controlling my sweet tooth

  • Thriller83

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    Feb 08, 2008 3:11 AM GMT

    I don’t know why but one of the biggest obstacles in maintains my otherwise healthy diet is my out of control sweet tooth. Perhaps it is genetic because my mom tends to have the same problem. Sometimes I get these craving for candy and chocolate and I just go way overboard. Can anyone relate to this problem and how do you control the sugar cravings?

    Here is a list of what I have consumed just today:
    1. York peppermint patty
    2. 3 chocolate chip cookies
    3. ¼ bag of recies pieces
    4. a handful of girl scout cookies
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    Feb 08, 2008 4:57 AM GMT
    Not soo much for candy but for chocolate LOOK OUT!..
    my new thing is when I make my protein shake,(i dont like the chocolate flavor they make, so I put on a tsp of unsweetened cocoa doesnt quite hit the spot that some other chocolate goodness does..I think its an addiction we just have to overcome..
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    Feb 08, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    Strong sugar cravings sometimes indicate a nutritional deficit -- even if you're getting enough calories. You might try eating several smaller, higher-protein meals throughout the day. Adding a really good multi-vitamin can help. Don't deprive yourself of sweets, but say out loud to yourself that "you can have one cookie" or whatever. That usually works for me. Good luck!
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    Feb 08, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    Sweet tooth, yeah I have one too. I have to drown my with water to keep it under control.
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    Feb 08, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    My diet used to be almost entirely high-carb foods, everything from quinoa, amaranth, and lentils to healthfood store cookies and chips. I stopped eating that crap when I finally decided I'd had enough of being fat and lethargic. I control my sweet tooth by will power and a strong desire to not feel like I did when I was chained to the insulin/blood sugar rollercoaster.
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 08, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    Your weakness is mine. The only way I seem to be able to kill that sweet craving is drinking gallon of Diet Pop. I know those are bad for me, but its either those zero calories diet pop or dunkin donut cream fill chocolate pudding.
  • Alan95823

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    Feb 08, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    My easy answer: don't try to control your sweet tooth, just change how you feed it.

    I feed mine with pears, grapes, apples, and nice ripe oranges. I think the last time I had candy, it didn't taste anywhere near as good as the fruit.

    I used to be able to plow through a bag of peanut M&Ms and think I was having a good time, but fruit is better and better tasting. Now I don't even crave chocolate anymore.
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    Feb 08, 2008 3:25 PM GMT
    I'm along the same lines as Alan & thatcycleguy, I drink a lot of water and I use dried fruit to satisfy that sweet tooth of mine.
  • Darrin

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    Feb 08, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    I have the exact same problem and family history you describe. I'm also a certified PT and can offer some advice.

    1. You are likely over-training and actually under-eating. When that happens, your body will crave sugars and fats b/c it is designed to crave foods that it can process as quickly as possible if it is starving. So, those cravings will kick in.

    2. Try the following guidelines and the cravings will go away.

    -Drink at least 3 liters of water a day (H20 during workouts does not count toward your 3 liters. You can add sugar free flavor enhancers like crystal light.

    -Eat 6 meals a day (3 main meals of B, L, and D) and then three snacks. Each 3-4 hours apart. For example, Breakfast at 8, Snack at 11, Lunch at 2, so forth. If you need to re-arrange a meal vs. a snack, do so.

    --When eating main meals (B,L,D), eat a 2:1 ratio. 2 portions of carbohydrates and 1 portion of protein. Protein is anything that flies, walks, or swims or a product thereof like cheese or milk. Choose 1 carb from a WHOLE grain source and 1 carb from something that grows in the ground (fruit or veggie).

    --For snacks the ratio is 1:1. 1 portion protein to 1 portion carb (either type of carb).

    --How big should the portions be? Your body will tell you. If, by the next meal or snack, you are still full, than you ate too much at the prior meal. If you're starving and barely making it to 3 hours, you will know you ate too little earlier. After about a week, your body will naturally know how much to eat.

    --When eating anything out of a box or with a wrapper, take the Total Grams of Sugar and Divide it by the Total Carbohydrates. This will give you the % of sugar the item has. If it is 20% or less, you can eat it. If not, you cannot have it. This is especially important for dealing with "Protein Bars." Most of them are nothing more than junk food and will not meet this test for determining how much sugar the item has.

    --Finally, allow yourself THREE cheat MEALS a week to get rid of any cravings. So, if you want a chocolate sundae with pizza and nachos for one of your meals, do it. Just count it as one of your cheat meals.

    I know this all sounds like a lot, but it's longer on paper than in practice. It is really very easy and as long as you can remember the ratios, you'll be fine.

  • bigguysf

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    Feb 08, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    One of the ways I control my sweet tooth AND also give it a little of what it wants (and needs) is by eating some of those flavored mini-rice cakes. The caramel and kettle corn flavors have a sufficiently sweet taste without the associated calories. That is, as long as you don't eat the whole bag! icon_lol.gif

    Try eating a handful of those mixed with a handful of raw almonds. It will satisfy you and also cut any hunger pains that might also be leading you to consume more than you want.
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    Feb 08, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    Something that I've tried...and fairly successful is to ensure that those items are not available where ever I am. At work I don't buy chocolate anymore because I'll eat it all. Instead I buy carrots, apples and my "sweet" fix is blueberry yogurt. Seems to help and then on occasion I treat myself...last night I had a scoop of ice cream with berries on it and one (only one) chocolate chip cookie...these were outside my home so couldn't really just pig out anyway.

    It's tough.....some good ideas posted. I think you guys too....I've picked up some tips from this post also.
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    Feb 08, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    I find that the best place to keep the cookie jar is eighty feet up in a ponderosa pine that has a den of irate badgers around its roots.

    Seriously though, getting enough protein earlier in the day helps. Yeah, as if I had time for that. I've also been snacking (when I must) from a jar of raw almonds, which seem more righteous and are relatively filling. (Three pounds for ten bucks at costco.)
  • bigguysf

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    Feb 08, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    mindgarden said(Three pounds for ten bucks at costco.)

    UGH... and I've been paying almost that much per pound where I get mine!!! icon_eek.gif Thanks for the info mindgarden.
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Feb 17, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    I have the same problem. My experience is similar to that of an alcoholic who is recovering: s/he has to not take that 1st drink. Rule of thumb: 1 drink is one too many, 2 are not enough.

    It's the same with me and sweets: 1 piece is one too many, 2 is not enough. That 1 or 2 pieces not only does not satisfy me, it starts an avalanche of craving for more. A few months ago, I started eating a few M&M's -- and when I got about halfway thru the 1-LB bag, I got so disgusted with myself, I literally threw the rest out.

    Fortunately for me, I also eat a lot of the healthy stuff: a lot of veg's, salads, I get about the right protein for my ht/wt/and exercise needs. And I'm at the club 5 or 6 days/wk. So my weight has always been good ...

    ... so far.
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    Feb 17, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    I would also think about replacing your trigger foods with higher quality sweet stuff. Instead of binging on candy, get some really high quality chocolate. I have a sweet tooth myself and always have a really good chocolate bar in the house, I usually have one bite after each major meal. It's enough. When it's really good quality (and much more expensive), you tend to be more naturally satiated with a little as opposed to the pounds of empty-calorie junk food it takes to approximate satiation. Because I am used to really good chocolate, I am not even tempted by major brand candy because I know it will not satisfy any craving of mine.
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    Feb 17, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    then embrace it healthily by using 85% proof cocoa powder and making it into a healthy far free sugar free sauce that will blow the socks off of any chocolate craving or sweet craving
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    Feb 19, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    bfg1 saidthen embrace it healthily by using 85% proof cocoa powder and making it into a healthy far free sugar free sauce that will blow the socks off of any chocolate craving or sweet craving

    Cool idea, I need to play with that in my Smoothy mixes. Will have to see what goes with it from the fruit standpoint.

    Regarding craving sweets, I read somewhere (like one guy above aluded) that it had to do with natures way of telling you to eat sweet fruits to get the stuff you need from them. Another article claimed that sweet tooth cravings can be a sign of your bodies need for Vitamine-C I take 500 and 1000 mg doese occasionally thru the week and find that my sweet tooth is gone those weeks. Seems to work for me... and eat fruit too, man was not meant to live by nutritive supplement pills alone.
  • DiverScience

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    Feb 19, 2008 7:09 PM GMT
    Make sure your other foods are sufficient nutritionally, consider adding a multivitamin if you're not taking one already.

    But to answer the actual question, I don't really.

    I buy a limited amount of snack fruit for the week (mostly apples) and I simply don't buy candy or chocolate. If I am going to let myself have candy, the deal is I can buy one thing and only the one thing for the week. However long it takes me to eat, the week, or the day, or the hour, that's all I get for the week. Helps me that I only go shopping once a week. If it's not IN the house, I can't eat it.
  • jc_online

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    Feb 19, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    3 tricks I've used:

    1. I allow myself one candy bar/m&m bag per week, only on my cheat day - gives me something to look forward to.

    2. The rocky road flavor of whey protein tastes better than the chocolate (I find the chocolate flavor chalky and fake tasting)

    3. I buy the individual portions of apple sauce and have one when I get a craving for sweets. This helps especially later in the evening.
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    Feb 24, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    Oh, I know exactly what you mean. The allure of the cocoa bitch-goddess is irresistable. And sometimes only the incredible force of my own laziness has prevented me from lurching from my bed in the pre-dawn light and, like a chocolate-zombie, shuffling to the nearest store and decimating their Kit-Kats.

    However, I must be strong! I have after all signed up to be a Real Jock - a man with fortitude and wrists of steel who can withstand the siren call of smarties and their devilish cousins.

    And tonight I did! I dined with two friends and at the end of the meal sipped demurely at my glass of H2O while they devoured two smoky mountains of melted chocolate drizzled down the flanks of a lusty cheesecake. God, how I hated them! But I stood resolute, proud, knowing that you, my brothers in the war of the bulge, would applaud me.