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How to Stop Eating Sweets After Dinner

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Dear FitSugar,
During the holidays, I got into the habit of eating dessert after dinner. I crave sweets at night and I can tell that I've gained a couple pounds, but I can't seem to help myself. How can I break this habit without feeling like I'm on a diet or denying myself?
Got a Sweet Tooth Tori

I totally feel your pain. There's nothing wrong with having a taste of a sweet treat here and there, but between all the pies, cakes, cookies, and chocolates, my body has gotten used to the sugar rush too. You can either go cold turkey, which might be a little depressing and too much of a shock. Or you can taper off the post-dinner sweet treats slowly, so it's less of a shock to both your taste buds and your brain. You can still let yourself eat things that are sweet without piling on the refined sugar that rots your teeth, causes gain weight, and makes you feel like crap. For some healthy sweet ideas,


I know these things don't even compare to triple chocolate mousse cake, but at least your sweet tooth will be satisfied and your waistline won't have to suffer. If anyone else has any other healthy dessert ideas, please share them below.


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janellekerr janellekerr 9 years
I love eating a piece of Dove dark chocolate after meals. it sends a message to my brain that's like, "ok, time to stop eating!"
erinsugar erinsugar 9 years
I've been substituting Graham Crackers for my usual cookies.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are completely my favorite. I bought some mint chocolate last night, which is probably my favorite - chocolatey and minty-refreshing!
sunshyne sunshyne 9 years
i make some hot cocoa with light soy milk, cocoa powder, and a little honey. tames that chocolate craving!
paramita paramita 9 years
I totally agree with i am awesomeness. For me eating in moderation is the best solution. I always try to eat slowly, enjoying the meal. This way, I'm always very satisfied with a small piece of sweets :).
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 9 years
If I want something, then I just have it but make sure that I'm controlling the portion size. I do go through weeks here and there though where I'm eating sweets like mad,so those are the times that I will allow myself a little something sweet, and then the rest of the time try something like a yoghurt, or drink a glass of water and wait to see if I actually am hungry, or if I am just thinking I want it(which is true for most of the time). Delmonte has these smoothie bars which are under 100 calories, sweet, have hardly any ingredients apart from fruit, and always end my cravings.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I don't get why people insist that to be healthy, you can't have any fast food or sweets, etc. EVERYTHING is all right in moderation. EVERYTHING. You can eat anything you want, you just have to control the portion sizes. Try just having a cup of yogurt or a small snack cake(like Little Debbie's snack cakes), or cut yourself a tiny bit of cake(not recommended... buy it already portioned if you can). You could also give yourself a Hershey's kiss each hour. If you ban yourself from having certain foods, you will eat them, and eat more than you normally would.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I heard that dark chocolate is a good way to "finish" a meal, and since it is so satisfying it may actually help prevent you from doing further snacking. And it's good for you! Also, if you train yourself to have a small piece every night, it can help train you that your meal is done. Fruit and yogurt is for breakfast, I couldn't trick myself into thinking that was a dessert or fruit as a palate-cleanser!
immagirl143 immagirl143 9 years
I feel her! :) I can't stop eating chocolates! :)
katies104 katies104 9 years
it seems like jello pudding is a fan favorite! i thought of it immediately (it's always in stock in the fridge) then saw it had already been recommended. It's great because it gives you the chocolate fix without excessive calories, yet fills you up (or fills in all the cracks after dinner)
ylatan ylatan 9 years
i like to eat fruit after dinner. an orange or maybe a smoothie made with frozen berries (cause its winter) a banana a teeny bit of raw honey and unsweetened rice milk. not bad.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Red ants on a log :rotfl:
guinnevere guinnevere 9 years
my husb and i were talking about this just last night because we went out for chinese food and they gave us traditional orange wedges to end the meal. i think of it more as a palate cleanser, but he said it's a great dessert, tart and satisfies that craving for something sweet- and i think he's totally right!
ksw4543 ksw4543 9 years
Betty Crocker has these 150 calorie chocolate desserts. They're called "Warm Delights" or something to that effect. They are small packets of cake mix and a topping; caramel, raspberry, or double chocolate. They're absolutely decadent and they're in a really small portion so it won't kill your diet if you eat one. I usually allow myself to have one if I have had 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables that day! They're about 4 bucks for a pack of two, fyi! :)
pequeña pequeña 9 years
Thanks for posting this, I have the exact same problem! My favourite alternative is the baked apple...yum!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I like those Jello puddings too!! I totally forgot about those. I'm adding that to my grocery list! :woohoo:
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I love eating dessert in the winter too. One way I "fool" myself into thinking I just ate something really decadent is to fix myself a cup of decaf coffee with a little cream and sugar in it. I sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top and it tastes like a mocha dessert, but for a fraction of the calories.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I'm a big fan of the fruit/non fat whipped topping (Cool Whip) combo. It's satisfying and not too terribly bad for you. OH, and I had that cake pictured for my 30th birthday and am drooling over the thought of it...guess I oughta get me some fruit! :wink:
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
My favorite is the fruit and yogurt combo. The fruit satisfies the sugar craving and the yogurt makes it all creamy and delicious. I feel like I'm "cheating" when I'm really eating something good for me! I also like pudding or a piece of chocolate. mmmm! ohohoh! or a banana with some peanut butter or hot fudge. mmmm!
nikkipez nikkipez 9 years
I personally love sugar free Jello puddings. THey are 60 calories each, and they have some new great flavors. The newer ones are even layered so, for example,there is fudge on top of banana pudding for a banana sundae. Im not sure if these are healthy (ingredients wise) but atleast calorie wise they are a nice treat.
Martha Stewart's Monster Oreo Brownies
Salted Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
Disney's Dia de los Muertos Desserts
Instant Pot Brownie Cake
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