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    I will chew some if I'm fighting a sugar/carb craving. It helps
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    I chew cinnamon flavored gum or mint. I find that artificial fruity flavors promote sugar cravings for me. I also chew each piece for 30+ min, because you are supposed to 'work out' all the 3 calories through the act of chewing. Crazy, I know, but it's a CW habit.

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    its interesting to see people saying chewing gum helps them whilst IF'ing. I would have thought that the physical act of chewing would mess with the body, tricking it into thinking its about to recieve food, and therefore drive stomach acid? i always thought chewing gum on an empty stomach wasnt such a good idea. at least it makes me feel hungry..... thoughts?

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    I don't like gum, use to love it.
    When I get to the point I need to chew something, I chew on bones... o.o I don't eat the bones but I do chew on them.

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    Personally, I find that if I choose gum over food for craving, I usually end up wanting to indulge in the craving so for me it is counterproductive. PLUS, I had a very nasty gum chewing habit of literally switching out the piece like every 10 minutes so I would go through a pack pretty quickly..all the aspartame would KILL my stomach and I would get very bloated/gassy..so for me it is better not to have it. Even 1 piece, it is like crack for a crack addict. I will just crave more gum and then almost be hungrier..same thing if I drink diet soda so I just quit both...which has been HARD to do..I almost need to take up smoking to get over my gum addiction :P

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    I love my spry gum. plus the xylitol is good for my teeth.

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    Too many chemicals for me. My last major migraine I traced back to a sugar free gum...not doing that again. Altoids all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xfitgurl16 View Post
    Personally, I find that if I choose gum over food for craving, I usually end up wanting to indulge in the craving so for me it is counterproductive. PLUS, I had a very nasty gum chewing habit of literally switching out the piece like every 10 minutes so I would go through a pack pretty quickly..all the aspartame would KILL my stomach and I would get very bloated/gassy..so for me it is better not to have it. Even 1 piece, it is like crack for a crack addict. I will just crave more gum and then almost be hungrier..same thing if I drink diet soda so I just quit both...which has been HARD to do..I almost need to take up smoking to get over my gum addiction :P
    This is me!! I am a chain chewer and have been for 20 years!! I know it is sooo bad, all that freakin aspertame and such. (Extra Peppermint is my drug of choice)..My dentist says it's doing wonders for my teeth, and when I told my husband I wanted hypnotherapy for my nasty addiction he basically said.."what are you talking about, it's not nasty"..Gawd!! do I have to get a brain tumor so I can quit?? I thought Primal would have taken any desire for artificial sweetner's away but I feel it's almost gotten worse in the last 4 months...CRAP!!! Truly if I could be repulsed by the thought of it I would do anything!! I feel like the Amy Winehouse of gum chewers. POOP!

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    Gum does help me with IF, because the hunger spells are short on IF and easily overcame with a bit of chewing. You can't really consider food while you are chewing a strong-flavored gum, and then the hunger spike is BOOM! gone! And I am happy and content again.

    It also helps when you go into a 2-hour long meeting that is equipped with cakes, muffins, doughnuts and home-made cookies. I've been through plenty of those, and gum is awsome for that! I don't go to a course or a lunch-hour meeting without it!

    It also helps when you are bored stiff in the amusement park for teh sake of your 5 y.o. and every step of the way you have cottong candy, pop-corn, ice-cream and it all smells (better than it tastes, we all know, but smells are powerful!). Guess what! Cinnamon tablet in your mouht smells STRONGER! And it keeps your mouth plugged up. It also looks more conventional & less painful than the duct tape.

    Also, a stick of gum does wonders when you can't seem to stop snacking after a meal & is easier than brushing teeth. It's in your pocket. Go for it NOW!!!!!

    It is a good idea when you are cooking stuff for your family and irreplaceable when baking (I have heard of Iron Women who do not sample cookie dough or quality control the cookies just out of the oven, but I think they are an urban legend).


    In short, it's portable and it is this poor dieter's food cravings 'go away' magic wand
    Last edited by Leida; 07-27-2011 at 05:32 AM.

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    I wonder if it would affect the pancreas and insulin?... the body would get confused?..... I suppose it is good for short term benefits to avoid snacking mindlessly but I always question long term health results?.... anytime we do something that is unnatural, chewing, without incoming food....this can't be a good thing..... just my thoughts....

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