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