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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
1/6/13 12:36 A

I find that if I don't eat that stuff, I don't crave it. Once I eat it, I want more of it and daily, so best for me to just tell myself I am on a meal program and I can't have it. So far it's working.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (83,843)
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1/5/13 9:15 P

I'm 66, all that banning of sweets didn't do my any good, ever. Sure, I was able to stay away from sweets for weeks or months, but the addiction factor always came through. So now I have dark chocolate 70%, 80% is too bitter for me, Skinny Cow frozen bars, 100 cal. packs of certain things, and I allow 2 or 3 snacks like that per day. We have an addiction, people, and at some point, if you ban stuff, and are constantly tempted, you will pack your bags for a trip to Bingeville, mark my words!!!

DEE1221 Posts: 1,347
1/5/13 6:22 P

The only way I can stop my urge for sweets is to go "cold turkey". I just can't have any. Just a bite puts me in the "I want more" mode.

Last night I ran into the store for some groceries. I stopped and looked at the fat free pudding cups. I know I can't just eat one and be happy. I would eat all four! I left them in the store.

Sweets are a trigger food for me. I just can't have ice cream, cookies, pudding, candy, etc in the house.

I am trying so hard to make 2013 a GREAT YEAR for me. I also wish everyone else a SUPER year of great results!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,509)
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1/5/13 6:21 P

Dark chocolate is a life saver but I make sure it is 80 percent cocoa which isn't a taste all people like. The other thing I do is freeze my chocolate as it makes it last longer....can't chew frozen chocolate.

Also the frozen grapes is a good standby.

AUSSIEJAN2 Posts: 2,923
1/5/13 6:08 P

Just avoid the issue, and don't keep it sweet temptations in the house. Stock up on fruit you like instead, for those cravings, but stick to portion allowed.

RTHOM28 SparkPoints: (2,254)
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1/5/13 5:30 P

I have that sweet tooth too. I resorted to banning all cake,candy anything that was over 100 cal. I keep stuff like rice cakes 45 cal., raw fresh fruit juice.Green tea with honey.

all very good for keeping that sweet craving down.

BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
1/5/13 3:35 A

Fruit helps me. But I completely lose control if I eat processed sweets, pastry, candy,cookies pie etc. for me they are " the kiss of death foods" . Once I start I am out of control. My only hope is to not start.

OTTMANJODI1 SparkPoints: (790)
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1/4/13 1:25 P

Kiwis helps me with a sweet tooth

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,646
1/4/13 12:31 P

It is good to eat a piece of dark chocolate daily. As long as it fits into your calories and spark ranges.

Drizzle it on some fruit and you have a delicious healthy snack. If you poach or heat your fruit it will bring out the sweetness.

I am in Washington DC and we have Georgetown Cupcakes

BRANDIW7 SparkPoints: (32,232)
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1/4/13 12:06 P

For me, I found that once I stopped eating the sweets, my cravings for them pretty much went away. It was hard for the first couple of weeks, but now I don't really think too much about sweets. I do have sweet things on occasion, but I have to limit it, or I get right back into craving them.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (127,146)
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1/4/13 12:01 P

Oh, King Cake...you're making my mouth water just thinking about it! For me, I have to indulge in lots of "natural sweets" like fruits & berries. When cravings get too crazy I chew tons of bubble gum! And then I brush my teeth & drink water...and try hard not to give in! GOOD LUCK! :)

RACHIELOU092 SparkPoints: (194)
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1/4/13 11:58 A

Thanks Suzie. I haven't had frozen grapes in while but I think I will give them a try. and thanks for everyone else who responded with advice.

BEMORESTUBBORN Posts: 3,476
1/4/13 11:33 A

Is it okay to eat a piece of dark chocolate daily? I give myself permission to! I love Dove dark chocolate Promises and limit myself to three after dinner. I don't use sugar at all the rest of the day - none in my coffee, no donuts or cookies or cakes and no soda - diet or otherwise - ever. I don't know that anyone ever gets rid of a sweet tooth but portion control and sensible choices go a long way towards taming it.

SCHAPIN1 SparkPoints: (76,765)
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1/4/13 11:25 A

Frozen grapes works for me. They seem sweeter frozen and they are crunchy. I freeze yogurt too. Kroger has a carbmaster yogurt lower in calories than light and comes in some really great flavors. Also, delaying in eating helps. I will fold a load of laundry or finish watching a TV show. A lot of times the craving is gone or at least manageable.

CJMODISETTE Posts: 126
1/4/13 11:17 A

I have a sweet tooth also. I find that if I try to completely avoid sweets all I think about is sweets! I have gone without for over 4 weeks and the craving never went away. I handle it by letting myself indulge in a small amount daily. Whatever I'm craving, I get half of a serving. That helps me get past the craving and get on with my life.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/4/13 11:09 A

LMAO! I think sweet tooth may be a fairly international issue, for whomever can afford to indulge it!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 55,804
1/4/13 10:15 A

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RACHIELOU092 SparkPoints: (194)
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1/4/13 10:07 A

Thanks Zennith and Abi!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/4/13 10:03 A

sorry - but it's not just a "southern" problem

pretty much what was said - it's more a matter of just NOT eating the stuff
Sugar-detox I believe it's called

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/4/13 9:42 A

One serving of Hershey's Dark Chocolate kisses is nine pieces, which is more than generous, and it does satisfy a sweet tooth.
However, sometimes sugar cravings are an indication that you need to drink some more water.
If you look through spark articles, there are a few great ones about how to overcome certain cravings. You get points for reading them, so have at it! :) I think the most useful tips for me is to wait out the craving or go for a healthier option, like fruit. You know what's REALLY sweet? Dried figs or dried dates.
I find the more I avoid white bread and white flour, the less I crave sugar, too. For ME, that is WEIRD.
I made some homemade yeast rolls on New Year's day, and I couldn't eat them because they tasted far too sweet to me.
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1/4/13 9:42 A

In my experience the only thing that makes a sweet tooth go away is not eating sweet things. Sounds contradictory I know but it does work. Spark advocates a healthy lifestyle over dieting so maybe look up some articles here on Spark. What about just avoid a desert occasionally to start, then you can progress when you're ready?

RACHIELOU092 SparkPoints: (194)
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1/4/13 9:30 A

I'm a 20 year old college junior from south Louisiana, and it's so difficult to diet here. Most of you might not be familiar with southern treats like beignets and king cake, but there are so many delicious desserts down here that are so hard to turn down. I'm not particularly a candy person, but I crave desserts. I love ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, beignets, macaroons, brownies, bread pudding, etc. I love it all. I usually get these cravings after supper, and l will usually give in and indulge. Does anyone have any tips to control my terrible sweet tooth? I heard dark chocolate is good for you, but is it okay to eat a piece of dark chocolate daily?

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