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5/25/17 8:45 P

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I lived in Portugal for 3.5 years and while I was there after every meal the always had a bite or 2 bite size lemon sorbet. Since then I tend to want something sweet as well but in the US, you can order a bite size of anything. I have great value butterscotch hard candies in my purse and house so if i am really craving something sweet after dinner then I'll suck on one. Although after doing that for a couple of months, I have found that I really don't crave it anymore. Good Luck!

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5/25/17 8:34 P

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I always have struggled with sweets from the time I was a little girl. Dessert was just part of my family's after dinner snack. Always! So, now I look for it! ;( So I sometimes eat something I probably shouldn't but I limit myself as to how much. Like, tonight I had some ice cream but only 1/2 cup of it and an apple. Not like I used to with a large bowl of it! ;)

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5/25/17 8:07 P

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Drinking water when I am tempted keeps me from digging in when I crave sweets.

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5/25/17 12:23 A

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NICJAC, you are not alone! I just discovered Meal Enders Signaling Lozenges (citrus flavor) and they are satisfying my cravings for sweet desserts and helping me to stop overeating. At 15 calories each and no caffeine or drugs, they are helping me. Maybe they'll help you and others on this thread! emoticon

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5/24/17 11:07 P

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I admit that I am addicted to sugar. I have always loved sweets, and have always had them every day. Whether it was cookies, pie, or ice cream, or pastries, something always made its way onto my plate. Many times I considered myself a closet eater, as I would normally eat the sweets when no one else was around. One way I have put a serious halt to desserts/sweets is that I switched from all sweets to only having sherbert. And I buy it in the single serve cups. That way, I am only really getting one serving, and not three or four at one sitting with a whole bowl. Has worked for me so far.

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5/23/17 11:52 A

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I guess I have a slightly different perspective, so I'll add it to the conversation. I've found that if you can wean yourself off sweets (regular AND artificial), it's a whole lot easier to avoid them. Sugar-free candy/whipped topping/skinny cow are terrible for my cravings, as they don't actually satisfy (plus they taste terrible, IMHO). Even Diet Coke backfires, causing me more cravings.

I've switched to La Croix/Perrier sparkling water, plain yogurt with fruit, natural PB, dried cherries or mangos.

I'm not saying it's easy, but it's worth it to consider cutting back on treats, rather than replacing with too many artificially sweetened options.



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5/23/17 8:07 A

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I have a huge sweet tooth, but I am determined to stick to my low carb high protein diet... so my weakness is Atkins' caramel nut roll bars (taste much better than your typical protein bar) and dark chocolate sea salt covered almonds (Target brand). Better than nothing!

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Thank you for the tips, they are useful. Its good to hear that I am not alone in my temptations, most of the time feel like it. Even when you feel the need to over indulge. It's great to get feed back on how others deal with it this problem.

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5/15/17 9:55 A

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A while ago I did this pre-planned diet program and one of the things I really, really liked about it was a brain reset function where you drink tea after every meal.

Breakfast, tea.

Lunch, tea.

Dinner, tea.

It wasn't about the tea, it was about sending a message to your brain that you're done eating and it's time to move on to your next activity. It takes some time to work - for me it was at least 2 weeks - but I found it really helpful. I still will have a cup of tea when I'm hungry or bored or whatever other emotion is leading me to think I need food when I really don't.

So, all that being said, I'm not willing to live in a world without cookies, but I know I can't eat the good ones every day so I limit myself to those single serve lunchbox packs of chips ahoy or oreos that are 100-150 calories. I get my cookie fix, and don't blow the calorie budget for the day. (Then I have some tea!)



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5/13/17 11:24 A

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I love dessert. Unfortunately. I try to keep it under control, however, with portion control. I eat Skinny Cow Salted Caramel Ice Cream bars. One a day. No more. I guess I am just a sugar addict. I love chocolate. After I eat my dinner, I want something sweet. One Hershey Kiss works. emoticon

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5/8/17 11:19 P

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Well, I have no way to control just having a craving come up, but I can certainly control my response to it. Like others, I have favorite "treats" that I will let myself indulge in once in a while. I like frozen berries with sugar free cool whip. I weigh and measure everything I eat so I don't end up eating too much of a good thing. When I was in the weight loss phase of my journey I would allow myself to have one piece of sugar free chocolate a day. I do everything sugar free because I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I have found, for me, that I don't have to act on the temptation. I like to wait a few minutes before eating something. I get busy and many times the temptation leaves. I also deliberately wait. If the craving is still there by my last meal for the day, I will give myself a little treat.

I get far less cravings now than I did when I first started on this path. Keep on plugging, hun. It gets better.


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5/8/17 10:32 P

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My favorite good for me treat is berries and vanilla greek yogurt. I like to heat frozen berries till they turn a little saucy. Then I use that to top the yogurt. It has that cobbler and ice cream feel to it without being totally over the top.



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4/28/17 10:29 A

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Sorry but no one can stop himself from eating desserts or desire to eat desserts.

Edited by: THECRUEL at: 4/28/2017 (10:30)
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4/28/17 2:43 A

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On days when I swim, I have a much higher calorie allotment than on other days, so on those days I frequently plan to have some sort of "treat". I also tend to look at my calories on a weekly basis rather than on a daily basis. So if I go out with friends and want to split a dessert or have a beer or a heavier dinner, I can balance that overage out with calories from the rest of the week. This works really well for me as long as I keep my going out to one night a week; I run into trouble during weeks where I have 3-4 social obligations.

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When I crave chocolate I will either eat Nutella on low fat graham crackers or eat just 3 to 6 chocolate kisses. That does it for me without going way overboard!

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4/27/17 3:20 P

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I live with the same problem but I think I know where a lot of it stems from, my parents! Yes, I am 55 years young but bad habits die hard lol!
When I was growing up my Dad would ALWAYS want a dessert after dinner, whether it was ice cream, cookies, pie, etc. and my mom would always supply it. No, he wasn't a big man, regular weight but it still remains that I grew up in a world where dessert after eating was the norm. It's so hard for me to break. I still struggle with this. Sometimes I do better and have an apple with PB, or a couple graham crackers with PB, but it still means I am looking for that dessert!

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4/25/17 3:23 P

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My big dessert weakness is ice cream. I have a tablespoon or 2 of the real thing like Blue Bell and I'm happy without going over my plan. If I really want chocolate I have a mini dark chocolate bar and skip the ice cream that day

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4/23/17 1:10 P

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Constant temptations for candy / chocolate. Not giving in!



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4/23/17 1:04 P

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Enlightenme3, that sounds yummy! Thanks for the great idea.



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4/22/17 11:41 P

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I am tempted all day long when it comes to sweets. I agree with the poster below about understanding what will make you happy when it comes to deserts. Often after I eat something, I'll instantly regret the calories/fats/etc. because it just wasn't that good. I also know that my downfall is mindless eating after dinner. As a vegetarian, I have a hard time getting enough protein each day, so I'll have 1/2 cup of Fage 0% greek yogurt with some fruit. Tonight it was yogurt with a cut up orange - filling and more nutritious version of a creamsicle.



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4/21/17 1:30 P

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If you feel like something fruity, put a squirt of RediWhip on a few strawberries.
if you feel like chocolate eat a few semi sweet chocolate chips.

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4/21/17 12:42 P

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Hands down one weakness for desserts... a GOOD cheesecake... and yes I am very picky as to what I consider a good cheesecake.... It can't be to heavy not to light... and it needs a good crust.



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You've gotten some GREAT advice so far!!
My process has come to include the realization that I can choose to say No, or I can choose a small portion sometimes. I find myself asking: what else could I have that would be better for me? Often the answer is a hot cup of tea with honey, or as someone else posted, a diet coke! Sometimes its a small portion of greek yogurt with fruit. Filling up with lower calories liquids takes away the urgency and the deprivation...since it takes longer to drink hot tea than scarf down a small dessert!

Its the small changes in Lifestyle like this --learning how to forego desserts and not feel deprived-- that have lasting impact on your ability to succeed...and stay there!! All the best,
patti

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 4/20/2017 (16:45)
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I plan for one yummy snack every day.



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This is simply a control thing. Are you in control of what you eat? Yes, of course you are.
If I gave in to every temptation, I would be back to the size I used to be. But I don't because I get to decide what I do or do not eat.
Eat right. Protein, carbs and fat at every meal. But good quality ones, nothing processed. That fills you up and reduces cravings.
If you fancy something sweet, make better choices. Today I chopped up an apple, covered it in cinnamon and microwaved it for a minute.
I'm not saying it's always easy, but I am saying its totally down to you. I'm also not saying you will do the right thing every single day,but I am saying you can replace bad habits with good ones.
How motivated are you? How much do you want to change? How important is this to you?

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I just try to save enough calories to have 1 thing a day, and I try to make it in the evening because that's when I love to snack. Having a little bit as a treat that I wait for is better than never being able to have it!

I also use diet coke as a sweet treat to replace something with more calories. I know a lot of people are against diet soda, but it really helps me and I can't believe that the effects are worse than being terribly overweight!

Good luck!

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Start by articulating the actual problem that you are having. Controlling temptations for dessert is like saying you want to start shopping for a white car; it's far too vague to be useful. Define what is a temptation for you. Figure out how many calories that you have to work with.
You can then figure out foods that fill the temptation spot and fit within your calorie limits. Things like squares of dark chocolate, frozen fruit sorbet, fruit crumbles with yogurt or individual sized mousses or cakes can be worked in. You can not keep foods that tempt you in your house and you can eat infrequently at restaurants where you are most tempted (for example if you love cheesecake then you don't want to eat at Cheesecake Factory very frequently because their cheesecake slices start at about 600 cals per slice). You can choose options that you like, but don't love and inhale. So I can eat a 14 oz bag of Skittles in a sitting, no problem. I like DOTS, but the little 4 oz container lasts me at least a week or two. So instead of keeping Skittles in the house, I keep DOTS for when I want candy because I like them but I can eat them over time instead of all at once. If you live with others you can keep options that you dislike in the house for them.

You also need to get out of the mentality that desserts are once in a lifetime, infrequent, never to be repeated opportunity that you must take advantage of now. All of the cake recipes are not going to be zapped up by aliens tomorrow, so you can skip the cake this time if it doesn't work for you and have it later if you want it. You might even be able to find a better cake if you wait a while and are choosy about it. Some people are able to just say that they are cutting something out and be happy with that decision from here on our. If you are like me, saying that you can't have it again means immediately wanting it. So instead of putting something off limits, I just choose not to have it today. Choosing not to have something today doesn't mean I can never have it again, so it helps get rid of that sense of urgency to have it now. I would rather wait to have a caramel that I really enjoy next week than to have a lot of caramels that aren't as good right now. Crappy grocery store birthday sheetcake? I'll have a few bites if someone puts a plate in my hand, but I would much rather wait to have a piece of lemon cake with lime curd and strawberry fennel salad at one of my favorite restaurants.
Have you ever regretted not eating more of a dessert that you didn't really like as much as other options?
It's easier to skip something that you don't like as much now if you have something that you really love on the horizon. And I really do think of it as an either or. A lot of the desserts I prefer are not low calorie (like a square of dark chocolate or a cup of cocoa or chocolate dipped fruit) so I can't have a portion everyday unless I start taking a slice and making thirds or fifths or eighths or something annoying, though I do choose that option sometimes. You do have to look at the day to day picture along with the weekly and the monthly to see how it works together along with your ranges to determine what you can fit in.

Your diet is a bit like packing for vacation. The calories that you burn each day determine the size of your suitcase. The nutrients that your body needs determine the bulk of the essential items that you have to pack. If you had business meetings on Wall Street, your ski clothes should not take up most of your space, nor should desserts that don't contribute the nutrients that you need take up the bulk of your calories. By all means if you find a way to make your breakfast pumpkin oatmeal taste like dessert with some cinnamon for a reasonable amount of calories, use that as a frequent option. But the space left over after all that is your discretionary calories, which you can use for what you want, though you may need to save up for at least a few days to get what you want.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 4/20/2017 (08:10)
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4/20/17 6:51 A

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Could anyone suggest ways to control temptations for desserts.

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