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?
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.
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.