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    The main times I crave sweets is immediately following a meal. Any theories about why that happens? I don't tend to have the mid-afternoon carb/sugar cravings that I've heard about from others. For me, it's right after I eat something I want something sweet to cleanse my pallett. So far, I've been able to "cure" the craving with a square of dark chocolate, and sometimes peppermint tea works too. I just have to be cautious with the chocolate that it's just a square (or sometimes two) and not the entire bar.

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    Long time ago I read the body releases ... something... and that something makes you crave sweets. It happens to me too but not all the time. Giving your body chocolate may not help in the long term, it may be one of those things you have to quiet down through will power alone but this is easier said than done.
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    • #3
      I have the same thing. I chew Orbitz gum , sugarless. However , I was wondering if Im stimulating insulin production by " faking" the ingestion of sweets . Is sugarless gum a bad thing?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by taffy View Post
        I have the same thing. I chew Orbitz gum , sugarless. However , I was wondering if Im stimulating insulin production by " faking" the ingestion of sweets . Is sugarless gum a bad thing?
        It's gum, it's pretty far from being anything natural ya know? you could eat worse stuff, but still.

        I just think when it comes to this you have to will yourself to not eat ANYTHING after eating a regular, filling meal. A friend suggests having some/more fat after eating, like a spoonful of coconut oil or some nut butter. I don't eat nuts or nut butters so I can't say if it helps or not.

        If you always "reward" yourself you will create that habit. Work instead on the habit of once your meal is finished, you're done eating until real hunger comes back again.

        Might be a militant, extreme type of approach, but you guys have expressed concern, so there it is.
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        • #5
          Whole 9 Life did a blog post about this. They called "Dessert Demons," and suggest that it's actually because you're mentally used to having something sweet to signal the end of a meal. They suggest eating something sweet (like a piece of fruit or some nuts (yes, nuts taste sweet to me)) with your meal and then not succumbing to your body's tantrums that it wants something after the meal. Or else shut it up with a big blob of fat. My shut-up fat of choice is a 1/4-1/2 cup of whipped cream (unsweetened, of course) or else some cheese. You can go non-dairy with some fatty meat or something derived from a coconut. It's like giving a kid who's screaming for ice cream a pony instead.

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          • #6
            I tend to have the same feeling after meals even after having a nice fat & protein filled dinner. I solve it by having a small handful of fresh blueberries or blackberries. So far, it is working.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Melantha View Post
              It's like giving a kid who's screaming for ice cream a pony instead.
              Haha! I love this.

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              • #8
                my theory is that the body releases insuliin etc in enough quantitiy to deal with former SAD habits, leading to lowered blood sugar, leading to hunger. I've heard other theories, about sugar fermenting and then acting like alcohol, and other odd and fascinating theories. Not sure which one is true, but I can't wait to find out, as I experience this, too, and its a pain in the ass.

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                • #9
                  Try some coconut butter for awhile till you break the habit. It is slightly sweet tasting and the fattiness will help satisfy. Just a nice big spoonful works well.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by duckmama View Post
                    The main times I crave sweets is immediately following a meal. Any theories about why that happens? I don't tend to have the mid-afternoon carb/sugar cravings that I've heard about from others. For me, it's right after I eat something I want something sweet to cleanse my pallett. So far, I've been able to "cure" the craving with a square of dark chocolate, and sometimes peppermint tea works too. I just have to be cautious with the chocolate that it's just a square (or sometimes two) and not the entire bar.
                    wow...you read my mind today. I just realized I've been craving a little bit of dark chocolate after every meal. Even just one tiny bite and I'm happy. Weird. I'm reaching my goals so I'm not going to worry about a bite or two of dark chocolate every day (85% or greater)...glad to hear it's not just me!
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                    • #11
                      for me its after lunch... I never have a problem after dinner, but that could be due to the fact I often have wine with dinner so the sweetness is attached to the booze...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Suse View Post
                        for me its after lunch... I never have a problem after dinner, but that could be due to the fact I often have wine with dinner so the sweetness is attached to the booze...
                        It's funny that you mention the wine. I often have a glass of wine with dinner, and I'll finish the final sips when I'm done with my meal. I generally don't get the sweet craving then. It's usually after lunch...and sometimes (bows head with embarrassment) after breakfast.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Funkadelic Flash View Post
                          Haha! I love this.
                          Thanks! It really is. Your body says "I want sugar!" You say "No, you can't have sugar, but you can have this cream." Body says "BUT I WANTED SU- wait, what? Cream? Ooooo...." Distract and conquer.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by duckmama View Post
                            It's funny that you mention the wine. I often have a glass of wine with dinner, and I'll finish the final sips when I'm done with my meal. I generally don't get the sweet craving then. It's usually after lunch...and sometimes (bows head with embarrassment) after breakfast.
                            it's rare for me to get the sugar craving after breakfast probably because I have more fat then... although I do have a half teaspoon of sugar in my tea.... and I'll have that after breakfast... I just cant see me giving up sugar entirely I'm afraid.

                            It's the after lunch craving that is the absolute killer for me. More fat perhaps? It's not like I'm hungry or not satiated, its just a pure evil sugar calling.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Melantha View Post
                              Whole 9 Life did a blog post about this. They called "Dessert Demons," and suggest that it's actually because you're mentally used to having something sweet to signal the end of a meal.
                              Hmmm. I think Whole 9 Life came up with an easy answer and it is so much BS. I have the same experience as the OP and yet I have gone without desserts for most of my life (due to the low fat, low calorie insanity) and thus could hardly be an example of someone who is "mentally used to having something sweet to signal the end of a meal".

                              I believe the craving is chemical/hormonal. So far outside mental control as to be laughable. Does anyone know the science of why this happens? Because it does and it is STRONG. And resistance may be futile if you are dealing with chemical drivers as opposed to habit or will power.
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