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9/18/12 2:00 P

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I tend to trick my body into thinking that it's getting that 'sweet bit' that it needs by enjoying a small glass of all natural juice or smoothie. I've convinced myself that they are my dessert if I'm still hungry after dinner. And at only 150 calories or so for 200ml, it's definitely something I can make room for in my diet! I also find myself never over indulging, because I never 'crave' juice. Also, gum and fresh fruit are life savers!

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sometimes I get a hard candy that lasts a long time in my mouth. I also chew gum.
I remind myself how much exercise I would have to do to work off the calories from the item I'm craving.

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I tell myself that I will have 2 or 3 glasses of water first.... it's a little trick that almost always breaks the craving. The trick for me is not to deny myself but rather to tell myself I am just "delaying a little" .... sometimes I drink that first glass very quickly.... :-)

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If anyone has any mental ideas for curbing cravings, please let me know.

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When I'm faced with having to not give into a craving I remind myself that I feel better about myself when I say no and can say that I haven't eaten any sugar for a certain period of time then I do when I eat the sweets. If that doesn't work then I think of all the crap I would be putting into my body if I ate that and how big of a step back that would be. If that doesn't work then I get rid of whatever it is or try to ignore it. I have been able to fight a craving for donuts that I have had for the last month by using this method. It has gotten to a point though that I have now said that if I can lose 2-3 lbs by June 4th then I will be able to eat that 1 doughnut. Hopefully these ideas help.

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Thanks for all these great ideas. I am going to try brushing my teeth after supper to eliminate those sweet cravings then. I am also going to try to add more protein to my meals and to reduce the artificial sweeteners I have!

Sometimes for me, having a stick or two of really strong, flavorful gum, like a mint or those Extra Dessert flavors, can help me to back away from the sweets.

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5/15/12 10:05 P

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This is very interesting about brushing one's teeth! I will have to try and remember to try that technique.
I also find if I eat protein more frequently, it helps curb any carb/sugar cravings I might have.

Right now I am working on reintroducing fresh fruit to my teeth and taste buds..... a tart green apple .....

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5/15/12 12:18 P

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I'm going to try the teeth brushing tactic.

Thanks!

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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5/15/12 10:06 A

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Lindsed1, I just my started here and my biggest problem is also chocolate! My main defense against my sweet tooth is eating protein! I have reactive hypoglycemia which can take my sugars too LOW after eating sweets. Therefore, I try to put protein into every meal.

Chocolate = emoticon and emoticon .

We can fight that Chocolate Monster together!!

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You know kickinit@56 I do the same thing in the evening. It's amazing how my hunger pangs (wants, desires, etc) disappear after brushing and flossing of our teeth.

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Thank you this was by far the closes blog that relates to me. I will try the and glasses of water. I am praying this will Help Me in My Fight with sweets and food. emoticon

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5/13/12 1:26 P

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I buy the things that I have a craving for and do EFT. Here is a link to a weight loss summit http://www.2012tappingworldsummit.com/2012
event/ and it is free. They have already done weight loss. But some of the other topics are I find are related

That being said, I have a package of Kinnikinick Chocolate Creme cookies that are calling my names, so I am going to tap my way through the package. My cravings are attached to events. It's kind of a pain, but, it's much better to not have the craving.

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Kick Great idea!! emoticon

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I try to brush and floss my teeth shortly after dinner. Then if I get a strong craving for something sweet I think about all the "gunk" I'd be putting on my nice clean teeth and how I really don't want to have to repeat all that brushing and flossing and (most of the time) that is enough to break the craving.

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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I'm on medicine that makes me feel hungry. And sweets are the first thing I reach for. I am now keeping fruits in the kitchen instead of cookies, cake and brownies. A lot of times when I go in to the kitchen to get a healthy snack, I realize that I am not as hungry as I thought and eat a lot less.

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I write little sticky notes and put them up on the fridge and cabinets. Things like, "chocolate is a treat, not a food group" These little reminders help bring me back to a "sane" mind.

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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I look at pictures I took of myself at the beginning of my journey, they're pretty horrific to me, and concentrate in my minds eye the picture I'm striving for, that usually helps me say no, however if that doesn't work and the cravings don't subside I'll eat a bit of fruit, at least it's healthier than that candy bar or circus peanut I REALLY want. Also, when I eat fruit to help w/ my sugar cravings I don't just hork it down, I make myself eat slowly and savor the taste, otherwise I still want more sugar when I'm done w/ the fruit.

You can scream, yell, shout, cry, whimper, grunt, bleed, puke and pass out. JUST DON'T QUIT!


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Mouthwash, brushing and flossing my teeth especially after dinner.
Learning to drink tea without sweeteners,cutting out diet soda and cutting out chewing gum. Eliminating artifcially sweetened products have helped curb my carb cravings.

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I try to remember how awgful I feel when I eat too much---

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This might sound silly but sometimes when I am craving something like ice cream I will have an imaginary scoop of ice cream. I close my eyes, pick out the flavor I want, pretend I am eating it spoonful by spoonful. I really savor each bite. I do this ALONE of course. You would think it would make the craving worse, but really I don't want it anymore after I already "had" it.

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kiwi I'll try that! emoticon

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Kiwi is a natural way to kill that sweet tooth.

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Just a couple of hours ago, or so, I returned from my first water aerobics class - in the deep end. Whew! Who would'a guessed that it would be such a challenge? By the time I got in my car I was starving (or so I felt). When I approached the vicinity of our grocery store, the idea of popping a WHOLE bag of peanut M&Ms in my mouth was nearly over-whelming! Home at last. Oh, get me in the house quick!!

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich!! Yes, that's what I'll have!!!. Just in time my SparkPeople angel appeared. Hmmm, what else do we have? There it was, an apple. Would an apple our my burning desire for sugar? But I gave it a try. Oh dear relief, how grand you are ...

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The best motivator is BACK PAIN!!! emoticon Get that belly fat OFF!! emoticon

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I have found these message boards to be very helpful. I have not been active for awhile, but am back! The ideas have helped me eat right and exercise, the two things I have longed to do. I got the idea of brushing my teeth and having mints to curb cravings for sweets.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28


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This is great to read what others are doing and challenges they have. I have a long way to go to get this under control. I'm glad to have support of this group. I just had watermelon which is sweet but healthy. Yum! Now for the rest of the day... emoticon

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There seems to be some very good ideas to try to stop sugar cravings. I will keep trying things until something works specifically for me. Thank you all for your suggestions.

Marcia


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Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.

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Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do ALL to the glory of God.


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I am an avid yoga fan (I go to hot class daily) and am struggling to stop my sugar craving and so am especially grateful for your advice as it strikes a chord with me. Many thanks!!

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5/4/12 2:43 P

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I have found that if I reduce my sodium intake to less than 1,500mg/day it greatly reduces my sugar cravings. In the past, I was always confused about WHY I would over-eat, especially since I wasn't hungry. I realized that I was constantly trying to balance the salty- sweet taste in my mouth. The more salty a dinner was, the more sugary a dessert I craved. I have to say that I have been able to lose 35 pounds over the past 5 months largely due to recognizing what triggers my over- eating. I also realized that if I messed up it only affected that one day and that I should not let it slip me into bad habits the next day. I still crave some type of "dessert" after dinner, but I have started eating an apple while I prepare dinner followed by 2 glasses of water. This way, if I eat a fig newton, etc it will only be one and not the whole box!!!

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3/20/12 5:12 A

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Hi MHOELCK and MISHMOM,

I love both of your ideas and thanks for sharing. MishMom, have you found the therapist's advice helpful when cravings are strong? I'm also trying to wait out the craving.

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This challenge is so timely - I need all the motivation I can get! I am also working on this same issue in therapy. My therapist told me to stop and ask myself (as I walk to the snack cupboard), "What is it that you REALLY need right now? Are you tired? Are you lonely? Are you bored? Is there something else that will lift your spirits right in that moment that you automatically turn to sugar for?" Kind of like STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN for your mental/emotional self.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might as well put the passing time to the best possible use." ~Earl Nightingale


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My new favorite book is a tiny little volume called "eating the moment" by Pavel G. Somov, PH. D.----it has some great ideas for "mindful eating" which I have found helpful in dealing with most of my cravings. What I like most about it is that I have been able to develop my own craving control strategies using his methods. I ordered my book on amazon about three months ago....it has been so helpful!

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3/15/12 6:54 A

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LOVEMYPETS2, I'm glad that you were inspired by my post about changing the way you think about giving up unhealthy habits. I thought there may be others struggling with the same problem so I wanted to share.

If it's worth having, it's worth fighting for.


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3/14/12 10:46 A

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I like the way you think - what a positive spin on a problem that I share also - feeling deprived. My new mantra is "Heal Thyself." Thanks for the tip.

I have just joined the four week challenge for getting rid of my sweet tooth. I don't really know what I'm doing as this is the end of week one on SparkPeople. I have a lot to learn.


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I usually do dark chocolate because my cravings are always for chocolate, and I have about ten boxes of Girl Scout cookies sitting in my cabinet, taunting me. I leave a package of high quality dark chocolate on the counter though, so if I can't resist it, I'll eat a cube of that instead and the craving will go away.

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I will definitely share the article findings once I can remember where I read it. That's my problem, I read so much that I forget where I read information.
This morning I had a somewhat panicky feeling when I thought of my goals: curbing my sugar cravings, losing weight and maintaining it. I felt that I was preparing myself for a life of deprivation. But then I realized I'm not depriving myself, I'm healing myself. I felt so much better when I thought about it that way. emoticon

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dark chocolate, decaf coffee with 1% milk and herbal tea.....oh and losing wgt has been a motivation

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28


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At this time of year, my favorite sweet tooth tamer is plentiful: Clementines, or "Cuties" -- those easy-to-peel Mandarin oranges that come in a mesh bag. They are so incredibly sweet they're like eating candy. Especially in the evening while watching tv when I normally crave sugar, my Cuties "fix" is something I actually look forward to!

Somebody mentioned adding sugar to cereal -- I switched to stevia extract because it's zero calories/carbs and isn't an artficial sweetener like Splenda, which gives me headaches just like aspartame (Equal) does. I also bought a book on baking with stevia and some of the recipes are fabulous.

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I would LOVE to see that article and to know what the heck we are deficient in!!! Thank you!


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I read somewhere that cravings for sugar are actually signals from your brain that you're not getting enough of a particular hormone so resisting sugar isn't related to willpower. I'll have to find the article again and post the specifics here. The article gave solutions for dealing with the deficiency

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My problem in the last week or so:

I must have a head cold, or some say it's the flu in a weird form - so I am TIRED AND my mouth aches and I want something crunchy. At work, that's candy. It's available ... and my body craves it just to wake up.

I can't think clearly nor rationally. But am a bit better today. Still.. craving sugar. Stress level is high.

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I find for me it's more boredem than anything else. Just trying to do something else to keep your mind busy can really help and make you forget you wanted a piece (or a whole bar) of chocolate... One tip I read that was effective was if you're craving sweets while sitting around watching tv paint your nails! It will keep your hands busy, plus your hands will be occupied with drying (don't want to ruin your new mani) and the smell can help throw you off food as well!

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I get a big drink of water and then move around, do some exercise, do something to keep my hands busy. I try to put off eating whatever it is, usually chocolate, for 30 minutes. That usually works for me but if it doesn't pass I'll have a small portion followed by a big glass of water. That fills me up and satisfies me.

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Sometimes to talk myself out of eating something sweet, I think about how what I am craving REALLY tastes to me. I eat a lot of this stuff out of habit. I also am working on figuring out why I am having the craving and working with that. Am I successful? More of the time than I used to be. The progress is helping though the speed is frustrating.

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I recently bought sugar-free gum in various dessert flavors: apple pie, mint chocolate chip , orange cream cooler... to help squelch the need for the real thing.

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PaulinLim, love the idea of the yoga pose that involves squeezing yourself. I'm going to try that the next time I get an urge. You're right about the cravings being in your head. That's why I didn't give in to it the other day. I wasn't hungry but just had this urge to eat something sweet (really sweet).

Ann4512, tea sounds like a good way to go also. Will definitely keep that in mind. A cup of hot tea has to be sipped slowly so that will keep me from overindulging.

Edited by: MISSHAR at: 3/12/2012 (06:48)
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I noticed that eating carob instead of chocolate helps a lot with my chocolate cravings. Not everybody likes the more powdery taste but for me it really fulfils my needs, while with real chocolate I would keep on going.

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Hi like you I'm always craving something at the end of the day. I find what works for me is either a cup of my favourite tea, vanilla nut with a sweetner and tiny bit of milk, or alternately eating a piece of fruit. More often than not an orange or grapefruit. It fills you up and gives you that sweetness we all crave from sugar. Mentally I've managed to calculate this strategy into my daily intake and so far its been working. Of course I like you idea about gum too.

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For me it is moderation and occasional treats. I don't dance with the devil over ones that tend to set me off but if I keep the beast tamed I tend to not crave as much.

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If you like fruits like me, you can try a bowl of your favorites fruits with splenda on it and maybe a little bite of cereals and milk. You can savour every bites without tv or any other distraction so you won't be so hungry after.

Sometimes I'm starving for ice cream, so I take a glass of nonfat milk with splenda.

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Another thing I've discovered is to suck on a spice pod of some kind-- a piece of cinnamon stick, cardamom pod or whole nutmeg. It gives you wonderful breath and lasts forever!

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Do a quick yoga pose that involves squeezing yourself-- preferably one that is very uncomfortable to do on a full stomach. It will bring you back into your body (cravings are in the head), release the feel-good hormones you get from hugging and being hugged, and make you realize how delicious it feels to not be stuffed.

Some poses that do this for me: triangle, revolved triangle, bound Side Warrior, seated spinal twist (great in an office chair!), standing forward bend with arms hugging my legs, eagle pose.


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WAY to go, now put on some music and move. Have fun and good luck!

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Tic Tacs have become my new "to go to snack". I go for the fruit flavored ones. Unless the container is hiding something, they have 0 carbs. My other new obsession is the prepackaged sugarfree jello cubes. I'm only finding them at Food Lion, but they are 45 calories for the whole bag and 0 carbs. I'm going to make a big tray of jello jigglers today. So the other day they were looking at me very weirdly at the grocery store as I only bought Atkins shakes, jello cubes, boxes of sugarfree jello and tic tacs.

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I've been on my weight loss program for three weeks now and so far so good. I have had a problem with sugar for as long as I can remember. The first week on my program, I was concerned that my attitude towards sugar and all snacks was unhealthy because I was avoiding it altogether. I know how one treat can lead to many more for me. I am so determined to drop this excess weight that the sugar cravings were not stronger than my desire to be healthier. Today, I really had an urge to have something sweet after dinner. I kept telling myself that it wasn't worth it and that I have to keep my goal in mind. I know it's not a crime to eat a little sugar in moderation but I felt like there was something else driving the craving and I didn't want to give in to it. That's when I came to Sparks and came across this challenge. I really appreciate the mental ideas and the substitution ones too. I'm chewing sugarless gum right now and it's helping. I have too far to go (want to lose around 75 lbs.) to let sugar win.

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I'm currently pregnant which is what set me back on eating so much sugar, because I get so darn emotional, and my doctor had been worried about my weight while I was working, and told me that I was underweight (seeing as I was very much underweight when I got pregnant this wasn't much of a surprise) ... This is my second baby, and I know how much healthier I was with the first. I've got 6 weeks left in this pregnancy, and I finally clued in to the fact that if I want to be healthy again (in time for summer too!) I need to get my sugar issues in check NOW, not when I have a two year old and a new born to deal with...
I definitely get sugar cravings when I'm sad, or just dealing with any emotions. And before bed, when I settle down to watch an episode of something, I always want a sweet or two to go with my shows. My fiance lives 12 hours away until after this baby is born, so it really just SUCKS being at home alone.
What I've noticed will generally help is cereal. The two types I always go to are honey nut cheerios with sliced banana, or raisin bran. The raisin bran isn't quite as good of a choice, I end up topping it with sugar. Though I've found that so far, a bowl of cereal is as satisfying as an excessive amount of cookies, and has more nutrients in it atleast. Something I'm just trying now is thawing strawberries, adding a little bit of sugar (the frozen ones are always so sour!) and eating it with some vanilla or banana flavoured yogurt. It's been helping a bit, though some days, I just want something sweet and processed.
Any other ideas for substitute foods? I have to try and cut back on the amount of sweets my daughter is eating too, help break that cycle and teach her healthy habits now, not when she's older. My mom and I are both emotional eaters and have a problem with sugar.

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I agree with darlou, I brush my teeth after every meal. I keep a toothbrush and mint gum at my desk. I also sort of agree with Claireese, sometimes one piece of chocolate sets me off, reeling towards the rest of the chocolate in the house. Occasionally one is enough, especially if it's a routine. I like the Dove individually wrapped pieces, but some weeks I know it's too much temptation to have it around.

Forcing myself to take a step back, and find a fruit or vegetable is much more satisfying and doesn't make me want other sweets. If I need something at work and am out of my packed snacks, I usually go to the cafeteria and get a banana. I like having people see me eat a banana instead of french fries or a packaged sweet. It feels good to have people look at you and think you have self control and a healthy lifestyle...maybe Im just self centered, but that is a reward for me.

I wont lie though, sometimes the craving just gets the better of me : )

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The advice about trying to eat the healthy chocolate...that's just like telling an alcoholic to drink the nonalcohol drinks...later it doesn't work because your end up wanting the fix that the real stuff does. I did this...started eating the healthy stuff but later ended up on the real stuff.

I believe if we would eat more protein and less white carbs and starches the cravings for the sugar would go down. This is what Atkins does in their diets and I've been there too. So, I see a change for me is EAT MORE PROTEIN!!


"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

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I went to T. Joe's just now and bought dark chocolate. Someone suggested it and I have also had good luck not binging when I have a few squares. This one is 160 calories for 4 squares. I also bought the original unsweetened almond milk. I is such a treat 60 calories for 8 oz. I usually have cravings most afternoons so am on the lookout.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28


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Last night, I had a craving.....I peeled three oranges, added about 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, a splash of vanilla, a squirt of agave and crushed ice and blended. It was like a healthy version of an orange julius! SO GOOD! It was split out between my family and I, of course. emoticon

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Normally I try just drinking water but I have been so horrible at staying in control with sweets lately. My husband is deploying soon so I am very emotional and have been giving in to my emotional eating habits - plus I let myself over induldge by thinking, well when he leaves I will have all the time in the world to work out and I won't be buying junk food for his lunches so there won't be any in the house - I need to stop, not when he leaves but now. I have gained back 7 of the 20 pounds I have lost in two months!

I am going to try not only drinking water but also doing some pushups, jumpking jacks, squats and lunges when cravings strike.

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I am so sorry to hear about your sister, yes this "sweet thing" is difficult. I will keep her in my prayers, and all of us on this Challenge for that matter. I have been battling the binge eating of sweets all of my adult life. I just want to curb them and be able to eat healthy and somewhat normally. It seems every day, either after my dinner especially if I overeat, late in the afternoon, or before bed I am plagued by a craving. I do okay all day long.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28


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I have a sister who is diabetic. For a year after being diagnosed, she was very disciplined and ate no sweets at all. However, as the years passed, her discipline has decreased and she has regained some of her lost weight. Yesterday, I learned the really bad news that she is rapidly losing kidney function due to the diabetes. The doctor said that if she will once again take control of her health, that she can reverse some of the kidney damage, but she is struggling.

My concern for my sister is greater than my concern for myself. My desire that she be disciplined is also greater. (That's no surprise, since it doesn't cost me for her to be disciplined!) I'm aware that I could be right behind her with the diabetes and it's ravaging work on the body, but it is still difficult to resist a sweet temptation in front of me.

We committed to hold each other accountable and I'm being strengthened by the accountability and by my desire to see her live life to the fullest. When I'm tempted, I think of what it could mean to her health if she caves to temptation, and it helps me be strong in order to help her be strong.



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hi--just starting this challenge and it is timely. I use sweets to self soothe for too much tension in my life. Of coure, it doesn' help, but the havit is strong. I think the idea of using a protein snack is a good one as it redirects my thinking, and protein is much more satisfying than sugary treats.

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Hahaha, guess I should have been more creative....It's just Lindsay. Don't know if you can find me by that!!! ???

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me to but It can make me feel worse:( GOOD LUCK

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Where did you get your tracker?

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I think of my wardrobe that I want to wear. I visulixe myself in my skinny clothes.

do it!!


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woo I'm 5'3'' too and have a load of my favourite fitness models on my wall at home lol!
Am 121lbs though so some way to go
What's your pinterest name I'll follow you!

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I drink a glass of water then have an apple....it took awhile to train myself to this but I use it for ANY craving at all, andy time of day or evening.. I have an granny smith apple every evening for sure and it stops me from wanting anything else in the evening. Bonis is it helps me lose weight and i get my fruit servings in

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I brush my teeth. Sometimes I don't REALLY want sugar, I want a powerful taste in my mouth and the toothpaste does that... and if not I at least distracted myself for a few :)

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I am 5'3" and 118 lbs. so I don't want/need to lose weight, I just want the 6 pack. I've started a pinterest board with my favorite fitness models, so that should help! But I really think eliminating sugars will get me there.

I try not to do that myself, working out a little longer so that I can "reward" myself with a sweet.....I just need to do it. It's all mental, after all! :)

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SINGHD-That is interesting that you get stressed when your husband is coming home. I also have a weekend husband and I feel the same way. I get very anxious the day before he is to arrive because I am worried he won't think I am keeping things up around the house. Plus he is addicted to sweets himself and when he is home he is always eating-which makes me want them too. I am happy he is home while I am stressed out and losing all sense of control with food. Maybe I should switched to drinking several glasses of red wine (wait-that isn't calorie free either) ARRGGGHHH!
By the way- I am a personal trainer-imagine how I feel when I coach my clients to eat right and I myself am out of control. It's insane! I pray this challenge will be my answer emoticon

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If you have a photo of yourself at a size you are aiming to return to- post it where you keep the snacks- each time are tempted-check out that photo and ask yourself "how bad do I want this weight loss?" Also- I realized that I can run intervals on my treadmill for 30 minutes and only burn 150-200 calories so, if I finish off two girlscout cookies- I will add back more that I burned off! Do I really want it so bad that I'd be willing to give up the calories I already worked hard to lose?

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I am a Yoga teacher and a cook. My husband comes home only on weekends and it adds a lot of stress on the days he is coming home. Living in tidy clean hotels i think he expects me to give the same at home. I teach a lot of classes and i get fatigued at the end of the day especially the fridays when my DH is coming home. I have two kids and one of them is a 14 year old girl. She has her own methods of causing stress for me. No one thinks it is in any form their responsibility to clean or pick up the house.
This mess in the house drives me insane. So many times I pick up sweets (Indian) and eat it to make me feel better. It also takes me to a time in India where I had clean house as i could afford help for the house. I think the mess in the house and the stress of life drives me to straight to the sweets.
As I know my trouble times and sweets I try hard not to make or buy them. But surprisingly i find them with me all the time.
This week I will consciously be aware of not keeping calorie bombs next to me, I will try to drink water or eat a piece of fruit when I have the need to escape. I have found the meditation on my times when I ate the sweets helps me become aware of the times. Most of my eating is mindless. So from today I will add a few minutes to meditate on my eating sweets episodes.

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Try the low calorie chocolate pudding from Jello, that is a GREAT cholocate fix for very little calorie committment.

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I sit next to the community chocolate basket at work. It's horrible because it's right there staring me in the face ALL day long. It's really hard on stressful days. So, when I crave chocolate, I go for a can of diet soda. Alternatively, I go for something salty - pretzels or low fat popcorn. I know that salt is not the same as chocolate but for some reason it works for me. In terms of mental image, when I am about to dive into the chocolate basket, I ask myself: "Do you want the 10 second pleasure of eating that piece of chocolate, or do you want the life long "pleasure" of being healthy and thin?" 95% of the time, I manage to talk myself out of the chocolate. For the other 5%, oh well - there are days when you just have to have it.

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I've recently learned I'm prediabetic, and weight is slow coming off. Going on thyroid meds last week may help, but it's time to take control. I'm going to try hummus and carrots when I'm tempted. I've been using dark chocolate, but lately I've gone back for an extra serving or two, so I need an alternative.

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Since tracking my eating patterns, I have learned I do not ingest enough calcium (whether it be from drinking it or eating it) --- so I have purchased the calcium chews in chocolate. This helps me get the calcium I need, plus -- it tastes great. So I eat one after lunch and after dinner.

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I've never hear of a hard-boiled egg for a sugar craving but I'll be boiling some eggs today to check that theory out. If it works that would be emoticon

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Let me know how that goes! I eat hard-boiled eggs every day, it's at night that I get the craving.

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Hehehe.....I have tried very dark chocolate and it does work sometimes, but not every time.....I am just fine at work, it's just usually a little after dinner that I want it. Maybe I should sleep it off! :)

I also do have a pretty substantial amount of protein during the day since I lift.....

Maybe I will try a small spoon of almond butter or natural peanut butter....??

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for chocolate cravings I try to eat very dark chocolate and limit myself to a small piece; I know most of the time I can't so I always put the rest in the coffee room for my coworkers to eat it.



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try having a boiled egg!
research shows a protein hit stops you craving sweets.
will try it out myself tomorrow.. so can't say from experience yet

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Hi everyone! :) I am very active, I lift weights, take Hot Yoga twice a week......but I cannot get that 6-pack I want because of my sugar cravings!!! I need a mental thought to use when I want that chocolate (something more than picturing the Victoria's Secret Model in the bathign suit I want). What do you guys do to talk yourself out of a sweet?

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