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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips

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DIZZYKW

7/25/2008 12:06:41 PM

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THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD SUGGESTIONS. I THINK I WILL TRY THE ALMONDS.

MBR101

7/19/2008 5:39:40 PM

"sugar" may not be considered "evil" but I call it "white death"... as stated on my sugar canister... lol

MBR101

7/19/2008 5:36:42 PM

I've been able to curb my sugar cravings w/little protein such as raw nuts (usually almonds). I think the craving often (not always due to habits) shows that our body is lacking s/thing... A friend of mine use to wake up e/night @ 2 a.m. for sugary treats but after learning about the almonds, she started eating 5-6 almonds for her mid-night rise & soon enough she was able to sleep through the night w/out any craving... I've also noticed that eating little protein few hours before bedtime help me sleep better & not wake up lethargic. Hope this helps s/one...

COSTAR

7/19/2008 8:42:16 AM

I'm not so sure that its fare to say "sugar" is "evil", I think moderation, self-control, is key, as it is in most things. For example, (altho I do not consume alcohol of any kind) there are studies that suggest a little wine has some benefits for the heart, the approx alcohol in a single beer has been suggested to be beneficial to flush out the kidneys, this however does not mean drink 5 glasses of wine a day for a healthy heart, nor does it mean drink 3 beers a day, one for each meal & you'll have the best kidney health of anyone.

I have that sweet tooth but I THINK about my choices before making them, I dont eat half a cake in a sitting, 5 KK doughnuts or 10 cookies. One to two small home baked cookies after a meal, maybe 1-2 times in a day maybe 2-3 days in a given week, I've not seen evidence that this is detrimental to my health. Sometimes I eat a diff sweet on a given day, I find myself wanting more sweets but I control the urge to grab 'em up, I simply have a piece of fruit or drink water, or simply say "no". Thanks be to God, I have no signs or medical condition/diagnosis associated w\ Diabetes. Infact all of my test results are very positive.

In times passed, I've baked pies, cakes, cookies for which I've consumed all of it myself, not all at once, just over time in small amounts. No one can really say, "this will or wont happen to me tomorrow or in 5, 10 yrs", I am Thankful however that my health overall is very good, I drink more water, try to make that time to exercise & monitor my food intake. So far, my efforts have awarded me a total loss of 60+/- lbs, I still have somore to go, I can now jog, sprint run, I have more muscle than I've ever had, it makes a real difference. I know cutting BACK on sugars, as well as everything else considered "not so good" (especially for losing weight) (remember moderation), keeping the body moving, drinking more water, all contribute to a healthier body, w\ out having to totally yank out that sweet tooth, in my personal opinion and experience, Thanks for allowing me to share it!

STEFFIESCOTT

6/27/2008 3:47:13 AM

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I am so glad that I read this article. There are a lot of good points and I am going to try to follow a few. I have a VERY BAD SWEET TOOTH. I would rather eat candy than food any day.

SLUDLOW

6/3/2008 11:47:08 AM

I agree with the article however, as a bakery chef I try and find healthier recipes so people can indulge in smaller portions.

SHADOWPUP

6/1/2008 5:57:29 PM

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This is a wonderful article! I gave up nearly all added refined sugar when I started ... and it helped quite a bit. The cravings went away after awhile, and now I can satisfy my sweet tooth with fruits or very dark chocolate. Every now and then I eat something sweeter than that, but it isn't necessary to eat much to get the same enjoyment!

JERSEYGIRL24

5/7/2008 3:26:29 PM

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I totally agree that you are better off giving up sugar entirely if possible and that the health benefits (in addition to the weight loss benefits) are astounding. I have tried to do this, and I find that when I do have a sugary snack, it sets me off on a binge of sorts that would have been better off avoided. However, I do have some sweet foods that I can eat in moderation. Sometimes, a small piece of dark chocolate is very satisfying and only about 50 calories. I also really like the Fiber One Oats and Chocolate bar. It is high in fiber, very satisfying, and at least for me, is not a trigger food. And the chocolate is a nice treat.

LONDONLOVE

4/24/2008 5:10:05 PM

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This article is so true it's hard to quit but once you do you feel so much better. I found that if I stay away from sugar and high processed foods like white bread for three day straight then I don't crave it. I also try to exercise when I feel a really intense craving. I guess now would be the start of my 3 days.

LONDONLOVE

4/24/2008 5:06:39 PM

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This article is so try it hard to quit but once you do you feel so much better. I found that if I stay away from sugar and high processed foods like white bread for three day straight then I don't crave it. I also try to exercise when I feel a really intense craving. I guess now would be the start of my 3 days.

STACEYCAKES2

3/19/2008 4:44:06 PM

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I find if I'm craving sweets, it's best if I just eat a small amount, like 5 or 6 jellybeans, which are only 24 calories or a small piece of chocolate. Then my craving is satisfied without too much damage.

MISSDIANE1

3/19/2008 8:46:23 AM

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My biggest hurdle was the Pepsi that I would have for breakfast every morning. I have substituted that for cereal with a banana. The banana is sweet and it seems to be helping curb the grip the Pepsi had on me.

ASKCHER

3/13/2008 7:31:08 PM

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Semi Frozen Mango Chunks have helped me in the evening when the ice cream is calling to me.

PSPMOM

3/10/2008 6:39:19 PM

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I have given up all sugar as a new detox program. I did crave sugar after a few days but it was been 8 days now and so far I think I am past the wanting sugar thing. Next step salt.

1AVERY

3/10/2008 3:21:17 PM

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I have always had a sweet tooth I even would eat sugar by the spoonfuls. When I am in a committed mood I can stay away from the sugary foods. I can remember even buying a chocolate bar after a few weeks and thinking it wasn't really all that great. Now if I start eating sugary sweets regularly all over again then I get addicted all over again and it is months or years before I can start my healthy eating all over again. I have now found some healthy alternatives. Ice cream is my favourite the more decadent the better. Now I can substitute it for some of the new flavours of yogurt.

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