If you crave sweets, you are not alone! Many — especially women — share this “affliction.” Here are some ways to keep your sweet tooth under control.
Full Question:“I have a bad habit of eating sweets. How can I get off of this habit?”
If you crave sweets, you are not alone! Many — especially women — share this “affliction.” Some ways to keep your sweet tooth under control:
- Get enough sleep. Being tired makes you more vulnerable to sweet cravings.
- Don’t skip breakfast. Your first meal of the day should be moderately high in protein (e.g., egg whites, low-fat cheese).
- Don’t allow yourself to get overly hungry throughout the day, which can cause you to splurge or cave into cravings.
- Keep your blood sugar on an even keel with periodic snacks between meals. Good choices include low-fat yogurt, a handful of nuts, whole wheat bread, crackers, rice cakes with peanut butter, or low-fat cottage cheese.
- Fresh fruits have lots of good nutrition and can also satisfy your cravings for sweets.
- Cereal with raisins and and a few nuts topped with low-fat milk or soy milk can also be a great way to add nutrition and quell the sugar monster.
- Do you bake? Try making your own cookies, cakes, muffins, etc., using half the amount of sugar called for in the recipe.
- At restaurants, share a dessert with one or two other people.