The Way I Learned How to Stop Craving Sweets
By Elena Gillis
I grew up in a family where food was a big deal. Unlike a lot of my friends who ate cold cereal for breakfast, my mom would make us homemade waffles, or a fresh loaf of honey wheat bread with butter and jam. The minute we got home from school I could sense the aroma of freshly baked blueberry muffins before I saw them waiting for me on the counter. I grew up loving food, and my mom passed down to me a love of baking sweet breads, muffins, and desserts.
Out on my Own
When I moved out of the house and went to college, I had to learn how to fend for myself. As a college student, I didn’t have a lot of time to bake, but I missed my mom’s muffins! A lot of times between meals I would run to the vending machines before my next class started and grabbed an oatmeal crème cookie to give me a quick sugar fix that would last me a few hours. I wanted to figure out how to stop craving sweets! I wanted to adjust my focus during the day and stop worrying about food so much.
Enter the Water Bottle
To start changing my habits, I began carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I went. I have always been a water drinker, and I never much cared for soda or juice or any other kind of drink. I decided that if I was going to learn how to stop craving sweets, I needed to take a swig of water every time I felt the urge for sugar. I found that most of the time when I actually thought I was hungry, I was really thirsty. Drinking water helped fill up my stomach before I ate a meal so I wouldn’t binge on sweets. Plus, as a great side effect, it helped me get rid of headaches and allowed me to concentrate more in class. Without my stomach rumbling and my brain telling me to feed it sweets, I was able to focus more on what the professors were saying.
How to Stop Craving Sweets: Stop Making Them!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I would find myself wanting sugar, and then I would feed that craving by making a huge batch of cookie dough and going to town. So I willed myself to eat an orange or some other kind of sweet-tasting fruit to curb my cravings for sweets. That helped a lot!
I still crave sweets from time to time, but the habits I developed in college have stuck with me as a stay-at-home mom. My kids and husband know I enjoy baking, and there are almost always homemade cookies readily available, but I don’t feel enslaved by my sweet cravings anymore.