What to Do When Your Sweet Tooth Won’t Give In

by Natalie on March 27, 2014

It’s 12:30 and you’re just getting back to your desk from lunch. You’re trying to pick up where you left off  but all you can think about is chocolate. Since you just had lunch you’re trying to ignore it, but ugh! those M&M’s are calling you from across the room….

I’ve been stuck in this scenario MANY times before. I don’t know why exactly these sweet cravings attack with such force, but I do have some tips on what to do about them.

When I used to work in a hospital, our office was constantly loaded up with treats from sales representatives. Even though I was practicing good nutrition all day with patients, I would still dive into the treat basket. Just goes to show you how powerful temptation can be.

So for someone who has to constantly quiet her sweet tooth, here are my 6 best tips:

  1. Brush your teeth. This is the ultimate. Obviously not as easy during the work day, but helpful after dinner when you are at home.
  2. Change up your environment. Maybe what you’re really craving is social interaction or a mental break. Try taking a minute to go and talk to a co-worker or friend. If you’re working on something at home, move to a different room.
  3. Dive into a task that completely occupies your mind such as checking email or sending an email.
  4. Chew on a piece of gum.
  5. If you must have something, try having a healthy protein or energy bar instead. Peanut butter, chocolate chip Lara bars usually do it for me. I also enjoy Zing bars.
  6. Try a warm tea with vanilla almond milk or coconut milk. There is something about a warm, creamy drink that is satisfying enough to make you forget about dessert.

Dessert is a normal part of life. The trick is making sure you don’t over do it, right? If you’re a sweet lover, setting boundaries is the best way to get around this. If your diet is otherwise healthy, allow yourself 1 or 2 desserts each week. I like to have one mid-week and one during the weekend. When you have this built into your schedule, you won’t feel deprived and it won’t break your healthy ways.

My favorite desserts are homemade coconut milk ice-cream, “Hail Merry” chocolate tarts, and salted dark chocolate.

Okay, I just shared with you my 6 best tips for quieting a sweet tooth. Which one stood out to you and why? Leave a comment below.

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