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celia13

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 09:26
I keep craving sweets, always have. No matter how well I eat at the end of the day I still crave chocolate, cookies, candy etc. What could I possibly do?
ambtreh

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 11:46
Get mini dark chocolate pieces, personally, I love Hershey's Bliss Rich & Creamy Dark Chocolate. Have one piece (one serving is 6 pieces) when you can fit it within your daily calorie limit.

Else try making fruity ice candies and have one. Use fruits and flavors of your choice.

Two good recipes are
http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Italian-Ice-Food-Network
http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Watermelon-Ice-Food-Network
shanita j

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Posted: 02 Dec 2012, 00:28
I always have a craving for meat!
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 02 Dec 2012, 00:48
Tell me more.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Linda LS

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Posted: 02 Dec 2012, 19:15
Cravings can be emotional but it can also be needing a vitamin or mineral. For sugar cravings, take a B complex or extra protein (plain yogurt that you add your zero calorie flavorings to is really good for this). For chocolate cravings, you are looking at needing magnesium, I go between taking a supplement for that (no calories) or getting cocoa powder/stevia sweetener/nonalcohol vanilla (all zero calories) and adding that to whatever I am already eating. If you want the additive with the chocolate, this will be completely unhelpful fyi. I found that Acai powder feels like I am eating what I like about chocolate, if you are looking for a taste and not magnesium. I add that to a fruit smoothie. I only use stevia these days whether powder or liquid and it is sweeter than sugar used to be. If you are craving these because of the preservatives in what the items held, then these supplements won't stop the cravings. I have no suggestions on handling that except time and eating distracting type foods---that is when I began adding new tastes like acai and stevia and different textures. The adventures of figuring us out...
celia13

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Posted: 03 Dec 2012, 16:30
Wow thanks you guys! Some of these sound really good!
sjusick

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Posted: 03 Dec 2012, 20:03
A couple people I know are strict on their diets 6 days a week and eat whatever they want on the 7th day and they claim they still lose weight. My husband also used to do this. I don't know why he stopped. I think it was because he was getting so much exercise that he didn't need to watch what he ate as much. 25 years later now he does need to watch what he eats. I have not tried this, but when my weight is down I think I will try this.
Marj102981

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Posted: 05 Dec 2012, 18:39
Yeah I done this after having my second child, I lost a ton of weight. I went from 5'1 140lbs to 108lbs. And I counted calories and exercised, weight lifted, my matabalism was pumped up so I was burning crazy calories. I have 20 or so lbs to lose before I will take a day. Cause I have a chocolate problem. And when I get stressed out I end up eating so in time I will be there.
brevan1112@y...

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Posted: 05 Dec 2012, 20:41
I buy sugar free chocolate pudding and make it with skim milk then put a dollop of whipped cream on top normally does the trick for me.
Spacey47

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Posted: 09 Dec 2012, 14:13
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AMBell10910

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Posted: 10 Dec 2012, 13:52
I still treat myself in the evening. I buy the miniature versions of candy bars I like. (Milky Way/Twix/Reese's) and allow myself to eat only 2 pieces. Usually that's about 80 - 100 calories. It keeps me satisfied which in turn keeps me going and it's never hindered a weight-loss yet =)
LindzGetsFit

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Posted: 10 Dec 2012, 16:03
There's so many great recipes on the web that you can eat without feeling too guilty!! I'm on pinterest a lot and have a whole folder full of healthy desserts. This vegan cookie dough is one of my favorites!! Definitely recommend checking it out! Smile

http://vkreesphotography.com/vegan-cookie-dough-bites/
lisakp71

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Posted: 10 Dec 2012, 16:32
As for sweet treats, there are lots of sugar free puddings that I find delicious; my favorite is Jello brand creme brulee flavor rice pudding (I usually put a little sprinkle of walnuts on top for crunch and for flavor contrast).

As for the cravings themselves, check how much of your diet is carbs. Carbs want carbs, and by eating bread or rice or something else carby you are almost certainly creating these sugar cravings. Cutting back on your carbs will make your life a lot easier on the cravings front.

I just took a quick peek at your food diary, and in the admittedly brief look I saw that most days your net carb intake is in the 150g-200g range, while the highest I ever saw your protein was right around 60g. Trust me, I am a true carb lover and I came to this conclusion extremely reluctantly ...but I DID come to it: you will feel a lot better and have way fewer (and less intense!) of these cravings if you significantly increase your protein intake and cut way back on the carbs. Having 3-4 times as many carbs as protein is a perfect way to create this cravings scenario you're describing!

Luckily it's not a hard thing to do, it just takes a little thought and preplanning and a slightly new perspective. You can do it!
KWayland

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 08:03
I have a massive sweet tooth too.
I found that subbing out sweets for sweet soft fruit helped loads! the natural sweetness of the dried fruit fills my sugar craving and the fibre and vitamins in the fruit is better for me than the chocolate etc in sweets. x
Ladyfilosoph...

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 08:37
These are all very interesting takes on our cravings. I do not have one answer fits all situations. M&Ms are my downfall. I cannot even have them around. Blueberries and raspberries really do it for me. I will also make treats like take raisins and/currents and drop them into melted 95% chocolate sweetened by me with cyclamen-saccharine tablets. Knowing how tasty these are, I WILL make them if I really want to helps me say "No' to those overly sweet and fatty choc covered raisins in the stores. I cannot imitate M%M tho. I also make a mix with natural yoghurt and beaten eggwhites sweetened by me. Doing my sweetening I see that I prefer things not so sweet anyway. This way I step away from the escalation occurring in the food industry, where they add more and more sweetners in our foods. I was shocked the last time I visited the States to see how much oil and fats are in commercial granola cereals. Here they juggling of percentages of sweetners by breaking them up into barley sweetner, malt syrup, converted corn syrup etc. It is a mine field.
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rona140

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 09:37
I have read that when you crave certain foods your body is missing or low on a mineral/vitamin. In particular, when you are craving sweets, you are supposedly low on vitamin C. I had a HUGE sweet tooth and I know when I upped the dosage of my daily vitamin C it did help curb it down a little.
laurieslife

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 09:42
Hyperflavor foods that are processed are also designed in the lab to make you want more. Sugar,salt, etc.
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Ladd

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 09:46
I cure cravings by having steak and eggs. If I eat anything with flour or sugar the cravings come back. My whole program is just basically the elimination of grains and sugar. So I mostly eat salads, nuts, and vegetables, but I also make certain I get protein in the form of fish, meat, or eggs every day.

I have also noticed that my hunger is much lower and my energy levels are much higher. Now I don't even think of sugary refined stuff like donuts as food. They are more like Alcohol. Not really any nutrition in it.
eKatherine

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 11:24
Ladd wrote:
I cure cravings by having steak and eggs. If I eat anything with flour or sugar the cravings come back. My whole program is just basically the elimination of grains and sugar. So I mostly eat salads, nuts, and vegetables, but I also make certain I get protein in the form of fish, meat, or eggs every day.

I have also noticed that my hunger is much lower and my energy levels are much higher. Now I don't even think of sugary refined stuff like donuts as food. They are more like Alcohol. Not really any nutrition in it.


Absolutely. My boyfriend, who is not dieting, could eat a whole bag of marshmallows when he gets a craving for one, or a whole bag of potato chips, or of corn chips with salsa. But if I made him eat a steak and veggies at that point, the cravings would just stop.

We need to take responsibility for our eating habits, to learn that if the first craving isn't satisfied by eating what we craved, following ones won't be either. When I crave cheese, I have a little piece. If I want more, I eat meat and stop craving the cheese.
Healthy14Me

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 04:18
To satisfy my craving for sweets I plan for and eat a cup of Greek yogart after my last meal of the day. Works every time for me and it is healthy.



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