How do you satisfy your sweet tooth without going completely off diet?

The answer to this question definitely depends on whether I am in prep or not! Similar to many competitors during competition prep, I chew LOTS of sugar-free gum! Extra makes sugar-free flavors like Vanilla Cupcake, Rootbeer Float, Sherbet and many more! Many people find that chewing this gum satisfies their cravings. This is not a good solution for me personally as I have found it only makes the craving worse. Instead I chew mint flavored sugar free gum. The mint calms and focuses me. It also seems to affect my palette in a way that removes the desire for sweet foods mostly because I know they will taste awful after the mint flavor!! (much like brushing your teeth)

Regardless of my season I am always on a structured nutrition plan, but if I am in my off season there are more options! If it is Open Diet Day Sunday then I will eat the sweet food I am craving! If it is Monday and I am craving something sweet then I will wait until Tuesday evening or even better Wednesday to indulge.

Additionally, I will purchase a single serving of the food I’m craving. Instead of baking a batch of brownies, I will purchase one. This prevents me from eating the entire pan in a day. Instead my mind is satisfied because I can see that I have eaten all that is available to me and I don’t need to long for “just one more bite” or “there is only a little bit left, I will just finish it”. It is important to remember that ALL foods can have a place in your life; you just need to remain accountable to their placement as well as your choices the other 98% of your time.


6 thoughts on “How do you satisfy your sweet tooth without going completely off diet?

  1. I am on a low carb eating plan and have been for a year.. So if sway from eating something I shouldn’t I love to endulge in a hand full of berries and my sin is coffee cakes..I have only lost 22 pounds.

  2. Great to hear that you have a nice balance! I agree, if it is a midweek indulgence I do try to schedule it in concordance with a heavy leg or back day! Thank you for reading my post!!

  3. First, congratulations on your dedication and accomplishments!! It sounds like you may be frustrated with your current plan, don’t be afraid to try a different nutritional approach. We all have different genetics and sometimes it takes some trial and error to find what works best for your body. Keep pushing and thank you so very much for reading my post!!

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