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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips

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  • I can relate to others commenting that there is so much temptation in the office!! We are having a party every time you turn around.
    But I developed a "mantra"...I walk away saying, "Just don't eat right now", over and over and it works!! - 4/28/2014 5:20:21 PM
  • KLWKAT
    Random but I heard playing Tetris in short bursts stalls cravings. When I get a bad craving, for sugary or oily foods, I play online Tetris for three or more minutes. Apparently it distracts the appropriate parts of your brain to stop your craving (there have been studies). It might come back an hour or two later, but if I don't do it, I end up stewing on the craving which makes it worse and leads me to cave in. You can play Tetris online or download an app for your phone. - 4/28/2014 2:21:45 PM
  • MISFITONFIRE
    It's super easy to stay away from sugar at home, I rarely buy anything junkie, but there is sooo much junk food at work! People are always bringing in bags of candy, patients bring us donuts, etc... it's very hard to stay away from it, especially when everyone around me (it's a wide open office) is eating it! I try my best to be healthy, but between the stress at work and the constant supply of sugar, it's much easier said than done. - 4/28/2014 11:13:40 AM
  • I just looked at the amount of calories in each "irresistable" sweet thing and suddenly they weren't so irresistable. It really wasn't worth giving up 50% of my calories for the day to indulge in a cupcake or brownie or whatever. Instead I now satisfy my sweet tooth with a no sugar added fudgecicle, a Weight Watchers Greek Yogurt w/Peach Swirl bar or a Nature Valley Sweet & Salty bar. I even occasionally have a 1/2 c. of light ice cream -- but only if I have the calories to spare. It's worked for me and I've lost 30 lbs in three months without starving or feeling deprived. - 4/28/2014 9:37:11 AM
  • Look at the doughnut. Picture the worst case scenario. (Mumble: diabetic coma, diabtic coma - heart disease, heart disease....) This is a tough strategy, but it works for me. Once you realize that's the stuff that gets you sick, it doesn't look appealing anymore. I've banned doughnuts, cakes, etc. from my mental list of edible things. I look at them like flowers: they look good and smell good, but I they're not for eating. - 4/20/2014 11:02:32 PM
  • OMG! my cravings are so bad right now i want the doughnut that is in the picture with the article!
    I have sugar ever single day and every night i say "not again" there are a few times i can say no especially if i look at the nutrition and ingredients, it is like when i go shopping and look at the sale price. I have to ask myself if it is really worth it. - 4/19/2014 12:54:01 PM
  • Sugar is my biggest enemy. Sadly, the whole "cravings only last about 10 minutes, so just wait it out" thing doesn't seem to ring true for me. My cravings can hang on for days if I don't give into them. I was doing OK yesterday, and today until about 5 PM, then a candy craving hit and hasn't gone away still, 5 hours, some raisins (yeah, the fruit suggestion doesn't help me, either), a couple glasses of water and a bowl of pasta (dinner) later. 8-( - 1/8/2014 10:08:32 PM
  • It works best if I don't allow temptations in the house! - 12/11/2013 4:57:45 AM
  • While I know I should have more self-control for me the best way to learn is to have it and not eat it. For me it's obviously easy not to eat it if I don't have it but then I end up purchasing it and eating half in the car. So what I've started to do was to see how long I could hold out. It was really hard not to eat the other half of the Cherry Garcia in the fridge but I had half one week during my favorite show and decide to wait another week. I held out the entire week! I was so proud of myself. I've bought some drumsticks (Ice Cream come) for this weeks show. It's a box of six and I need to make it last six weeks. )Which is how many episodes are left in the season). I enjoy it more when I wait.

    Sure I could choose not to buy it and not have the temptation but it's even better to have the temptation and ignored it. For me anyways. I love a challenge. - 10/15/2013 11:53:28 PM
  • BEOPTOMISTIC
    hey there everyone im new to this and a type 1 diabetic and struggle sometimes so all your great advice helps so thankyou xx - 9/19/2013 3:40:33 PM
  • My sugar / carb addiction stopped when I stopped eating carbs. Eating carbs just creates cravings for more and more carbs. On a very low carb diet, I eat nutrient-dense foods that are very satisfying and my cravings are GONE. - 7/24/2013 9:43:54 AM
  • A lot of people with Binge Eating Disorder had severe sweets (and other) restrictions as children, resulting in a "When I grow up I'll eat whatever I want!" mentality. If you must remove all sweets from the house for your own progress, be sure to allow your kids to have some now and then. - 5/17/2013 1:15:28 PM
  • PAPA55MPH
    Tomorrow is day one of my journey without sugar
    I know I can do this every thing is out of the house
    now all I need is someone to do the food shopping for the next few weeks or years
    that is the hard part I can go for weeks and be good and than I always break at the store I'll say it's for the kids but....really it's not I just found this support page so wish me luck thanks - 3/13/2013 9:30:19 PM
  • I don't think that the quiz outcome for me is indicative of how I am. I avoid sweets at the office. I crave sweets around that time of the month and maybe once or twice a week. What I have started doing is eating fruit, snap peas and broccoli instead. The little bit of sweetness in these items seem to be enough to satisfy my cravings, however Friday nights seem to be the hardest for me to get through without eating sweets. I used to have froyo every Friday night with my daughter, and I broke that habit a month ago, but I still have cravings for the stuff something terrible. This is going to be difficult, but I want to kick the habit because I don't like the idea of being addicted to something that is not healthy for me. Thank you to everyone who commented because the comments were helpful to me. Let's kick sugar's bootay y'all:) - 3/1/2013 8:45:02 PM
  • I eat 1/4 cup of trail mix with large dried fruit mixed in. By the time I'm finished chewing part of the fruit I usually am full and don't want anything else. I use mental tricks too. I have a picture of me at my heaviest that I can't stand, I mentally think of this picture when I think I want to snack. That's usually enough to stop me cold turkey.

    After making rules and sticking with them I no longer have cravings, but this took me several weeks and the first few days were murder. I promise, give it a few weeks and your consistency will pay off. - 2/26/2013 9:57:47 PM

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