Several people have talked about cravings and I want to share my thoughts on that.

I'm not sure that I have experienced the kind of addiction to food that some seem to have. The closest I came to being addicted to anything was Pepsi One's and I was drinking a few of them a day until I decided in March to try getting off caffeine. What I had was a bad headache for about three days and that was enough to tell me that I probably didn't really need to go back on the caffeine. No real problem craving it after that.

But what I did experience was the habit of going to the refrigerator several  times a day looking for something to eat. Most of the time I was not really  hungry but I had this habit that I needed to feed.

My solution was to find some zero or very low carb snacks that I could fill my hands and my mouth with to satisfy the habit. For me in the beginning it was Cheddar Cheese cubes, Pepperoni slices, Canadian Bacon, and hard-boiled eggs. Once I got past the induction phase I added pistachio nuts and macadamia nuts to the mix and lately I've added spicy pork rinds. I can't stand the plain pork rinds but I kinda like the spicy ones. But the plain one's make wonderful French Toast. If you haven't found that recipe yet you should try it. The recipe can be found at:

I have taken to heart Dr. Atkins instruction to not go hungry and I can  honestly say that I have not been hungry for even a minute since I started this WOE on the 4th of February, 2002. And I also have not counted calories. But I have tried to stop eating when I'm sated and not stuff myself and when I did the habit trip to the fridge I would only get two or three of whatever I decided to snack on or in the case of hard-boiled eggs usually only one.

What I found for me was that it was better to feed the habit then to pretend  not to be hungry. And as time has passed I find that I snack a lot less then  I used to. I will say that when it comes to the nuts I have to be a bit more  careful. I usually ration myself and measure out what I think is my limit  for the day at the beginning of the day and when they run out I use something  else if I still feel I need something.

Long ago because of my weight I gave up sweets. Now I actually eat more sweet stuff then I used to. One of my favorite treats is frozen blueberries and cream. If you measure out a 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries into a small dish, put on a teaspoon or two of Splenda and cover with a 1/4 cup of Heavy Cream you have instant blueberry ice cream that is a wonderful treat. I don't do this every day but it is one of the things I reward myself with two or three times a week. And it only adds five or six carbs to the day. Besides Dr. Atkins says blueberries are really good for you.

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