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Question for you nutrition gurus
I have a ravenous craving for sweets sometimes! I've managed to stop buying and eating about 98% of the crap I use to eat, candy bars soda and the like. Sometimes I'll get a bad craving for sweets and I'll chow down half a bag of Pepridge Farms cookies or a jumbo bag of M&Ms. I don't do it that often but when I do it's kinda bad and I know all the additives in those things are really bad for the body....

So my question is this... What is a good way to kill that craving for sweets??
 

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Instead of a jumbo bag, just a regular bag. And before you rip into it, read the number of calories on the package.

I don't think indulging the sweet tooth once in a while is a bad thing. If it's habitual, figure out how to replace the habit with something else.
 

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I don't generally snack on sweets, but I love them. Road trips are tough; I always wind up buying gummy snacks at a convenience store ;)

FWIW, at home I keep dark chocolate (over 60%). I have 1-2 squares at night. Yeah it has calories and fat, but I count those as part of my daily caloric intake. Besides, dark chocolate is a bit healthier than milk chocolate, and I still get my sweets.

The little snack bags of stuff usually around 100 calories, which isn't too bad if you include it in your daily totals and take something else out. So, just find little things that work for you.

Also, I was looking at 3 Muskateer's recently.. they're x% lighter than other candy bars... but I noticed they were half the size! :eek:
 

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Drink tea that is sweetened with Splenda...zero calories, very sweet and helps a lot with the cravings.

Also, don't be afraid of sweets, just limit your amounts. Look at what an actual serving is and stick with that and that alone.

Another good trick is to eat something small and high in sugar about 15 minutes before you eat a regular meal. This will jump your insulin levels before you eat the meal and will make you full faster so you don't eat as much during the regular meal.

The same thing can be done with the sweet stuff...take a small sampling of something sweet, then wait 15-20 minutes before eating anymore. Chances are you won't eat much more if any after waiting.
 

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I just ate 4 brownies. its not possible to kill the urge, and if its in your blood, you will eventually crack. that is ok if you crack in moderation, and make up for it elsewhere. I pass up piles of free everyday and eat salads. if I want brownies sometimes, and my weight is where I want it, I will eat brownies. for what its worth, I've lost 20lbs in the last year and my bf is now 8%.
 

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As others have said, moderation is key.

I eat lots of fruit. I usually consume four to five servings of fruit everyday. Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes and blackberries are great fresh, but I also eat my fair share of dried fruits like raisins, cranberries and dried blueberries. I also eat a small amount of dark chocolate everyday; anything over 70% is good, otherwise it's a little too sweet.
 

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Thanks for the input and ideas everyone. I'm starting to carry an apple or two with me now. It usually happens when I'm at work during the day. I guess I get bored and there are so many places to get really good sweets close to my office. Yay for working downtown. Like I said it's not everyday this happens but enough to get me to think about it.
 

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robbyracer said:
Question for you nutrition gurus
I have a ravenous craving for sweets sometimes! I've managed to stop buying and eating about 98% of the crap I use to eat, candy bars soda and the like. Sometimes I'll get a bad craving for sweets and I'll chow down half a bag of Pepridge Farms cookies or a jumbo bag of M&Ms. I don't do it that often but when I do it's kinda bad and I know all the additives in those things are really bad for the body....

So my question is this... What is a good way to kill that craving for sweets??
Atkin bars? I liked them b4 they put in that sugar alcohol. (Sugar-free candy with sugar alcohol almost immediately causes major stomach/cramping/bloating for me)..

Maybe other types of protein bars for the chocolate fix?
 

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Yeah that's something else I've been carrying with me. My LBS has ProBars and they're quite good. Lot's of carbs and fiber so they're good for riding and, well you know... LOL
 

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I just brush my teeth a lot, sounds strange I know, but nothing really tastes good after you brush your teeth. I used to eat a lot before going to bed, after hours of late evening riding I would naturally be starving, but now I just brush my teeth, and the combo of not wanting to do it again, and not really wanting to eat something after brushing seems to work. This isn't that weird is it?
 

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i still maintain that you don't need to deny yourself of everything sweet. unless your goal is to look like "the chicken" or whatever his nickname is. some of thpse climbers looks like castaways. unless you are a *big* mountain specialist, you don't need to look like that. cat 3 and below doesn't need to be better than 7-9% BF IMHO.
 

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robbyracer said:
Thanks for the input and ideas everyone. I'm starting to carry an apple or two with me now. It usually happens when I'm at work during the day. I guess I get bored and there are so many places to get really good sweets close to my office. Yay for working downtown. Like I said it's not everyday this happens but enough to get me to think about it.
apples are good. lots of varieties to try now a days.. fuji, pink lady, granny smith, red delicious, macintosh, ...:confused:
 

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I always opt for fat free sweets like licorice or gummy bears/worms to get past the craving. Although fat free, these are still fairly sugary and do require you eat it in moderation.

If you do feel the need to binge, which is not a bad thing on occasion, do so earlier in the day when you have more time to burn it off. Your metabolism slows down in the evening and even more so while you sleep, so your body will store what it doesn't use more readily later on in the day.
 

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Somehow Wheat Thins get rid of my want to snack, I eat a couple and realize that I'm not actually that hungry and put the rest of the handful back in the box.

The other thing is to make M&M's easily available in your house, put a bunch of bags of different kinds (peanut, peanut butter, dark chocolate, etc.) in an empty orange juice or milk jug. Maybe for the first day you'll eat alot, but then the novelty will wear off, like drinking after you turn 21.
 

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I tell myself that I can have as much fruit as I can eat, but I think it's better to indulge in moderation regulary (even daily) than to fight it and end up binging. I allow myself one "fun size" Milky Way a day plus 2 to 4 dark chocalte Hersey's kisses.
 
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