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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am going to try to apply this. I have a sweet tooth and especially crave chocolate. I need to find healthier means of getting my nutriants.
2/21/2008 2:22:12 PM
I gave up sweets for Lent and am in week 3. At first I was craving sweets so bad, but now I don't want them so much. If I feel like I need something sweet after dinner, it's usually to clean the palate, so instead I will brush my teeth. That helps a lot at work when I have a vending machine so close that only has king size candy bars!
No one likes their cookie more than I do. Cakes and cheesecakes I can leave alone, but if it's there I will nibble at it or just eat the cookie. After lunch and supper I will have a small dish of frozen berries with plain yogurt or low cottage cheese on it and that seems to do the trick. I just DON'T have it in the house. There is just my husband and I and if he cares for a sweet which he does I will get the kind I don't care for and I can leave them alone. I also chew a lot of excel gum, which helps a great deal. When I first started the Spark program I went six weeks without any sweets at all, now I have the week-end that I allow myself a cookie or two and thats it till next week-end. I also don't make it a habbit every week-end. It's not easy but it can be done.
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