What have you found most helpful in dealing with sugar cravings?

By Onedar Latest Reply 2011-05-02 21:57:53 -0500
Started 2011-03-13 14:51:18 -0500

I find I can do well limiting carbs, etc. for awhile, then the sugar cravings hit and I begin to get desperate and find the alternatives I've tried do not satisfy. Have you struggled with sugar cravings? What have you found to be helpful in dealing with it?

19 replies

dietcherry 2011-03-23 22:44:52 -0500 Report

I read somewhere that a craving for sweets can actually mean your body needs protein; you may try eating some form of protein first and see if the craving subsides! :)

jayabee52 2011-03-19 04:38:47 -0500 Report

It helps me greatly if I have a glass of Metamucil fiber.

Fills me up, not "hungry" anymore! Can't eat the junk.

I also drink Hemp fiber drink in Almond milk. it is chocolate flavored (found it at Trader Joes) It has a bonus of additional Omega 3s and ALA.

missduty 2011-03-14 23:05:27 -0500 Report

I like sf pudding, with cool whip. I also make sf strawberry jello with sliced strawberries in it.

poppey 2011-03-14 17:00:05 -0500 Report

I get that way sometime to. Before I do anything I make sure my sugars for the week are ok, then I will treat myself to a little something sweet, a small bowl of ice cream just to get rid of the sugar craving. Im good most of the time, or try to be. Can't seem to get the fast bg under controll work in progress. But I do treat myself, you have to, just don't over do it. Life is already hard don't add to I always say, stay sweet enjoy life a little

Lakeland 2011-03-14 10:06:54 -0500 Report

I can usually get away with jello & whipped topping, but I will admit this week for me was bad, sometimes I indulge just figureing it would get out of my "system"but I find that whatever my "cheating" snack was just didn't satisfy & I can't figure it out.

I wish you luck, I've just had a week where nothing seems to take the desire away.


OMG-T2 2011-03-13 22:22:51 -0500 Report

I don't have any overtly sugar-specific cravings (meaning, I don't really crave things in which refined sugar is a strong component), but I basically find that if I start using a little more sweetener in my tea than usual, or eating more fruit than I should, I get really close to unleashing the beast! And from there I know it's only a small step in "justifying" a cargo container of brownies, so yeah, I too have been through the alternatives and no, they really don't satisfy me either.

A few years ago, one of my Aunts sent me this silly - or so I thought at the time - email thingy that suggested that oftentimes when we have what we perceive as cravings, it's related to our bodies needing to be hydrated, and for that purpose one only needs to find a source of good water. I find that if I really pay attention to the craving, and in the midst of peering around in my kitchen for snacks - which I don't really keep for just this reason - if I stop palpitating for a moment, I drink a glass of water (and believe me, I am not a real fan of the stuff) and give it a little time, I can often forget about the craving. Of course it doesn't always work.

Plus, I suppose that if you drink enough water - short of actual water intoxication - you WILL feel full, and that might help as well.

And finally, there's the idea of changing what you are doing in the midst of a craving…if you are sitting in front of the TV lusting for kettle corn, get up and walk a few circuits down the street, if you are reading the Sunday paper in bed when you want to suck down a package of cinnamon rolls, go take a long, relaxing bath. Diversions can work wonders across the board, they can make you forget about your cravings as well as perhaps improve your health/state of mind. I've done the relaxing bath thing PLENTY of times to soothe over the urge to wolf down an angel food cake - there's something about the idea of leaving the house half-dressed and dripping in search of a sugar fix that really puts the damper on the cravings - well, it works for me!

Good luck in combating your cravings… I know it's not easy, but you can do it! I vote for the diversion thing, maybe while your drinking a glass of water? You could get one of those beer hats with the straws (just replace the cans of beer with water bottles) if you find you need your hands for, oh, I don't know, pottery class?

WendyFR 2011-03-13 21:38:14 -0500 Report

I crave carbs as well…any carb. It's difficult for me, but I try to find a substitute, because my body can't handle the high BS. I hate the feeling of being so tired/sleepy than I'm unable to do anything.

jessarenea 2011-05-02 21:57:53 -0500 Report

Before my pancreas mysteriously shriveled up and stopped working and I became a type 1 diabetic, I was the world's worst ocd binge eater/bulimic… I could eat 3 boxes of snack cakes in 3 minutes, finish an entire box of ice cream in 15, and if I ate until I threw-up, I rationalized my stomach was empty and ate somemore. Talk about cravings…I started on a drug called Topamax (they are now putting it in conjunction with adipex weight loss drugs) it made me normal. It fought the cravings and the urges to eat. I started eating half a sandwich instead of three or four. I still take it 5 yrs later. If you can't do it by yourself, talk to a psychiatrist.

Nanna Number 5
Nanna Number 5 2011-03-21 12:57:34 -0500 Report

Hi, I am a new member today. I love carbs and sweets so much.My sugar is running at 281 on medication. It doesn't matter what I eat. I need new snacks and a dessert idea to help me. I was impressed with you because you mentioned being tired and sleepy. I am this way all the time and I hate feeling this way.

rjtexas 2011-05-02 17:48:07 -0500 Report

I too love the sweets. I perfer eating sweets over any thing at any meal and have to fight this constantly. I feel like Iam on a rollercoaster about self disicpline. I am also a new member and looking a the recipes I have found some I will actually eat.

alanbossman 2011-03-13 19:40:00 -0500 Report

I am the same as BrandonBob almost all sweets and snacks and desserts I ate as a child I loved them. As I grew older those things went away. So i have no cravings for those things thk God.

BandonBob 2011-03-13 15:53:16 -0500 Report

I am fortunate in not really craving sweet snacks and desserts. When I was a kid my favorite snack was bread and a soft drink. To this day I would rather eat bread than anything else. Before being diagnosed I made all sorts of scrumptious breads and rolls but now If I do occasionally bake bread I stick to whole wheat. It is still a form of torture for me to be around homemade bread of any kind.

tabby9146 2011-03-13 20:07:53 -0500 Report

I was always a big time carbaholic. I loved my donuts, breads, cinnamon rolls. I rarely eat any of it now, I might have one or two small bites of homemade white bread at a special dinner like Thanksgiving, a small piece of a roll and I am satisfied enough. For the most part, I stick to whole wheat. Even those whole wheat dinner rolls have LOTS of carbs, so I don't even eat a whole one.

realsis77 2011-03-13 15:50:57 -0500 Report

Hi. I found some great diabetic cookbooks online for cheap on ebay and amazon and they have awsome DESERTS in them!! I tried them and they really do the trick and they actually taste sweet! Yea! There are many many different recipie options to choose from! One particular desert was candied apples and they were first drenched in a diet black cherry soda and made with sugar free jellow and whipped cream! Gosh it was good and all the ingredants were sugar free and made for diabetics like us! The books only cost about three dollars each! I got quite a few of them. The desert ideas are really unusual and gosh they are good! Just check out ebay or amazon and see that they have quite a selection of diabetic cookbooks wich include deserts! Its an idea and it worked good for me because I was having a hard time finding food and deserts that were diabetic friendly! :)

rjtexas 2011-05-02 17:51:22 -0500 Report

what is the name of the cookbook? where did you find it?? the recipe sounds great and i would love to buy this book.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-13 15:35:57 -0500 Report

For me quitting sugar was harder than quitting smoking. I basically hid from sugar for two weeks, it was hard but I got through it. Then I started finding alternatives and healthier things to keep me away from it.

About a month into it I slipped and grabbed a Little Debbie's brownie but those four weeks without sugar had already changed my tastes so much that the brownie was so sweet it made me sick.

I do still have sweet cravings a little but now those cravings are targeted to sugar free snacks or healthier sweet things like fruit or veggies.

I chose the tough it out path because for me that is the way giving up sugar had to be, I know if I had tried baby steps I'd never have given it up.

That's not to say baby steps aren't good, they just don't work for me.

If you want baby steps just try weeing yourself over to healthier sweets like fruit or even sugar free "sweets" Jell-o makes and awesome sugar free mousse that You'd never know was sugar free.

tabby9146 2011-03-13 20:08:55 -0500 Report

Sometimes I will taste something just to see if I think it is too sweet, and so many things that I have not eaten in the two years plus, since I was diagnosed, I taste, and like you, it is too sweet!! some things aren't too, but most are.