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.
I'm with FromNebraska. I've been known to have cravings that last for days. I remember one time craving a powdered cinnamon donut for four days (and of course I couldn't find one anywhere). Once I finally got one, the craving stopped. I'm diabetic, though, so I have to be careful. If I find myself craving sugar, the first thing I do is think back to see how long it's been since I ate. Most of the time (especially on the weekends), I'm astonished to realize that it's been far longer than it should be. I'll be thinking, "but I just had breakfast," and my roommate will point out that breakfast was at 10 and it's now almost 2, and I'd better eat something before I turn into superb**** and scare the cats. That's one of the reasons I always have Glucerna snacks in the car (the other is because I didn't have them during Carmageddon in January 2011).
3/26/2012 7:00:08 AM
Thank you all for the thoughtful suggestions and comments. They will help me. I have been told to use an egg time. Wait three minutes. Then drink a glass of water.
3/18/2012 8:31:58 PM
Why is it that on these sugar articles are adds for CANDY! LOL.. Good information in it.
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......
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