How To Control Those Holiday Sweet Cravings

‘Tis the season to indulge, and indulge we do!  Of all the things we pile on our plates over the holidays the most calorie-dense food is sweets.  From chocolates to pies to once-a-year cookies, we are inundated with sugar during the holidays.

Sweet foods are hard to resist, but there are some things you can do to fight against the urge to splurge.  The following are a few hints we found on the WebMD website (1).

Set a limit to how much you’re going to eat.  Tell yourself you’re going to eat just 150 calories of your Aunt Edna’s English toffee.  (MyFitnessPal estimates 6 pieces of homemade English Toffee at 450 calories.)  It’s better to take two pieces home and put them in the freezer than eating as much as you can at the family gathering.

Go for quality not quantity.  That plate of sugar cookies is overflowing and needs to be evened out but that box of See’s chocolates is also just sitting there.  What do you do?  Make a special treat of the chocolate, enjoy it at the end of your meal and skip snacking on several of the cookies.

Skip artificial sweeteners.  They may be low or no calories but they don’t lessen a craving for sugar.  It’s better to lower your threshold for sugar than keep feeding a need for more.

Eat regularly – have something to eat every three hours.  The best way to do this is to stock up on our high protein shakes, bars and snacks.  Don’t starve yourself.  Going hungry will cause a drop in blood sugar which will cause sugar cravings.

This suggestion isn’t from the WebMD website but we found that having a calorie counter on your smartphone really helps.  We use MyFitnessPal and the free version works great.  Try it out before your holiday get-togethers.  Look up everything you remember from last year’s holiday gathering because the more you know the better prepared you’ll be to make smart eating decisions.

  1. 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings by Wendy C. Fries reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on June 22, 2011.  Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/13-ways-to-fight-sugar-cravings  on November 27, 2012.

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