I am addicted to sugar. As much as I wish this weren’t true, it is what it is. Although I’ve had some success in lessening the habit, there still isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have at least a small piece of candy.
Mmmm, dirt pudding (the light version)
To satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard, I will try making healthier versions of typically fattening desserts by substituting low-fat ingredients. Other times I will make mini versions of the foods I love — like peanut butter and jelly mini cheesecakes.
This leads me to my next point…how to kill a sugar craving. As I researched an article I wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on dried fruits and vegetables, the dietitian I talked to said dried fruits make an excellent substitution for sugary desserts. Although they recommend people eat fresh fruits instead, she did say people usually end up more satisfied after eating dried fruits because the flavors are more concentrated.
Lately I’ve been snacking on dried pineapple and mango at work as an after-lunch treat, and it really helps! Here are some other tips I’ve learned throughout the years to calm my sugar addiction:
- Fix yourself a hot mug of tea with a teaspoon of honey
- Brush your teeth!
- Chew gum or grab a mint
- Put on lipstick, which sounds silly, but you don’t want to mess up your lips :)
This list is obviously a work in progress.
SHARE: What do you do to get your mind off of sugar? Do you have any tricks for giving in but in a healthier way?