How can I control my sweet tooth?
April 20, 2008 11:08 PM Subscribe
I want to eat healthy, but have an almost uncontrollable sweet-tooth. What can I do to control myself?
posted by rybreadmed to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I eat pretty healthy. I try to keep processed foods to a minimum, eat well balanced meals, and brown bag it most days of the week. When I go to fast food places, I almost always look at the nutritional information and try to get the healthiest items (baked chicken rather than fried, for instance). I take fruits and yogurts with me to work and school with my lunches (well balanced, whole grains, etc.). I drink diet sodas and rarely put sugar in my coffee. I eat a big heaping bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I even go to the gym multiple times per week, and always opt for stairs rather than elevators or escalators.
However, I love sugar. I love M&Ms, malted milk balls, and pretty much anything with a chocolate coating. The HR director at work keeps bowls and bowls of this stuff on her shelf. It's like a candy buffet, and I'm quite literally the proverbial kid in a candy store. So through the day, I snack on these candies. I tell myself the occasional two or three M&Ms don't hurt, and I'm going to the gym after anyway...but I'll eat something closer to 30 M&Ms and 15 malted milk balls. Even if I'm being good and stay away from the HR office, someone might bring in cookies, and I may partake. Or birthday cake. Or donuts.
I'm not fat, but know I could be in better shape without the huge intake of this crap (and perhaps I'll live longer). I've tried many things to try taking my mind off the candy. I've tried keeping healthier snacks at my desk--rice cakes, raisins, instant oatmeal, nuts. I've tried avoiding the HR director's office. I've tried bringing bags of fruit, eating graham crackers instead, and drinking sugar free hot cocoa. But 95% of the time, I end up giving in. I crave the stuff.
So what can I do? What tips do you have to keep myself in control? Should I consider hypnotherapy? Is there anything that I can do to reduce my cravings for sweets?