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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips


9/2/2015 1:50:24 PM

Good article and I agree with a lot of the comments (the picture makes me want a donut, carb cravings diminish when you eat few carbs or diminish when delaying gratification and some of the tips, like 'eat a piece of fruit', just isn't the same). One "rule" I have created for myself is, if I MUST have a sweet and nothing else will do the trick, I make it a dessert, instead of a single snack. If you've already had a balanced meal with protein and plenty of veggies (plus maybe a starch or fruit), there's way less room in your tummy to overindulge. One serving of brownie makes you feel "over the top" so you stop before you realize you just finished half a pan
7/21/2015 7:46:06 AM

DV_IN_NE's SparkPage
This article contains some great info, and the comments posted highlight how hard it is to kick the habit. Clearly when we eat the sweet stuff, we set ourselves up for the cravings and the inevitable CrAsH. Over time the whole process of steering relatively free of sugar is no longer as hard, yet it has NEVER been easy. Each time we say no, flip the switch in our brains to think something differently, or when all else fails...suck on a sugar free candy (one of my go to life savers ;~\), I feel empowered...annnnnd no piece of chocolate can compare with that feeling!
7/20/2015 11:47:12 PM

I'm always tempted to eat anything sweet, in January I stopped eating and drinking chocolate, but just recently I pounded down, one pound box of red velvet fudge, witch made me feel very awful, every time I look at myself I've become my own worse critic, my blood pressure is also high as well.
7/20/2015 11:11:39 PM

NDCAROL's SparkPage
I've used the "waiting it out" method in the past, and it worked. I'll institute it again, and add the money reward!
7/20/2015 6:23:16 PM

Pictures of sugary donuts just make me want them.
7/20/2015 3:42:24 PM

CATNURSE1's SparkPage
I remember when I was in high school (30+ years ago), my mom decided to "clean" herself up. She wanted to get off caffeine and sugar. Wow. That was huge since she drank tea for breakfast and dinner and probably about two liters (she had bottles and cans) of Tab, now known as Diet Coke. She felt the only way she could do this was cold turkey. I kid you not, she was in bed for two weeks. When she got up, she was weak, had trouble eating, and did lose almost twenty pounds -- she thinks it was from sweating. I just remember going in the room and telling her I was leaving for school or going out and she would said, "Okay, let me know when you're home and don't forget to lock the door".

By the end of the second week, being the little snot that I was, I told her I was pregnant and running off to Vegas to marry the guy who wasn't my then-boyfriend. She said the same thing. After she got up from her down time, she asked me if I had gotten married and I played dumb. What? Me? I never said that. Afterwards, I thought of a lot of things I probably could have gotten away with, but I doubt my dad would have approved.

However someone chooses to curb an addiction, know that it can be done with strong will and determination. My mom is still "clean", going on 32 years now. I'm working on it, but I have too much of my father's stubborn Polish side to go cold turkey. I started by substituting agave syrup for white sugar. Only problem is I think the syrup tastes like burnt butterscotch and I LOVE butterscotch. But I'll get there eventually.

Anything's possible. I just have to convince myself of that.
7/20/2015 12:25:46 PM

JEANKNEE's SparkPage
I found that gradually reducing the proportion of carbs in my diet eliminated the cravings. For me, I get into craving trouble if I start creeping above 45% carbs. I also try to maintain that for my meals as well because a carb laden meal can send me into ravenous cravings too.

As healthy as oatmeal is for so many it is a ticking time bomb for me. It leaves me feeling empty and starving within about 90 minutes and I feel so hungry that I joke about going into "hunt it down and kill it mode." Very uncomfortable feeling. So, no more oatmeal for me.

The nutrition proportions that are working for me are as follows:
carbs - 40% to 45%
fat - 30% to 35%
protein - 20% to 30%

Too little fat in my diet (less than 30%) can set cravings up for me too. So, what's working for me is increased fat and decreased carbs.
7/20/2015 12:15:17 PM

Cravings only last a few minutes? I doubt that. Just the picture of that donut at the top of the article is probably going to haunt me for the rest of the day.

Replace sweet things with healthier options like fruit? Tried that. The craving didn't go away so I only ended up with the extra calories from the fruit.

Sugar is an addiction just like any other drug. Try telling "ignore your cravings for a few minutes" to a heroine addict and see how well that works.
7/20/2015 9:31:26 AM

BECKYANNE1's SparkPage
Sometimes sugar cravings are more. There is an addiction just like any other addiction. Eating a pc of fruit that is sweet only increases the desire to eat sweet things for an addict.
7/20/2015 5:02:34 AM

AGAUDIAU's SparkPage
@LILA70 lol
1/22/2015 1:53:42 PM

LELA70's SparkPage
Know what would help me with sugar cravings? Not showing me a picture of a delicious-looking doughnut.
12/27/2014 4:17:49 PM

Any information about sugar is good for the public to know. So much of our health is destroyed by the overuse of sugar. I was not aware of the wait period of sugar either. Thank you for posting.
12/15/2014 5:27:25 PM

In my many, many attempts to diet, I've noticed that I'm sensitive to products that contain wheat. Also, I have GERD, and I've noticed that I have little or no heartburn, if I stay away from sugar. Unfortunately, I can still consume High Fructose products, just not regular cane sugar or products that say "Sugar" as one of the ingredients. That helps me stay away from doughnuts, chocolate, many sweets and treats - the heartburn makes it so not worth it! My fave cereal is oatmeal with a half cup of pumpkin, a tsp of vanilla, and a little honey - yum! Tastes like a dessert!
12/15/2014 2:00:44 PM

Our ancestors didn't live very long, and life was not as pleasurable as it is for us, so it didn't matter to them how good the food tasted in the first place, as long as they had some.
12/15/2014 4:42:09 AM

I just wonder what did our ancestors do when there was nothing like sugar available?

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