Curbing those sugar cravings...


MizzRobin
on Jan 29, 2007 @ 06:44 am

Any suggestions on how to curb those crazy month visitor sugar cravings? I tend to want chocolate, candy and anything sweet! Right now I indulge myself with chocolate etc but I was wondering if any of you had healthier suggestions on how to curb those sugar cravings because I am sure as I get older that moment on the lips lifetime on the hips thing with start to kick in!
 

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Paris
Curbing the Craves... on Jan 29, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

Well, actually they have a great new chocolate, called CocoaVia (http://www.cocoavia.com/) and it's actually supposed to be a more healthy chocolate that promotes a healthier heart. If you are opting for chocolate, just make sure it's the DARK chocolate, which all in all is sweeter, but even better for you than say the milk and sweet kinds.
I find the best ways to curb my sweet cravings (actually I don't really eat sweets, nothing containing a lot of refined sugars if I can swing it) is to grab onto those healthy snacks that are loaded with natural sugars. Try Granny Smith Apples (tart and sweet!) and Dark Red Seedless Grapes. Also, you can go for things like Sorbet, but they are heavy on the fructose sugar while being usually light fat.
Training your body first and foremost is the key. If you want to stop the cravings for bad sugars, then replace with good types of food and stick with it. Serve them up as a treat rather than a job. Take some yogurt or even caramel sauce to go with the apples, or Fat-Free strawberry cream cheese on Low-Fat crackers for a sweet option. Or take strawberries and put them with Fat-Free coolwhip. Yum. I just found my favorite new snack...Honey Graham Sticks that are by Back to Nature brand foods, all natural, no refined sugars, and they taste AMAZING.
Good Luck! Just remember...moderation! A small handful of M&Ms can always go a long way too:)
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MizzRobin
Thank you! on Jan 29, 2007 @ 01:05 pm

Thanks for all the snack suggestions Paris! I am definitely going to give some of them a try! Your advice is great! Thanks again :o)
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artist
sugar rush! on Jan 29, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

Low fat/sugar does not always mean better. In fact, many artificial sweetners like sucralose or Splenda are made of chemicals which can do you more harm than sugar can. Another one is aspartame (often in gum) which accumulates overtime in our systems and can be hazardous to our health. See mamaluv's blog entry "Bon Appetit"

http://blog.chickadvisor.com/2007/01/bon-appetit.html

The thing about using fruit to curb sugar cravings is that it doesn't really stop them. You are still feeding your "sugar monster" by eating fruit. Fruit is high in fructose, which is also a sugar. True say, it isn't as bad as refined sugar, and it is natural, but you are not stopping the craving. Try to limit to 2 to 3 servings. What happens is your body will crave them less because it becomes less dependent on them.

As women, we all have those cravings at one point or the other due to flucations in hormones! But you know, if all else fails, grab a piece of fruit or savour some dark chocolate. A good one is Lindt Dark Chocolate which contains (70% coca - the more the better). Dark chocolate is much more dense so we need less to feel satisfied. It also actually lowers cholesterol ( in small amounts!). mmMMmmm....


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MizzRobin
Yeah on Jan 29, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

I steer clear of artificial sweeteners. To me, they are all bad but I would much rather go natural (or as natural as possible) as opposed to chemicals. I have read the blog article and found it very interesting. Aspartame makes me feel sick to my stomach anyway so I don't do the diet soft drinks etc either. Fruits still cause sugar spikes in the blood but I guess I was just looking for less fattening ways to feed the craving. I know the key is to try to eat well so I don't have the craving at all but sometimes you just crave sugar! Dark chocolate is a good idea, I did hear it is way better for you than milk chocolate. Fruit is a good suggestion as well. I like the caramel sauce and apple idea. At least it is half healthy (the apple part anyway) ;o)
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artist
Yes well on Jan 30, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

We all need a little sugar... once in a while.
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MizzRobin
Amen to that on Jan 30, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

All in moderation! :o)
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La Isla
Just eat anything you want on Jan 31, 2007 @ 10:47 am

How bout that for advice? Eat anything you want and just take a LONG walk after. haha. Plus it'll help make you feel better at that time of the month.
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MizzRobin
Good call... on Jan 31, 2007 @ 04:24 pm

I have quite a few friends that say as long as your physical activity outweighs what you put in your body...you won't pack on the pounds. Then again I am trying to eat healthier too...
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Paris
Simple Physics on Jan 31, 2007 @ 08:31 pm

You eat less calories than you burn in the day, then you pretty much will lose weight. However most people really undershoot their calorie count so they think they are eating less than they really are. Good thing with fruits and healthier snacks is that yes, you are going to crave sugar and sweets, it's afterall natural, and even when on diets, you have to reward yourself or you will inevitably binge or kill the 'diet.' but opting for fruit, it's healthy and keeps your body nutrients in line and satiates the sweet need. Plus you are supposed to allow yourself a treat every now and then, so why not let that treat be healthy? Exercise exercise exercise! It's the key to NOT losing weight...it's the key to losing FAT. You don't ever want to lose weight, it's meaningless. You want to lose body fat, and keep your muscle as best as possible, which will ineviably be lost when dieting, but you lose as little as necessary if you keep up the exercising. That's how peopel that drop a lot of weight through just dieting will end up with very jelly-like skin because it's just leftover fat and skin and a greater muscle loss.

Step up cardio and alternate with weight lifting, eating right and great results will follow.
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artist
BMR on Jan 31, 2007 @ 09:27 pm

If you want to see how many calories you burn at rest, then calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):

http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

And then you will know how much you can eat (although I'm not a fan of counting calories)
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