Sweet cravings

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    Mar 06, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    Any advice for dealing with a sweets craving? I have such a hard time giving them up. I'll do without anything remotely sweet for days at a time then cave in and binge off of anything chocolate. It's a constant battle & I'm looking for something to replace those cravings. Are there any supplements that may help?

    Thanks!
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    Mar 06, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    Do you eat a lot of fruit, or drink much juice? Usually those will satisfy my craving for sweets. If you really love chocolate, a little bit every now and then won't hurt. Keep everything in moderation, and you should be just fine. I also drink "no sugar added" hot chocolate sometimes, and make smoothies in lieu of eating candy. I like to snack on craisins, raisins, and dried fruit when I'm not in the mood for fresh fruit, and they help curb the desire for junk food as well.

    I don't think you can eliminate all sugars from your diet, just try to go with healthier alternatives.
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    Mar 07, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    I cup of skim milk
    3 tbs good coco powder
    a few drops of stevia
    vanilla extract
    orange zest

    It is a damn fine cup of hot coco and guilt free.

    Also, if you are having a hard time cutting out sweets you might want to see if there is enough Chromium in your diet.
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    Mar 07, 2008 12:47 AM GMT
    What Munching Zombie (such a cool name, by the way) described is good. And the best cocoa (the kind with the most antioxidants) is dark and labeled NATURAL -UNSWEETENED. (At least, that's how Hershey's labels it.)

    I got away from sweets, basically -- by getting away from them. I just gradually stopped eating them. Now I don't crave sweets anymore. Rarely, anyway. Your taste buds really will develop a taste for something else. Just give them a little time. . . sometimes days, sometimes weeks. But stick with it and you can get away from the bad stuff.

    And really, that's true. Go on PubMed and look at some of the studies. Reputable studies, by prestigious universities and the USDA. You can learn to like stuff -- like broccoli -- that you might hate now. You just need frequent exposure to it.
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    Mar 07, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    try those sugar free cola bottle sweets the first 4 or five taste great and then they great progresivly more disgusting and by about 10 your sick of sweets for the rest of the day.

    I always find if you kill the craving for one particular food another just takes over
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Mar 07, 2008 3:13 AM GMT
    JCurious, I'm built exactly the same way (er...referring to your sweet cravings). I will be good, then binge. It ain't pretty.

    MunchingZombie's point about chromium has actually helped me quite a bit: 200 mcg daily, but take it on an empty stomach (it won't upset you) because other minerals can compete with it for absorption. I keep the bottle near my bed and take it 1st thing in the A.M. when I wake up.

    Give yourself a few weeks for the chromium to kick in. I have been using it for about 5 or 6 weeks now, and I notice a definite decrease in my sweet cravings. No more binging.

    When I get a desire for something with sugar, I eat a little fruit (usually the dried variety, because it doesn't go bad so fast). Also I've been experimenting with gluten-free cookie and cake mixes (for a lot of people, wheat products also throw off the blood sugars, and increase the desire for sweets and carbs).

    Right after I finish typing this, I'm trying MunZombie's recipe. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    What worked for me was to give them up cold turkey, and if I had a craving, consider how fat I was at the time. Eventually I went for so long without sweets I can't tolerate the taste of the very-sweet candies and deserts Americans like. So, knowing eventually you'll grow out of your sweet tooth if you hang in long enough might help you ride out those cravings.
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    Mar 07, 2008 4:55 AM GMT
    If you're craving sweets...DOH!...your body is telling you that your blood sugar is to low and you aren't eating enough.

    If you eat properly, that craving should subside.

    It's a Common Sense 101 thing.

    Eat more complex carbs to fix the problem.

  • iHavok

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    Mar 07, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    there was a study done which pointed towards the presence of bacteria in the stomach which correlated with cravings for chocolate.

    random. pointless.
    like all good things in life.
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    May 13, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    I put this together tonight to satisfy my sweet tooth. Lowfat chocolate soy milk and vanilla whey protein powder, shaken vigorously to make it frothy. Tastes like a milkshake! I'm hooked.
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    May 13, 2008 3:30 AM GMT
    Hi there. I noticed I had a problem developing over some years; I was gaining weight without explanation and a mega-craving for sweet-things, particularly choclate.
    Being a paramedic, I knew that something was wrong when all the hours I spent working out amounted to nothing. Finally, I got out my books and discovered various possibilities. I asked an MD friend of mine and we arranged for the tests. I was insulin resistant. My body was producing, in essence, ineffective insulin and fat was being stored. My body assumed that I was starving, and decided to store everything. At the same time, the cells sent messages to my brain demanding food.
    You should discuss these cravings with your doctor; there may be a medical reason for your cravings!
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 14, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    What worked for me was just replacing my old favorite snacks (ie snickers and reeses) for protein bars that had similar flavors. For me, I especially enjoy cliff bars, but thats just me. Also, you may want to try fruits such as oranges and apples which are surprisingly satisfying for sugar urges. Hope this helps.
    -Brian
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    May 14, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    I have a bad sweet tooth too. I'll second what Insatiable said...apples, and oranges work the best for me.