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Fight Food Cravings by Keeping a Food Journal

Food Journaling: Write Down What You Resist, Too

Keeping a food journal to track what you eat each day can be a great weight loss tool. It helps prevent mindless eating and ensures you're getting all the nutrients you need; here's one to print out to get you started.

But even the best healthy eating intentions can be sabotaged by intense food cravings — especially when they're tied to PMS. So lately, I'm also writing down the foods I don't eat — specifically, the cravings I manage to resist.

Reading back on my journals, I've noticed a pattern. I'll often be grappling with a food craving so intense, it feels like indulging it (even just a little) is the only solution. But I'll fight back with a food-craving killer like eating something healthy instead, and I'll proudly record my success, along with how I felt afterward.

Hours later, when I read back on the note, it seems silly that the craving, now passed, was causing me such grief. It's a good reminder that sometimes those really intense cravings can indeed be fended off.

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years
I think this is a good idea. I'd like to keep a record of "challenges" I worked through.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
When I was losing weight I wrote down everything I ate - it's probably the #1 recommendation that I would give to anyone trying to lose weight.I've never heard of writing down what you crave in addition to what you eat, but I guess that could help some people. I don't get cravings the same way other people do - I only start to want something if I see it or smell it, I don't get random cravings - so I'm not sure if that really would have helped me.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
When I was losing weight I wrote down everything I ate - it's probably the #1 recommendation that I would give to anyone trying to lose weight. I've never heard of writing down what you crave in addition to what you eat, but I guess that could help some people. I don't get cravings the same way other people do - I only start to want something if I see it or smell it, I don't get random cravings - so I'm not sure if that really would have helped me.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
This sounds like a slippery slope to disordered eating.
ayuninur ayuninur 5 years
i tried but didn't work..
ayuninur ayuninur 5 years
i tried but didn't work..
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