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6/24/17 10:12 P

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It's not often I crave sweets, but when I have any craving I try to work it into my nutrition tracker. I know that otherwise I'll eat so many other things trying to satisfy the craving that it ends up being worse than just managing it.
The last thing we bought for such times was Diana's Bananas. They are frozen, chocolate covered small bananas and have 130 calories. We got them on sale. I don't trust myself to keep the chocolate on hand and dip my own fruit so this worked perfectly for us.

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6/16/17 4:24 P

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Salt helps my sweet tooth. Not sure why but it does. Air popped popcorn in the evening is filling and takes care of my sweet urge.....



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6/15/17 2:08 A

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* It is good to realize that for many people (but not all of them) eating sugar makes you crave more sugar. There's something about sugar (it's influence on your blood sugar levels) that means your body will ask for more.
So if you can practice eating less of it (you don't have to cut it out completely but maybe try out for yourself what the treshold is) after a few days it should become easier and you have less cravings for sugary foods.
To figure out my own treshold I started giving points to the sugary foods I ate, roughly based on how sweet they are and/ or how many calories they have. For example a simple whole wheat cookie (75 cal) is 1 point. I then counted the amount of 'points' I ate for a few days and then lowered the amount to 3 per day. I found out that the cravings diminished greatly then. After a day of 'induldiging' and eating 10 to 12 'sugar points' I would clearly notice having a much harder time to resist cravings.
Will this 'method' help to get rid of all desire for sweets? No, but it does give you insight and you can use it as a tool to handle food and desires better and become healthier.

* Be aware that chocolate (cocoa) contains cafeine, too. So foods that have cocoa may ALSO make you crave more because of the cafeine. Plus cafeine will add to that anxious restless feeling. So if you indulge in sugar you might try to resist cocoa, still.


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6/14/17 4:24 P

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There was a time where I was eating 100-calorie-cookie-packs, with the cardboard version of Chips Ahoy (for example), for "dessert." After a while, I thought.. this isn't dessert. Then, I'd want "real" dessert, and would eat something else.

Last night, my boyfriend and I were looking at ice cream at the store, and this guy walked by and pointed out this one brand of ice cream and said it was the best he'd ever had. I saw there was a chocolate peanut butter flavor that looked amazing, and then I looked at the nutrition facts. Oooof. 340 calories per serving (1360 per pint). Then we saw Arctic Freeze was on sale, and we each got our own pint to eat.

We got home, each ate half of our pints, and dumped the rest. That's not something we do more than a couple of times a year -- stuff is BAD if we do that, haha. Then my boyfriend said he wanted "real" dessert, and I found some chocolate wafers that we had started eating prior to that that we both loved. (And I'll spare you the details, but let's just say the Arctic Freeze caused us both some GI distress!!!)

Each situation above involves trying to do something "good" but in the end, not being satisfied and just wanting dessert anyways. I've never been the type of person who could entirely cut out sugar, and living in city known for its food, I don't care to do so. To compare to the situation above, we were thinking of things as "It's either this pint of Arctic Freeze for 300 calories or this pint of tasty ice cream for 1360!!!" When in reality, we could have gotten a chocolate sorbet we both like a lot and split the pint for a reasonable 300 calories (at least for us -- tall, active people in our early 30s). The banana will not satisfy your sweet craving.. you want chocolate! There are a lot of lower calorie yet satisfying chocolate treats.. figure out what they are for you, skip the banana, and you will be much more satisfied with your diet overall.

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6/8/17 8:30 P

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Sweets are tricky for me. I'm a type-2 diabetic, so I really should avoid them.

I've done that by switching to low carb, and now to yet lower, to Keto. But I still like sweet things, so what do to? I am convinced that carbs hit my blood sugar and hunger. So I make low carb treats that feel like high carb ones. One is strawberries, which are a fairly low carb fruit, with whipped cream. I make the whipped cream, just plain, and once if us thick I add a squirt of Mio, of any flavour, and mix that in at the end. I like lemon with strawberries.

I view all things I eat by the percentage of their weight that is carbs. So here are a few numbers for comparison.
Strawberries (5.7%)
Whipped cream (3%)

In comparison:
Icecream (23%)
Pineapple (12%)



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6/8/17 9:39 A

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Right now, I'm not eating sugar. It is because I have an issue with it that I quit. WHen I take a break from eating it, and then Iave some, it doesn't have the same control over me.

I'm really needing something sweet? I have an RX Bar. You can find them at most grocery stores, and whole foods. They have a TON of flavors.

Chocolate Sea Salt
Chocolate Chip
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Mixed Berry
Mint Chip
Blueberry
AND MORE.

If I'm in he mood for a taffy or starburst type sugar, the mixed berry or blueberry does the trick. Chocolate is satisfied by the rest.

FYI, there are no added sugars. The ingredients are these, Egg Whites,Nuts (depends on the bar as to which kind), dates and then the flavor (which natural) They are fantastic, feel like you are cheating, but you aren't.

You can also find them on Amazon. I HIGHLY recommend just buying a few to make sure you like them. (That is what I did). I now buy a variety pack and have one often.

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6/8/17 6:30 A

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I like making a chocolate protein cup brownie when my choc attack hits.

1 scoop choc protein powder (I use Inspire)
1 tbsp SF/ FF Choc pudding mix
.5 tsp baking powder
.25 cup unsweetened almond milk

Mix dry ingredients in large mug
Add milk and mix well
Microwave for 25-27 SECONDS (I have 1100 watt so 27 for me)
Comes out like molten choc cake. Makes its own sauce. Pretty if served on dessert dish, but I usually have just eat "out the mug"!

This makes me feel ll warm, gooey and satisfied.

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6/3/17 8:40 P

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Thank you all for taking your time to help me.



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6/3/17 3:41 P

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When I was weaning myself off sugar, I bought a bag of Nestles morsels, the ones that go in choc chip cookies. When the urge arrived, I would melt one or two slowly in my mouth. It took about two weeks to get over the desire,

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6/3/17 2:43 P



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GARNET1966,

Did you give up sweets in order to be "good" so that you can lose weight ? If so, that's why you have anxiety whenever you want to eat a piece of chocolate. You crave the chocolate, but you think you'll be bad if you have it. Chocolate (sweets) are neither good or bad.

When I decided I wanted to lose weight, I knew that I could not give up eating chocolate. But I also knew that eating too much was one of many reasons I was morbidly obese. What did I do ? I didn't stop eating chocolate, but I did start eating a lot less. I cut my portion sizes significantly. There was a time I could easily eat a chocolate chip muffin for a mid morning snack, snack on fun sized chocolates through the day and maybe even have a brownie after a gym workout.

Yup, total choco-holic here. I had to learn to be more careful with my portion sizes. What helped me was eating more fresh fruit for snacks. the more fruit I ate, the fewer cravings I had for sweets.

If you're just starting your weight loss journey, stop trying to be perfect. It really does take time to change habits learned over a life time. Don't beat yourself up if you crave chocolate or a treat. With time and a healthy diet, your cravings do decrease. You just need to give yourself and your body more time to adapt.

If you really want a piece of chocolate, eat a small portion. BUT, buy good quality chocolate. Stop eating the cheap stuff. Invest in better quality chocolate. The problem with the cheap chocolate is that because it lacks flavor, you keep wanting to eat more to feel satisfied. If you ate a good quality chocolate (think 60-70% cocoa) you would feel the need to sit and eat and eat.

My advice would be to continue to eat more servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day. over the next few weeks, you will notice a change. but yes, it really can take several weeks or months to break a sugar habit. I've done it. You can too !


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6/3/17 1:26 P

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What gives you the axiety?

Where your weight is, or the thought that you shouldn't eat some things?

I myself am very low carb. It took me weeks, well actually a few months for the carb cravings to diminish. I started on a low carb diet, with great results. I was loosing about 2 to 3 pounds every week, so a little under half a pound a day.

But then after a month or two, on the way out of the grocery store I'd buy (and eat) a chocolate bar. So that killed the weight loss for the day. I was doing that a few times a week, and well... no weight loss for the week, even though all my meals were on track.

Now my treats are more restrained. It's not all or none, in fact the treats are pretty tame in comparison. Let's say an oh Henry bar, that has about 40 grams of carbs. Today rather than a chocolate bar it is two squares of dark chocolate, 4 grams in that, with a little peanut butter on top, about another gram.

For me it's not all or none, the none is actually just a little.

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6/3/17 12:55 P

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Have a small piece of chocolate. It does not have that many calories, it can be worked into your calories for the day, and it satisfies that desire.

Many people make the mistake of deprivation, which usually ends up as bingeing. Or at the very least, eating something else, then eating the craved-for food... which only ends up as consuming more calories.

"Then it ended up ruining all the effort of a week"
For the whole week? How so? Did you binge?

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 6/3/2017 (12:56)
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6/3/17 11:11 A

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Hi 👋, I have a serious problem, which I think has happened to others that are trying to lose weight. It gives me an anxiety without measure for sweets 🍭 ( chocolate 🍫) and when I feel that anxiety I take a banana but it does not take away the desire to eat something sweet and I finish eating more. Then it ended up ruining all the effort of a week. Please someone has any idea what to do.😔



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