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curb that sweet tooth

Every day after lunch, I get a sweet craving...like I want chocolate NOW sweet craving.

Any advice, suggestions, or success stories for detering sweets?

The only piece I've heard is that ginger helps to deter a sweet tooth...


Fri. Aug 22, 10:02am

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Here's something that I was not aware of until the other day. Sugar helps sustain the sweet tooth craving. I guess it is like a drug and having the sugar satisfies for a bit but then after a bit, you want more and more. I won' go into the details on the glazed doughnut binges I would go on but what has helped me is to "detox" for a bit and get the sugar out of my system, after a couple of days the cravings go away.

What also helps is eating somethings natural that is sweet! Granny smith apples are a favorite of mine and those helped me make it through that 'detox' period. Just don't eat too many of them at once:-)

Op, let us know if this helps,

-buzzard

Friday, August 22, 2008, 10:17 AM

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yup i always have to finish lunch w/ a piece of fruit. Sugar free gum can also help.

Friday, August 22, 2008, 10:27 AM

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I agree with buzzard that you should get the sugar out of your system, and by sugar, I mean the unnatural processed white sugar. However, it's really surprising how much sugar is hidden in our foods. Sugar is addictive and you will crave it and kill to have it as long as it's still in the foods that we commonly eat from a day to day basis. Read the labels on the food you buy. Sugar is in soups, bread, pasta sauce, peanut butter, granola bars even canned beans. Beware of where you are consuming sugar.

Friday, August 22, 2008, 12:20 PM

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When I have a craving for sweet stuff or chocolate I just grab a fat-free & sugar-free fudgesicle. They have like 45 calories and it has calcium.

-iluvfoo

Friday, August 22, 2008, 12:58 PM

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brush your teeth after lunch. This has helped me get through those times of wanting something sweet.

Or just indulge in ONE PIECE of dark choclate. Dark chocolate satisfies me more than milk choc. I can get away with just one piece.

Friday, August 22, 2008, 1:06 PM

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Yep, that one piece of anything isn't ok for some folks out there. For instance, myself, I don't stop at just one doughnut. No, when I'm finished it's usually a dozen doughnuts and a huge glass of regular milk later....only to be followed by 6 chocolate cookies from Subway a bit after that....then a couple of hours later maybe a pecan twirl or two before bed. Yep, that one piece just isn't an option for me, Lather and Repeat for another 5 days and 10 pounds later.

-buzzard


Friday, August 22, 2008, 2:18 PM

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It's all about habit. Change your habit into something different (the best option would be to go for a walk or something), but others here have offered good solutions too: fruit, gum, teeth brushing, and I'll add a glass of water. Even something you like doing to get your mind off it - like playing a game, reading a book, checking your e-mail etc.
Christine

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 6:03 PM

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When that happens to me, usually at work I ether drink hot water or tea, chew gum, eat a mini hershy bar or chew italian candies that are 2.5 calories each
http://www.candywarehouse.com/fruitpuntini.html


Saturday, August 23, 2008, 7:24 PM

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I gave up all sugar and sugar substitutes for 40 days. It was hard at first, but after a while the cravings went away and I actually enjoyed not eating sugar. I had to read a LOT of labels. The only thing I ate that had sugar in it was bread, because it's way down in the list of ingredients and ... giving up all bread seemed unreasonable. I ate a lot of fruit and drank a lot of herbal tea (with no sweeteners added).

Now it's almost a year later, I eat sugar again, but a lot of things I used to like are just waaaay too sweet and I don't even enjoy them. Also, I think my taste buds are more sensitive and I can taste the sweetness better in things like oatmeal, rice, soy milk, etc.

My suggestion is to give up sugar. Not forever. But long enough to get over the addiction. If you can.

Sunday, August 24, 2008, 7:20 PM

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