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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips

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  • Some good points made in this article.

    For myself, *cold turkey* is the only way to go. A little taste of something that I love sweet wise, and I'm in trouble. Best thing for me is to keep it out of my house and out of my mouth.

    I've stayed *clean* from sugar for three months now ... and lost 18.5# in the process.

    Last night, beings it was Valentine's Day, I split a pint of Ben & Jerry's with a friend who brought it over. While it tasted good, it didn't taste that good, and I found myself not feeling like I had been missing anything. That was nice!

    What wasn't nice ... is that I've found myself feeling hungry all day today with that sugar overload still in my system.

    And come on Spark People ... cut us some slack here ... :-)

    We clean the sugar and junk out of our cupboards and menus ... then sign into the website and see picture of a stack of cookies in an article promo that stays on every page of the website we open in the side bar.

    Now I ask you ... is that any way to treat us Sparkers trying to resolve our sugar problems?

    Give us a break!

    - 2/15/2009 10:21:50 PM
  • RUTHIEZ20
    I currently eat/crave sugar, but now I know what I'll give up for Lent. SUGAR! I stopped drinking all pop a month ago, so I've survived that withdraw for the time being, but Sugar is my new goal. As someone who always craves something sweet after a meal, this could prove difficult, but knowing it's truly a sacrifice, I know I'm on the right track, especially because it will cause me to work harder at avoiding foods that have hidden sugar. This may be the next step in building a beautiful body! Thank you! - 2/15/2009 9:27:25 PM
  • IRSHAN
    dat makes sense thx - 2/15/2009 8:30:56 PM
  • This is how I have learned to get myself out of a period of sugar addiction with the least difficulty. For a few days I don't worry too much about calories and allow myself to have chips to munch when I get sugar cravings. Fruit also helps. After a couple of days I can return to counting calories, but I need to stay completely away from sugars of any kind for a few weeks . Later I can occassionally have a treat, but only once a week at most. If I eat sugars more than that I risk my sugar addiction flaring up. Did you see the article that tells about a study was done showing that the same things happen in the brain of someone addicted to sugar as in the brain of someone addicted to illegal drugs!! Sugar addiction is real. Those of us who have it always knew that. It's good to have it finally recognized as a fact. - 2/15/2009 6:59:25 PM
  • It's hard when you are a sweet-a-holic not to indulge in sweet cravings but I am learning that when I eat the right food combinations, you know like more veggies than meat and fats, at my regular meals the cravings are not as hard to resist. But of course if I do cave in all things in moderation and I also use aroma therapy too. Sometimes just smelling say like chocolate is a good as eating it. - 2/15/2009 5:58:48 PM
  • I try not to keep tempting foods in my pantry, but what really helps is dark chocolate, as another person has already posted. It has a slight sweetness, with the richness and wonderfulness of chocolate, but it is bitter enough that I rarely want more than one piece and it kills my cravings for anything else. - 2/15/2009 5:41:48 PM
  • I've lost 65 lbs with SP and I've had chocolate nearly every day. I'm afraid I'll never be able to cut sugar completely out of my diet (and I don't think Splenda is any healthier!). I feel like moderation is key to everything and that's what I strive for. Small changes here and there and lately I've been trying to get smaller amounts of table sugar.

    Instead of buying milk chocolate bars which I would binge on, I bought 1 dark chocolate bar and I'll have two squares a day at most (and I don't know why this is working so fantastically - I only had 1 today!). I've cut the amount of sugar I put in my coffee and tea from 4 tsps to 2-3 (I'm a work in progress :). I've been trying to up my protein since I get too little and to get protein earlier in the day. I also recommend the cinnamon/cottage cheese and cocoa/cottage cheese recipes on SparkRecipes. They sound gross but they're actually tasty, have protein and get at my sweet tooth!

    And I try to make healthy substitutions. Grapes or a banana instead of a pastry - it's still sugar but at least unprocessed. For the past 2 months I've also cooked more sweets instead of buying them and there might be something to that as well (eg applesauce instead of sugar/butter, whole wheat flour instead of white) and then I invite my girls over to make sure none of the sweet looms around me lol! - 2/15/2009 4:46:59 PM
  • Thank you for this! I struggle with the issue a lot, and now the vending machine is definitely my enemy. LOL
    The picture of the lovely stack of chocolate chip cookies is really cruel though! Gues what I am craving now??!! - 2/15/2009 3:00:18 PM
  • CAPSCATS
    Sweets--especially chocolate--are my ultimate downfall. Last year, I lost about 16 pounds in 3 months, and learned to control the cravings through things like needlework, crochet, painting my nails, and reading. You can't snack when you're doing these activities and need to keep your hands clean! ha ha ha

    Unfortunately, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the time, and the stress and anxiety took over my eating habits (I was her caretaker). Not to mention, she needed any nutrition she could get (she was sooooo skinny!). She always craved donuts. We, of course, ate the donuts with her, and I didn't get much exercise because I needed to watch her 24-7.

    Now that my MIL has passed, and the grieving has let loose it's grip a little, I'm starting to get back on track. Yes, I gained most of those 16 pounds back. But, I realized how ADDICTIVE sugar can be!!! I still crave sweets daily, especially chocolate, pastries, cookies, cake, and brownies. It seems the cravings are worse than ever! This article and member comments provided lots of good suggestions.

    I have gone back to doing needlework or reading, and I also chew sugar free gum when I want to eat sweets. I also try to "wait it out," but that doesn't work most of the time. I've tried substituting chocolate with fat-free sweets such as red licorice, but that doesn't solve the sugar issues. You have to remember that there are still calories in these low-fat offerings too.

    I'm just glad I'm not alone!!! - 2/15/2009 2:30:17 PM
  • I gave up sugar (and all other processed foods) about a year and a half ago. Truly, the first few weeks were terribly hard, but after that, you feel so great it's worth every second. No kidding. When I started, I said, "just for a week" and then "only a month" which turned into 3 months . . . while I have a small square of high cacao, low sugar chocolate once in a while, I have no cravings for any of the high sugar stuff. It really does make a difference in how you feel, especially if you're prone to muscle and joint pain like I was. I'm convinced this choice has "cured" my osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. - 2/15/2009 1:44:33 PM
  • This has been my downfall for sure in the past couple of months. Over the holidays, I had family from overseas at my house and so my mother, who works at Panera Bread Co., would bring sweets by the dozen, from muffins to bagels, all of which had loads of sugar and carbs, and which I began indulging in, in small amounts at first, and eventually led to late night sugar binging...which pretty much hasn't stopped since. Prior to the sugar cravings/binging, I had lost 50 lbs and kept it off for about a year, through strict dieting and exercising (the exercising I continued throughout...and have not stopped my routine to this day) and on top of all that, never cared for sweets much, and now, I can't seem to control my sugar cravings. I've gained 10 lbs since the beginning of December (and I was doing so good, too!) and have started re-dieting at the beginning of this month to lose it by my birthday in April. One piece of advice I can give is sugar-free jello with/after meals. I have one cup of Hunt's sugar-free strawberry jello with lunch and dinner, and found that it curbs my sweet tooth to a decent extent, and at 5 calories a cup, it isn't detrimental to your diet! You can also use these as snacks too...if you were to consume a whole pack of these, it would only end up being 20 calories and I am almost certain your sugar craving would go away (I wouldn't recommend this though...as you are still essentially giving in to your sweet tooth...which can lead to craving more calorie-rich sugary foods). However, this, as well as half a cup of diet soda (my choice, Sprite Zero) with my meals (lunch and dinner) have helped my sugar cravings dramatically...well that...and no longer having any other sort of sweets other than caramel rice cakes (60 cals 0 fat for 8 cakes...wow!) in the house. This has so far helped me...hope it can help you too! Good luck! And hopefully those pesky 10 lbs I had worked so hard and long to keep off will come off by my target date!

    P.S. I also bought the V3 BodyBugg last week and it has helped A LOT with configuring my calorie expenditure/intake...I recommend anyone on a diet to consider buying one of these things...they are AMAZING!! - 2/15/2009 12:57:12 PM
  • GMRKITTY
    This has really helped, I'm going to add some of this to what I am already doing, like I stoped adding any type of sweetener to my tea and I drink Sun Tea instead of sugary drinks, I've also swiched to Splenda instead of sugar for everything else - it seems to be working really well ^.^

    Hope you are all doing well & finding what works for you ^.^

    HUGGLES!!
    ~Kitty~ - 2/15/2009 12:32:03 PM
  • These words jumped right out of the article "To a sugar addict, nothing is tougher than getting through the day without a sugary treat. " That's my problem exactly.

    The way I've been coping is to do a little experimentation with what foods will satisfy the cravings, if I just can't wait it out. The next step was to make sure I have at least a small variety of those things on hand, so that I can avoid trouble.

    Some of the things that have worked for me are, navel oranges, red grapes, Quaker Chocolate Drizzle Mini Delights(awesome!!!), Stella Doro products, a nice fruity yogurt. - 2/15/2009 11:20:47 AM
  • This was a very helpful comment section for me. I got a lot of good suggestions and it is very nice to see that I'm not alone in my struggles. More articles about this subject would be appreciated. - 2/15/2009 10:59:19 AM
  • sometimes yoga and/or knitting work for me - getting my hands busy with something non-food related can take my mind off the sugar craving. - 2/15/2009 10:14:09 AM

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