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Why do I always want something sweet after I eat?

This is a major problem. After any meal, usually lunch or dinner, I crave sweets. I need ice cream, candy, anything sweet. I've tried to have a sweetened drink, like tea or juice to curb the craving, but I ended giving in and going to McDs for icecream (it's the closest thing to my house).

Why? And how to fight?

Wed. Jun 13, 3:07pm

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It's because that's what you've been trained (or trained yourself) to want. It's a habit.

If you can, make yourself give up sweets after meals for 3 weeks (the length of time it takes you to break a habit.) The cravings after meals should disappear.

If that will not work, try to plan out your sweet treat. Maybe you need something sweet, but you'd be okay with two bite-sized tootsie rolls, so that's what you bring with you to have after lunch. Or maybe there is a super-low-cal ice cream place near your home (there's a health food store near us that has soft serve that's 10 calories per ounce; a child's cup is 3oz. I can handle 30 cals when I have a sweet craving!) Then just build the extra calories into your allotment for the day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 3:17 PM

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Or just have a nice juicy piece of fruit for your sweet instead. How about some grilled pineapple? Or peach slices with raspberries? Or frozen blueberries and banana chunks run through the food processor for instant blueberry "ice cream"?

Yummy AND healthy

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 3:23 PM

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Usually an artificially sweetened cup of coffee does the trick for me - sorry to hear it doesn't work for you.

In the past few months I've added a serving of fruit to the end of every meal, and that's been a huge help in minimizing my cravings for brownies and cookies. I didn't really think it would have that effect, figured it was just one of those bits of perky advice that skinny magazine editors dream up, but I reach for the bad stuff about once a week instead of once a day.

I also keep sugar-free Werther's Toffees, Creme Savers or Jolly Ranchers in the house because they're the only hard candies I'm not tempted to bite and chew, so I get a lot of mileage out of those 8 calories.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 3:32 PM

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try peppermint tea. it's naturally sweet and won't feed into the sugar cycle. i agree that this is all a habit - my family also had dessert every night after dinner; it's a hard one to break. i did it with tea and a big desire to stop.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 3:37 PM

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op - I hear you

OP - I could have written your original post. I am the same way. Even if I am successful at breaking the habit for a while, some event (like a birthday party or holiday) leads me back to it. And it is an excruciating habit to break.

So, I don't have any suggestions, but you aren't alone!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 3:37 PM

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I had the same problem. When I began the induction of South Beach diet, I noticed that the craving for something sweet after meals stopped. Lends credence to the belief some are addicted to sugar.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 5:31 PM

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i keep dark chocolate squares at my desk, each one is 50 calories and seems to satisfy the craving, because it is so rich, 1 usually is good for me all day. Make sure it is over 70 %, so you get all the benefits of dark chocolate.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 5:44 PM

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I have the same problem as well. I am on weight watchers. I build in enough to allow myself the 100 calorie packs of cookies twice a day for a total of 200 calories and a few extra points. I figure to start this is okay and then I will wean down to one a day. I totally understand your issue here! Try the grasshoper ones by Keebler. They are really yummy, taste like a girl scout thin mint kind of! :) They come in other varities too. Weight watchers also makes some pretty good sundaes. Mint chocolate and chocolate chip cookie dough are good. Its a bad habit I guess we are going to have to break, but in moderation anything can be included in your diet. I am still losing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 7:03 PM

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I have the same problem, mainly after lunch, not other times of day.

However, as I read while I have lunch, I just use delaying tactics.... "Oh, I'll just finish this chapter first" then another, and another. Soon enough, the craving goes away & I don't end up having any sweets after my lunch.

For dinner, we almost always have a small tray of grapes out... if I get a sweet craving then, I eat a few grapes.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 7:10 PM

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i agree its a learned behavior but soooo hard to break and fuit of sweet drinks just dont cut it..mine goes all the way back to when i was growing up....we always had something sweet after lunch and dinner

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 8:23 PM

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