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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

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I crave sugar when what I really want is protein. Not sure why, but there it is. If I have sugar I just want more sugar. If I have protein it stops.

Agree with previous comment that substituting something else sweet can be dangerous. Non-nutritive sweeteners case cravings for me. And so does the sugar in fruit. Report
Sorry, Holly, but I don't think advising people to eat other sweet substitutes is going to cure their addiction to sugar. It's the fructose part of the sugar molecule that's the addictive part. Dried fruit, and some fresh fruit are high in fructose, and, no, it's not a good sugar. All the recent research points in one direction. Fructose makes you fat. Don't believe me, I'm just a woman whose eyes have been opened and who is trying to help others see the light, so to speak. Follow the research for yourself. I started with a book called Sweet Poison, then followed the research from there. I know your heart is in the right place, Holly, but well.......?
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Thanks for featuring this topic, I needed it this week! :) Report
great reminder to feature this topic, good tips... Report
This was a great article! For myself I found the taking Chromium Picolanate every day really helps to curb the sugar cravings. Report
Sugar can really grab a hold of me - especially brownies! If there are brownies in the house I will eat them and not just ONE - I even wake up in the middle of the night to eat one with a glass of cold milk.

So - brownies are evil with the chocolate crunchie corners and they need to stay out of my house! Report
I find that sugar substitutes don't stop that sugar craving---- If you stay away from sweets for a few days, the cravings go-- Report
One thing people often forget is that eating fake sugar doesn't help with the sugar cravings - it just makes you want more sugar (real or fake). I just ate two jolly ranchers so I can't talk, especially since I have a beautiful orange sitting in front of me, but the key is to eat naturally occurring sugars! Report
Thank you Holly for three little words. "If you are"

As a single on Spark I am some times frustrated by how many articles assume that everyone reading is in a family or couple. Those three little words in your article made me feel included in the discussion. Acknowledge that there is a sector of Spark members who do not share the family or couple world.

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Brushing your teeth or having a piece of cinnamon gum instead when I am having a sweet craving seems to work for me. After that, the idea of eating something sweet just doesn't jive with those flavors. The hard part is to remember to use the trick instead of giving into the sweet craving. Sometimes the urge is so strong that you can't think of anything else! lol. Report
I MISS MY GOODIES!!!!!! BUT...If it's NOT in the house,it's NOT a temptation...So I just don't buy it...INSTEAD, I purchase sugar free hard candy,tho I don't really like hard candies,I bought one bag that was coffee flavored,and one butterscotch and I find they have really helped me through the sugar crave!!! Also sugar free jello's get me by....60 calories I can live with((and alot of different flavors to choose from )).....I want the goodies I'm used to...,but I know what I NEED TO DO FOR ME...I'm the only master of what I eat,so I need to set things up so I don't fail.....Hope this helps someone.... Report
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. Report
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 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 spend 10 minutes per week uncluttering something. Report
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!!! Report
Dried prunes are working for me - satisfy craving and help digestive tract. Report

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