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OJ_2_OK SparkPoints: (20,167)
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1/24/13 1:44 P

Mapled glazed sweet potatoes. Dice the sweet potatoes up and place them on a baking sheet. sprinkle them with sea salt and also a tablespoon of maple syrup. Grate some lemon peel and add the zest to the sweet potatoes and mix it up. Bake them in the oven.

They are delicious. Not too hard to make.

Edited by: OJ_2_OK at: 1/24/2013 (13:44)
IMASAGE06 SparkPoints: (20,447)
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1/24/13 1:21 P

I usually know when its coming (TOM) so I try to plan it into my meal plans and work out a bit more to accomodate for it. I'll get some fat free frozen yogurt and have a large serving with a bit of chocolate syrup on it. Yum!

MONICA2587 Posts: 110
1/24/13 12:33 P

I don't generally crave salt but I've found a way to deal with my sweet cravings over the last couple of years.
1. I have sweets either first thing in the morning or a couple of hrs after lunch. Luckily, one 'meal' of sweet does the trick for me
2. Rather than getting stuff from outside, I make sweet at home - like sesame-seed balls or whole wheat sweet bread or banana bread. Only I need to make in small quantities or I feel the pull of sweets all day long :D

Hope it helps...

RACHEL2WRITER SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/13 12:01 P

I crave meat during that time, also! I want a big, juicy med rare steak.

I agree with the others on sweet cravings - either a small bit of high quality dark chocolate, or a sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding works for me.

For salty, I still need to find a good substitute. My favorite salty treat is Ruffles and French Onion dip.

JENNIEQKA SparkPoints: (34,728)
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1/24/13 9:16 A

I get terrible cravings during that time of month, I could eat a bull!
Sometimes I crave sweet and a tablespoon of jelly or preserve or just a square of chocolate does help me. My 'salty' cravings are much worse. I crave MEAT. Haven't heard of anyone else craving that emoticon ! And I have to admit I do give in. I usually roast or grill and have a double serving! Of course, I try to limit that to once or twice that week, otherwise I would be miserable afterwards! If I see that I still crave more, I just stuff myself with lettuce or cucumbers - it always finishes me off! emoticon

BECCAAPPLE SparkPoints: (7,529)
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1/22/13 11:47 P

I eat some organic carob and organic peanut butter if my cals allow for it if not I have the most decadent tea or coffee I have such as the sugar cookie tea I have or the chocolate cherry coffee it may not seem like it would work but it does!!

BOUTTIME24 SparkPoints: (14,838)
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1/22/13 10:01 P

I don't have any suggestions for you but I do have to say that I appreciate you asking this question!! I just asked this question to a coworker today. But she doesn't have a weight problem and just giggled at me.

So Thank You! And thanks Ladies who have replied!

KAT06114 Posts: 28
1/22/13 8:38 P

Popcorn is my lifesaver! I crave sweet and salty almost every day. I add a tsp of sugar and cinnamon to it. Or just have it followed by a pudding cup. I also have 1 tsp of peanut butter and continue to dip it in the choc pudding cup so I taste the salt as I go with each spoon. Weird.. I know but helps

GREEN_JEANS Posts: 643
1/20/13 10:02 A

I don't really associate my cravings to TOM, but for sweet, we've been doing pomegranates. The seeds are both sweet and crunchy. it takes a long time to eat so it allows time for the junk food craving to pass.

I have yet to figure out a good alternative to salty. I'd say portion control (but that doesn't work very well for me unless we get the individual serving size. I love pretzels dipped in yellow mustard. Or we get some of the "healthier" salty stuff (like rice cakes, pop chips and popcorn) as opposed to chips/french fries.

FERD109 SparkPoints: (7,539)
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1/20/13 4:21 A

i like the Special K chocolaty pretzel 90 calorie bars. They help with the sweet and salty.

L-RIOT Posts: 349
1/16/13 4:54 A

I still have crazy cravings and I don't think they will ever go away :) I tend to go to The Mall of America and I just look at all the foods and treats that I can't have and then I drink water. Also, I watch Food Network or The Cooking Channel and then drink more water.

Seriously though, when I have a sugar craving, I go for my Redi Whip and have a mouthful, normally enough to do it for me. Or a sugar free Jell-O. Hope it helps!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,245)
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1/16/13 1:33 A

My days for TOM are long gone, but I remember it well - that would be the only time of the month I would crave chocolate (never had a sweet tooth.) I would buy a little bar of chocolate (good quality dark chocolate is best) and when I felt the urge I would eat - either nibbling it slowly, but occasionally going at it like there was no tomorrow - LOL! The point about the LITTLE bars is that once it is gone, it is gone.

After going through menopause a few years ago, my cravings stopped, UNTIL I had lost a lot of weight. Then they returned. I mostly have them under control, but the things that may tip me overboard (like ice-cream) I have stuffed under a lot of stuff in a chest freezer. I have to be really desperate to get it out. My Son-in-law works in a boutique Ice-Cream Manufacturing plant and often brought 5L tubs of ever-so-yummy stuff home to us. Hubby was the main consumer, but he died last month. I now have 10 Litres sitting in the freezer, but because it is well stashed under other stuff have only had a little, ONCE since he died a month ago.


DDELBL SparkPoints: (2,792)
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1/16/13 1:27 A

Some dark chocolate jello pudding with a little pressurized whipped cream (and maybe a couple rainbow sprinkles to elevate your mood; presentation is everything after all) hits the spot for me.

1/15/13 4:38 P

Honestly, I don't feel bad giving in to those cravings. I just do it with healthier, portion controled alternatives than I used to. For instance, if I'm craving sweet I'll have a single serving of no-sugar-added chocolate ice cream (instead of a pint of Ben & Jerry's). If I'm craving salty, I'll have a handful of salted peanuts (instead of half a bag of BBQ chips). Maybe not the best advice, but that's what works for me. :)

1/15/13 1:44 P

I eat a little bit of dark chocolate and bananas...lots of bananas. That seems to do the trick for me. That being said, the healthier I'm eating, the more I exercise, the less cravings I have.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,203)
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1/15/13 12:49 P

When I have cravings as a result of my menstrual cycle, I do have some chocolate. I just try to watch my portion. It's okay to have a little something, but don't over indulge just because it's your period. Personally, I find a couple of squares of a high quality dark chocolate really hits the spot. Don't buy cheap chocolate. it's just that, cheap chocolate. Because it has no flavor, you have to eat more to feel satisfied. You don't have that problem with really good quality chocolate like say Lindt or Green and Black or any of the organic chocolate. Yes, dark chocolate with a 60% or more cocoa content is a little pricey. But once again, all you need is a couple of squares to feel satisfied.

Don't inhale the food like a Hoover. Really sit and savor the flavor so that you don't have to eat more. Try slowing down how fast you eat so that you don't feel an urge to eat more.

For salt... I'll have to let someone else answer that. I don't get salt cravings. If I do, I like peanuts or nuts. Once again, just watch the portions.

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1/15/13 12:46 P

The healthier you eat, the less your cravings will become. I indulge a little bit, but after years of practice, I also know when to stop when satisfied, not stuffed and therefore I only do minimal damage.

DETERMINED569 SparkPoints: (67,001)
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1/15/13 12:30 P

Hi everyone,
So I have a question for all your ladies and it's a sensitive issue so if you don't want to answer just don't reply! My issue is this now that I'm really trying to stay on the right track and want to continue to eat healthier I was wondering the following:
When you ladies who are eating healthy all the time and staying focused how do you deal with your sweet and salty cravings when its that time of month? I'm sorry to ask but I don't have a clue and I don't want to mess up my new healthy lifestyle! So any suggestions of what to eat that will satisfy my salty and sweet craving but won't kill my diet please would be greatly appreciated!
Please respond and let me know

Edited by: DETERMINED569 at: 1/15/2013 (12:32)
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