I recently read an article on people who have a sweet tooth and what we can all do to remove that little problem from our lives. Here are some parts of that article.
Do you find yourself craving sweets daily, hourly…every minute of the day!!! If you do you are NOT alone. Sweet tooth cravings are powerful and very common with almost everyone. Are your cravings so constant that they are hard to ignore? Like any other habit, turning to sugar can be a tough one to kick. Here are some general suggestions that will hopefully help you out.
- Try to find a substitute. Generally, people tend to crave sweets after a meal or as a pick-me-up in the late afternoon. It might be helpful to have something else there and ready to fight off those cravings. For example, peppermint tea might work in the evening, a box of raisons in the afternoon, a piece of fruit, or anything else that you can think of that would be somewhat nutritious and easy to keep with you. If you must have “sweet,” go with something that is naturally sweet, such as dried fruit or even 100% fruit juince.
- Wait out the craving. Most nutrition experts say that the cravings you experience will only last a couple of minutes. So if you can wait it out, they will pass and you will be better for it. Try to occupy yourself for a good 10 minutes when you get a craving. Call a friend, take a short walk or do something to distract yourself.
- Set daily goals and reward yourself for meeting them. To a sugar addict, nothing is tougher than getting through the day without a sugary treat. The longer you can hold out, the easier it will become, so try to find a reward that would be worth holding out for.
- Recruit someone to do it with you. If you are married or have a family, this would be a healthy habit for everyone to adopt. Clean out the cupboards and refrigerator of unhealthy foods and tempting treats. Make it a team effort. Hold each other accountable and support one another through the tough times.
- Put yourself in good situations. If you are one who loves to use the vending machines at work or will drive through the local bass station to fill up on snacks, then try to do things in a new way to prevent yourself from falling into old habits. Clean out all the change and single dollar bills in your wallet so you aren’t able to feed the vending mating. Make sure you fill up on gas when someone is with you. Go grocery shopping after a meal, so you don’t load up on unhealthy foods.
As hard as it might be to believe, you CAN quit the sugar habit. Not only will you lose some weight, but you will feel better and more energetic.