Taming the Sweet Tooth, but the Taste Buds are Not Having It
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Funny that my last blog post was about sweet things in the low carb way of eating. I recently noticed I was having the kind of hunger pangs the old Snicker's ads used to celebrate "it's poking at ya, poking at ya". When I started eating low carb, those went away. Conditioning is a powerful thing; my taste buds craving for more sweet, all the time brought them back!
Diet sodas became a regular purchase. I was adding more sweeteners to my tea, making more sweet treats. And gaining weight.
I'm more than 2 weeks into life without regular added sweets. I went 2 weeks with nothing, nadda, zip. Having eaten very low carb for over a year, I'm not getting over sugar like so many in the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I'm trying to stop having my day be one annoying little craving after another.
Without added sweets, the cravings sort of abated, especially on days when I get plenty of exercise. And by "added sweets" I mean no sweetened drinks, nothing with added sweetener. Eating low carb means that I may have a few berries (usually mixed in ricotta), but no added sugars, no juices, and not much fruit.
I hoped that doing without the sweet tastes for 4 weeks would "reset" my taste buds. I'm doubting it. I put a little stevia glycerite in my morning tea after 2 weeks, and the taste buds said "blech". I definitely don't like just a "hint" of most flavors. If it's sweet, I want it boldly sweet! I seemed to struggle with cravings that day. The next day I doubled the cream in my tea (to 2 tablespoons) and it was a better drink and no cravings.
Last night I made a little fat bomb treat with cocoa, coconut oil, and a little stevia glycerite. Much better, because I will put up with just about anything to get chocolate! And I think having it in the evening is better as it hasn't produced cravings.
I'll keep doubling down on all the foods that celebrate low carb for me, that aren't sweet. Deviled eggs, cheddar, and dill pickles are the first things that come to mind when I have to remember why I can't just buy cookies at the store, or boil up some pasta. My husband and I have both found it easy to quickly plunge close to our goal weights, and for me that means I'm in the "healthy BMI" range. We've maintained for about a year but we're both examining and tweaking to see if we can develop habits that support a lower weight. We'd both like to be past the "holding pattern" of when to replenish our wardrobes.