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How I Accidentally Lost My Sweet Tooth (Without Even Noticing)

Looking back over my life, it seems I’ve always had a sweet tooth.  In the not so distant past, if you had asked me what my favorite food was, I would have said, “Cake!”  (Actually, my favorite food is still cake. But, read on. I actually have managed to lose my sweet tooth.)   

A cookie was always my favorite quick-grab snack, and right around age 30 (the very distant past), my dinner sometimes consisted of cookies. Sshhh, I was single again, and my job was stressful…  Also, DON’T do that.

My snacks weren’t always sweet. I wasn’t completely clueless.  But I often craved sweet (unlike my husband, who scrapes the icing off a cupcake, while I watch in disbelief.) 

Strangely though, recently I began to notice something, and it took me by surprise because I hadn’t even noticed it for a while.  When I now go to reach for a snack, I tend to crave something that isn’t sweet.  It’s still hard for me to believe, but these days, if you were to give me the choice of some cheese or nuts vs. something sweet,  I would probably choose the cheese or nuts.  I was so oblivious to it happening.

How I Conquered my Sweet Tooth

How did this happen??  I think it really hinges on the fact that I began to use stevia in my coffee every morning, instead of sugar, and I started replacing that late evening cookie or 2 (or3) with a sugar-free (stevia sweetened) chocolate or two.  

Short answer: I quit eating a lot of sugar, and my sugar cravings stopped.  (I know, I know. I had heard it before but somehow didn’t believe it would really happen.)

Without even realizing it, my craving for sugar practically ceased.  I even prefer a salad to fruit now. Believe me, no one could be more shocked than I am.  Given how harmful too much sugar can be, I’m grateful I don’t crave it as much anymore. 

I wish I could say that if you gave me a cookie I wouldn’t want another (or even another, or another.) Which is a good reason not to have a lot of cookies around.  (I do still eat cookies!) 

But, it’s the cravings that are different for me now. I no longer reach for sweet first all the time.  That is a huge improvement for me!

 

Here are some of the snacks I crave now:

(I still need to work on eating more vegetable snacks, but my snacking is much less sugar loaded now.)

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Nuts
  • Pretzels and hummus 
  • A mandarin (usually 2 mandarins)  (Yes, kind of sweet, but tart too.)
  • Carrots with natural peanut butter
  • Popcorn
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Red bell pepper slices with Ranch dressing

Many of these snacks need to be portion controlled, because calorie-wise, cheese and nuts, etc., can be pretty calorie dense. And, calories are something I really don’t need.  Also, too many salty snacks aren’t a good thing.  As I said, I still need to work on eating more vegetable snacks!

None of this is rocket science, of course. I think I’m just surprised it could happen to a sweets craver like me.

I thought I would share my experience with you so that, if you have a sweet tooth like I did, maybe you can lose yours, too. (Maybe a little less obliviously!)  

Linking to:

Senior Salon Pit Stop, A Pinch of Joy, Mostly Blogging, Lou Lou Girls, Thursday Favorite Things, My Random Musings, Wonderful Wednesday, French Ethereal

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12 Comments

  1. I definitely have a sweet tooth! But I also have a love for nuts, veggies and salads too. I've been trying to switch to snacks like Fiber One and Kind Bars so when I'm enjoying something sweet, it isn't as bad for me, but I'm not going to lie – I still enjoy my cookies and ice cream! Hehe.

    Alexandra
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  2. I have a major sweet tooth, like my mom does (her favorite food is birthday cake) and my grandmother did. I cut way down during pregnancy and some of that lingered, which I'm glad about. Like when I order a Starbucks latte, I get only 1/2 or 1/3 of the syrup and I accidentally got a "normal" one recently and it was way too sweet for me. My tastes had changed!

    1. Oh my gosh, birthday cake is my absolute favorite. That made me smile about your mom. Also, pregnancy is such a good motivator, isn't it! That's so awesome that it lessened your sweet tooth. I'm hoping my sweets cravings will stay away for good.

  3. My experience has been that if I find a healthy substitute I enjoy that over time I don’t enjoy the original when I go back. It isn’t always an overnight solution but recently I tried some less healthy foods I used to love and they were not the treat I thought they would be because they were too sweet in one case and I’ve lost my taste for fried foods.

    Giving up one food for a food I wasn’t crazy about has never worked for me but finding something that fills the place that is a healthier alternative is something I’m sticking with and it helps.

  4. Very interesting! I definitely have a sweet tooth, too, and I do use Stevia quite a bit, but maybe I should try using it more! 🙂 Good to know. Visiting from the Senior Salon Pit Stop link party.

  5. I’ve been an on and off sugar junkie for years but never like I was after my first reset. It really does work to just cut it out! Love this post, featuring it at my SSPS link party next week!

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