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Old 09-28-2009, 02:57 PM
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Hello AF! Please halp

I'm someone who has crazy sugar cravings. But I'm actually trying to cut down on sugar because I'm trying to have a better diet. Any tips on how to satisfy a sugar craving without crazy calories. My sugar cravings result in eating boxes of Nerds, Sweetarts, Bottlecaps, Skittles and more. I really want to find a healthier replacement. Any ideas?

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Old 09-28-2009, 03:33 PM
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Well first of all, if you drink pop OR diet pop, stop that because it just intensifies sugar cravings. If you can't stop, only drink regular, not diet, because diet is worse about causing those cravings.

Pre-cut, pre-packaged fruits are great for sugar cravings. Grapes, sliced apples, strawberries. Smoothies are also a good choice. Also, chewing sweet gum might get your mind off of eating so much candy, and will satisfy your cravings for flavor.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:51 PM
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Oooh, chewing gum! I used to do that and it did help.
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I used to have really intense sweets cravings (and still do occasionally but not so much). The biggest thing is cutting out everything you can that has sugar or artificial sweetener. For me, that meant no sweetener in my coffee, no diet coke, no sugar in my oatmeal, checking salad dressings for sugar. One important thing is avoiding corn syrup, IMO.

I also agree about the frozen fruit. Even if you eat a lot of it, it is not a lot of calories for the volume it takes, and it is nutritious and healthy.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:38 PM
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Fruit. I ALWAYS crave sugar or candy! I buy already sliced apples and pineapple so when I want candy so bad I just grab those and they are already cut up for you!
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Hello AF! Please halp

I'm someone who has crazy sugar cravings. But I'm actually trying to cut down on sugar because I'm trying to have a better diet. Any tips on how to satisfy a sugar craving without crazy calories. My sugar cravings result in eating boxes of Nerds, Sweetarts, Bottlecaps, Skittles and more. I really want to find a healthier replacement. Any ideas?

TIA
I love those candies - some of my faves! I have to cut waaayy back on sugar due to a medical condition. I agree w/ the others about eating fruit. Grapes, apples and nectarines are my fave. Can't wait for clementine oranges again, yum!

It was hard at first but I think one thing that has helped me was to (once in awhile) indulge *a little* w/ something I used to eat. It helped me to keep the cravings at bay. Hope that helps... and good for you for wanting to eat a healthier diet. I will say that my mandatory diet change has made me feel healthier as well...
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:18 PM
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Any fruit Especially love the white cherries

When I had sugar cravings, I used to eat a spoonful of brown sugar or sweetened condensed milk but fruit seems much healthier
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:07 PM
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They sell pre-sliced apples that come with cinnamon creme dipping sauce. They are so good, it tastes like a dessert. And the fiber from the fruit will fill you up. YUM.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:33 PM
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the fewer refined sugars you eat, the less you'll crave them. this happens to me as well, as soon as i have something like a snickers or mike 'n ikes, it's all downhill. i try to avoid them at all costs, otherwise i won't stop eating them!

sweet fruits help, definitely. try stuff sweetened with honey/brown sugar/raw sugar - those don't seem to cause that craving.
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When I go on a helathy kick and try to cut back on sweets and treats I find my body is going through withdrawls and I can't stop thinking about the sweets until I cave. It got better eventually and the les I would cave than the less I would crave. Try to eat healthy, natural fruit choices found in fruits but since it still is sugar this won't stop the cravings...but it is healthier! If you dn't feel liek fruit, try also eating grain products (toast with PB) as sugar is essentially a carb.

When I went on P90X diet, it cut out all refined sugars and MOST natural (1 serving of fruit per day) as well as grain products (1 serving per day). My body was in shock from being denied these two carbs as I was a huge grain lover, fruit lover and sweet lover. I actually felt sick the first couple of days and had massive headaches.

I started using supplements (Potassium and Bee Pollen) and they worked WONDERS in helping me kick the cravings and stop thinking about food 24/7. I can not say how wonderful they are so I also recommended getting some of those at your health store. Get a good brand. The one I use is by Natural Factors.

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As others have said, fruit is a great way to satisfy those cravings.

Nectarines, peaches, strawberries, bananas, apples, oranges, berries, etc, etc. I'd avoid smoothies for the most part...unless you make them yourself. Smoothies can pack a pretty big caloric punch depending on the ingredients.

IMO, the best way to break the habit is to make sure that you don't have easy access to refined sugars. I.E. when you do your regular grocery shopping, don't pick up any candy or anything like that. Save that for special occasions, and don't buy in bulk ;).

Get some plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt and mix in some fruits, add *a little* granola on top. Great little treat, and not too bad for you either ;).
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To control my sugar cravings the health food shop recommended "Chromium Picolinate" to me which is to maintain healthy blood sugar, the girl mentioned that diabetics often take this. I'm no guru, but may be worth asking about. Sometimes a coffee will kill a sugar craving for me, but it's kind of exchanging one bad for another.
Fruit will satisfy a craving & a natural sugar has got to be better than a refined sugar anyday
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To control my sugar cravings the health food shop recommended "Chromium Picolinate" to me which is to maintain healthy blood sugar, the girl mentioned that diabetics often take this. I'm no guru, but may be worth asking about. Sometimes a coffee will kill a sugar craving for me, but it's kind of exchanging one bad for another.
Fruit will satisfy a craving & a natural sugar has got to be better than a refined sugar anyday
Truth, it's easier for your body to use...plus it doesn't tend to be as calorically dense as processed sweets!

Honestly...I find something else that kills a sugar craving for me is a scoop of whey protein in milk. As long as it's a tasty whey protein...there's plenty out there that aren't!
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I agree with everything here- fruit is a great sugar kick when you're watching the weight.

I'm currently on the Tony Ferguson weight loss plan and they have some sugar free sweets that are really really good!! (so good I can totally see myself eating these when I'm off the diet too) I havent tried their chocolate or jelly yet but thats apparently good too.

I'm not suggesting you eat this stuff all the time but for those times that fruit just really ain't cutting it, perhaps you could try this? It feels naughty even when it's not
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Truth, it's easier for your body to use...plus it doesn't tend to be as calorically dense as processed sweets!

Honestly...I find something else that kills a sugar craving for me is a scoop of whey protein in milk. As long as it's a tasty whey protein...there's plenty out there that aren't!
What kind do you get? (and what kinds do you know of that are nasty?)
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NOW whey protein isolate is at the top of my "ick!" list.

GNC whey is gritty and a little unpleasant as well. Overpriced, too!

I get most of my stuff from bodybuilding.com. If you can get past the massive pictures you'll stumble across of huge, gross, veiny guys...they have some pretty good deals and great service!

It's the veiny guys thing that bothers me a bit though. I mean...it makes me wanna ask 'em "what product can I buy so that I *don't* turn out like that?".

Anywho, I've tried a few over the years. Scivation Whey is my go-to, because it's just about as cheap as you can get per serving (roughly about 40 cents or so) when you buy it in the 10 pound pack. The chocolate flavor is actually pretty tasty too!

Optimum Nutrition's wheys
are pretty tasty too. A little overpriced, but they have some interesting flavors to pick from as well. Good for mixing things up a bit. Granted, I've never actually tried Optimum's WHEY protein, only their casein protein (which I'll cover later), but from what I've heard it tastes better than their casein...which is saying a lot!

All The Whey's Whey Protein Isolate
is fantastic too...they've got a flavor called "cinnamon bun" that goes great with a little fruit in cottage cheese. The vanilla is a little lackluster. Word of advice, though, this one is much better "shaken, not stirred"...it can be a little gritty when it's stirred, so I use a blender bottle when I mix it with water or milk.

As for longer-lasting proteins powders, Syntrax makes a great protein blend powder called "matrix". It's a blend of Casein (slow digesting) Egg (medium-ish-digesting), and whey (fast digesting) proteins, and tastes great! I've tried chocolate and cookies and cream, and have been completely satisfied with both. I'm gonna try "bananas and cream" next...that should be arriving via fedex today.

Optimum Nutrition's Casein protein is very tasty as well. I'll usually take a scoop at night. Gets pretty thick, not as sweet as some of the others, but sometimes that's a good thing . Chocolate supreme is the only one I've tried so far, but I've got a jug of chocolate peanut butter coming to me.

I always buy mine in the largest size possible, because I know I'll use it, and it tends to drive down the cost per serving. This can be problematic when taking a risk on a new product though...I bought a 5 pound jug of that stuff, and it took me MONTHS to get through it. The memories haunt me.

Much happier with the stuff I've got now .
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And an update to that!

Optimum Nutrition Casein Protein, Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor is...so so. Not as good as chocolate supreme. Still edible! Still kinda yummy.

Syntrax Matrix Bananas and Creme..... Tastytastytasty. Methinks it'll be especially good mixed with the scivation chocolate or the ATW cinnamon bun.

There's plenty of fun to be had with protein powders!
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Thanks I'll see if our tiny healthfood store has anything, and if not I'll get something online.
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I went to the store and got some of the pre-sliced apples. I'm so lazy in the kitchen, I knew that it was worth the extra cost for them to actually get eaten. And the boys love them too! I'm trying so hard to avoid chocolate and sugar (other than my coffee)... so we'll see how this goes
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I stopped taking sugar in my coffee long ago.

Reason being...it meant that there would be less time wasted between waking and coffee. One whole step of the preparation is cut.

Truth told, I'd just install a coffee drip over my bed tied to an alarm clock if the liquid wouldn't burn the fuck out of me. It might be worth it, though.
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OOOH! Isn't there a cold brew method? I'd definitely rig up an alarm with one of those I don't put actual sugar in my coffee... usually hazelnut or chocolate syrup
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OOOH! Isn't there a cold brew method? I'd definitely rig up an alarm with one of those I don't put actual sugar in my coffee... usually hazelnut or chocolate syrup
mmmmm, faux mocha? Very nice indeed .

I suppose one could always brew a pot of coffee and put it on ice during the night. hmm...perhaps have a feed tube attached to a mouthguard that the person puts in the night before...

Or maybe just go all out and get some plugs like 'dem fools from the matrix. Do an IV drip right into the bloodstream. MMMMMMmmmM! That sounds appealing!
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I have a HUGE sweet tooth and I found a few things helped me kick most of my cravings. The first and most important is not keeping any of it in the house. Instead I keep low cal jello, fruit etc. Also you can get a few sweets at whole foods (they have these low cal animal crackers that are whole grain and taste amazing)!

The second thing I did was cut ALL soda and severely limit artificial sweeteners (no high fructose corn syrup etc). It's hard because it's in almost every processed food, but if you read the labels you can see. Our bodies just don't know how to digest those as well and it can mess with your cravings and blood sugar.

The last thing was drinking lots of green tea. For some reason once I started with the green tea and yerba mate my sweet cravings dropped. And they are good for you so that's an added bonus. Hopefully these might help you but they really helped me---i hardly ever crave sweets now (if only i could conquer my salt cravings though!)
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