I have always had the same issues. I can consume an entire bag of the snack size reese's. Its uncontrollable, and one of my vices. One day I decided I was to rid myself of these vices which included energy drinks, diet soda and sweets. I quit them cold turkey. I will tell you the first few days weren't pleasant. My body was crying out for the sweeteners and chemicals it was used to. I pushed through it and by the end of the week the withdraw headaches and the sluggish feeling had gone away. I then continued without those items for another week or two. Then I carefully reintroduced them, but I tried to make sure they were better choices. I also tried to keep minimal amounts of my trigger foods around.
I have noticed I am less inclined to binge on sweets now, and have more control. It takes time for our bodies to readjust. This worked for me and it may help you.
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3/28/13 11:49 A
I like eating fresh fruit. It helps stave off those cravings.
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3/28/13 10:46 A
Maybe cutting back fully on sugar is not a good idea. Instead simply try to reduce it. Even dietitians recommend that we eat one dessert every day.
If you want you should look into diabetic desserts/treats. They are low in sugar, but are still yummy.
Or you could look for sugar-free treats. I, myself, enjoy sugar-free pudding.
Thank you! I will keep these suggestions in mind :)
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3/28/13 9:01 A
I still have a sweet tooth and to be honest, I have no interest in getting rid of it... just learning healthier ways to satisfy it, when I can indulge and to limit the amount of sugar.
I make black bean brownies with only 2.5g of sugar (splend/brown sugar blend) and 4g of fibre, 5g of protein which help you feel so satisfied after one: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta il.asp?recipe=2433419
I was using cool whip on them but felt guilty and wanted a healthier alternative so I made a cream cheese "icing" with fat free cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla and cinnamon. I impuslively added a twice the fruit jam to them last night (that was amazing) but I'm thinking next time if I want a bit more sweetness I'll mash up a little bit of banana in the "icing" or I can use a chunky natural peanut butter. They're not super sweet, but the texture is amazing and they're filling for only 100 cals.
I also do oatmeal with natural peanut butter and a tablespoon of semisweet or dark chocolate chips.
I make Greek yogurt parfaits with a 1/4 serving of low sugar chocolate whey protein powder mixed together, fresh fruit and low sugar granola. Or my newest creation; chocolate protein powder/Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, chunky natural peanut butter and twice the fruit jam.
You can make fruit crisps. Just bake some fruit in the oven with a little bit of oats, whole wheat flour, salt free butter/margarine, brown sugar crisp on top.
Graham crackers with fat free cream cheese and berries.
Apples and natural smooth or chunky peanut butter.
Frozen banana ice cream or frozen banana pops with dark chocolate coating and nuts.
Use cinnamon in place of sugar/sweetener. I put cinnamon on nearly everything. Or vanilla extract.
Sweet potatoes with cinnamon.
Tea is great for curbing a craving and comes in all different flavours.
I do have a sweet tooth especially at night. My recent fave is a lowfat frozen waffle with cinnamon sugar and a couple tablespoons of frozen coolwhip. Also, a couple tablespoons of caramel with sliced apples.
3/27/13 9:58 A
have you been consuming a large amount of artificial sweeteners? They can, in fact, make your cravings worse.
There are lots of "detox" sites/information regarding sugar addictions available, although not all of them are written by nutrition experts, which is sad - because, as usual with the Internet - there's a lot of poor information out there as well.
It's almost necessary to do a "cold turkey" approach and cope with the horrible feelings for a while - for some people - because your body will go through the cycle of wanting it - and if you continually feed it, you'll continue on the roller coaster ride (sort of like drinking more alcohol to get you through a hangover)
If you crave sweets, it could be a sign that you consume too much salt. Check all the labels on the foods your eating, add up the sodium content and the sugar content...you might be surprised. Most foods, especially carbs turn to sugar except for turkey, chicken and other high protein foods.
Snacking is actually good for a person...snacking on the right foods will keep blood sugar balanced...Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are all low sugar fruits..as well as..apples, plums, peaches pears, kiwi, nectarines and apricots. Berries have the least imnpact on blood sugar than any other fruit. Grab for the berries....maybe with puffed rice and skim milk...
Air popped popcrn which has loads of minerals and nutrients, no butter, no salt add a tad of Parm or Romano cheese as it too has sodium, or connamon to flavor. Packaged popcorn has too many preservatives.....grab 3 cups
Fage 0% plain Greek Yogurt, it thick and I drizzle a little honey ontop. Tastes like a sundae to me.
Want crunch have some green or red peppers or 10 baby carrots with salsa or 2 tablespoons of lite ranch dressing. A Pear and 1 ounce of light Brie about 120 Calories. A small sweet potato with cinnamon. Grab three graham cracker squares to get 15-20 g of carbs, drizzle a tad of honey or a smidge of peanut butter ontop. pick a frozen sugar-free fruit bar, Edy's is a good choice even a no sugar added fudgesicle. Multi Grain Cheerios ...a handful. 20 Almonds...or 28 pistachios....
I try and eat high volume lower cal foods with lots of crunch to help with this craving. Rice or corn cakes with PB and honey, or stevia... a banana sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia... a couple apples. Light kettlecorn popcorn. A mug of hot chocolate.
Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 3/27/2013 (00:07)
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3/26/13 10:12 P
I'm not sure that there is any magic bullet, but I do know that the really bad sugar cravings don't last all that long if you're being careful about what you eat. If you could hold out just a couple more days you might find things becoming much easier.
What I have done with really food-specific cravings myself when they are bad is actually to imagine eating the thing I'm thinking about, in tremendous detail. Taste, texture, smell, everything. You'd think it would make the craving worse, but it actually seems to satisfy it, for a little while.
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349 3/26/13 10:00 P
Do you drink coffee with a bit of sugar? sometimes that helps me. Sometimes it is the caffeine that I am craving more than the sugar anyway.
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3/26/13 9:59 P
How about a smoothie with yogurt, berries, banana and milk? I make one everytime I have a sugar craving. This ends up being a great under 300 calories alternative to eating cookies.
I've tried cutting back on my sugar intake, but every time I do I either cave from lack of willpower or the cravings become unbearable. The most I can make it is two days before becoming irritable from lack of sugar. Once I consume even a little bit of sugar (say two or three cookies) I have an incredibly hard time going back to eating as little sugar as possible
Is there anything I can snack on or something I can do to distract myself from the cravings until they pass?
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