I don’t have any craving for candy at the moment. I don’t eat any refined carbs, except for one time when I got stuck without food before a meeting and only had time to get some avocado rolls with white rice. I think that the white rice was my only “cheat” in several months, and only because I had to keep my brain working for the meeting – otherwise I would have gone home for food.
When I was 18, I was living off of Taco Bell and junk food. I was able to eat at MacDonalds. These days, I would rather go without food for a day than eat it.
I think that industrial scale fast food is engineered to be addictive, but that it only becomes tolerable if you eat it a few times. If one can stop for a period of time, the cravings will turn into aversion. Sense of taste will return. Learning how the food is made helps too (sawdust, chemicals, animal abuse, etc.).
My next food project is to figure out how to be sure that I’m getting the recommended daily intake of calcium without eating dairy.