Suggestions For A Sweet Tooth?

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CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/20/2009 11:04 AM (GMT 0)   
I started eating healthy yesterday. I'm mostly eating protein, drinking green tea and lots of lemon water. I want to do it right this time. I started Diflucan for an overgrowth of yeast, so no sugars for me! I am craving sweets like crazy! Sad huh? Is there anything I CAN eat that is sweet and will satisfy my cravings, with no sugar? I used to eat peanut butter on a rice cake when I was dieting and craved, but peanut butter has sugar. Ugh! I'm so frustrated and know I'm craving because of the yeast. I want to defeat this beast so any suggestions from you healthy eaters(or not), would be great!

Thanks!

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   Posted 9/20/2009 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Part of the sugar cravings is your brain being used to getting sugar quickly after eating.  But protein doesn't give that instant burst of sugar, it has to be converted by the body first.  So the brain is screaming for its sugar fix.  Eating a high-protein snack every 2 hours may help to at least keep blood sugar levels more consistant.
 
Natural peanut butter does not have sugar added...perhaps finding a brand that only lists peanuts on the ingredient list would help...  Be aware, however, that many peanuts have a kind of fungus growing on them and thus peanut products may not be the best choice while combating a fungal issue. 
 
Sniffing a sweet floral scent (such as rose, lavender, etc.) may help...

Drink a glass of water every time you crave sugar...may cut the cravings sooner and the water is healthy...

Also, B-vitamin deficiency can make sugar cravings worse.

Distract yourself with non-food related stuff, such as reading a book, scrapbooking, crossword puzzles, knitting, etc.

Good luck,


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   Posted 9/20/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
CG, I know this is tough, but you are doing the right thing. I'm not gonna claim to be off sugar, cause I'm not. I don't eat any candy or cookies, etc, but I drink my Starbucks Mocha Frapp and I know I have to give it up.

Anyway, if you are able to stay away from the sugar for just a few days, your craving will go away. If you are off of it for long enough (doesn't take that long), you will lose interest in sweets and won't even want any, unless you let yourself imbibe, and then the craving will return.

It's really hard, but at least it doesn't last long. I'm pulling for ya!
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Nicky D
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   Posted 9/20/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi CG,

I know how tough this can be! First- what exactly are you allowed? Are you allowed any fruit? I am allowed granny smith apples, and so I have granny smith apples with unsweetened unsalted peanut butter. Kraft makes a peanut butter without sugar, which I use because I actually find it harder to find natural peanut butters without sugar (some have less sugar, but very few have none).

And pecans actually taste pretty sweet too, so you could try munching on them.

Good luck! I'll be hanging around to pick up tips of myself too!

Nicky

Caldonia Sun
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   Posted 9/20/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Nuts are great. Very little fruit if you are fighting candida. And give it time. The cravings will lessen in a week or so. I had to do it, too.

Dowa
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   Posted 9/20/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
My favorite snack is rice cakes with natural almond butter (no sugar, just roasted almonds) and a raspberry jam I buy at Whole Foods that is just raspberries, no sugar added). As you kill the candida, the cravings for sweets will subside. Good luck  D

Dagger
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   Posted 9/20/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Those of you that had the cravings go away are lucky. I went almost 9 months without sugar and still had cravings everyday. I followed the directions of a great Naturepathic doc to eliminate my yeast. We balanced everything we could; addressing vitamin, mineral, and hormonal imbalances. The yeast related symptoms went away but the sugar cravings only went down a little. I have hypoglycemia and I believe this contributes to the cravings.

I've consulted with many other specialists and tried many approaches but I still have cravings. I had to go on a heavy-duty prescription anti-fungal for Valley Fever and I still craved sweets.

It took two weeks for the wheat cravings to go away, it was two long tortuous weeks but the cravings went away. I kept hoping the ice cream/snickers/buddy bars cravings would disappear but no such luck.

I've learned to live with the cravings and give in occasionally with healthier "junk food" in controlled portions. I snack on Granny Smith apples with almond butter, ten organic green grapes with 10 lightly salted almonds, 1/4c walnut halves with a few dark chocolate chips, ricotta cheese with some unsweetened cocoa powder and honey or stevia to taste. I find the best snack foods have some protein along with the sweet carbs.

Don't give in to your cravings at all for the first few weeks. If you give in, you start the process all over again. Hopefully, you'll be like most others and your cravings will subside.

alone&scared
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   Posted 9/20/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got a new prescription the other day to help with my pain. It is an old antidepressant. I read the pamphlet that came with it and it said, "may cause increased appetite, especially for sweets." I thought that was very interesting. But, the most interesting part is I do not normally crave sweet stuff. Just once in a while. But, like a month and a half ago I went sugar crazy. I have all kinds of bad stuff in my house now that I feel like I NEED to eat. And, this happened before this new rx. So, I wonder if maybe some of the other medications I am on (and the rest of you as well!) don't cause these cravings. Or, at least worsen them.
If you eat fake sugar, sugar free jello would help:) Or diet soda. I personally cut out all fake sure when I got my joint pain because I didn't know what was causing it and I read that aspartame can cause this.
Stevia is an all natural herb thats extract is sweet. It is non-chemical and is not sugar. You may want to try that. I bought some and use it in my tea, iced tea, coffee, etc and is is great. However, now the grocery stores have it...I don't buy it there because there are other ingredients. The health food store stuff just has stevia extract. It is more expensive, but no fillers.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/21/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the wonderful replies! I am on day two and doing great! I haven't craved as bad tonight at all(crosses fingers). I bought a natural peanut butter but it tastes like peanuts, lol. It's not bad at all but I don't think it will help the sweet cravings. Maybe if I add stevia. I will try that. Thanks Alone! I do use stevia on some things already like my green tea. Hmmmm, maybe the rice cake with the natural almond butter would work better. I have to trick my body into thinking it's getting something sweet, lol.

Nicky: No, I cannot have any granny smith apples. Wahhh! I wish though. That would probably help me out but it turns into sugar in the body. Blah!

I will figure something out. I've been drinking a natural protein drink and green tea w/ stevia at night so that's helping. We will see!
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nefferdun
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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Feb 2008 I quit sugar. Today, I made my favorite cookies for my son who is in college and I just couldn't resist. I ate one!!!!
I allow myself some honey. I should have made them with that.

Things you might be able to eat are raspberries and blueberries, apples, pears, nuts and seeds. Yams are good for you and sweet. Plain yogurt with a little honey.
I feel for you. I just have to have something so I eat a lot of fruit.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks nefferdun. I just ordered some snack bars off of the MediFast site. I will try that and see if it helps. They are also high in protein.
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Btw, I am still doing good! 3rd day and I have not cheated. I am really proud of myself. This is really hard.
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alone&scared
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   Posted 9/22/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats!!! I need to do the same thing, but I have not even attempted to try yet:( My sweet tooth is just awful, and i usually don't have one, so this is all new to me:(
That medifast stuff should def work! Don't they use that for diabetics and such? You can also lose a lot of weight using that. I wish I had the money to do that program for weight loss alone, but alas I haven't worked in a year!
Anyway, sorry to ramble....Stay strong! You are doing so well!

CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Alone! I'm not on the whole MediFast program. I couldn't afford it either. I usually just get the protein shakes but noticed they have the high protein bars too.
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Dagger
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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Special K just came out with a high protein bar that is a lot cheaper than the MediFast bar. It's not the one in the cereal aisle, it's in the nutritional supplements row. We bought some at Target, a box of 6 was less than $5.00. They have around 24 G carbs, 5 g fiber, and 10 g protein. The ingredients list is about the same for both the MediFast and the Special K bars.

The MediFast bars and protein shakes have sugar in them. Are you sure they are ok on your antiyeast diet?

At the beginning, I was only allowed to eat a protein source (meat, fish, poultry, and eggs) and non-starchy vegetables like broccoli and salad greens.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/22/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Dagger,

Yeah, I know it has a little sugar. I can't seem to find anything without a little sugar. Even ritz crackers has sugar in them! lol I guess I'm still new to all of this. I still think I'm doing good though. I already feel a little better. I lost two pounds and I'm not even trying to lose weight, so that's a plus. I guess I will see what happens.
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