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128PERFECT Posts: 3,026
6/9/11 10:02 A

I can relate, what I do is have fruit when I have the cravings. It is very hard in the beginning but it gets easier the longer you stay away from the goodies.

ANPRA89 SparkPoints: (22,051)
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6/9/11 4:31 A

Chewing gum should help.

JUSTBIRDY SparkPoints: (72,518)
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6/8/11 11:07 P

hormonal imbalance and sleep disruption can also cause nighttime hunger. Our bodies are designed to get through the night while sleeping, not constantly wanting to eat through the night. Our hormones usually follow a daily rhythm to keep us going.

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6/8/11 11:04 P

Yes, I'd agree, the Dr. Eades blogpost was great! He's so funny.

COPE782 Posts: 549
6/8/11 11:01 P

Having a really hard time now saying "no" to sweets because TOM starts tomorrow. Think I might just let myself off the hook tonight and try not to feel guilty about indulging a little.

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6/8/11 8:04 P

I don't constantly crave sweets at all anymore. Not sure what I am doing that has helped.
I DO take cinnamon caps. That is said to help. Something to try!

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6/8/11 6:11 P

I think craving for sugar and sweats is pretty common. Just the other day I read an article about this on Dr. Eades sight. He gives a tip on how his patients overcame the sugar cravings as quickly as possible along with what is going on in the body to cause withdrawals. He and his wife are low carb weight loss specialists.

"Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt I"

www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ketones-and-ke
tosis/tips-tricks-for-starting-or-rest
arting-low-carb-pt-i/


COPE782 Posts: 549
6/8/11 5:47 P

I have far more control over my cravings and appetite when I get 8 hours/sleep. It's priority #1 in my weight loss program! You might want to read this article: www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/16/uk-heal
th-sleep-idUSLNE74F02320110516


HELZIE Posts: 509
5/15/11 3:47 P

I found that I was in the 'eat something and crave it more' camp, so as hard as it was, I cut out sweets/chocolate entirely, because I know I'm not responsible enough to stop once I taste it. It's really hard at first, but I think you become acclimated to not having them because currently, seeing someone ELSE eat chocolate makes me feel ill!

I think if you have control, schedule in that you want something sweet...don't deprive yourself. If you're more like me, perhaps try seeing if you can go without for a week? Challenge yourself. Either way, it's ok. Everyone is different!

BUFFLIECE Posts: 512
5/15/11 2:39 P

Sometime craving sweet means you're actually thirsty. I remember when I was nursing I was thirsty all the time...get hydrated and then re-evaluate the craving.

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5/15/11 12:57 P

I've struggled with my sweet tooth as well.
It seems like there's two kinds of people: some people who crave sugar and are then satisfied after eating a moderate amount, and some people who crave sugar, eat a moderate amount, and just want more sugar.
I definitely fall into that second camp, but I think it's different for everyone. I would try allowing yourself a reasonable sweet treat everyday and see if that satisfies you. I wish I could do that, but if I eat a fun-size candy bar, I'll just want to eat another one (or 10) right after I'm done. If you find that eating sweets doesn't satisfy the craving and leads to more cravings for sweets, it might be time to try to cut sugar out of your diet.
I haven't completely cut it out, but I have found as some others have mentioned, that once I get through a couple days with no sugar, the cravings go away (or at least are easier to manage).

AURORA629 Posts: 2,388
5/15/11 8:34 A

I have a huge sweet tooth myself and I have no intention of giving it up. I often incorporate sweet into my main meals in ways that don't wreck my diet of course.

Example:

Chocolate chip pancakes: I make a much healthier pancake batter that uses white whole wheat flour, egg whites - no yolks, nonfat milk, no butter (nonfat plain yogurt instead), and add dark chocolate chips. I top it with fat free whipped topping. Portions need to be controlled. I eat maybe 3 pancakes the first day I make them and then cook up the rest of the batter and freeze it for another day.

Ham and fruit stir fry: This dish has apples, pineapple, raisins, ham and about one tablespoon of brown sugar. The ham I use is very lean. This dish is very sweet, tasty, yet healthy. I usually serve it over brown rice in correct portions.

Spiced apples: I love the spiced apples at Boston Market as a side dish. It sounds insane, but the calroies and fat in that is one of the worst there. I make my own. I thicken my sauce with corn starch. I still but sugar and cinnamon in it, but no way near as much. Some times I put in about 1/2 tablespoon of light butter (adds 25 calories of fat). This makes for a very tasty side dish great with chicken or pork.

Maple glazed carrots: peel, cut and boil carrots. Drain the water and then pan fry with just engough cooking spray to coat the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon of sugar free maple syrup, 1/2 tablespoon light butter, 1 teaspoon molasses, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. I also like to mix in a tablespoon of walnuts or pecans. This makes for a sweet and tasty side dish.

Sweet and sour pork: I bread extra lean pork with egg whites and bread crumbs and bake it. I make my sweet and sour sauce from no sugar added sweetened with splendor pie filling and canned and drained pineapple. I add a touch of lemon juice and get something that tastes very much like the sweet and sour sauce at my favorite Chinese restaurant. Ok, my breaded pork isn't even close, but that is alright because this still makes a tasty dish.

As for baked goods (brownies and cupcakes) , I make those healthier with the same types of substitutions I use for pancakes.

I also make my own lighter frosting from a blend of light butter, fat free cream cheese, flavoring and powdered sugar.

Even many of my drinks are sweet. I have diet sodas, smoothies (made with fruit, non-fat yogurt, non-fat milk and just a few packets of sweetener), and hot chocolate (made with cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla and topped off with a few mini marshmallows).


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5/14/11 7:40 P

I know what you mean about craving sweets. I try to find ways to work sweet treats into my day while limiting the portion size. At least for now, that is where I am with it. You have to figure out what works best for you.

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5/14/11 1:03 A

I have had the same problem. I will go through periods of "elimination" lol where I have to completely cut it out. But I also agree with those who say enjoy a sweet you truly love once in a while. For example, I don't like most hard candy so I wouldn't waste calories on that but rather wait until I'm out for dinner to share something really decadent or buy a small pack of Peanut M&Ms (a personal fave).

I've found dark chocolate does the trick for me too. It's a strong taste so it's hard to have more than an ounce or two. I also found some delicious dark chocolate raisins that I portion out (and then I get a bit of fiber).

I keep sugar free popsicles and eskimo bars in my fridge. They are really close to the real thing.

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5/14/11 12:57 A

a good way to curb down sweet cravings is to actually give in to your cravings. however you should only do this once in a while and choose your sweets wisely. Having a 70% dark chocolate such as Ghirardelli's. effectively banishes away those sweet cravings. Also, another good way of curbing sweet cravings is to drink a mug of warm chocolate or a home made icy chocolate drink

Edited by: TRUDYFOODY at: 5/14/2011 (04:37)
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5/14/11 12:05 A

Back when I was nursing, I was hungry and thirsty ALL the time. The feeling just would not go away! Sweets were my favorite thing, so I indulged (probably way too often). I went back to pre pregnancy weight after 6 months so you probably shouldn't worry about that.

Like others have said, it is an addiction. Look for low calorie dessert recipes online so you won't feel guilty when you eat sweets.

PIXIE90 Posts: 81
5/13/11 10:58 P

when I crave chocolate I add dark chocolate chips to yogurt, cereal, or even cottage cheese. It helps a lot. Or I have a chocolate flavored protein shake or bar, also low calorie hot chololate is fat free for only 25 cals, that helps as well.

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5/13/11 8:42 P

I love chocolate! I try to limit how much I have, but when I can't shake a craving I have a piece of Maya Gold dark chocolate and it does the trick!

PANDALARUE Posts: 322
5/13/11 7:56 P

I've been there! The only thing to do is go cold turkey. The first couple of days will be really hard, but after that, the cravings get less and less intense, and eventually they go away entirely. Ideally, it would be great to be able to have sweets in moderation, and be satisfied. I'm finally to the point where I can do that. But first you have to break the addiction. Take a period of time -- say, two weeks -- and don't have any sweets during that time. It'll make a huge difference, I promise.

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5/13/11 7:25 P

I, too, am a lover of sweets.

DON'T deny yourself entirely of them - it's likely you will end up either binging or being totally miserable (been there).

I try to choose sweets that aren't totally calorie-laden but still satisfy my craving. My current favorites are:
Sugar Free/Fat Free Pudding mixes - 1 serving (which is a decent size!) is around 70-80 calories depending on the flavor! So so soooo good.
1/2 cup Fage yogurt with fresh fruit on top (my favorite is strawberries - I usually use 3 or 4) with a packet of truvia over the top. Taste like a parfait and is around 100 calories!
Celery or a piece of multi-grain bread with nut butter. Almond butter is my current fix!

I occassionally splurge, too. I refuse to deny myself of anything entirely, but I try to do this only once in a while. It's all about moderation!



Edited by: AEROGERS129 at: 5/13/2011 (19:25)
KAHULL Posts: 6
5/13/11 7:17 P

I had to go cold turkey on the sweets. It was really hard for about 2 days, and then it got much easier. Any time I feel myself starting to crave them again, I quit for a couple days. I know for me, just planning ahead and budgeting them into my calories wasn't enough since I would end up eating more than I planned regardless.

I replaced my sweets with nuts at first, just to give myself something healthy to eat that I still enjoyed, but wouldn't go overboard on. Any time I wanted sweets, I would just eat a few almonds or peanuts and it would pass. This did mean I ate a lot of nuts at first - but then it got better and I started to forget about the sweets altogether.

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5/13/11 7:06 P

I also have the same problem of absolutely loving sweets and having a hard time living without them. I gave up dessert to once a week for two months and I just couldn't do it anymore! I now eat a dessert every night after dinner, but I try to keep it around 300 calories (e.g., a serving of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, a homemade chocolate chip cookie, a brownie).

I am much happier having dessert back in my life and if I know I'l be able to have dessert every day after dinner, I don't think about it anymore or obsess over it. I just try to keep the calories to 300. Before, I would make individual molten chocolate cakes with vanilla ice cream, cobblers with ice cream, and chocolate mousse (I'm a foodie and I LOVE to cook!). Now, I save larger desserts for a special occasion splurge. I think that allowing the foods you love in your diet makes dieting much easier to stick to and a lifelong plan versus a quick fix.

Edited by: MLJ456 at: 5/13/2011 (19:07)
31MERLOT SparkPoints: (5,208)
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5/13/11 6:09 P

Just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I do the exact same thing nightly. I've yet to figure out what to do other than #1 don't keep anything in the house that I can get to or #2 go to bed and go to sleep.....

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5/13/11 3:59 P

As CURVALICIOUS said, unless you're a diabetic or have another reason why you can't have sweets, then there's no reason you can't have them - it's just a matter of choosing the right ones.

If I'm craving chocolate (which last night was my biggest fight) I'll try to have a fat-free pudding cup: 90cals, chocolaty, yummy, and satisfies my sweet tooth. Or something bigger, I'll have a piece of angel food cake, with FF choc pudding and cool whip....under 200 cals, and almost no fat - and it's a HUGE dessert.
Today for my 'sweet' I had Krema Vanilla greek yogurt with raspberries - it's still sweet enough to be a dessert, and since it wasn't fat-free yogurt, it was rich enough to really satisfy.

The trick is to KNOW that you're going to want sweets, and make sure you have a few different options on-hand to satisfy that craving. Don't obsess over it, that's just going to make it worse and harder to fight it.

(I will admit - last night the craving won, and that chocolate Easter Bunny lost an ear!)

Good luck :)

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5/13/11 3:46 P

Unless you are diabetic, which you didn't mention so I'm assuming you're not, there is nothing wrong with a little sweets now and then. It's not the sweets alone that would be making you gain weight. If you deny your cravings, they will continue to get stronger and possibly cause you to binge. Enjoy a small portion of what you crave and move on. Obsessing over anything is a step backward.

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5/13/11 3:43 P

Like the others said, it's an addiction.

One thing you might consider. new studies are suggesting that diet drinks, and sweetened juices and apple sauce, etc., actually are so sweet, that "natural" sweets have a hard time satiating the "need".

For a while, if i were you, i would avoid any artificial sweetner, and as the others say, work down till i could handle less sugar.

For me personally, most cakes and cookies are now way too sweet.

JROJRO1 Posts: 66
5/13/11 3:27 P

I have/had the same exact scenerio until I learned about the glycemic index. Do a little research and see what you think. Not all foods are created equal as far as spiking your glucose level. Since I have started paying attention and avoid foods with a high GI and pairing some protein with other things my cravings have just about stopped. Believe me when I tell you I got down right mean if I didn't have my sweets. Not happening anymore. And, what is even better is now I can have a bite size candy bar, or DQ cone and it doesn't send me on a spiral.

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5/13/11 3:19 P

Sweets are addicting, and if you ate the regularly before you started your new diet, it takes a while to get used to not having them. And feeling full just triggers the "Oh, it's time for dessert!" response in some of us.

Some people avoid eating anything sweetened with refined sugar, and only allow fruits to be the sweet things in their diets. Eventually, their body gets used to this and eating a Red Delicious Apple or a small serving of frozen grapes totally satisfies their sweet tooth. Gotta watch your serving sizes though, it's easy to go overboard on fruit.

Before I got serious, about 8 weeks ago, I was eating 2-3 large bowls of ice cream a day, combined with candy bars, and baked products. Since then, I don't eat things I feel like I can't control. I allow myself fat-free pre-made tapioca pudding occasionally, vanilla sandwich cookies (3 for 170 calories) every once in a while, but one of my favorite things to do for a sweet treat is pop a 100-calorie bag of popcorn and eat it while drinking diet soda. The salty popcorn makes the pop taste sweeter.




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5/13/11 2:50 P

It's killing me.

I can eat a great healthy filling meal, or a puny tiny meal, or even just whenever. Heck, I wake up in the middle of the night to nurse the baby and I'm craving candy, or a cupcake, or brownie. It's actually worse after eating though... I can absolutely stuff myself for 500 calories, and be stuffed to the gills and craving chocolate.

What's up with that? I readjusted my goals to account for the fact that I'm nursing... Once in a while I'll hit a day where I feel like I'm hungry all the time, but most days staying within my limits is the perfect amount of food. But no matter what, I have an INTENSE almost unbearable craving for sweets.

And when I give in, even just a tiny bit, even if I fit that fun-size candy bar into my counts for the day, I gain.

Any advice on how to break the sugar addiction? As I've gotten my portion sizes back under control it seems that the sugar addiction is just getting worse, and it's really disheartening.

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