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My biggest cravings are chocolate and chick-fill-a ice cream. I'm screwed!! :-(

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Sweets and breads are my weaknesses. That is how I am here. I did stop and purchased the individual dark chocolate nuggets, so that I can savor them individually. I hope to notice a weight difference in my first week!

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Lately I've been chewing gum

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Believe it or not a pickle recduces sweet cravings.
Other ideas:
chewing gum
a couple of pieces of dried fruit
sucking on a sugarless vitamin

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9/12/12 2:59 P

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You sound like me. Skinny Cow is my fav. But it never seems enough. Drink lots of water with it and that will help. emoticon

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9/10/12 7:15 P

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Kortmom, What do you mean no sugar added hot chocolate? Is it a certain brand? Does it have fake sugar in it? or do you make hot coco without sweetener?

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I don't eat much sweets, but I got cravings during my PMS or migraine attack. I eat chocolate. It has to be dark chocolate at least 70% of cocoa. It works like a medicine for me. So I try to treat it just like a medicine-take the lowest dose that helps.

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Not really the season for it but when it is cool, a big cup of no sugar added hot cocoa does it for me. It is chocolatey and by the time I finish the cup I'm all filled up and satisfied. it's only 50 calories.

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I find that eating half a grapefruit with fake sugar will quench my sweet tooth. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it works ; )

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7/2/12 10:20 P

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Skinny Cow and Weight Watchers have great ice creams for low calories and they're quite tasty. My problem is that when I crave sweets, I want more than one ice cream.

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I don't usually have strong cravings, but I definitely have a sweet tooth (or 28 of them).

What I do is plan them into that day in a controlled amount and track them. They are a treat and not a daily thing. Usually to make them fit well into the day, that means I eat healthier than normal otherwise.

I also aim for quality. I don't want a cheap sugar fix. I want something that I can sit and slowly savor every moment of. For my 1/2 c. serving of ice cream, I want all natural and I want a flavor and texture experience. I'm not buying a 5 gallon jug of artificially flavored stuff and filling a big bowl. I'm buying a pint of all-natural and measuring out my 1/2 cup into a small dish. I'm not eating it like there's no tomorrow. I'm taking small bites and making every moment last.

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5/29/12 10:05 A

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The less garbage I eat the more i crave it for sure, and sometimes if I crave it I shoot out ofr a walk or get down and do some sit ups!! This curbs my appetite and cravings!

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5/29/12 7:58 A

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I eat them, but I'm also making more of an effort to eat healthier meals and get more exercise and this lessens the cravings.

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5/25/12 6:53 P

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I eat half a chocolate pure protein bars....love these bars!!

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5/25/12 6:43 P

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The cravings change, but once or twice a year I get a craving for a food old-fashioned slushee. The coca cola one or the red one. I had to drink the red one after my mom read that coca-cola had as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

I think it is because my mom would allow us to get one on occasions (once every two years or so) as we were leaving SEARS in downtown Oakland. We always asked and it was a treat to have her cave in the few times she did. It was always on a very hot day and I remember the relief I felt. However, I have to be under special circumstances to get one. Which is why I've had only 3 or 4 in the last 10 years or so.

Sorry for the story but the memory is soooo fresh and is quite awesome. But I won't indulge.
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4/28/12 1:28 P

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I eat a small bowl of Go Lean cereal with skim milk and some berries.

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4/21/12 3:59 P

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I agree with Babygitl1!!

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I am new to SparkPeople but I do know this. In order to stop craving the sugars so much you need to detoxify. I believe that sugar is an addiction, much like alcohol to an alcoholic or drugs to a drug addict. Sugar is, unfortunately, your "drug of choice", as it also is mine. I am a semi recovering "Sugarholic"...I do "relapse" sometimes...especially when I am going through PMS. I try to replace sugar with Splenda whenever and wherever I can. I've found that, when baking, replacing the sugar with Splenda tastes just as good! After you've had the Splenda for a while you will see that sugar is simply just, well, too sugary!!!!!

Stay sugar-free for just a couple of weeks and the cravings will go away. It is sooooo hard, but you will certainly see what I mean.

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fruit
fruit smoothie
fruit salad
yogurt


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sugar free ice pops. They now come in a lot of great flavors.

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A cold Diet Coke or Skinny Cow Fudge Bar (50 calories)! emoticon

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10/17/08 7:03 A

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Fresh Pineapple does it for me

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10/14/08 2:23 P

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Sugar-free fudge bars! 35 cals each and very satisfying.

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I'll have to try that.

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I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, being new to the site and forums and all, but I finally found something that satisfies my sugar cravings:

jelly beans

Most people don't think about jelly beans unless it's Easter time, but I've found them to be the perfect antidote for my cravings. They're low cal, light, and a small handful of them does the trick for me.

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I love candy, cookies, pies... you name it. To satisfy my sweet tooth, everynight after getting the kids down, I eat a Weight Watchers ice cream bar. The chocolate ones that are covered with cookie crumbs. YUMMY! There are 4 grams of fiber and low in calories. Try them....they are great

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9/24/08 11:16 A

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I'm not a big sweets eater, but occasionally I have a craving and I can get by with a high fiber granola bar (Fiber One are a favorite)...or a handful of raisins. If I'm looking for rich & creamy sweet then a sugar free pudding (I'm into butterscotch or caramel flavors these days) or a weight watchers ice cream novelty or dessert hits the spot. Sometimes just a hot cup of coffee with those new flavored Splenda packets is enough to satisfy.

I look forward to reading other suggestions from the group here (always looking for new ideas to add variety!)

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cookies are my weakness. I have found if I eat a fruit, apple or something that has natural sugars I can over come my craving. emoticon

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My Favorite is to make a Smoothie. I REALLY enjoy the new V8 Fusion Acai Mixed Berry and I put a scoop of Robeck's Whey Protein in it. Just those two together are great, but sometime I put in frozen fruits too and also sometimes Danon Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt. I HAVE to eat a very high in Protein Diet.....BUT I have found that that itself has killed my sugar cravings every week of the month even.



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I'll let you in on a secret, I cringe when my maintenance guy comes in my office with a HUGE homemade glazed donut, saying "Hey,Boss... I know how you love these" and places the 8" donut on my desk with pride. I smile, the biggest smile you've ever seen, and tell him, he shouldn't have and that these are the greatest!! (After about 30 minutes, I throw it away... wrapping in up in paper, so no one finds out.) We do it all again about 6 weeks later.

My favorites: (1) Angel food cake made with a can of crushed pineapple in it, served with or without fat-free whipped topping. (2) Kashi Cinnamon Harvest -- Suprisingly, we've gotten the entire family munching on the dry cereal, that's good and cinnamony sweet, for a late night treat. Good source of fiber, no sodium, and no fat.

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9/18/08 8:51 P

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I LOVE the Stash decaf teas - vanilla nut as well as the chocolate hazelnut. Very yummy with a pack of splenda and splash of skim milk. I can down three cups in an evening!

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I've noticed that a lot of "store-brand" sugar-free hard candies now use Splenda. The green apple flavored ones at Food Lion are tasty (I'm sure they are just one of many distributors, so they're probably available under other store names.

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i go and get a few popsicles in a variety of colours. i find this helps me whenever i crave something sweet.

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The Pop-Ices are good and now Walgreens carries 7-up, Dr Pepper and Orange Crush flavors.

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Once a month I really crave chocolate, hormone related I'm sure. But, I've started eating Blue Bunny No Sugar Added Reduced Fat Frozen Yogurt instead of ice cream, or Yoplait Light Yogurts. I hadn't thought of the fudge sickles, I'm may try that when I'm craving chocolate. I'm still learning how to resist temptation, sometimes it's harder than others, cause I've always liked sweets. Having sugar free, non fat, or low fat alternatives does help. Praise God the food industry has provided them for us! If you think about it, 10-20 years ago, we didn't have the delicious healthy choices we have now.

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I'm not big on sweets but when I do crave them I "try" to eat fruit. I've been keeping a supply of fresh watermelon. Once it is out of season I'll be switching to oranges. I do slip sometimes and eat Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk.

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I try to keep red seedless grapes in my fridge for that quick sweet attack...

I've also fallen in love with Pop-Ice's when it's hot. Small-Sweet-Cold and only 15 cal.

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That's a good one Trish!!! I'm going to the Farmer's Market today and buy some kettle corn. They have a few varieties of other flavors as well, and it's sooo good! Being air popped and with a low sugar calorie content it's a great sweet treat!

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Kettle corn works well. It is popcorn with sugar in it. Not a lot of calories, but a lot of chewing with a sugar taste.


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I've always had a sweet tooth. I've changed over to Frozen Yogurt, instead of ice cream. Eat only a half of cup. Stopped eating Arby's turnovers when I found out it contained 400 calories. Still treat myself out to icecream with the kids twice a month, but eat a smaller portion. Fruits are a good substitute for something sweet. One piece of a dove dark chocolate candy bar a day keeps me from feeling deprived. I still satisfy my sweet tooth and am still losing weight!

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I have trouble resisting temptation as well and don't particularly care for the "healthy options" that are out there. My decisions will vary with each craving. I love chocolate and peppermint so I have bought a box of the 100 calories Peppermint Wafer Bars from York and I count them into my day. They are as good as a chocolate bar and I find that if I eat them slowly and really savour each bite, they're definitely enough. When it's ice cream I crave, I go for the Skinny Cow fudge bars (taste as good or better than the real thing) or I buy ice cream and stick to half a cup.. I'll read the label and buy the one that will do the least bit of damage but will not skimp on flavour.. if only Breyers will do, then I'll buy Breyers because if I'm going to ingest the calories, I better enjoy them! The only "healthy" snack food that I've found are the Fibre One bars.. the peanut butter and oats is better than chocolate! To avoid the guilt, I factor these treats in as part of my daily caloric intake. I also love clementines which help with the sweet cravings.
And I've found over time? That I no longer like the fattier, creamier options.....

good luck in dealing with the cravings.
I'm lucky in my office mates.. they're all very supportive of my efforts and reinforce it by telling me how wonderful I look as I'm losing my weight and they bring in healthy options such as fruit.. when the candy comes in from patients, they usually quickly remove the worst offenders and warn me to stay out of the kitchen!

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If only the sugary treat will do, I find a way to have a taste without the temptation staying to haunt me. For example: I really wanted chocolate over the weekend and a huge bad of M&Ms were at the check out line as I was waiting to purchase some school items for my International student. Well DD also wanted M&Ms, so we shared part of a single pack of them and divided them between two days. Better that way for me since I only ate around 10 total. The taste without the unneeded calories of the bag I drooled over.

I also sub nutitious foods for old sugary standbys... Yogurt for ice cream, frozen grapes for popscicles, etc. Fruit is great as a sub for my desserts as well.


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I volunteer to bring snack the next day and bring in something lo-cal and healthy. I don't tell them what it is. When everyone is done talking about it, I let them know if is the kind of food I am eating now...lo-cal. They were surprised that lo-cal could actually taste good. I offered to share some recipes so we could all start to eat better and feel better. I don't know what they said behind my back. Luckily I was too busy to notice.


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I have people in my office that practically choke on the donuts because they are trying to eat them so fast so that they can get their share. I just step back and let them eat. Sometimes (but not everytime), it helps me to not eat the sugary treats.

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SEEGRANNYRUN, I think we work at the same office! That happens to me all the time at work too. I cannot mention at all that I am watching what I eat, that brings on eye rolls and whispers later.
I try to stay away from the treats and hide the fact that I am not taking any or I say I will have one later. One co worker actually comes back into my department and keeps asking me if I tried one yet! Then she goes on to describe in detail how wonderful it tastes and what is in it etc. Office snacking is problem for me too.


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Wonder if you told them you were borderline diabetic or something? OK it's a little lie, but a harmless one. Otherwise, do what i do at work. Tell them you just ate something or pretend to be super busy!

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I have more of a problem passing up treats at work because I hate to offend people, than because I crave sugar. We have a huddle every day and sometimes people bring cookies or cake...I feel like a total troll when I turn up my nose. The group isn't big enough for people not to notice and I find that the people who always bring in the baked treats are the ones who need praise the most and are most easily offended.

And if I say that I'm trying to lose weight it is even worse, because then I appear "holier than thou," and all the other ladies are offended. I think they feel better if everyone is doing it. I make them feel guilty.

I've started wrapping a piece in a napkin for "later" and then throwing it away "later." I don't like that solution either, because one day I'm going to get caught.

Who would have thought that there would be so much politics involved in office snacking!!??
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Chewing some sugar free gum really helps me. For those who really don't like that, one stick of regular gum won't hurt once in a while. A relatively cheap trick (pardon the pun) as you can buy multi-packs of gum for little money.

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I have to try to bypass the cake and ice cream (or donuts, etc.) I have no willpower to stop with a small serving.

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When I worked in a similar atmosphere, I would allow myself to have some, but a small portion. If it was cake and ice cream, I'd just have a small portion of one or the other. This worked for me, because if I felt deprived, I'd usually do much worse!!!

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It's amazing how many opportunities like that come around in a week -- office, friends, etc. Sometimes, I'll try to have a cup of coffee or tea with some artificial sugar instead of the birthday cake. You're still having something at the social -- just not the real bad choice stuff.

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What do you do when there is an office birthday and there is cake and/or ice cream? For me that is so hard. I always have some. If I don't then I feel deprived. How do I stop eating this stuff?

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7/21/08 1:52 P

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I'm the same. When the snack frenzy attacks, I have no willpower.

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7/21/08 1:34 P

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That's great that you plan ahead for the "siren call"! Some people find that their mid-afternoon chocolate craving go away if they ignore it long enough...I'm not so fortunate. I can't keep any treats (like Whitman's Samplers, Mint Milano cookies or Breyer's Vanilla Chocolate Chip ice cream) in the house though because I'll can't control myself. I'm better off substituting with something relatively healthy like fruit and yogurt.

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I think it is better to plan on having a treat and work it into your diet plan, than to feel deprived. I really like those 100 calorie cookie packs. Keebler has some some "grasshopper" mint chocolate cookie packs that are to die for. I also like Nabisco's Lorna Doone cookies. I order mine from Amazon.com because they have a much bigger selection than what I find at the grocery store. If it is your special treat, you should have what you really love.

I eat mine at 3:00 and save myself from the siren call of the vending machine.

I always have sugar free banana popsicles for the after dinner sweet craving.



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FAYETTEVILLEGAL Posts: 9
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Yummy and only 40 calories! Try the NO SUGAR ADDED fudgsicles. They now have dark, white, and regular chocolaty flavored ones. They provide a good source of calcium and are low in fat. I pay 3.00 for a box of 20.

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Sometimes I add a small amount of Crystal Light to my water to sweeten it. Other times I take a single square of very dark chocolate and slowly melt it in my mouth.

One thing I've been trying to do it be more "in the moment" when I'm having sweet things so that a little goes a long way (i.e. don't have it when you're watching television and aren't even paying attention to the tastebud experience). emoticon

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I'll usually have something like the Jell-O sugar free puddings (only 60 calories). My favorite is the "Dulce de Leche" (Caramel)!! emoticon

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I always want something sweet shortly after lunch. If I eat something, I'll want something about another hour after that. What works for me is to plan my snack. I plan it for a little later in the afternoon, and am able to wait because I've given myself permission to have whatever it is. Then, it's late enough that it carries me through the "craving period."

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I go for fugicles -- low in cals and fat, and they do satisfy my craving for something sweet. I also like the idea of drinking water, or even an ice tea w/ sweetener (I use Stevia)....I think I may try that when fugicles run out ;)



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I've been trying to keep nectarines in the house. They help me alot! I LOVE Dark chocolate and right now I could eat and not stop. So I try my best not to have any chocolate in the house.

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This happened to me last night as hubby and I were watching TV. I went to the fridge and ate one of those little containers of applesauce. That didn't help. Today, I went out and bought some Turkey Hill Light ice cream. It hit the spot and I still stayed inside my calorie count! :)

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I also have a treat almost every night.

I find that if I eat something sweet early in the day that it results in cravings all day long.
Knowing that I can have a sweet before I go to bed helps me to put it off.
Then I eat just a small amount of something intensely sweet and I don't feel as deprived. If I've planned well, I will still be within my calories goals.
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I have a little treat just about every night. I have a 130 calorie icecream bar with a chocolate coating. It seems to be just right for me. I don't feel deprived at all.

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They are a soft, gummy candy that is covered in a sweet and sour sugary coating. They have very little fat in them and they really help to cure my cravings. I usually buy them at Wal-Mart. It is sometimes easier to find "sour straws" in the candy aisle at the grocery store. These are essentially the same thing, just shaped differently.

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What's a sour key?

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I eat small sour keys when I am craving. Usually two or three do the trick for me. My kids love these so I usually have them around the house.

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One other thing...maybe just try to have something REALLY sweet, but in a small portion. Your 'fixes' would not touch my sugar cravings when they hit, LOL!

I like chocolate, so get those 60 calorie hersey sticks or something along those lines...the little dove bars...a chocolate truffle...something RICH & sweet & SMALL. I do log it immediately & see how it fits in my day (& TRY to let it slowly melt in my mouth savoring every morsel) well, it has worked for me.

FWIW, I eat chocolate EVERY day & have still been losing weight weekly. So, there is a place for it if it means something to you.

I hope you find something to satisfy that sweet tooth & your conscious at the same time! ;-)

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Try logging on to SP and typing in EVERY bite (including the healthy stuff) you put in your mouth during the craving. As I watch my cals get closer to my max, it's easier to say no. Or, like others have said, just factor it into your cals for the day.

I try to get to the computer several times a day to update my cals so I don't forget to include something and I'm more aware of my intake all day.

No two ways about it....it isn't pleasant, but it gets better.

Water does actually help, too!!!

Good luck,

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That's what I do to with an 8 oz. glass of water. If i still crave sweets I go for it. But, I only have a small amount. My sweet of choice is dark chocalate. A small piece is not bad it has a lot of good benefits too.

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First, if I just ate, then I wait a few minutes to see if the sugar craving goes away on its own. If it doesn't, then I don't deprive myself; I presume that my body knows best what I need. Instead, I keep the portions moderate, and make sure that I get some fiber and fat with the sweets so that it "sticks". Here are my favorites:

(1) Frozen fruit and plain whole milk yogurt smoothie.
(2) A half a cup of granola with a half a cup of plain whole milk yogurt or whole milk.
(3) An apple with a small wedge of brie cheese.
(4) When all else fails I have a tablespoon of semi-sweet chocolate.

Ah oh, now I'm hungry.... emoticon

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A glass of chocolate milk sometimes helps. At least the milk is good for you and helps the hunger too.

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I eat alot of whip cream..

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Have you tried the 3 Musketeers Dark Chocolate Mint. They are lower in fat, and taste pretty good, too.

Also, your body may be adjusting. If you change your diet sometimes it takes a couple of weeks for some of the cravings to go away.

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How about some dried fruit dipped in dark chocolate? I did that with some apricots & they are yumo at only 18 calories each. It feels like an extravagant treat.
There are some pretty good mini fudgcycles that are 40cal ea. that are nice to have on hand too.
Another thing that sometimes helps is a big glass of iced-tea with lemon & some artificial sweetener.

I think it does get easier in time. Do you allow yourself a 'cheat' period? Once a week I allow myself to go over on my calories or splurge a little bit on a rich dessert. Knowing that day is coming helps to keep me in check the rest of the week.
The key is to stay somewhere between being too strick with yourself & going hog-wild. It seems to be working so far.

HTH & let us know what works for you! I am always looking for options. ;-)

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I have been eating berries dipped in vanilla yogurt. That helps me.

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Hi,
I too have been trying to stay away from the carbs and sugar. This week I have had a hard time and realized I am PMS.. i was really craving chocolate the other day and finally went out and bought a dark chocolate dove bar. After 3 pieces (it has 5) I was good and the craving was gone so I threw away the other two.. I find that if I give in a little bit then that helps me from overeating other things.

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I have huge sugar cravings and no healthy food seems to "hit the spot". I end up grazing through many healthy foods and then caving in with sugary junk.
Has anyone had problems with this issue in the past and it isn't a problem for you now? I am starting to lose hope in my ability to do this.
Thanks for any replies!


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