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Cereal Addiction?!?!


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Okay, I'm seriously wondering if I have an addiction to cereal/granolas.  I'll eat one cup/a serving with almond milk saying, "I'll be fine!" but then one serving will turn to six.  I ate an entire box of cereal in the past 2 days.  Not of the sugary variety though, thank god.

Anyway, if it was under my control I wouldn't let my family bring it into the house but I'm a teenager and my parents just don't listen.  Any tips on avoiding it?  And what are your "binge" trigger foods?

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Try going for a higher protein and fiber cereal, that should help you feel fuller! Unless you're just eating it because you're bored or it's really just that dang tasty. :P

Whenever I want to trigger my cravings, I usually go for some grilled or PAM stir fried veggies. Now tell me that doesn't curb your cravings! Add some tofu to it too for extra protein! I usually season my vegetables with turmeric which is very good for you, or some tangy citrus dressing(broccoli mostly.)

P.S. You're bound to get sick of it anyway soon since you eat is so often. :P

Oh I am the same way! I used to be so obsessed, or "addicted", lol to cereals/granolas. Any and every kind pretty much. It's just sooo good.  The only cereal I was kind of able to eat a reasonable amount was bran buds because I would get tired of the taste after awhile. 

Eventually I realized that cereal is just my one food I cannot enjoy in moderation so I never eat it anymore. My parents eat it and it's always in the pantry. After awhile of not having it, I actually have stopped craving it, and I am glad! Good luck :)

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Hm....I'm thinking that might happen if I stop eating it for a while.  Same thing happened with corn chips.  I mean, I crave them on occasion but I can normally avoid it and sometimes they even sound disgusting to me.  And I was a hardcore addict over the winter, hahah.  Smile  Same thing with refined sugar, actually!  I used to eat Swedish Fish and Sour Patch kids allllll day long.  Now the thought of them is yucky.

Still, I find it really hard to avoid cereal in general....I do like your idea about eating really bland, heavier cereals, but most of them involve wheat.  Which I'm allergic to.....not that that's stopped me from eating the Kashi cereal today, haha.  Maybe if I'm craving cereal that already has wheat in it I should go for the Grape Nuts and tell myself that's the only cereal I could have?  And it would keep me from the carb cravings?  

I'm a hardcore carb addict, hah.

Best I can think of is to force yourself to wait 15 minutes before pouring the next bowl, and each bowl after that.

It takes time for your body to report to your brain that it's not hungry any more, and when something tastes good, it's easy to just keep shoveling it in.


I had the same thing too. Fortunately my cereals got healthier and healthier but the bad habit remained the same. I'm beginning to think the triggers for me are worry or fear.

It used to be bread and PB sandwiches.  I cut down on buying bread so I started eating loads of peanut butter. Stopped buying that and it became plain bran cereal. Was thinking of not buying cereal. OMG, as I'm typing this, the pattern is clicking in my brain. Every time I get rid of a "trigger" food, my brain finds a replacement. For instance, I had NEVER eaten PB with a spoon until a time when I had cleared the house of all my usual instant snacks like cereal, bread etc. It's probably going to continue until I end up binging on spears of broccoli!Or till I tackle what's going on in my mind.

Maybe it has less to do with the food and more to do with the behaviour? Cereal/PB/bread were just the most convenient thing to hand for me.

Original Post by flygirl22:

I had the same thing too. Fortunately my cereals got healthier and healthier but the bad habit remained the same. I'm beginning to think the triggers for me are worry or fear.

It used to be bread and PB sandwiches.  I cut down on buying bread so I started eating loads of peanut butter. Stopped buying that and it became plain bran cereal. Was thinking of not buying cereal. OMG, as I'm typing this, the pattern is clicking in my brain. Every time I get rid of a "trigger" food, my brain finds a replacement. For instance, I had NEVER eaten PB with a spoon until a time when I had cleared the house of all my usual instant snacks like cereal, bread etc. It's probably going to continue until I end up binging on spears of broccoli!Or till I tackle what's going on in my mind.

Maybe it has less to do with the food and more to do with the behaviour? Cereal/PB/bread were just the most convenient thing to hand for me.

Yeah, it sounds like a need to be eating, rather than a craving for a particular food. Do you find it kicks in when you are bored, or doing something you are not particularly enjoying?

I've realized that when I am just "relaxing" and watching a movie or TV show, I tend to want to be eating something and it really doesn't matter what, as long as I'm eating while watching. It's as if the two activities have become linked in my brain.

Also, when I'm at work and facing a particularly complex task that's going to require a lot of concentration, I'll stop everything and hunt around the break room for something to eat or drink. It's a form of procrastination I suppose. "I can't work now, I'm eating, and that's important."

I'm sure these two behaviors are related, but they're a double whammy for me.

The only time I'm not thinking about food is when I'm actively engaged in doing something that requires concentration, but that I enjoy. Basically my hobbies, not including reading, which is too passive and allows me to want to eat.

Original Post by iheartalmonds:

Oh I am the same way! I used to be so obsessed, or "addicted", lol to cereals/granolas. Any and every kind pretty much. It's just sooo good.  The only cereal I was kind of able to eat a reasonable amount was bran buds because I would get tired of the taste after awhile. 

Eventually I realized that cereal is just my one food I cannot enjoy in moderation so I never eat it anymore. My parents eat it and it's always in the pantry. After awhile of not having it, I actually have stopped craving it, and I am glad! Good luck :)

Same way.  I don't eat cereal anymore for this reason (used to be able to kick back a box at once).  Oatmeal I can do with no problem, though.

I buy the kiddie cereals that come in single serving boxes :)
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Also, when I'm at work and facing a particularly complex task that's going to require a lot of concentration, I'll stop everything and hunt around the break room for something to eat or drink. It's a form of procrastination I suppose. "I can't work now, I'm eating, and that's important."

Ha ha! Were you at my house today? Was worrying about a tough task, so went for the first "tea break". En route to the 2nd one, I had to give myself a pep talk and went back to work.

As soon as I get a box of cereal, I weigh it out into Ziploc sandwich bags and write the calories on each bag. That way, when I'm ready for cereal, I don't have to think about it or worry about eating to much and going over calories. If I'm still hungry after the cereal, I'll have something lower in calories - a piece of fruit, yogurt or something like that.

yeah, i can relate.. im like that with Honey bunchies of oat with almonds.. thats why i dont buy it anymore.. I try to stay away from my trigger foods

I'm currently getting medical attention because I've had such a longstanding problem with binge eating, and cereal is the principal trigger food for me. In fact, cereal is far more likely to trigger a binge for me than cakes, biscuits or chocolate (although they too have featured in past binges). I'm a secretive binge eater, in that the immense feeling of euphoria from the eating process comes mainly from the secrecy, almost like a feeling of getting away with something. So now I limit cereal to work- I keep little portion packs of cereal in my drawer at work. My office is open plan with no separate eating facility, so I have no choice but to eat at my desk, where my colleagues can see. It's the only place where I've never binged, so I use it as an opportunity to try to build a 'healthy relationship' with my trigger foods, because I can trust myself a lot more to only have one serving in that particular context. I still can't have cereal at home without bingeing on it, but I'm hoping to get there some day! But just to say I totally get the cereal thing- I would definitely climb over a pile of cake to get to a box of Weetabix, and some people think that's just weird.

Out of curiosity, how many grams of fat do you ingest a day?

I ask because a lot of the times, frequently, people tend to overeat on things like complex carbohydrates when they severely restrict their fat intake. I'm sure if you increased that then you wouldn't feel so 'addicted' to cereal

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