Beating your sweet tooth.....

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    Oct 10, 2010 3:07 PM GMT
    I don't know about anyone else, but I have a sweet tooth, an ENORMOUS sweet tooth. I find it distracting to my progress an am trying very hard to ignore it.

    Anyone else have trouble beating their sweet tooth? How do you overcome it?
  • mybud

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    Oct 10, 2010 5:10 PM GMT
    Brah...I make my own protein bars usin natty p...dried fruit....toasted almonds...when hunger strike I partake ...dried fruit mixed with raw almonds or peanuts......Lastly ....some cut up fresh fruit on plain yogurt or cc with some splenda and cinnamon.......dude I have the same problem.....ha....BUD
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    I'm a chocoholic so I beat it by having chocolate flavored protein drinks. It is okay to have a cheat day every once in a while. By that I mean once a week to two weeks or longer. Mark it on your calendar if need be.

    My mindset is that if I'm going to buy a candy bar I might as well make a chocolate cake and actually enjoy it. So with that mindset I actually have to make the cake which allows me not to just grab a snickers and and eat it. Yes, I have eaten an entire cake by myself. The memory of how gross I felt afterward gives my willpower fuel to not do it again.

    The cravings will go away over time. If you are like me and are trying to gain weight then just have a good meal instead. It usually does it for me. All in all it comes down to will power.
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    thanks for the comments.

    there's no easy way, that's for sure. one day at a time....
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 10, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    I have a hopeless sweet tooth. I just can't help it. I love sweet stuff like ice cream, pudding, cake, cookies, etc.
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    For me there wasn't an easy way.. I just had to ignore it. But after a couple months of not eating on sweets, I had forgotten what they all tasted like! lol So the temptation wasn't nearly as strong.

    Plus, when you eventually do treat yourself, it's that much better. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI have a hopeless sweet tooth. I just can't help it. I love sweet stuff like ice cream, pudding, cake, cookies, etc.



    so do i. people are always bringing temptations into work. for instance, yesterday was "national cupcake day" and they brought in 4 dozen cupcakes. national cupcake day? seriously?? who comes up with this b/s?! i had two. they were good. i feel guilty now.
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    I have the same problem, I normally solve the craving by having sweet tasting fruits and vegetables . . .

    Dried fruit, carrots a banana or something normally takes care of the sweet craving.
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    Dayton31 said
    so do i. people are always bringing temptations into work. for instance, yesterday was "national cupcake day" and they brought in 4 dozen cupcakes. national cupcake day? seriously?? who comes up with this b/s?! i had two. they were good. i feel guilty now.
    I hear you on this one. I try hard to just ignore it but I find myself roaming the office looking for someone with some chocolate in a bowl sitting out for the masses . I guess at least I'm getting exercise while on the hunt! LOL
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    Granola bars from Kashi, low on fat, 7g protein. Pretty good alternative.
    Also sometimes fruits help.
  • LJay

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    Oct 10, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    I give in to it, but not necessarily with something sugary: nuts, little crackers, a piece of fruit, or even a glass of water. Sometimes a piece of hard candy will do it. The idea is to not always be telling myself no.

    Then it is a good idea to brush your teeth. That helps to kill the craving.

    Barring health problems, why not plan one time a day when you can have any kind of sweet stuff you want. Cake and ice Cream. Fudge. A big bowl of pudding. But only do it at that time.

    I can't get away with the splurge because of diabetes, but what the nutrition nazi tells me is that a moderate amount of snack food is AOK as long as it is part of the où;ull plan.

    Good luck.
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    Oct 10, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    I have an enormous sweet tooth. I love it all. I used to have a Regional Manager who's wife loved to bake. Every other day she was baking us something. We had the best cookies, cakes, pies, muffins and a cheese cake to die for. That must be why I gained an enormous amount of weight. I do not know if it was a good or bad thing that he retired a couple of years ago, but I sure do miss her baked goods. I think I am going to make an apple pie today. That sounds good.
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    Oct 10, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    asnextdoor saidGranola bars from Kashi, low on fat, 7g protein. Pretty good alternative.
    Also sometimes fruits help.


    Have you ever tried their pumpkin granola bars?! OMG HEAVEN! Sadly I think it is a seasonal thing. I haven't seen them around in a while though.
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    Oct 10, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    I bargain with myself.

    If I eat that bowl of ice cream, I add 2 miles to tomorrow's workout.

    If I drink that frappuccino, I owe the universe an extra 100 push ups.
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    Oct 10, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    I do not overcome it, I just enjoy it but in moderation, but have steered away from chocolate altogether too much fat, and then trying to burn it off at the gym. I have moved to Trail mixes like other have commented so far. I also do not buy it anymore and it helps with the budget, and when I have that craving at aim at:

    Peatnut Butter Cup Trax Mix from Trader Joe's, I usually have 1/4 cup and this does the trick....but when I do not have this I aim for some fruit, apple, pears, etc. that also usually takes out the edge.
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    Oct 10, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    Keep friends close and healthy food nazis even closer.
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    Oct 10, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    I don't have a sweet tooth, but I definitely have compulsive issues with grease and salt (pizza and fries being the two biggest culprits) as well as Coca-Cola...I just love the stuff. I really have to try to limit it to one unhealthy meal and one coke a week. It's tough. Other than that I am a very healthy eater...tons of lean meats, broccoli, whole grain, etc...but if I see a pizza in front of me I find it literally impossible to limit myself to one slice.

    One thing that sometimes helps is this experiment...deny yourself a sweet at the height of your cravings and track how uncomfortable you are, give it a number from one to 100. At the beginning you'll probably be like a 95, but you'll realize that after 20 minutes of the initial craving you'll be down to a 75, and then 20 minutes later down to a 55, etc. to the point where you overcome it. I think realizing that no matter how much you crave it, in 30 minutes you won't want it as much is a huge mental realization. It's just temporary psychological pain.
  • Intercoastal

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    Oct 11, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
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    Oct 11, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    Don't take it out of your diet; just eat it in moderation. I also suggest making your own cookies, cakes, pies, and so on using whole wheat flour, olive oil, extra dark chocolate, fruit, raw sugar, Splenda, cinnamon, and so on. Try eatingwell.com for healthy dessert recipes.
  • Intercoastal

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    Oct 11, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    your body craves sweets and carbs to convert to sugars to feed yeast its symbioticicon_exclaim.gificon_idea.gif
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    Oct 11, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Dante_b said
    asnextdoor saidGranola bars from Kashi, low on fat, 7g protein. Pretty good alternative.
    Also sometimes fruits help.


    Have you ever tried their pumpkin granola bars?! OMG HEAVEN! Sadly I think it is a seasonal thing. I haven't seen them around in a while though.


    This is a must! icon_eek.gif