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Old 10-03-2007, 04:54 AM   #1
Matthew Townsend
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Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

For the most part, I'm pretty disciplined with my food, but all too often, at about 3 to 4pm in the afternoon, when I have a mid-afternoon break, I succumb to eating an oatmeal slice with my cappuccino.

As the name suggests, these are made with grains and with syrup and butter. I'm not sure how much and that's part of the problem.

Do other people get the same feeling at about this time? What's the best way of dealing with it? When I remember, I grab a handful of dried fruit and nuts before going downstairs for a break, but it doesn't always work.

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Old 10-03-2007, 04:59 AM   #2
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

Fruit is the healthy man's sugar! Try an apple.
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:57 AM   #3
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

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Have the "cheat" once a week. Other than that, keep the dried fruit & nuts in your pocket or wherever you need to keep it so you don't have an excuse.

BTW, having to go back upstairs to get your snack is not a worthwhile excuse.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

Apple slices and Almonds
Bring a little bag cooler put a ice pack in it and throw your apple slices in it good to go.
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:27 AM   #5
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

No cheating....cheating just keeps you addicted to sugar. You have to BREAK the habit. It is a difficult battle, but ELIMINATE sugar. Get it out of your house. Don't bring it home. Don't take it to work. Forget the dried fruit....it just has more sugar concentrated in a smaller serving.

When you have the afternoon cravings, have a tablespoon of almond butter. Costco has it and Trader Joe's. (cheaper than the grocery store). I don't know how nor why it works. I was hungry one afternoon and the only thing available at MBC was a jar of almond butter. I had 2 tablespoons and the hunger cravings disappeared for hours.

I shared my 'experimental results' with our members and since then, one after another has reported the same success.

Give it a try.


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Old 10-05-2007, 06:47 AM   #6
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

Matt;

Skip is the man. Never heard of stuff 6 months ago, now making my own along with Walnut butter. Don't confuse the benefits of the Nut Butters with Peanut Butter. Not the same as Peanuts are Legumes, whole other issue.

Eat meat along with good fats, toss in some Veggies, very little fruit, there you go.

Trader Joe's Almond butter is very well priced at about $5.69 LB, buying Almonds at one of the Discount Clubs at around $3.85 LB, and make your own.
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:01 AM   #7
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

Macadamia butter's better though
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:07 AM   #8
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

I find that eating carrots (I eat baby carrots) tends to fill me up and get rid of any need I've got for snacking, or cravings.
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:08 PM   #9
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

Dried fruit and carrots, even baby ones have a very high glycemic load and may make the craving problem worse. An apple or two, cut into slices and topped with almond butter has been an effective staple of mine for a while. Very satisfying and very tasty.
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:39 PM   #10
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Re: Dealing with mid-afternoon sugar cravings

Thanks for your responses everyone. Problem with cutting out dried fruit entirely is that a friend of mine works in the food importing business and has just given me a 5kg bag of a nut/dried fruit mix.

Otherwise will see if I can resist the temptation for a week...
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