Help me stop hoovering up the treats tray
January 31, 2012 3:54 AM   Subscribe

I'm taking medication that makes me hungry all the time. Added to this, I work somewhere that often has sweets around and I have not very much willpower at all. How can I deal with the hunger in a way that doesn't lead to a sugar high?

I'm trying to amend my diet so that I am eating more healthily (at lunchtime I will have a pastrami, rocket and mustard bagel, other times I might have soup) - I tend to be a lazy cook but I try and have things like a baked potato with low-fat creme fraiche, or a stir-fry with some beef or Quorn, or a pasta bake with tuna and a very small amount of cheese - things that are filling and have a bit of protein in them. I've swapped the crackers/pitta and houmous for lower fat houmous and carrot sticks, or tzatziki, and I've bought some sorbet because I occasionally get vicious ice-cream cravings for some reason. The tiredness I get from my medication makes me reluctant to start a proper exercise regime until I'm used to it more, but I am trying to walk to the Tube stop in the morning/evening rather than taking the bus, so I get about 20-30 mins exercise a day that I didn't get before.

But I'm still hungry all the time, and I crave chocolate and crisps (chips), meat, and particularly at work, the sweets and chocolate that people bring back from holiday. I have little willpower at the best of times, but the increased appetite from my meds (which is a known and v.common side effect) is making it harder not to munch - no matter how many times that I tell myself that I already know what all that stuff tastes like. And when I say appetite, I mean 'so hungry I could eat abandoned food off the floor'. It's difficult to ignore. I've brought some rice cakes in with a strong flavour to help trick my brain into feeling full, and I have a yoghurt in the afternoon, but it still doesn't help.

I am already a bit overweight and I don't want to be more so - partly for health reasons and partly because I don't want to feel unhappy with myself at a time when I am adjusting to strong chemicals and generally feeling a bit crappy - and of course feeling crappy often in my experience leads to spending too much money or eating too much chocolate. Any tips for snacks, breaking habits or ignoring hunger?
posted by mippy to Health & Fitness (36 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I saw a nutritional therapist recently who understood my deep love of chocolate, and said there is nothing wrong with snacking on it from time to time.

However she made one excellent recommendation which I have found to work well. She recommended having excellent-quality dark chocolate when possible, and having some nuts at the same time always.

The reasoning behind this:
- expensive dark chocolate is better for you, and because you have spent a bit more on the good stuff it feels like a luxurious treat. Dark chocolate contains things which are actually good for your body; most milk chocolate is more or less empty of nutrients.
- nuts contain protein which slows down the body's absorption of the sugars in the chocolate. it will then "last longer" as a snack in terms of satiety, and also take the edge off that sugar high which makes you crave more when you come down. Nuts also contain "good fat" which is excellent for your brain and immune system.

Hope this helps :)
posted by greenish at 3:59 AM on January 31, 2012 [8 favorites]

Swap out the bagel for one slice of whole grain bread (keep the sandwich open). Swap out the pastrami for turkey. You've saved enough calories, fat and sugar (the bagel) to allow yourself ONE and only ONE small pick from the work sweets. Make this your obsessive habit, your new eating mode, your boring-but-unbreakable routine! Good luck.
posted by thinkpiece at 4:05 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

For the short term: There was some study somewhere that showed if you clench your fist, it increases your willpower. So, when you're passing the office sweets, you might want to clench your fist discreetly down by your side and tell yourself "no thanks."

I have a stress-squeezy thing that I squeeze when I feel myself wanting to eat a snack when I'm working at my computer, when I really just need a break. It's a helpful distraction.

For the long term: How do you feel about going lower carb? I've been avoiding carbs for breakfast and lunch (usually eggs and turkey sausage, and then a salad with veggies and meat, but a couple dark chocolate kisses cause I'm not superhuman), and then exercising after work and eating a normal dinner with 1-2 whole grains, like brown rice or a slice of good wheat bread.

Avoiding carbs in the daytime prevents my blood sugar fluctuations, so I really don't crave carbs during the day or feel as hungry. And having carbs in the evening prevents the "carb flu" feeling, helps keep my diet balanced, and helps me recover from exercising.

I'm sorry you are feeling hungrier on this medicine. That would be really frustrating for me, and I hope you get some good tips here.
posted by shortyJBot at 4:13 AM on January 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: The thing is, I didn;'t really have a sweet tooth until I started working somewhere where sweets were readily available. Which shows that sugar can be pretty addictive, I suppose.

thinkpiece - I've swapped salami for pastrami, and I want to keep a bit of red meat in my diet because I can be prone to anaemia. But I'll try the turkey and see if I notice!

shortyJBot - I've thought about the lower carb thing but I worry I will get hungry. I have my breakfast at work, so I usually have porridge or some cereal - I don't have the means to cook eggs. I do sometimes like having an ersatz Greek salad at lunch but I do wonder whether replacing the bread with feta or houmous isn't entirely healthy.
posted by mippy at 4:21 AM on January 31, 2012

Low carb is awesome for this. The first week is pretty intense by once you get through that, the cravings really do go away. And I'm never hungry on it - all the fat and protein really keep you sated.
posted by dawkins_7 at 4:33 AM on January 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Moderation doesn't work for me, personally. I'd start a strict "no sweets at work" stance now, and never break it (it's easy to say "well it is her birthday, I should have some cake" - it's ALWAYS someone's birthday or last day, or whatever, so stick with your no sweets at work rule). From here on, you just never have any at work. I asked a baker how she refrained from eating everything in sight, and she said she just never starts.

You might get cravings for the first couple of days. I find olives and pickles help with that. Maybe keep some ibuprofen (or whatever works for you) on hand in case you get a mild withdrawal headache.

If you're trying to lose weight, start monitoring your calorie intake. There are many websites online or apps for smartphones. You might be surprised at the calories and fat youre consuming.
posted by backwards guitar at 4:39 AM on January 31, 2012 [4 favorites]

My father took steroids because he had a form of muscular dystrophy. When you wrote "so hungry I could eat abandoned food off the floor," it reminded me of him during that time. In his case, the hunger caused by the steroids was wanted -- he needed to rebuild all his muscles -- but he reported that his hunger was unlike anything he'd ever experienced. He is basically made of willpower, so much moreso than anyone else I've ever known, and he could not resist food during that time. It was overwhelming and all-consuming. It could not be ignored, and it could not be sated.

Why am I telling you this instead of listing off high-fiber or high-protein, low-calorie foods? Because I'd think that if your medicine is anything like his steroids, it just won't work. I recommend talking with your doctor about your side effect and finding a solution there (a different medicine to take, or a medicine that can counter this side effect). I remember your previous question, when you said this medicine is long-term, so I'd especially recommend talking with your doctor in that case, since what I've seen with my dad is that you cannot fight this with will power, especially for the long term.
posted by Houstonian at 4:39 AM on January 31, 2012 [4 favorites]

I'm with backwards guitar in the "Just Say No" camp. There are always sweets, cakes and biscuits at work (yesterday someone brought in a huge bag of Minstrels that was passed along the cubicles), but I know what I'm like - I can't just have one, so I only find it manageable if I don't start at all. I also got people to move the 'usual place' across the room so now when the email goes round saying there's cake "in the usual place", it's not on the cabinet next to my desk.

I eat loads of raw veggies at work - carrot sticks, sliced bell peppers, sugar snap peas. I also find a handful of nuts is really filling too.
posted by essexjan at 4:58 AM on January 31, 2012

Not that it would solve the problem completely, but I find chewing gum helps me not nibble and graze. And warm drinks help me feel more full. Definitely drink lots, water, hot tea/coffee, etc.
posted by lemniskate at 5:00 AM on January 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Do you like carrots? Might having a big bag available work for you? Gorging is basically guilt-free if you like them (an entire pound is only about 150 calories, and it's pretty hard to eat that much). For me, chomping mindlessly on a bottomless bag of carrots somehow conditioned me that snack=carrot (something I wrote about before), which is both hilarious and really useful.
posted by Westringia F. at 5:04 AM on January 31, 2012

I agree with Houstonian that this might not be a problem that can be solved without a meds adjustment or adding another medication. But a couple of things to try are

(1) adding back in a bit more fat into your diet. Fat keeps me fuller longer. If I am eating low fat foods, I get more cravings for sweets and other high calorie things.

And (2) try replacing the sweets with sweet *drinks*. Even if this means you start drinking a lot of soda or hot chocolates or similar, they will fill you up more for their calorie cost than solid food will, due to taking up more room in your stomach. You can probably drink about four mugs of Ovaltine for the same number of calories as a small chocolate bar.
posted by lollusc at 5:18 AM on January 31, 2012

Boil five eggs at home on Sunday. Stick them into the work fridge. Eat one each day with your porridge, and that protein boost may help you over the snacking hump.

If boiled eggs aren't your thing, try a bag of nuts, being mindful of what an actual serving is.

Past that, talk to your doc about this medication. The office may have a nurse or nurse practitioner who could call you back with advice. Also see if there are any anecdotes online about how other people dealt with this side effect. For instance it may be possible to change the time of day when you take the medicine (but it might not!).
posted by bilabial at 5:19 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh, and something that works for people who are having trouble with eating too many sweets for psychological cravings is to just allow yourself to eat as many sweets as you like. Seriously, give yourself permission. Go out and buy the biggest bag you can find of your favourite chocolate or sweet, and eat it whenever you feel like it. Even if it makes you sick. Even if you eat nothing but those sweets for every meal for a week. Eventually you WILL get sick of it. Also, you won't have the scarcity mentality that makes forbidden food look more attractive. Your eating patterns will normalise.

But this won't work if the hunger is physical instead of psychological, I think.
posted by lollusc at 5:21 AM on January 31, 2012

Sweet beverages do not curb food calorie intake, and have been shown to possibly increase it in some people.

Drink water, but stay away from the soda and juice.
posted by bilabial at 5:21 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

I second greenish's suggestion of having nuts as a snack, or otherwise planning some healthy snack alternatives. The thing with nuts is that they're high in protein, a good source of fiber and contain the good kind of fat. You need to make sure you stick to a portion (usually around 1/4 cup) and that you pick unsalted or slightly salted or sugared nuts. Make sure, too, that the producers aren't adding transfat (or any kind of fat) to the nuts. Because of the fiber/protein/fat combo, nuts have the advantage of making you feel satiated longer (once your stomach starts sending the signals that you're full, that is about 15 minutes after you've eaten a portion of nuts).

Basically, bring snacks that combine some protein, some fiber and some fat.

As for sugar, try bringing fruits to the office, to curb the cravings. So here's a few snack suggestions, that keep should help you feel satiated:

Apple and 1tablespoon almond butter
Orange and 1/4 cup cashew nuts
Pear and one portion of low-fat cheese
Carrots and one portion hummus.
Blueberries in one portion greek yogurt.
Apple and 1/4 cup tamari almonds
Banana and 1tablespoon peanut butter

You get the picture.
posted by Milau at 5:24 AM on January 31, 2012

Someone once told me about the difference between "mouth hungry" and "stomach hungry." If you're feeling like "I need something in my mouth right now!"* I recommend the carrots and a zero-sweets-at-work rule (there are often sweets at my work, and sometimes I will make a deal with myself - if I don't have any sweets at work, then I can get myself a cookie/ice cream/whatever on the way home, but I *do* have a wicked sweet tooth, and I'm better at abstention than moderation, so that's where I'm coming from).

If you're actually hungry-hungry, then the fat/nuts/low carb nutritional advice may be more what you need.

* Um.
posted by mskyle at 5:31 AM on January 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Ah! My good friend, Anemia! We've known each other for years now:))

Pastrami will not stave off anemia - sorry. Also, there are vegetables with higher iron count than red meat (please google for details, I'm on my phone.) And anyway, what you need is an iron supplement for this. Full stop. Pastrami is a cured product and I doubt there is much nutrition in there. Yummy? Yes! Nutritious? Not so much. Supplements are cheap and effective. Take them.

Otherwise...Yes, yes. Talk to your doctor about the side effects of your new meds, and about getting a script for an iron supplement.

Coffee can act as an appetite suppressant, fwiw.

I really just popped in to talk about the pastrami and the anemia. Now that I think about it, you might get a consult with a nutritionist or glance at some books or websites on the subject. I think there is a lot of room for improvement in your diet. Make learning about nutrition your new fun hobby, not a chore.

Hypnosis or self-hypnosis might work, too.

But educating yourself on nutrition and talking to your doctor about your meds will be 99% of the trick here. Good luck.
posted by jbenben at 6:10 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Poor you! The sleepiness is also a problem because when we are tired and can't nap, we eat to get a little energy boost. You are in a rough boat.

Focus on foods that have very sharp, vibrant flavors that need to be savored. Fresh cherries, dark chocolate, sharp cheese, that sort of thing.
Eat foods that take a while to consume like frozen grapes, for instance.

I have a sweet tooth. I like to make plain oatmeal and through in cinnamon, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and...... dark chocolate chips. The chips flavor everything, giving me my chocolate buzz, but, because I'm eating them with everything else, I don't eat as many.

I find that drinking hot tea during the day helps a lot. In the mornings, I have a cup of Twinnings Lady Earl Grey (caffeine). Around lunch time it's Tazo's Zen (green tea) and then after that I love the sharp flavors in Yogi brand tea. I'll have one or two snack size hershey bars with the tea for a treat or a cookie. I never add sugar or honey to my tea. When the tea is gone, there is no more snacking.
posted by myselfasme at 6:27 AM on January 31, 2012 [3 favorites]

More protein and fat at breakfast - your follow up says you don't have the means to cook eggs, is that just at work? If you could do a couple scrambled eggs and a whole grain muffin I think you might see a difference - and even better if you could eat somewhere other than work, to break the association between work and eating.
posted by mrs. taters at 6:29 AM on January 31, 2012

Oh,and Tootsie Pops! The dieter's secret weapon in the war against sugary treats ... Walk on by and grab one from a stash (or buy one a day if you can't resist just-one). They really do the trick.
posted by thinkpiece at 6:34 AM on January 31, 2012

I also find myself hungry most of the time (and sometimes so hungry I can't concentrate or keep from snapping at people), and medication recently made this worse. Honestly, for a few months I had an attitude that I could always eat when hungry--b/c the alternative was depressing--and I ended up gaining back all of the weight I had lost the year before. Wasn't worth it for me. I looked into it and realized I had been eating probably 5 or 600 additional calories a day since starting the meds. Now I'm strictly counting calories and only let myself have two desserts a month; no cheating. I'm still hungry but am hoping I can get a handle on things. I do find that, while it doesn't fill me up, a handful of nuts (i.e. 10 almonds) or an apple will take the edge off and help me make it to my next meal/snack. Coffee is also my best friend, not because of the caffeine, but just because something in it gives my belly a full feeling. Good luck!
posted by lovingkindness at 6:39 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Pastrami will not stave off anemia - sorry.

I know this - that's why I take iron tablets as well. But I like to eat a little bit of red meat as it feels like it's doing a bit of good.

I don't ever drink soda - I don't like it - but because of the iron tablets, I do sometimes have smoothies to get a bit of fibre.
posted by mippy at 6:43 AM on January 31, 2012

Ways I sometimes derail the desire to eat, when I know my body doesn't need it:
Chew gum. Can't eat while there's gum in my mouth.
Make a mug of tea, with the rule that I can't eat anything until I'm done with it - but it's so hot at first, it takes me a while to drink, and I can usually manage to get my brain engaged with a new task before the mug is empty, and stay distracted from the fact that there are cookies for at least an hour.
Brush your teeth - nothing tastes good when combined with FreshMintBlast, and besides, there's something alluring about keeping my teeth non-gunked for a while.

Not that you need convincing that the treats bowl is something you should avoid - those articles are "preaching to the choir" - but I thought it might be nice to show you what a common issue it is.
10 Reasons not to eat free food
Free food is not free
I've seen several articles from the personal finance perspective, that even if something is "free" it's still costing you to get it, if it's something you didn't genuinely want in the first place - and that applies even more to free food than it does to free trinkets.
posted by aimedwander at 6:50 AM on January 31, 2012 [3 favorites]

My go-to for work snacks is always a portioned bit of dark dark chocolate, some almonds (just a handful), small portion of healthy cheese, and Greek yogurt, because of the protein. Protein, protein, protein. I don't know if it always helps at first with the feeling of fullness, but those little snaps of protein through the day help to normalize blood sugar levels and I end up eating smaller meals in between, and the cycle continues... I had to really stick to this while I was on a hunger-inducing med a while back. I had eaten such big portions of things for a while there that I swear my stomach stretched. Because it can, to an extent. People that get gastric bypass and such can actually negate the effects of the surgery over time by overfilling and overstretching their stomachs so that they need to eat more to feel full again. Now I tend to feel full on a lot less. Or at least "full" on a physical level, even if my psychological, med-induced hunger is still gnawing a little.

I never say an absolute "no" to food, really, but I portion out my snack in the morning before I leave for work so I'm not just bringing a giant bag of almonds or a giant stick of cheese that I end up eating the whole thing. Instead I have my little snacks to get me through the day, eat slowly, chew more (seriously. Chew those mouthfuls for longer than seems normal), and be mindful that my snack stash needs to last all day because I don't have anything else. And if i eat the whole thing over the course of the day, it's okay, because i know how many calories are in it and they aren't excessive, and I know it's all healthy stuff that is positively helping by keeping my energy levels up and my cravings steady.
posted by takoukla at 6:58 AM on January 31, 2012

Ugh, I feel for you. I don't have the hunger problem but I definitely can act like a black hole when it comes to sugary treats.

Due to GI issues that aren't yielding very well to treatment, I've recently cut out grains and most sugar and dairy (Whole30 plan). I do allow myself hot milk on occasion to sleep better as well as a bit of dark chocolate at night. At work, when it comes to the vending machine and all the crap that is around the average workplace, I just Walk On By like Dionne Warwick. A lot of what is served at restaurants is out too. This means eating mostly what I prepare by myself at home.

You don't have to do that - yet. However, take it from someone whose digestive system has been wrecked, probably due to years of eating the Great American processed-carb-based diet: when you're in enough pain, the stuff loses its appeal right quick. If you can develop healthier habits now, you'll be better off down the road.

Seconding the recommendation to look into another medication as well.
posted by Currer Belfry at 7:20 AM on January 31, 2012

Response by poster: Looking into another medication isn't an option - everything for the condition I have makes this happen. I'm lucky that with this one I'm not also losing my hair quite as much. I'm not keen on taking yet another thing to help with the hunger as well - I want to try and tackle the problem myself first. I think it might just be a case of being more mindful and adopting some good habits, but I'm not sure how. Sometimes I find myself eating something just because it's there, or because the idea of it being thrown away makes me sad, even if I don't want/enjoy it.
posted by mippy at 7:48 AM on January 31, 2012

It looks like one way you are trying to address your hunger is by cutting fat. Personally, I'd put the fat back in. Add a little more cheese to your pasta, go back to full fat hummus. Fat is flavourful, filling and helps tell your brain you're full.

I keep raw nuts and nice little squares of dark chocolate in my desk to help with cravings. I'm not someone who has a ton of willpower, but knowing that there's a little chocolate bar for me mid-afternoon can make it easier to walk past the gross grocery store cake in the kitchen.
posted by looli at 7:59 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

I've pretty much completely stopped eating sugar at work, but a trick that has worked for me in the past to limit the amount of sweets I eat has been to make a rule that I can have a sweet if I eat an apple right after. The apple helps you feel full, and it takes that sugary after-taste out of your mouth that makes you want to keep eating more sweet stuff.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 8:13 AM on January 31, 2012

Also, you might want to look into a book & diet plan called Volumetrics that focuses on making food more filling on fewer calories.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 8:14 AM on January 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Just a thought, can you check with your doctor about adjusting or changing your medication? Is what it is doing for your condition worth being hungry all the time? Depending on what the problem is, there may be another medication that does not have this side effect.
posted by mermayd at 8:18 AM on January 31, 2012

Response by poster: mermayd - it's a medication prescribed for bipolar disorder/schizophrenia (I don't have the latter but was experiencing some of the symptoms). I'd rather be fat than unable to function correctly, but I don't want to get to a point where I feel disappointed by what I see in the mirror* or experiencing hunger like being shackled to a lunatic.

*I'm not being fat-ist by saying this. I'm already on the plus-size/straight size border, and it is difficult to feel happy in the way I look because I work with some people who are very weight conscious. I'd be happy to stay the size I am, I just don't want to gain weight.
posted by mippy at 8:40 AM on January 31, 2012

My first month or two on Seroquel were dominated by cravings for Honey Buns and french fries. While that mostly went away on it's own, I found the best thing for me was FRUIT, lots and lots of fruit. Healthier carbs were harder to find, but nuts seemed to do the trick for the craving itself.

Again, this particular side effect went away on its own after a couple of months (either that, or I psychologically overcame it). The only time I've noticed it since was when I was having trouble with my insurance and could only get samples for Seroquel XR. The cravings were even worse with the XR, to the point of mindlessly gorging myself on candy bars. Once I was back on the regular Seroquel, the cravings subsided again. I'm told that having more side effects with XR is a little backwards, but that's how it worked for me.

So yeah, my recommendation for those sweet cravings that just don't go away: Fruit. Lots and lots of fruit. Also, talk to your doctor, as s/he may have better advice on dealing with this particular side effect, or, like me, you could go from a regular to an xr or vice versa, if it's available for your particular medication.
posted by MuChao at 9:55 AM on January 31, 2012

Response by poster: I don;t know which one I have - I think just the regular one. Usually in the UK the chemical name for the drug goes on the prescription, so you get prescribed, say, fluoxetine and then get a box with PROZAC (R) written all over it. (Bizarrely, my last prescription had 'EXPENSIVE DRUGS' stamped next to it for some reason.) Good to be aware that the effect can change between formulations though.
posted by mippy at 10:44 AM on January 31, 2012

If you said what you're taking I missed it, but oh my god this sounds like Depakote. I gained ten pounds per month for a year before the effect "leveled off"... yeah, definitely something to keep a handle on from the start if you can; preventing gain, no matter how hard, beats the hell out of losing it.

Again, not familiar with your situation, but I'm going to assume you're on top of thyroid, blood sugar, all that stuff.

The single most useful thing I found, in dealing with spasms of hunger, were cinnamon toothpicks (I think I got 'em from Archie McPhee.) I could chew on 'em all day, keep getting that burst of flavor. Doesn't actually help the hunger, but satisfying the oral reflex can go a long way. I guess any sugar-free candy or gum could be helpful - but I'm not particularly sanguine about sugar substitutes; I have bad reactions to some, friends have had bad reactions to others, and I'm not convinced they're not ultimately worse than what they're replacing. Of course, you may not have these issues, and may feel differently.

Going low-carb can be incredibly effective in both maintaining weight and blood sugar - but if it's going to be effective, you have to do it constantly, no exceptions, which is both limiting and expensive. Finding easy snacks, fast food, prepared food, all becomes a hassle - you have to plan everything out in advance. Good on you if you can make it work, no reason for shame if you can't. (Oh, and in the strictest forms, even fruit is pretty much off-limits, much less sugar - and while the craving for sweets DOES diminish over time? the interval still sucks.)

But yeah, sugar is absolutely addictive, and the more you have, the more you want. Overall, if you can switch focus from processed sugar to fruit? you'd probably have much better long-term results. It takes awhile to make the switch - and it definitely helps if you can afford the freshest fruit, organic or local farm produce if you can manage it, because the difference in taste can be astonishing.

Hope this helps.
posted by mie at 2:17 PM on January 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Sometimes I find myself eating something just because it's there, or because the idea of it being thrown away makes me sad, even if I don't want/enjoy it.

I used to get sad at the thought of throwing away food. The idea was unfathomable (think of the starving children!) And then I watched one of those shows on tv, where a personal trainer goes into someone's home and throws away a bunch of food. I recently started throwing away food - say cake left over from a dinner, treats someone pawned on me, etc. The first few times, I kid you not, my heart rate went up. It was that hard. Now it's getting easier. It feels like I broke the taboo. It's also empowering as it makes me feel like I have more control over what I eat.

So entertain the idea: you can throw away food. Whether you throw it away or eat it, those starving children are still starving. The only difference is on your health.

(And if anyone is still concerned about the starving children, worry not, I do regularly donate to food banks!)
posted by Milau at 3:39 PM on January 31, 2012

I probably should have mentioned in my first post, but honestly hadn't had enough coffee...

I've always had a love of fruit, so it wasn't really a "switch" for me as much as denying specific cravings and replacing it.

Also, I drink lots of water. It helps curb the actual "hunger" feeling, but doesn't do much for the craving.
posted by MuChao at 8:26 PM on January 31, 2012

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