I need to start weaning myself of sweets - they are the one thing keeping me from being successful as I don't generally eat/crave salty snacks. I am like an addict and I become obsessed w/ having something sweet if I go all day w/o it; I've even made 10pm outings to get my hands on something sweet in the past.
I have discovered that ripe mangos are very helpful to me to kick my chocolate craving. Chocolate is OK and I eat a little fat-free chocolate pudding almost daily, but I could certainly eat more! Sweet fruit is a great substitiute for me.
I also agree that waiting it out a few minutes to let the craving go away..it really does go away in a short period of time. It goes away even faster if I do something else such as unclutter a small area. Not only does that stop my craving, but it accomplishes one of my goals..to spend 10 minutes per week uncluttering something.
My husband doesn't help me with the sugar cravings at all. He bought 2 Reese's cup and announces, "I bought you something dear." I just want to ring his neck. Then he smiles and eats them himself. Grrrrrr!!!
Good article. One tip that really works for me (and I get HUGE sugar cravings) is to make it a rule that before I decide to have any refined sugar/baked good, first I have to drink a tall glass of water, and eat an apple. Only then, if I still want it, can I have the item. But its funny how often the apple and water kill the need for the baked good!
These are all helpful tips. I haven't had much sugar since I started Spark and I notice that I certainly want it less, especially if it's not around. While I don't want to cut it out 100% (where would be the fun in that?), it's nice not to be craving it all the time. Maybe the South Beach people are on to something at least where sugar addiction is concerned!
I don't often have cravings for sweets, but every once in awhile I am still hungry at the end of a meal and take a sweet to fill me up. I know I could have a slice of brown bread with a bit of peanut butter, but... sladld
Very informative and helpful article. I can go "cold turkey" and cut out sweets, but really do like something sweet, especially after lunch. Sometimes I just have an International Mocha drink. sugar free, caffeine free and fat free. Other times a couple squares of dark chocolate satisfy. But just this week I read article about how to satisfy your sweet tooth on The Daily Spark and mixed up a whole jar of walnuts, raisins and Ghiardelli dark chocolate chips and dole them out in measure of 1/8 cup. Occasionally splurge and have 1/4 cup. Moderation in all things.
7/20/2009 12:40:46 PM
I like the $$ idea and also clearing out the dollar bills and change. I always make sure I have change for the vending machine for my afternoon Dr Pepper -- my sugar fix of choice.
7/1/2009 7:03:02 PM
A lot of the time, the craving for sugar is set off by a deficiency in vitamin b, which is found is most vegetables. Try eating more greens and I can guarantee that after a few days of no sugar and more veggies the cravings will be almost non-existent!
Oh man, I love the dollar a day idea! Finding a substitute just doesn't work for me, because even after 3oz of fat-free yogurt or an especially sweet fruit, I still want a hunk of chocolate or a rich cookie. Straight-up resistance has been the most effective method so far, but I needed something else. All I need now is to figure out how I'm going to spend the money I set aside other than taking it to the Indian buffet!
Luckily (and sadly) they aren't vegan so I haven't had one in the 7 years I've been vegan. I STILL miss them, though! I have a recipe to make a vegan version (and you can even use brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup plus low sugar, dark chocolate) but I'm too lazy to make them. So, it's a sort of a lose-win. I miss out on the deliciousness but I don't have a pile of homemade eggs staring at me with their sugary goodness. ;)
This makes sene. I am good at distracting myself and have some knitted objects and have listened to several podcasts. But, I would have loved more alternatives. One that works for me is gum or breath strips. Sometimes brushing my teeth and using a strong mouth wash helps too.
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