CRAVING SWEETS --- HELP

kaiya2465
By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2012-06-09 14:16:46 -0500
Started 2012-05-28 21:04:43 -0500

I tried to find a clue what could be causing me to crave sweets & did not find much. I don't eat cakes, cookies, etc., so why am does it seem that I am craving them now????? Getting mad at myself for even thinking about the idea…Any suggestions on how I may be able to shove these cravings aside???

Thanks


34 replies

cindygal1
cindygal1 2012-06-09 14:16:46 -0500 Report

Everyone craves sweets, that is normal, I keep all kinds of sugar free snacks around. Like Quaker bars, things like that it sort of kill your craving for sugar, then keep plenty of fruit on hand to have to snack on. We keep a candy bar around and shar it from time to time. It seems to work for us. We buy key lime water and Kiwi Water and mix them half and half to drink, no carlories or anything iin it. You will learn eventually that ever once in awhile you can something sweet. Just remember small amounts. Our Prays will go out for you too.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-31 06:09:47 -0500 Report

Kaiya, I can be the same way and like Gabby said especially during certain times of the month. I keep sugar free chocolates around the house for this cravings, and I also love frozen berries with some fat free whipped topping! It's really hard the other day I bought my husband a banana cream pie, I was able to say to no to having any, did however have a few bites from his! It was delicious, and took the craving away! My newest thing is to freeze raspberry crystal light in ice trays. I'll suck on these and they take my cravings away! Best of luck!

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-05-31 10:38:42 -0500 Report

Morning! I have a question for you: I like the frozen berries however they are extremely mushy once thawed—-am I do something wrong or does this mean theyre past their prime or something else??

KE5ICS
KE5ICS 2012-05-31 17:33:01 -0500 Report

They are just fine.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-02 19:43:57 -0500 Report

I let mine thaw just a bit and eat them while they are still partially frozen. I like them almost better than Ice Cream (ALMOST).

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-06-02 19:45:40 -0500 Report

James: if you blended that with a little coconut or almond milk and refroze it, I wonder if it would be like a sorbet? Carol

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-02 19:50:57 -0500 Report

I'll have to try that with coconut milk. can't do Almond milk since it has high levels of potassium. (as most nuts do).

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-31 11:19:47 -0500 Report

Hi Diet Cherry, I do find that sometimes frozen berries do get mushy, especially strawberries. My favorite are blueberries since they taste great when they're still a bit frozen. I don't think there's anyway to avoid the mush, unless you take them right out of the freezer and blend them with a protein powder.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-05-31 18:42:07 -0500 Report

Thanks! I normally eat them plain—guess I need to start using them in other ways like the protein shake :)

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-05-31 17:37:34 -0500 Report

Blackberries—my favorite fiber and nutrition source—also get very mushy. If I have to use the frozen ones, I turn them into a frozen drink with vanilla whey much like Set Apart does.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-05-31 18:34:32 -0500 Report

The trick is to buy fresh and don't wash them before you freeze them. Wash them after and they should be less mushy. Or just wash them, freeze them and toss them into a smoothie. That's my favorite thing to do with frozen fruit.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-05-31 11:26:13 -0500 Report

Good to know and thank you so much! I almost always buy raspberries so I will try blueberries next time.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-31 10:54:01 -0500 Report

I read once if you wanted to become an overnight millionaire..All you need to do was figure out how to freeze and then thaw a tomato with out it turning to mush..Maybe berries are somewhat like tomatoes

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-05-30 19:28:23 -0600 Report

Kaiya I read somewhere not too long ago that a craving for sweets is our body telling us it needs protein. Please try eating some when you get those cravings and see if that helps!! Good luck :)

lawgal
lawgal 2012-05-29 21:34:10 -0600 Report

I just got an email from diabeticlivingonline.com and it had a list of Sweet and Salty best snack winners. The dozen + snacks listed seemed to be pretty good and I, having a sweet tooth myself now and then, plan on filling my secret places up with those snacks rather than the ones that were there before. If you're interested and unable to find it please feel free to email me and I can forward it to you.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-29 21:16:23 -0600 Report

Have you tried to eat one cookie or a small candy bar to see if that satisfied your craving? My mother was like you about sweets and she would get candy bars and put them in the freezer and her craving would go away, after a few months she would give them to the neighborhood kids. When the craving hit again she would put more in the freezer, I guess for her just knowing it was there was enough.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2012-05-31 16:56:22 -0600 Report

That's what I do with ice cream. Except every once in a while I have just a spoonful. It's enough. My 15-year-old eats the ice cream so it stays fresh, I'm always buying more.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 18:04:26 -0600 Report

I keep sugar free York Peppermint Patties in the freezer for a sweet treat or I eat a couple of ginger snaps after dinner. With summer here you can make fruit pies without any sugar at all. The fruits make their own natural juices when cooking.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-05-29 17:58:50 -0600 Report

Once a month, I get those uncontrollable cravings...if you know what I mean. You might want to see if that is part of the equation. It drives me nuts. Now that I'm older, I don't get it as often, but it seems to make up for time missed.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-05-29 11:19:44 -0500 Report

After the first couple of months of diagnosis, I found myself craving sweets all the time as well. Never was a sweets person prior to diagnosis. But I did eat a lot of chips, crackers, soda and the occasional cookie. As Carol explained to me, and as she stated below, it's not the sweets that I was craving per se but the carbs that I cut out of my diet. So the cravings were sort of withdrawal symptoms.

Unfortunately, I went on a pretty bad cake binge before understanding that and payed the price of highs for a spell. When I had a high of about 350 one day, I finally decided it was too dangerous and not worth it to give in to them any longer. So when the cravings came I snacked on nuts, fruit or salads. I also kept chocolate chip Atkins and Fiber One bars around so I could have the sweet without the high carb count. Eventually I stopped craving sweets so much.

Making sure I've eaten enough to be full helps a lot. Seems like whenever I crave seconds it's at dinnertime, though. That's when I'll have a second smaller helping of meat and veggies or a salad. I'm not completely over the sweets cravings though, so on occasion I will have a mini Hershey's bar. Amazingly enough I can keep them in the house without tearing through the bag. It's nice to have that much will power.

Jan8
Jan8 2012-05-29 09:36:03 -0600 Report

there's nothing wrong with having some dark chocolate or to give in every once in awhile.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-29 09:25:23 -0600 Report

Hi Kaiya..I was just wondering if you had had made any recent changes to your diet..That maybe the reason for the sudden craving for sweets..

kaiya2465
kaiya2465 2012-05-30 18:52:54 -0600 Report

Old Biker: I decreased my bread intake, & use vegie pasta when I have pasta, that is all so far. I don't eat much pasta anyways…

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 21:16:24 -0600 Report

That shouldn't do it..Thought maybe if there was a drastic change in your eating habits it might be related..Good luck I hope the cravings pass

kaiya2465
kaiya2465 2012-05-29 05:51:23 -0600 Report

I do keep fruits, vegies, & nuts around. I just didn't understand why I was wanting something that I would not normally eat. I do not want this thought process to take over I refuse…I will just keep on with the fruits & vegies.

Thanks

Controlled
Controlled 2012-05-28 22:34:25 -0600 Report

I think the prior post meant to say "…full tummies do NOT have as many cravings." That's the only thing that works for me too. If I skip a meal and convince myself that I don't need it because I'm not hungry, I invariably am tempted by unhealthy things later in the evening.

I keep vegetables around all the time. Fruit works for some people, I can't eat it. Try the advice that you received first regarding stepping away, keeping full and substituting the "bad"thing for a "good" thing.

I know that it doesn't help you, but we all struggle with this at some time or another.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-05-28 23:24:47 -0600 Report

Yes, you are correct and while you were writing this, I was changing that! I also added a few other thoughts and expanded the post.

I keep a bowl of prepped veggies in my refrigerator too. They are just at eye height so that they are the first things I see when I open the refrigerator door. Always have a bag of washed baby carrots on the same shelf. So, all ready prepped and waiting for me to eat raw are: carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli. Beside them is a bowl of vinegared cucumber slices, a bowl of bite sized pieces of cooked beets, and a bag of pistachios, almonds, or walnuts.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-05-28 21:22:49 -0500 Report

When I crave sweets, I usually eat a few nuts. The protein helps me get past the craving. My fallback safety precaution is that I do not bring candy into my home, because I know I will eat it. Thankfully, the kinds Wayne likes to snack on are not ones I like; otherwise, the poor ole darling might find himself without lifesavers and peppermint sticks.

If nuts or cheese are not working for me and I'm still really feel the craving, I take a walk where I can't get to a candy bar. At times, I've actually been careful to leave money at home, so I wouldn't stop some where and buy one. Instead I carry water or iced tea with me and sip as I walk. Full tummies do NOT have as many cravings.

I've read that some people crave sweets when they are stressed and that others crave salty foods when stressed.

I find if I eat high glycemic index carbs, I will crave more the next 3-5 days. Sometimes the "price" for eating a mac and cheese dinner (my favorite comfort food even with a gluten free pasta) is 3 days of craving more carbs.

I find the only real way for me to get by carb cravings (and that is how I would view the craving for sweets), is to just take the bull by the horns and not eat any carbs for at least 72 hours. Then reintroduce them in low GI form at one meal a day for about a week. After that, I'll be pretty craving free until the next time I decide I'm "over it" and eat a high carb dish. Unfortunately, I'm a perpetual optomist … so I do keep thinking I can try it.

It's a really addictive thought process and the chemical reactions in the body are, in my opinion, a form of physical addiction also. Maybe not as destructive as alcohol or drugs, but the same physiological and psychological pattern.