How do you guys deal with having a ridiculously sweet tooth?

  • Aus92

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    Mar 28, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    Honestly, I can't even have a cup of tea without barrelling in the sugar. Ive switched to using those equal tablets but it takes me 7 or 8 of those before it tastes remotely good...

    To show the extent of my sweet tooth... I dont like mashed potatoes unless they are covered in raw sugar... (try it by the way... its AWESOME icon_biggrin.gif)

    Is there any good extremely sweet foods out there?
    *hopeful*
  • fitnesshound

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    Mar 28, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    Depends on how addicted to it you are. I have two suggestions:

    Moderation -> keep something around that's sweet, but has limited calories and/or a limited nutritional hit. A good example of this is chocolate chips...keep a containers of them and when you get a craving...go have about 5-10 of them. That will curb your sweet tooth. M&Ms are good, too. The watchword here is "portion control," have a bite or so of whatever you encounter and feel like you MUST have, but only a bite.

    Cold Turkey -> If you can't have a bite of cake without eating the whole slice or you can't take 5 chocolate chips without taking a heaping handful...then I suggest cold turkey. It will SUCK for a couple of weeks while your brain chemistry adjusts to it, but once you're clear of it, you should be okay. I did this once and after 4 weeks of almost no processed sugar...I had one M&M and it was like TOO sweet to take.

    Good luck! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    At least do yourself a favor and switch to a more natural sweetner... I think Equal can make you crave sugar even more -- at least it was the case with me.

    I also read somewhere before that if you're craving sugar you're probably not getting enough protein. Don't know how true that is because I eat almost too much protein, and I still struggle with it almost on a daily basis.
  • xKorix

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    Mar 30, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    Eat more fat; saturated, monosaturated, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, etc. A few teaspoons a day keeps the cravings at bay.
  • neosyllogy

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    Mar 30, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    I literally feel a little bit nauseated right now...

    Assuming you don't have some sort of gross physiological difference from the population at large (something I associate with, for instance, large desire for salt in some cases; not sure about sugar) you just need to open your mind.
    Food tastes, like musical tastes, and just about anything else are largely learned. You just have to open yourself up. (People learned to like bitter coffee, poisonous tasting alcohol, and burning chili peppers, somehow I'm sure you can learn to enjoy the taste of the not-sweet.)
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    Just stop. A sweet tooth is just habit, not addiction.

    As for what's sweet and healthy: Fruit, try raisins, but watch the size of your portions.
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    I have a horrible sweet tooth. So, when I get a craving I eat some grapes or raisins and that usually seems to satisfy me.
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    As other people have said... moderation.

    Keep healthy sweet foods on hand. Fruits, for one.

    If you really have to go sweet... have A cookie of some kind. A cookie. Not 3, 4, 5, 6 cookies.....
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Root canal that son of a bitch.
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    Apr 08, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    I find fruit helps.

    When I crave sugar I grab me some grapes, apples, and so forth.
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    Apr 08, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    I'm very much addicted to salty snacks. Does that mean I have a salttooth?
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    Apr 08, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I also have a problem with sweets...especially chocolates and pastry. The best way is too just quit cold turkey (and always have a mental image of what you would look like if you caved in--i used to be a fatty so the mental image hits a little close to reality). Then, if I still cave in, I'll just punish myself by running an extra mile or two that day.
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    Apr 08, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    go to the dentist and get it taken out
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    Apr 08, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    i love to eat fruit, but if i have to have something, i'll make sure i really love it and have a reasonably portion. it really is all about moderation.
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    Apr 08, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    I think going cold turkey - elimination of sweets - for a 4+ week stretch is the best way. Then slowly...emphasis here...re-introducing them but in moderation.

    The tough thing about having a sweet tooth is that you will always have that craving - I know this much to be true.

    Learning to incorporate more fruits into your diet; elimination of sodas, juices and other sweetened beverages; drinking more water helps as well.

    All of these things help a little bit towards curbing the cravings for it. That said, that craving will still be there. Hopefully, you'll be better mentally prepared to approach it.

    Incidentally, there's a study that delves into how food addiction and drug addiction impact the brain similarly.
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    Apr 08, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    sugar-free gum when the craving hits...
  • masculumpedes

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    Apr 08, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    Diet Dr. Pepper......yeah, I know, I know..but hell....I have to live a little. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 08, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    I love sweets too. Like others suggested on here I eat more fruit or like to have some oatmeal if I have a craving. I let mydelf indulge in an ice cream cone or other sweet once a week icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 09, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    I've had a huge sweet tooth all my life. Was very overweight from it in elementary school. Just have to learn to control and manage it. All things in moderation and similar cliches. I agree with the comments about healthy alternatives like fruit. But I'm not afraid to indulge occasionally. Life's too short...and I like cake :-)
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    Apr 09, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    I def. have a sweet tooth icon_smile.gif yum!
    I just exercise more if I eat more calories than expected.
    and don't forget to brush your teeth more thoroughly... to prevent those cavities! icon_smile.gif
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 09, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    I make a protein shake...

    but my friend that is next to me said "Taste the Rainbow" (aka skittles)
  • docbailey2005

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    Apr 09, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    Keep fresh fruit available.
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    Apr 09, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    I cut down a lot, but still love raisins or fruit covered in chocolate...does that count a half a healthy snack...lolicon_biggrin.gif
  • charmr

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    Apr 09, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Excess sugar, like salt, like all things, is bad. Everything is ok in moderation. Fruit is a good substitute, to ward off the craving, but whatever you do DO NOT TAKE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, including, cookies, soda, gum, etc as well as putting in tea [better to skip the tea].. It is an open secret that when you message your pancreas that it's getting sugar [with artificial sweeteners], it produces insulin to deal with the expected sugar. When it doesn't get any, the excess insulin creates HUNGER for excess food [including sugar]. It is the surest way to GAIN weight. Only a diabetic should use them, and then IN MODERATION. Better to wean yourself away from excess sugar ---and excess anything; excess salt will give you high blood pressure and endanger your heart. Just remember one thing: EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. Take it from an old man. I've been around the block a lot more times than you.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Apr 09, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    First, make sure you're getting a balanced diet and talk to your doctor or a nutritionist. I have a sweet tooth as well, but also a diverse palate. I usually have a mid-afternoon and late night craving. Instead of buying candy everyday, I go to a Godiva store and hand-select a 16-piece box. The total is about $30, making each piece a little under $2. I only eat one each day at work. (1) Godiva is so rich I couldn't eat more than two pieces... after one I'm satisfied. (2) Good chocolate ruins your tastebuds to cheap chocolate, so you don't want to buy Hershey's for instance. (3) They're so expensive, I don't want to gobble them up.

    As for your tea, just use honey. Train your tastebuds to like bitter things. Eat raw green peppers, celery, vinegar and oil dressing on salads, feta cheese. After a while you'll taste the sweetness in raw fruits. Instead of sugar on mashed potatoes, try a sweet potato with a bit of melted butter and honey. If you're trying to lose weight or keep it down, you gotta have self-control.