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Ask Roni: After Meal Sweet Tooth

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I have a horrible sweet tooth that tells me I have to eat something sweet after lunch and dinner…EVERY.DAY. I can’t stand it. I know that if I didn’t have this “issue” that I would be a lot more successful at dieting. Do you have any tips?

-Brandi

Hi Brandi!

Oh my how I feel you on this “problem!” Usually within an hour of any meal I blurt out the phrase, “I just want something sweet.”

It’s not really hunger. It’s more like my mouth just craves something sweet after a savory meal. I’m assuming it’s pretty common considering dessert is a thing, right?

Regardless, I deal with it a few ways.

Indulge with Balance: If I know I’m going to want something sweet then I plan for it by easing up other simple carbs during the meal. For example, I’ll skip the bread or potatoes then indulge in scoop of ice cream or a small slice of cake.

Buy Stock in Gum: Of course that’s just an expression but seriously, I keep sweet gum on hand. They make such fun flavors like strawberry short cake and mint chocolate chip. Gum is a great way to get that sweet flavor in your mouth when you aren’t really hungry and don’t want to waste the calories.

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Brush Your Teeth: Sounds weird but the mint toothpaste actually curbs the sweet cravings for me. Plus, I really don’t feel like eating something too sugary right after I clean my teeth.

Brew a Cup of Tea: My latest indulgence. There are so many fun herbal flavors you are bound to find one that can help satisfy your sweet tooth.

Choose Fruit: An orange, grapes, berries, melon. Fruit is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth guilt free!

These strategies have worked for me for years. Remember, short term dieting won’t work for long term weight loss. Learn what works for you and try not to fight yourself so much. Sometimes indulging smartly is better then feeling deprived all the time.

Hope that helps! Sorry it took me so long to respond.

-Roni

 



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Discussion

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    Tara

    January 31, 2014

    Tea helps me! I have found just drinking green tea after dinner or as a late night snack helps me! :) Ya know.. when I remember to do that! ;)

    Kitty

    January 31, 2014

    I’ve never been a great fruit lover but I find that berries really help me with this. As far as the sweets that are not so good for me, I find that I can’t eat what I don’t have in the house. Things like cookies and ice cream it is best that I just not have them in the house (I might go out and buy a single serving occasionally).

    Imacrazymomof4

    January 31, 2014

    Those are great ideas that I’ve used before also. If you want another healthy chocolate fix look up Clandestino bars…they are dehydrated bananas covered in either dark or milk chocolate, or plain. They are amazing! Totally worth the 100 calories…taste a lot like a raisinette bar. They were made for surfers who need a healthy snack from what I understand. I’ve been sucking on zotz candies…15 cal a piece…they last a while. Or a tootsie pop lollipop when driving or at a sporting event for my kids.

    Paige Van Otten

    January 31, 2014

    I’ve found success with this by breaking the cycle with a 21 Day Sugar Detox. Soooo enlightening! So much of this is physiological, but a lot is also habit. This tackles both. Doesn’t mean you can never eat dessert again, but going without that sweet fix for 3 weeks really does change your perspective. I have nothing to do with the book – just a happy customer :) http://www.amazon.com/The-21-Day-Sugar-Detox-Naturally/dp/1936608111

    Amy Rolniak

    January 31, 2014

    I was just kvetching about this very subject last night. Sometimes for me if I eat a little bit of sugar it actually makes me want more. I am going to try the tea thing. I do like tea so maybe. You are so right sometimes fighting it and “toughing” it out just makes you want it more. Give in…a little.

      Shan

      February 2, 2014

      Try David’s Tea on the internet. My favorite are birthday cake and chocolate mint. They do the trick and have amazing flavors

    Patricia

    January 31, 2014

    #1 thing that works for me is brushing my teeth. There’s buildup after eating, and I seem to want to eat something else to get rid of it every time. Freshly brushed teeth means a clean mouth and no desire to put everything in sight into it.
    Tea is next – so many lovely flavours that don’t need sugar.

    When I eat a lot of sugar I crave more, so just a few days out cutting out candy makes a big difference too.
    Oh, and if I don’t have enough fat in my diet I also go crazy on the sweets.