomach. Try to make sure your snacks are well flavored to keep your mouth happy or you’ll be running for that bag of grease in no time!
Here are a few healthy snack ideas. The ones I SHOULD have eaten last night!
– Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookes
What are your favorite healthy snacks? How do you avoid overeating or binge eating?
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Jason I ran into the same problem this weekend. I was just picking up a few items for the indoor grill and strangely enough I found myself on the chip and every candy in the world aisle. I bought a ton of junk food or we as call it energy killers. As I put away the powdered doughnuts and cream flavored root beer i realized that I have been on a food attack lately, even eating two or three helpings sometime.I went from 135 to 165lbs in a month and a half wowzer!! I’ve got to slow down any suggestions.
I also have intense food cravings especially during the nights but I just drink plenty of H2O before sleeping. It really pains me but I have to control myself. It only needs a lot of motivation and sacrifice. 😀
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Almonds, walnuts or pomegranate arils covered in really dark chocolate work for me every time. I also bake whole-grain cookies with pecans or walnuts and 70% cacao chocolate chips. They’re high in fiber and protein and low in sugar, they taste great and they satisfy cravings.
It has taken years of discipline but I am happy to say that i don’t have snack attacks any more…havent now in many years…once in a while i get a s sweet tooth but that is easily solved with a bite of natural peanut butter and rich dark chocolate…these are some great ideas though for healthier choices! And when this happens, wallowing in what has ben done…get back up and keep going 🙂
Thanks Carl. I definitely keep on trucking. I can’t believe how awful I felt though. Probably a good thing though to help me refrain from a future binge.
I have also suffered from a few “snack attacks” this week involving cookies and pastries. My mistake was to buy a bag of the stuff for my family instead of just getting one cookie for myself. Guess who ended up eating most of the bag? Anyway this means I have some making up to do. All good!
Anytime I have cravings, I break out the frozen wild blueberries. There’s never a time I wish I hadn’t eaten them – and they always satisfy my cravings!!
Great idea. I love frozen blueberries.
The cereal comment made me laugh, I actually for some Raisin Bran sometimes at night, and think…..hmmmm should I? But it beats going for icecream
Raisin Bran Crunch is a go-to for me, but a bowl can easily turn into 400+ calories with milk. Sometimes a small serving of frozen yogurt actually is better.
Right now, bananas are my go to snack. I can’t honestly say when I get into a binge mood, I only eat bananas…..but during the day, they are what I do grab.
We have all been there! I love these snack ideas, I am going to try the Banana bites this week 🙂
This is so true and I did this same thing this weekend. I got stressed and dived into it full force without stopping and thinking.
But also I just read an amazing article talking about when you have a craving really look at it and consider eating what you are craving. The basic idea is that you may eat celery, cheese, yogurt but if you are craving chocolate you may eat all of that and then still eat the chocolate. So not only are you getting the chocolate calories you are getting everything else also!
So part of the way to attack cravings and binges is to stop and ask why am I wanting to eat – is it emotional, boredom, or a natural craving. Then if it is a craving fulfill it in the healthiest way possible.
Chocolate – eat a small serving of dark chocolate
Ice Cream – have single serving ice creams available (maybe greek yogurt ice cream)
Chips is one of the ones I’m struggling find a good alternative.
I sometimes think eating what you are craving is a good idea too. I just need to get better control on going overboard. One Unreal Candy Bar would have been perfect. Next time, right?