Good info! I also appreciate the different points of view and different approaches to taming the sugar monster!
2/2/2012 7:50:43 PM
Chocolate lovers: One inexpensive and diet-friendly form of chocolate is semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are dark and not terrible sweet, and if you eat them one by one and let them melt in your mouth you will probably not eat very many of them. However, like all food addictions, if you don't pay attention when eating, you can end up eating too many. I really believe that over-eating is a mindfulness issue, but if you use food as an escape from your problems, as so many of us do, it is hard to put away the book, or turn off the tv, and really pay attention to your food. But if you do, even for one meal, it is amazing!
2/2/2012 7:41:47 PM
Sometimes when I crave something sweet--usually at the end of meal---I take a cup of tea or coffee and drink most of it, down to about 3/4 of an inch---and put a heaping tsp. of sugar in that llast swallow. The rush of sweetness satisfiies me right away. Or I might have a small teaspoon of honey, savoring it on the tongue. Much better than baking a batch of cookies, which I have been known to do!
I have decided not to have any sweets during the month of January. Although I have been give a lot for Christmas I have either given they away or hidden them where I won't see them. I have even taken sugar out of my tea and coffee...I have been doing fine so far. when I have a craving I eat sweet grapes...and a banana seems sweeter than I remember these days......
I grew up in the South where desserts are a staple at every meal and family gathering. Fortunately, my mom's answer to dessert was fruit salad of some sort most of the time. The only time we had cake was for birthdays. Pies, cobblers and the like were rarities.
On the other hand, my grandmother got me hooked on lemon drops. When I crave sweets, I'm more likely to crave something along those lines rather than chocolate.
I gave sugar like cake, candy, pies, pastries etc. on Easter of this year. I binge when I eat sweets like these. I am clear minded when I don't eat sweets and can take care of my health. Its not worth it to eat them. It took me a long time to come to this conclusion.
It is true that the longer you go without sweets, the easier it is. And I also believe the more sweets you eat, the more you crave them. I just went the 6 weeks of Lent with no sweets and got along fine. Then went back to them and wish I hadn't. Just today I started a Spring Challenge and have eaten nothing sweet and I plan to continue this pattern. BTW, sometimes I do eat dried apricots and prunes and have never found they increase my desire for sweets. I just watch them because of the calorie count.
Sorry, Holly, but I don't think advising people to eat other sweet substitutes is going to cure their addiction to sugar. It's the fructose part of the sugar molecule that's the addictive part. Dried fruit, and some fresh fruit are high in fructose, and, no, it's not a good sugar. All the recent research points in one direction. Fructose makes you fat. Don't believe me, I'm just a woman whose eyes have been opened and who is trying to help others see the light, so to speak. Follow the research for yourself. I started with a book called Sweet Poison, then followed the research from there. I know your heart is in the right place, Holly, but well.......? Spread the Love Sylvia from Oz
Sugar can really grab a hold of me - especially brownies! If there are brownies in the house I will eat them and not just ONE - I even wake up in the middle of the night to eat one with a glass of cold milk.
So - brownies are evil with the chocolate crunchie corners and they need to stay out of my house!
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