Sweet Progress

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Good news: I’m making progress with my sugar habit! :mrgreen:

I realize that something like this doesn’t happen overnight, but I’m starting to figure out what’s going on with my cravings and how to best deal with them. If you ask me, that’s some sweet progress!

So, I think that my sugar cravings are more emotional than physical. I definitely experience physical sugar cravings and feel like a crazy person until I get my fix, but I’ve noticed if I don’t give in right away, it’s much easier to deal (like waiting until after dinner to treat myself ). Plus, if I’m busy or distracted, the cravings aren’t as strong.

Breakfast

I started my day with a bowl of Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries and Peanut Butter Puffins on top.

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Clearly, this meal had sugar in it, but the protein from the Greek yogurt filled me up and satisfied me. (Again, if someone offered me a cupcake, I probably would have eaten it, but the urge to seek out a sugary food wasn’t powerful.)

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I also enjoyed a glass of iced coffee with breakfast.

After making a coffee connection with my sugar cravings, I’ve reduced the amount of iced coffee that I drink in the morning and it seems to help. However, I’m not sure if the coffee/caffeine encourages my cravings or if it’s all in my head. All I know is that not spending the majority of the morning sipping away on iced coffee has made dealing with my sugar cravings much easier for me.

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After breakfast, I went grocery shopping and ran some errands with Mal, so sugar never once crossed my mind (just like Thursday morning), which is why I think that my cravings are more emotional. (Perhaps related to stress/anxiety or boredom?)

Lunch

Lunch was a romaine salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell pepper, parsnip chips, and balsamic vinegar.

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Parsnip chips + balsamic vinegar are so delicious together!

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On the side, I had a toasted whole wheat English muffin with almond butter spread on top.

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I ate the salad first and saved the (sweet) English muffin for last, which seemed to ”˜trick’ my taste buds into thinking it was dessert. I guess it worked because I didn’t crave sugar at all after eating my lunch.

Snack

After lunch, Mal and I visited our long, lost friends, Dave and Marie. (In case you’re wondering, they are alive and well!) We stayed at their house for a few hours and caught up while watching the Patriots game.

I had zero sugar cravings while hanging out with our friends, but I snacked on a few cheddar cheese twists while there.

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Just before dinner, my stomach started to grumble, so I took the edge off my hunger by eating a SOYJOY bar. No sugar cravings followed because I knew dinner was right around the corner.

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Dinner

Tonight’s dinner was something special! Mal suggested barbeque chicken sandwiches, so he went all out selecting the ingredients at Whole Foods this morning. He picked up a bottle of Homestyle Meals Smoked Chipotle BBQ Sauce and some Iggy’s rolls.

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I dreamed about these rolls all day long.

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The end result was out of this world! Everything about this sandwich ruled. Best barbeque chicken sandwich ever.

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To make the barbeque chicken, I just baked two chicken breasts in the oven, chopped them up, and added a lot (like, half a bottle) of barbeque sauce.

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On the side, I had some roasted broccoli.

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After dinner, I (sort of) satisfied my sweet tooth with four pieces of milk chocolate and a mug of Eggnogg’n tea. As I write this post, I still want to eat more chocolate, but I hope that brushing my teeth with stop the craving. The post-dinner sugar cravings/expectations are still the most difficult for me to manage.  

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Slow and steady progress.

Good night!

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93 Comments

  1. Haha, I think if anyone EVER offered me a cupcake, I wouldn’t be able to turn it down. In my mind that’s the goal for taming my sweet tooth- I save the best treats for when people offer me something really good, or when I’m out to dinner! Good job with the control!! I’ve done well today and yesterday too- I think the new year gave me a fresh start!

  2. I’m also trying to reduce my sweets craving – so hard after the holidays. I just brushed my teeth to help me out – hope it works for you too!

    Have a good night.

  3. Way to go!! Sounds like YOU were happy with what you consumed today and that you were more thoughtful about it. Awareness is important in making any kind of change and you are obviously really committed to figuring out the root of your cravings!

  4. I love that your looking more into your sugar intake. I try to keep my sugar intake down now since my Mom was diagnosed with diabetes and I realized how much sugar I really eat without even knowing it! I try to eat one little thing after lunch and if I still want something, something small after dinner. But most of the time I am too full.

  5. Yay for progress! I’ve been making progress too on my over abundant sweet tooth. I passed up a slice of cheese cake at lunch b/c I was full and didn’t want to be overly full for my run shortly after and I don’t regret it one bit! 🙂

  6. I’ve adopted your trick of waiting until after dinner to eat something sweet and it really works! I also finished my post-dinner cookie, then drank a glass of water and walked away instead of listening to my initial craving for another cookie. Sure enough, I have no urge to eat a cookie right now.

  7. Sugar cravings are hard to kick! I do like breaking off a piece of Lindt dark choc with a hint of sea salt and having some tea at night. Seems like the perfect combo. Although, today’s my bday so I think we’ll be indulging in something a bit more heavy for dessert. 🙂

  8. How do you like the Eggnogg’n tea? Does it taste like eggnog? I LOVE eggnog and tea, so it sounds amazing to me, but I saw a bunch of reviews that said it tasted nothing like the real thing.

  9. Hey Tina! My sugar craving went CRAZY yesterday and I probably had about 10 different desserts….on top of the crazy amount of food my Greek family had for New Years…. sushi, crab cakes, spinach and feta cheese pies, butternut squash ravioli, shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, baked brie (!!!!) and crackers, grape leaves…and thats only what i ate for appetizers!!!… but, we had a great time and that’s all that matters right? Unfortunately I woke up today feeling soo sick, and I definitely will start working on my cravings now that the holidays are over and my grandma’s Christmas cookies are almost all eaten! 😉

    Just wondering, did you ever post the winner of your Vegan Chocolate or Puffins giveaways? I can’t seem to figure out how OpenSky works /: and I’m dying to find out! 🙂

  10. Hi Tina! I have been reading your blog for a long time now and I just love everything you write about (esp the pug)! I am a puggle owner myself so I can totally relate! Good job with the progress!

  11. So happy that you feel you’ve made progress on the sugar cravings…and hey whether it’s “all in your head” w/ the iced coffee caffeine/sugar connection or whether one could “prove” it all scientifically (and no doubt many have tried)…all that matters is that for YOU, you have found a connection and made some changes..now, THAT is progress 🙂

    Congrats!

  12. A little nut butter after a meal does the trick for me! My body totally thinks it’s getting something sweet. I’m glad to hear you are making progress with trying to cut back on sugar. It’s a constant struggle for me, too!

  13. I so appreciate you sharing your battle with the sweets with us! I am in my own battle with sweets, that of the unrefined carbs form. I am a notorious cracker and cereal muncher! I am trying really hard to find other outlets for that urge and I know that a lot of it is tied to stress and anxiety. I also have a sweet tooth and tonight I though of you as I enjoyed my post-dinner single serving of blueberry sorbet and some graham bears 🙂 I capped it off with herbal tea so I would stop going back for seconds and thirds!

  14. Congrats on the progress! I also notice that I have less sugar cravings when im busy. I have never made a connection between coffee and sugar cravings but I did notice that artificial sugar was causing cravings so I completely cut it out of my diet and have noticed a huge improvement!

  15. I realized for me, that my craving is for salt. My favorite is pretzels filled with peanut butter or Nature’s Promise tortilla chips. 🙂

  16. Wow great progress on tackling your sugar cravings!!! I think it helps tremendously when we make a *conscious* efforts to tackle our goals and objectives. I too have a sweet tooth and I agree that keeping busy is one of the things that REALLY helps reduce the cravings.

  17. You’re really in tune to what your body is telling you! I’m very impressed! Sometimes eating a piece of fruit will help me divert a sugar craving crisis – are you cutting out all sweets before dinner or does fruit count? Do you think fruit might trigger you to want more?

  18. i am sooo grateful for this post! i saw a nutritionist this fall to get an idea of what a healthy day should look like from a professional’s standpoint and to help deal with my binge/restriction cycles. she basically told me that i have a “sugar addiction” which is very common i guess. i’ve learned that what helps is to set aside a time for sweets (like you are with dessert) and also to not flipout if I overdo it. popping in a slice of gum sometimes helps but i found that it also increases my sweet tooth!! same with sugar free products. it’s interesting that you said it’s emotional though because i completely agree with that for me. the other night i was planning my dessert (froyo at the mall) before i even had dinner and then realized after my meal out that i didn’t even have a sugar craving physically.

    anyways, good luck and keep us posted on your progress 😉

  19. have you ever tried to buy “special” chocolate? i saw it advertised all over this winter: chocri customized chocolates (health mag has a coupon code for it).

    It’s expensive but so worth it since you make it yourself. not to encourage your sugar cravings – but these chocolate bars seem to be the ones that Mal could hide and reward you with in the evenings! createmychocolate.com

    do a giveaway!!! 🙂

  20. When I worked in a super stressful job, I would get Tasti Delite (fake but delicious ice cream) and bulk candy every night on my way home from work–for dinner! I definitely found that eating less made me crave it less. Have you thought about just stopping altogether except for, say, special occasions? Have you tried chewing gum? When I crave food in the evening, it’s usually because I’m bored and sometimes gym is enough of a distraction.

  21. Just a thought on your coffee-sugar craving connection…Have you considered whether it’s more about what you usually pair with your coffee rather than the coffee itself? I noticed that I’ll often have something sweet with my coffee like a biscotti or something. Once I stopped doing that, as well as refrained from adding sweetener to my coffee, I stopped craving sweets as much overall. Just a thought…sounds like great progress on the sweets cravings anyway! 🙂

  22. sounds like you’re doing great with your sugar cravings! i have sugar cravings a lot as well. eating about a tablespoon of sweet cacao nibs helps me greatly! my sweet cravings usually disappear for the day after this.

  23. I love hearing about your great progress with the sugar habit! I definitely know that I don’t get hungry if I’m busy — I can tell on long afternoons at work. I get hungry if I’m doing busy work at my computer, but not if I’m rushing around to meetings.

    Congrats on small successes!

  24. Congrats on making progress with your sugar cravings and working through where they are coming from!! Sugar cravings are very personal. We all have cravings for different reasons, many are emotional like you’ve determined, and other times can be be caused by dietary imbalance.
    Best of luck and look forward to seeing further progress!
    Be well,
    Pam

  25. Looking at the reasoning behind your cravings is a great idea! I know I definitely associate my sugar cravings with coffee, and keeping my use of creamer and/or artificial sweeteners in check sometimes helps. That sandwich looks delish 🙂

  26. I wonder if I eat too much fruit. Thoughts?
    I’m removing sweeteners and sugars for a while. However, I still have some honey, some naturally sweetened yogurts, and a lot of squash and sweet potatoes that are actually high in sugar.
    But I also consume about 4 or 5 pieces of fruit a day. Including before bed.
    Hmm…

  27. I would bet that your sugar cravings go WAY down after the intense running is over… I ran a half in early November, and I had more sugar/carb cravings during training than during pregnancy! 🙂 It’s your body’s response to the glycogen need I think.

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