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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips


  • 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
    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 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!) 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
  • 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 ^.^

    ~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
  • Thank you...this is a struggle for me. I am also printing a copy for a friend who is a doctor who deals with lots of people who have diabetes. - 2/15/2009 9:53:18 AM
  • Thanks so much for this article. I've printed multiple copies (home, work, car) to remind myself I can overcome this addiction. I am a sugar addict in every since of the word. It used to be it has advanced to sweets plus PLAIN DOMINO SUGAR! I know this is not healthy and I can see the damaging effect it has had on my weight as well as my teeth. This article was right on time! - 2/15/2009 9:06:05 AM
  • Great suggestions! I'm a chocoholic for sure -- a weakness no doubt that contributed to my weight gain over the past 10 years. But I've been learning to keep my chocolate consumption under control without having to cut it completely out of my diet. Like TXTAMZIN below, I discovered that brushing my teeth really helps. I don't brush my teeth to avoid eating chocolate -- although I imagine that would work. Instead, when I allow myself a little chocolate treat, I brush my teeth afterwards to kill the craving for more-more-MORE that was my big downfall. No more stuffing half a bag of Hershey's Kisses into my mouth at one sitting! - 2/15/2009 8:41:56 AM
  • I adore chocolate, so I haven't left it out in my quest for weight loss. (I know I would rebel if I tried to make myself stop eating chocolate entirely.)

    The thing I used to have to have, every single day, was a 16-ounce hot cocoa for breakfast (or a mocha, if I was out at a Starbucks or something). Instead, I'm making frozen fruit smoothies, with lots of fruit and a little bit of chocolate -- chocolate flavored protein powder and nonfat chocolate yogurt. And I love it just as much, maybe more, because it gives me energy instead of robbing me of energy.

    Instead of candy bars, I eat energy bars that have chocolate flavor, but aren't made with sugar; the one I like now is called a Pure Bar, it's like a walnut brownie, but it's made with just fruit, walnuts, and cocoa. That way the calories are at least carrying some nutritional value with them. The way I like to look at it, two tablespoons of chocolate chips is worth 140 calories with no other value; a Pure Bar has 200 calories, but good oils (walnuts), vitamins and fiber (fruit).

    I find that I haven't craved chocolate bars, M&Ms, or anything like that, since I've been following the SparkPeople plan. I walk by them in the grocery store and think, "Why would anybody want that?" I do drink decaf coffee still, but I sweeten it with stevia powder, or sometimes sugar free caramel syrup if I'm in a mood for something sweeter.

    Sorry for the long post. I hope this helps someone. I am for sure a girl with a sweet tooth, a total chocoholic, and even I've lost 20 pounds since starting on SparkPeople, so I know it can be done! - 2/15/2009 1:22:04 AM

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