It's not all in your mind! Your cravings can't be stopped by just deciding. Work with your body chemistry. If you make sure your blood sugar levels stay even (eat properly at regular intervals), you will no longer be tortured by a real need for sugar or wage an irrational war on it. This happens within a few weeks -- it takes strategy, not willpower!
4/12/2012 4:01:51 PM
I've had good success over the last few weeks by "aversion therapy." When I think of something sweet I would like to eat, I imagine something awful happening to my eyes, which are affected by eating sugar, and by diabetes. After a few days I wasn't thinking so much about sweets, and my eyes feel much better.
4/12/2012 11:00:47 AM
A strange thing happened to me a few weeks ago. I cut WAY back on my salt intake. I noticed within one week that my sugar cravings went away! Fruit tasted so sweet, and everything else started tasting incredible. It's like that salt was masking the flavor of everything I put in my mouth. I never would've thought I would lose my sweet tooth by cutting back on salt, but I did! An added advantage was the extra 8.5 lb. weight loss! If you are struggling in this area, please try getting rid of the salt for one week, and let me know if you are still craving sweets.
4/12/2012 2:28:24 AM
One way is to have yogurt with some frozen berries. But I find that if I have a sugar craving, I need to have something with sugar in it.
4/11/2012 10:58:18 PM
I knew I was having a problem with craving bad carbs and sugar, so I went on a highly restrictive diet and it went away within a few days. After 3 months and now 19 lbs. lighter, I allow myself a small amount of a treat every day or every other day. The dark chocolate bars are scored into squares. I cut that up and place in a plastic bag. Each square is 50 calories, so I remove 1-2 squares and then put the bag away. I had one piece this morning and one in the evening. I feel satisfied now with just a small amount. I really savor that one piece when I'm eating it. I walk for anywhere from 1/2 to 1 hour a day, so on a maintenance plan I can afford 50-100 extra calories a day and don't feel deprived.
I have to agree with PAMLEARNED! Pink doughnuts is not the most appropriate picture to put up with this article...I found it shocking. I do crave sugar sometimes and today was no exception. But while reading this article I was happily munching on my afternoon snack of lean ham, low fat cheese and a few health crackers. THANK GOODNESS!
I do find having a protein/carb/fat snack when in the cravings hit really helps and is good for me. Apples and no sugar nut butter has been a God-send. I get sweet and a crunch with a mood-lifting and comforting taste that helps quell the cravings. Green tea with half a packet of stevia sweetened lemonade adds a litte variety to plain water or to round out this snack....unsweetened almond milk. This is a stick-with-ya treat sure to hold you over until your next meal. Saying "Good-bye" to my all-time faves....homemade chocolate chip cookies.
I was eager to be reminded of the tips in this article, however a photo of a pair of pink doughnuts sends the wrong message. If the answer to changing our sugar cravings is to get the stuff out of sight and mind, consider pairing articles like this with something like a bowl of attractive fruit. The visual cues are often stronger than the written message. In this case, the pink sugar is more on my mind now than the helpful written word.
Restricting processed foods and grain-based carbs is the healthiest way to breaking sugar addiction.
Our bodies have not evolved/adapted to eating sugar or grain-based carbs in the amounts now featured in most diets.
I am wholeheartedly behind doing what works for you, however, my advocacy is to try different things to find out what works for you.
I have yet to see the scientifically validated proof that not eating processed foods and grain-based carbs, in other words, whole foods, is unhealthy.
Whatever carbs our bodies need can be obtained through eating veggies, nuts and seeds, as a starting off point - there are many other sources, but those are enough for anyone to be healthy.
Like most addictions, giving in to sugar/glucose cravings just sustains the cycle. Try eating a diet with plenty of veggie-based carbs, animal-based protein with most meals and healthy fats, probably more than you are eating now as the fat-danger warnings that started in the '80's have caused our diets to become too low-fat.
I have found in my personal experience that not enough fat is a factor in my carvings and in not feeling sated.
Best way to beat this is to go cold turkey for a couple of days and stay away from all sugar and sugar substitutes and anything that turns into sugar in your body quickly, like refined grains (starch breaks down to glucose IN YOUR MOUTH!).
You will be amazed when those cravings vanish.
And not to be rude, but RAWORGANICVEGAN has nerve calling any eating plan dangerous - nothing but juice for 3 months?? Now THAT'S dangerous.
4/11/2012 9:39:04 AM
I have terrible sugar cravings. I find that if I just a very, very small serving of what I am craving, the craving goes away and I'm good to go. I just know it will get worse if I don't.
4/11/2012 7:27:07 AM
I was a sweet-aholic, and I'll tell you what works for me! I tried 1/2 teaspoon of CEYLON cinnamon a day, and for whatever reason, I don't crave sweets nearly like I used to. I mix it in oatmeal or in hot water or in a shake--just don't try to take it dry unless you want to asphixiate yourself!! Don't use the common cinnamon, cassia, because it contains harmful compounds over extended use. (google it) Most cinnamon pills are cassia though, because it's cheaper, so I would be careful about that. I got my Ceylon at Penzey's Spices, but I'm sure you can get it in other places on the internet. It might not work for you, but it has made a great difference for me. Now if I miss a day of it, I get my cravings back. It might be worth a try! I walk by doughnuts & candy now with no desire to attack them!
4/11/2012 6:25:42 AM
When we crave sweets we need carbs! Carbs are our friends and necessary to run all the body's functions, including brain function. Going low carb is NOT healthy.
When we crave sweets eat fruit. When we crave salt eat greens.
4/11/2012 2:39:32 AM
@SONORANARIZONAN That only works in some people. I tried that and it did NOT work. My cravings didnt fade in the least.
Simple. Eliminate sugar, wheat, grains and high carb food from your diet and the sugar cravings are very easy to manage. In fact, you almost reclaim a higher sense of taste and things that did not seem sweet before now do. For example: spaghetti squash now tastes very sweet to me, and 85% dark chocolate does not taste bitter at all.
Without the constant blood sugar spikes from the wheat, grains and high carbs, I feel full a LOT longer and don't suffer any cravings or low blood sugar crashes to make me sluggish or draggy.
3/26/2012 3:58:56 PM
Starting off the day with a processed carb/sweet breakfast makes me crave sweets ALL DAY LONG. So, no more pre-sweetened cereals for me, no donuts, white toast or bagels, etc.
But, whole grains, like oatmeal, or proteins don't trigger the cravings. So, I make sure I have at least some protein for breakfast, like milk with my oatmeal, eggs.
Ironically, artificially sweetened foods, even things like yogurt, trigger sugar cravings also. So, once I've cut those out of my diet, the cravings disappear.
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