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Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Simple Tips for Mastering Your Sugar Cravings


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  • I went cold turkey on sweets and I'm OK with it. My dietician allows me a piece of unfrosted cake for the Friday night Sabbath meal and one for the Saturday lunch Sabbath meal. That's it for me, for the week, and it's OK. It gives me something to look forward to. I might eat a piece of fruit for the sweetness, coupled with a dozen raw nuts for the protein. I might eat a plain rice cake for something to crunch on. But I certainly am able to totally ignore Drake's Cakes or Entemann's now. I save my cake quota for my own home-baked cake on the weekend.
  • Some truly helpful ideas here - not exactly what I was expecting (an apple instead of ice cream sort of thing). I'm saving this article!
  • The suggestions ARE good ones but I have to tell you - there ain't nothing like the real thing and that's is WHY we crave it. It's not XXX just because we choose to call it that. I do better to buy a piece of REAL cheesecake for an outrageous price - take two bites and toss the rest down the disposal. I hate to waste money so that is more of a motivator for me to stay away from it in the future. Wrong motivator? Maybe, but it works for me most of the time. Same is true for turkey "ham" "bacon" etc.Those meats come from pig-not a bird. I found I am happier doing without than eating fake whatever.
  • These suggestions were good ones. Another treat I like comes from my run on the South Beach Diet: 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 1 tsp. cocoa, 1/2-1 Tbl. honey (to taste, I like mine less sweet) and about a Tbl. of sliced almonds. I also add 1/4 tsp. of almond flavoring, but I couldn't find nutrition info for this. The best I could do on the tracker was 300 calories, but since I use less honey, cocoa and fewer almonds, I suspect it's closer to 200. Either way, it's delicious and keeps me from feeling deprived of my chocolate fix!
  • Thank you for a great article. Before I started this program I had a huge sweet tooth. I am happy to say that with a lot of determination and willpower, I now reach for fruit and veggies and am completely satisfied and no longer crave sugar. I keep lots of fruit on hand including bananas, mango, frozen raspberries and blueberries and also mix them into healthy weight loss shakes. I also snack on fresh broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes and olives which fill me up in a healthy way. I am on day 19 and I'm feeling great!

  • MACKIE46
    I do not agree with this article . First it tells you not eat artificially sweetened foods, then on # 4 it tells you to use fat free and lite foods in a recipe .
    I try to limit my calories to 1000 a day ., and if I didn't eat the light and fat free foods I would get hungry .. I know from my own experience that whenever I get used to eating fat free, and sugar free and artificial sweeteners that I no longer care for the foods that are sweetened with sugar . They all taste too sweet . Thanks for letting me put my 2 cents in .
  • When craving soda, I put 1 tablespoon juice into a glass and add seltzer water and ice. But replacing gummy worms with Hoody's - Deep South Praline Pecans is slowing my sugar cravings. Next I want to make my own with cinnamon.
  • My sugar cravings have greatly diminished since I joined Spark several weeks ago. They get really bad though when I'm really hungry. I have to plan now when I go out and take a snack with me or I will crumble. So far so good!
  • I like the hint about drinking a glass of water and waiting 10 minutes before indulging. Thanks!
  • My doctor said one oatmeal chocolate chip cookie a day won't hurt me -- so I bake them myself and freeze them and eat one a day -- and always include in on my tracker. I ate an orange today, and it made me very, very hungry -- that was just wrong!
  • Completely agree, sugar can be an addiction. Get away from refined sugars, and not only will you not crave them as much, you will begin to really appreciate the natural sweetness of whole unsweetened fruits and veggies.

    Try to eat local, in season vine ripened fruits an veggies to appreciate their sweetness. Try fully ripened sweet corn straight out of the field, or tomatoes right off the vine.

    My personal favorite treat is fresh strawberries, dipped in just a little dark chocolate.
  • Once you stop eating products with sugar, you will lose your sweet tooth, and sweet treats will taste too sweet!
  • Great suggestions. I gave up pre made desserts and love the homemade from scratch I find I do not eat as much. It is fun the make and healthy to eat.
  • The strawberry smoothie sounds like a good idea definitely going to try it, it sounds delicious.
  • I just read a study that was done at the Anshutz Wellness Center that states that diet drinks are NOT an evil but in fact can help you lose weitght.... Sp published it!

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