I don’t care who you are, we all have a sweet tooth. Sometimes, we try desperately to ignore it thinking it will go away only to learn that it gets worse. Well, at least is does for me because that’s all I think about. Before my diagnosis, my sweet tooth ruled my life and I indulged it every change I got. But, things are different now. I’ve learned a few things about cravings and how to deal with them effectively.

Indulge Slightly!

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving in to your sweet tooth, but make sure you indulge wisely. Don’t raid your cupboards for cookies or your freezer for ice cream. Grab a banana or other fruit to nosh on instead. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT sabotage yourself just because you want something sweet. It’s not worth it!

Fresh Fruit
Cantaloupe and honey dew are two of my favorites!

Find Alternatives

I read that nuts are a great source of protein so I started buying cashews. They’re my favorite so I was thrilled to learn I could still eat them! I’ve realized that, when eating cashews for my morning snack, I don’t crave sweets nearly as much. How about that?

I’ve also fallen madly in love with the Fiber One Strawberry Cheesecake bars. Cheesecake has always been my weakness but I’ve never liked it with fruit. These bars are delicious and satisfy my craving for sweets and cheesecake without all the other crap that goes along with it. I have been telling everyone about these and a few of my friends have also fallen in love with them. Yes, they’re that amazing! Go get some – I guarantee you’re going to love them.

Fiber One Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Change the Subject

Sometimes doing something different will get your mind off of your sweet tooth, especially if you’ve already indulged. I usually get an attack of the sweets between dinner and bedtime. That’s definitely not the time to indulge so I’ll change what I’m doing to get my mind off of it. My husband thinks I’m totally crazy, but what else is new? 😉 Ironically, sometimes playing Candy Crush on my phone works so I usually save my lives for that purpose. I just realized how that sounds, but, hey, whatever works! I don’t want to exercise that late in the evening because it energizes me so I have to find non-active alternatives. It may be different for you so find what works for you and have at it.

The moral of the story is to find out what works for you to manage your sweet tooth healthily. Whatever you do, don’t let your craving for sweets derail all of the good you’ve done. But, if you fall off the weight loss wagon, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on that sucker as soon as possible! Just like you have a bad day at work, you’re not always going to be on point with your weight loss. Life happens, but the faster you get back on track, the better you’re going to feel.