Healthy Ways to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

What Can You Do About It?

You know the ideal thing would be to ignore the cravings and to just stop eating unhealthy snacks. However, that is a very difficult thing to do, especially during those long days at work when you start getting that 3 o'clock feeling and crave something sweet. The vending machine is always so handy, and there are very few healthy options in there!
A few things to try:
  • Fruit: Try to keep an apple, banana, or some grapes around. Fruit has natural sugars that could curb a craving. Try to retrain your brain into thinking that a juicy apple would taste much better than a chocolate bar.
  • Chew gum: Scientists found that by chewing gum, people tended to eat 10 percent less of their snacks and had less hunger than people who did not chew gum. If you really crave something sweet, try chewing a sweeter gum with a bubblegum or strawberry flavor rather than a minty gum.
  • Sugar-free candy: The sugar-free candies of today are much tastier than those of the past, thanks to sugar alcohols that provide sweetness without extra calories. The catch? Don't eat too many, or you'll pay the price (sugar alcohols can cause gas, bloating, and even diarrhea if you overindulge). Think of it as built-in portion control!
  • Water: Drinking water will fill you up and make you feel less hungry. Sound boring? Try adding some flavor to your water. There are several different types of flavoring on the market now, so there should be something to satisfy those taste buds.
  • Indulge: Allow yourself a small portion of your favorite sweet treat if you know nothing else will satisfy. Serve yourself enough for a taste and then put the rest away. Don't beat yourself up; congratulate yourself for your amazing self-control!
Unfortunately, there is no magical way to stop or cure cravings, but with a little preparation, it's possible to resist! The best thing you can do to avoid eating unhealthy sweet foods is to experiment and see which tactic works for you.
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