My biggest downfall is chocolate so the less I have of it, the less I crave it. Once I give in a little I have a hard time pulling back. The less sugar I eat the less I crave it. I must confess I am having a bit of trouble these days with all the chocolate displays for Valentines Day.
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I'll throw in another vote for going cold turkey. It only takes a couple of days. Then you don't crave sweets anymore. I find if I have sugar I want more sugar. I've been off sugar and sweeteners for a week and I don't even crave them anymore. I'm staying away from the mints, etc since I don't want to get the sugar cravings.
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The thing is, we used to not have any sugar, and what we call our sweet tooth is really our body's inability to handle sugar. We aren't supposed to eat a lot of it, and the sugar we are supposed to eat is in our foods. Once we start adding sugar in, we start craving more sugar. At best sugar is a trigger " food ", and at worst can be addictive.
The best way is cold turkey, but even done as NIRERIN did it, by weaning yourself off sugar, is a good thing. Once you are past eating sugar, everything you eat will taste better, and foods like fruit will taste super sugary, and even overcooked vegetables will taste sugary. I forgot my green beans yesterday, and they tasted like I added sugar, since I didn't remember till I heard them sizzling.
Even sugar alcohols cause me to have cravings, so while mints, and gum are sugar free, they might not do the trick.
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the best thing i ever did to curb my sweet tooth was to stop adding sugar to things. but i was also adding 2 Tablespoons to every bowl of cereal [even the frosted kinds] and cup of tea i had, so mints and gum were not doing anything for that. i opted to wean myself off since cold turkey isn't my thing, and it took me about a year to do so, but it was quite possibly the best and most useful thing i've ever done. so now if i want something sweet berries or watermelon or some other fruit will hit the spot most of the time.
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I have sugar free gum at work sometimes, it helps. I have peppermint tea, it has a natural sweetness, sometimes too. The best way I get rid of sweet cravings is: I buy a bag of brocolli, cauliflower and carrots and a container of Dannon Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip (only 25 cal per two tbsp). I don't want to eat the veggies, not what I want, but I eat them. Then a bit later, the fiber in it seems to fill me up, the cravings go away for awhile and I feel full and energized. Those veggies help alot.
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Good for you, MARBETH - that's a big step forward! Many of us (raising my hand, too) have a craving for sweets. Now that I'm maintaining, I allow myself two days a month on which to have whatever I want. But on the other days, I favor Orbit gum (sugar-free) or a Tic-Tac like small mint - three for five calories - called Myntz. You can find them at Trader Joe's or on Amazon (where I order them in bulk, in shrink-wrapped packages of six tins). Also, for eight calories apiece, there's a hard caramel called Werther's, but be sure to get the sugar-free variety. Takes a long time for one to melt in your mouth! Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers are also available in sugar-free versions.
For those of us with a sweet tooth, these help - and the dentist never minds
Good luck to you!
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