Hey, thank you for your great reply to my message! I've got another question for you- do you have any advice on how to deal with my cravings for anything sweet? I limited my daily sugars (sugarfree coffee, tea) but I still need some sweets after dinner, and it's usually chocolate, or fruit if I don't have anything. How can I deal with this in order to lose weight?
Sorry for my very late reply! I also often crave a treat after dinner. Let’s face it: willpower is lower in the evening and we often tend to think that we “deserve” a treat just because we had a busy day.
- Fruit is a good choice after dinner if you feel like you need something sweet to bring closure to your meal. Try to go for low-calorie, low-sugar fruits like grapefruit, melon, apple, berries. Fruits that are higher in calories like mango or bananas can better be eaten for breakfast, or pre/post-workout.
- Chocolate can be okay as a “meal closer” after dinner if you choose a low sugar dark chocolate and if you’re able to control your portions. This means eating only one square and putting it back. - I personally cannot do that, that’s why I just don’t have it in the house ;). When I want to indulge in chocolate, I go for unsweetened dark chocolate. One of my favorite dark chocolate brands is Lindt Excellence 99% cocoa. It’s really strong and many people may not like it but it’s just awesome to get that big chocolate kick without sugar or artificial sweeteners.
- If you need to be stricter with your diet, herbal tea is the way to go. I like dandelion tea as a natural diuretic to help get rid of water weight (for example if your thighs tend to swell a bit the days before your periods). Sage or lavender tea helps me calm down. I also recently discovered corn tea ; it tastes like pop corn :) I basically like trying different kinds of herbal teas to keep things interesting. You can find many new varieties in ethnic or natural food supermarkets.
- Finally a way to deal with evening / late night cravings is to distract yourself with something else. Watch your favorite tv-show, read something your really enjoy, get your mind off the thing you crave. Think as if you were babysitting a child. Suddenly the child starts throwing a tantrum because he wants candy, but there is nothing in the house. So you start distracting him using a toy or something else that he likes. Treat your inner child the same way to get your craving out of your mind.