Too Much of a Sweet Thing

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Three bowls of colorful fruit-flavored frozen yogurt topped with raspberries and blackberries, served on a marble surface.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of sweets around you making it difficult to stay on track and maintain your weight? To make matters more difficult, the more sugar you eat, the more your body actually craves it. This can create a cycle of sugar overloading if you are not mindful of your choices.

But don’t worry! You do not have to eliminate sugar or say no to every holiday treat. By making small changes and indulging occasionally rather than regularly, you can stay on track this holiday season.

Try these tips next time you are hit with a sugar craving:

  • Do something else for 5 – 10 minutes before indulging. Try going on a walk, calling a friend or brushing your teeth. You may find your craving has passed in that time.
  • Enjoy an individually wrapped dessert and enjoy it mindfully! For example, choose one Hershey’s kiss or one holiday Reese’s peanut butter cup. This keeps you from eating more than you intend to or having “just a couple more” M&M’s from the bowl.
  • Stick to “lighter” desserts rather than “heavy” ones. Opt for fruit-based desserts, such as this berry yogurt bark, over desserts filled with heavy cream or lots of added sugar.
  • Try fruit first. You might be surprised at how satisfying the natural sugars in a fruit can be when that sugar craving hits. Add a small piece of dark chocolate if the fruit alone is not quite fulfilling your craving.
  • Stick to the one bite rule. Take just one bite of the treat you are craving and enjoy it mindfully.

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