I will be the first to admit that I have a bit of a problem with sweets. Like they tell you in 12 step programs: Overcoming denial is the first step on the road to recovery. So, with that being said, I definitely have a problem with sweets. There are times when I just can’t help myself. I think, just 2 or 3 jellybeans won’t hurt me….then about 3 minutes later when I’ve swallowed about 30 jellybeans whole I realize it’s a problem. The same with cookies. Oh, I’ll just eat 1 cookie, next thing I know 4 or 5 have found their way into my belly. I will binge on sweets, and then feel bad (well, not always) for doing it. I ran across this article that Chalene Johnson (ChaLean Extreme, Turbo Jam) wrote about controlling your sweet tooth:
Don’t deny yourself. Just plan for your sweet treat. Once in a while, have a lower-cal lunch or dinner, and save the meal’s calories for your dessert.
Get rid of temptations. If you have no willpower against chocolate cupcakes, but your kids love them, stop buying them. It doesn’t make you a bad parent. Find a healthier alternative or something you can easily resist.
Make a deal. If your family thinks they need a very sweet treat every night, try to strike a balance between offering healthy choices and allowing them some “free will.” Compromise with low-fat ice cream and fruit, or sometimes just fruit with a dollop of whipped cream.
Try two weeks without sweets. It’s amazing how your cravings vanish.
Eat more fruit. A person who gets enough fruit in his diet doesn’t have a raging sweet tooth.
Eat your sweets—just eat them smart! Carve out about 150 calories per day for your favorite sweet. That amounts to about an ounce of chocolate, half a modest slice of cake, or 1/2 cup of regular ice cream.
Eat smart sweet treats: sugar-free hot cocoa; frozen red grapes; Fudgsicles; sugar-free gum; sugar-free Jell-O with light whipped cream; sugar-free chocolate pudding with light whipped cream and a few crushed almonds on top; Nutri-Grain Twists (or a similar brand low-fat cereal bar); a few Tootsie Rolls; or long-lasting hard candy. These are all low in calories and satisfy your need to have something sweet. Just remember they are treats, not staples.