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ELECTRA7D SparkPoints: (18,798)
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6/6/13 5:17 P

What helps me is not to buy a big container of any kind of sweets. If I want something sweet, I will buy one and eat popsicle, one regular-size candy bar, etc. I know myself, and if I bring home a whole bag, I will end up eating all of it. I do the same thing for chips, just buy a tiny bag. It costs more that way, which also makes me want to eat that snack less often.

CWILSON88 Posts: 213
6/6/13 5:02 P

JUST LOVE ALL THESE IDEAS! I am planning on an ice cream cone tonight and worked that into dinner. I am going to keep a log of all the bad stuff I didn't eat! That is motivational. The produce section will be my new best friend. I am going to get berries of all kinds and keep them at work.

I like the cold stuff in the summer - especially where I live. On those 110 degree days a sugar free pop really does it for me. I have trouble stopping with some things - like chocolate and ice cream. So for now I will take your advice and not have them at home. My last two days since I have tried to cut way back on the sweets I have cut back on the calories without really altering anything else on my food plan.

Amazing! Keep sending ideas! And THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT! emoticon

SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
6/5/13 9:20 P

I agree with many on switching to the sweet fruit and your mind will learn to be happy with it. I give myself one day of the week where I can have a decadent sweet treat but not huge. I give myself the luxury of 3 bites. I baked cookies yesterday as my grandsons are coming this weekend and I allowed myself one of the chocolate chip cookies. Not too bad! I can't remember the last time I had any ice cream; we have frozen yogurt which is pretty tasty. No candy bar for almost a year now. I don't crave candy bars at all anymore. It's all a mind game so just give yourself time to have your brain and body adjust to not having those sweets.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,242
6/5/13 9:11 P

I keep the 100 cal. frozen bars in my freezer, Creamsicle, Skinny Cow, Healthy Choice, etc. and allow one at 7 pm snack time. Or diet root beer,, low fat ice cream, and make a float, fills you up and you feel like you had a treat. Sugar doesn't give me cravings for sugar, the experts need to be honest and ADMIT that sugar simply tastes good, that is why people like it!!! Get real, so called paid off experts. Fruit is good, but it ain't that great, either. It helps to "bide the time" until we allow something better. Sometimes you wait a week or a month, but you will have something that tastes better at some point. That's the real truth.

Edited by: ETHELMERZ at: 6/5/2013 (21:12)
K8SJEANS SparkPoints: (446)
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6/5/13 8:26 P

Don't deny yourself. I count a candy bar in my daily snack every day, the more you deny yourself, the more you're apt to crash. Indulge sparingly

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
6/5/13 4:20 P

Natures candy. MMM strawberries and you can drizzle them with some dark chocolate or dip the tips in dark chocolate, dark chocolate is good for you. I love dried apricots when one end is dipped into dark chocolate. Get vanilla yogurt, puree some fresh berries or peaches and pour over top in a pretty ice cream bowl dish and mmm what a delight! I love bananas with peanut butter smeared on it. The bite size rice cakes in cinnamon flavor is great, even salty ones are great. Puree fresh fruit and freeze with nonfat milk to make a popsicle mmm delish.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/5/13 4:10 P

Obies, there is one good purpose to putting sugar on strawberries - if you slice up the berries and toss them with a (small!!!!) amount of sugar and then leave them on the counter for an hour, they release their juice and you end up with DELICIOUS syrupy strawberries-in-juices that you can use on top of ice cream or angel food cake or yogurt or waffles or pavlova.... like this (but you can use much less sugar than called for, nor do you need heavy cream)

Though, it is hard to make this work with the giant crunchy year-round California Export version of 'strawberries'..... however, if you come across some nice local fresh-picked soft juicy ones....

But. Yeah. Mascerated strawberries is one of those DELICIOUS things that is not hard at all to exchange "day old muffins in the breakroom" in for, win-win on taste/enjoyment/satisfaction AND nutrition :)

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (553,127)
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6/5/13 3:43 P

I am shocked by the junk food that people eat during the day at work, especially the paraprofessionals. I know many of them don't make a lot of money, but several times a week they head to fast food or the vending machine. Goodness! The nurse sent out an email a while back talking about setting good examples for a healthy lifestyle, including snacks and food choices. People were so offended! Yet I know she was trying to make a point. I stay as far away from the teacher's room as I can because of all the goodies there.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (248,421)
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6/5/13 3:39 P

Bunny makes a great point - once you cut back on the processed sweet stuff, natural fruit is plenty sweet.

When I hear people mention sprinkling sugar on strawberries, I shudder. That just sounds AWFUL. Natural, fresh strawberries? YUMMMMMM!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/5/13 3:33 P

Lol maybe!

I swear, I've thought of surreptitiously bringing my camera in to work and photographing the daily parade of junk and making a picture blog "What I DIDN'T Eat Today."

And the thing is - the vast majority of people at work are thinner-that-me to quite-thin. I finally figured it out - the way they STAY at a normal-weight is by bringing in all that crap that finds its way into their lives, and "sharing" it with their co-workers! THEY don't actually eat it! If they intended to eat it, they wouldn't have brought it in and left it out in the lunch room!!!! And for years I've been the "sucker" that felt "treated" all "awww look! someone brought donuts! [eats 2]."

Yesterday i mentioned that lemon pie? It was just a little one, cut into 6 pieces. At the end of the day, two pieces were left and went in the trash. THOSE WERE THE TWO PIECES I WOULD HAVE EATEN. (540 calories, I will note). Yes, now that i've stopped being the Consumer Of Unwanted Snacks, they're actually not always being consumed....

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6/5/13 3:26 P

Bunnykicks - Do you work at my office? :-) I swear, not only is there ALWAYS something, there is often more than one something!! It's terrible!!

So sweets has always been my setback as well. Since you asked:

First, you have to decide what style fits YOU best. Are you somebody who if you get a taste of something with sugar, you can't stop? There are people that find it easier to just stay away from it, period, because that's what happens to them.

Or are you a person that can have something really good once every 1-2 days, or every day, or once a week, or whatever you decide works for you?

I'm in the latter category. So I limit myself. I LOVE chocolate, but I've rarely met a sweet I do not like. One of my rules is that if I can go to the corner Quik-Trip and find it, I ain't eatin' it at the office!!!!! [bad language intended]!!! I save my sweet treats for something really good and let myself indulge. Otherwise, I'll end up going on a sugar spree one day soon. ROFLOL

With this said, we're all human. TRACKING IS KEY, as you found out. I'm so glad - and it's such a great thing - yay for you - that you were able to step away from your anger at your doctor. You found out they speak the truth.

So take this information, and do what works for you. You're in the right place (Sparkpeople), doing the right thing (checking out your options and asking for advice). Being in the right place and doing the right things = SUCCESS!!!!

Congratulate yourself ... best of luck to you!!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/5/13 3:12 P

I definitely go with the 'is it worth it?' method. The sweets I have had better be good quality and a high ratio of chocolate to volume. If it's something unusual that I'll only get rarely then the chocolate criteria might be waved.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/5/13 2:57 P

Well I did have an issue with sweets... for some people it's salt (Doritos) or fat (burger) but for me, my nemesis is sweets, for sure. And where I work, there are ALWAYS sweets lying around. Yesterday, it was a grocery-store-bought lemon meringue pie; the day before, some black-and-white brownies, the day before, Timbits (donut holes) and the day before that, Ferraro Rocher (a flat of them in 3 different flavours). Yeah, working where I do and having a "sweet tooth" is not the easiest combination!

HOWEVER what I CAN tell you is.... if you work at it for a little while, you will find that you are able to satisfy the sweet tooth on food that is a LOT LESS SWEET.

Make room in your calorie plan for the day for "one sweet indulgence" and MAKE IT A GOOD ONE. No cheap candy; no grocery-store-cake; no lo-fat-lo-sugar-lo-taste mock ice cream. Get something REALLY nice and fancy, maybe try to step outside the box of what you "usually" would have chosen. You can probably find something quite delicious for between 100-400 calories. You can fit that in. Then throughout the day, you can look forward to this treat, and every time you reach for some cheap crap in the lunch room, or the snickers bar at the grocery till, or that box of stale cookies that still haunts your cupboards.... "do you want to eat that and NOT be able to have your dessert tonight? is this BETTER than the planned dessert?" - chances are it probably is NOT and this may help give you the psychological strength to just put it down (or not pick it up).

Then enjoy your indulgence. Food is meant to be enjoyed!!! (It's just not meant to be endlessly enjoyed in quadruple-portions!).

I found this strategy did help me a LOT early on. It became very easy to say no to Industrial Bakery Cookies, when I knew I had something I REALLY wanted, planned out and waiting for me at home.

That's Stage 1. Once you have this down pat, you can move on to Stage 2, which would be to start looking for "healthier substitutions".... scoping out recipes that are delicious without having all the fat and sugar and calories of "old standbys", or cutting back on portions and maybe subbing in some fruit, instead. I've been working at this for awhile now, and just the other day realized, "wow, fresh pineapple? IS REALLY FREAKING SWEET!" My taste buds have adjusted, and are more sensitive to sugar stimulus now, and thus I can hit back a sugar craving with, yep, just some cut up pineapple!

Good luck, like most habits, the sugar one is reallly hard to break, and our environments can make it harder still by causing us to be surrounded by the foods and triggers to consume them at every turn.... but it can be done!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,458
6/5/13 2:53 P

giving up sugar may seem tough at first but sugar creates cravings and forces insulin to store fat. The more you switch to the natural sugar of fruit with it's sweetness and fiber, the less you will crave the sickly sweet stuff. But it's all up to you.

check out Dr. Lustig on YouTube
the Cause of Obesity
the Bitter Truth

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
6/5/13 2:49 P

I was always more of a salt-fiend than a sweet-tooth, but it was still something I needed to scale back on to lose weight! And that's just what I did - scale back. Completely denying myself food I loved would have set me up for a binge, cravings, thinking about it all the time - but saying "I can enjoy 100 calories worth of X today (after meeting my goals nutritionally)" allowed me to drastically cut back without feeling deprived.

Some people do need to cut out a specific food completely because they just aren't able to only eat 100 calories of something, but for me it helped me get that taste but also realize "I can have this, but not ALL of this".

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (248,421)
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6/5/13 2:42 P

fruit is a great substitute for me most times. I also love honey-vanilla Greek yogurt.

if you are a 'gotta have something sweet to end the meal' kind of person, try chewing very strong flavored sugar free gum (I like cinnamon).

recently when I caught myself wanting to dip in the office candy jar way too often, I peeled a clementine and left it on a plate in the break room (right across from my desk, and we are in a 2 person office). Instead of taking a piece of hard candy, I'd eat a section of my clementine. Worked pretty well!

CWILSON88 Posts: 213
6/5/13 2:26 P

My doctor informed me that I need to give up sweets and then I would lose weight. Seems overly simplistic given my challenges with sleep. Plus, I just had sinus surgery and I injured a tendon in my knee. At first I thought, "How dare he?" I walked out of his office mad at him initially.

But, rather than outright dismiss this suggestion – I decided to track my sweets for several days. Wow! Can we say I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar? And the candy jar...and the ice cream bowl...I was a bit shocked at how many sweets slip into my day. A fun size here, a piece there. And it really adds up to hundreds of calories and quickly!

Any suggestions on substitutes for sweets? And how have you cut the sweets without going crazy doing so? What has worked for you?

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