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LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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6/18/13 1:57 P

Congratulations on giving up the sweets! That is not an easy thing to do. When I went through menopause, a miracle happened for me. I lost my taste for sweets. But I still do get an urge for chocolate and always reach for a small square of dark chocolate, which quenches my crave.

You really don't need to give up the sweets. You just need to learn to control the cravings and practice portion control.

The same goes for those carbs. Don't even try to give them up or you will crave them to the point of crash and burn. Learn how to control them by practicing portion control.

Good luck to you! Keep up the good work!

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OCEANMISTCALI Posts: 351
6/18/13 10:40 A

carbs is my second problem which is another thing I need to work on. so I relate to the carbs also.

IAMLOVEDBYYOU Posts: 370
6/18/13 9:47 A

Good luck! Giving up sweets has been the hardest thing for me. I realized that part of the reason i am drawn to sweets and sugars is because they provide instant energy. My guideline for when I should eat was to wait until I felt hungry, then wait 30 minutes and then eat. I wanted to be sure to only eat when I was hungry because comfort eating and boredom were a huge problem for me. However, I realized that waiting that long gave me awful sugar cravings! Being able to tell myself "I am craving sugar because my body needs energy right now. I do not need sugar." helped me to think through my sugar cravings and not give in to them, knowing that as soon as I ate "real food" it would be satisfied. I also realized that I craved sugar after eating something salty or spicy or very savory to "balance" my palate. Now I brush my teeth to get the flavor out of my mouth. I'm sharing this because understanding my sugar cravings helped me to work through them. It's interesting to see how your body reacts and how we work through things!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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6/18/13 9:24 A

Sounds like you're moving in the right direction! I'm lucky in that sweets aren't really an issue for me. I do like to keep a bag of dark chocolate around, but I can generally eat one or two pieces and I'm done. My problem is simple carbs; man, I love 'em!

OCEANMISTCALI Posts: 351
6/18/13 9:20 A

so far I've been 5 days sweets free. the first week is always the hardest but I made it. working on completing the week 1 tame the sweet tooth challenge. once I complete that challenge and master it then I will go for another food related goal.

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