I'm sure I'm going to open myself up for all kinds of comments but here goes... Facts: I am a BIG girl, besides being overweight I'm very healthy. Obviously, I dont have a balanced diet but I don't consume sweets as some would think (except sodas). I run 2-3 miles at a crippled snails pace 4/5 times a week and I understand why I usually dont have a lot of energy. However, I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else. The more I run, the more I crave sweets, not sodas, not regular food, just sweets. It's really ticking me off cause I just did a nice lil workout and now I'm craving something I don't normally eat....and I don't eat it if I'm not running. Any thoughts on this or am I just crazy?
When you drink Sodas are they diet? or regular? If you are drinking diet sodas or things with artificial sweeteners, it can actually make you crave sweets more. I dont drink sodas anymore, ever. It's been long enough to where if I take a sip of one, it just doesnt appeal to me.
As far as overcoming the cravings....I would keep lots of fruit around. Make it easy on yourself put it in single servings when you get home from the grocery store. All you have to do is reach in the fridge and get something good for you :-) Train your body to want those kinds of sweets and not the destructive kind. I love blackberries and dewberries (TX fruit that are smaller and sweeter than blackberries), strawberries, bananas, apples, pineapple...any kind of fruit really :-)
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i used to LOVE sodas, but i found a few ways to get out of the habit of drinking them. I started using sugar free crystal light drink mix. it gives you a nice amount of flavor without the caffeine and sweeteners that are used in sodas. I had a big drop in energy for the first 1-2 weeks, but now its very easy to go without. One thing i learned from a nutritionist is that apples have natural caffeine in them and can give you somewhat of an energy boost!
I agree with the crystal light but have another tip with it....if you buy the big packages for making a pitcher of it mix it into 1/3 of the water it calls for then use this to mix with club soda.
I hate the diet soda taste and the calories in regular soda so this is a good option at about 5cal per mix.
oh and Jello light is a good sugar craving treat.... again only 5-10 cal I believe.
I keep dark (very dark) chocolate around. It's rich enough that one square is enough to savor, and its balance of good stuff (antioxidants) to bad stuff (sugar/fat) is way better than milk chocolate, which I don't like that much anyway.
Yogurt is also a great sweet treat; my new favorite is greek style yogurt with honey. It comes in non-fat, too, and is just as delicious. Plus it has the added bonus of helping my digestion. Mix it with some fruit and granola, and it's a fulfilling snack, or a good breakfast.
I do the same thing with crystal light. I actually mix it with flavored seltzer (the unsweetened kind) and it is very refreshing. I don't like sodas anyway, so that isn't a big sacrifice for me. Besides not liking sodas (they are SICKLY sweet!) I just don't want to "waste" my calories. I'd rather eat the 150 calories than drink it....but that's just me.
I won't lecture the OP about sweets. I'm not exactly thin myself. But the advice I would give is to make your sweets count. Go for the fruit first (I devour apples!) If you've just GOTTA have some sugar, try to at least make it something fairly nutritious. A lowfat pudding or yogurt is a good idea because you are getting some protein and calcium. Sweetened whole grain cereal with skim milk is satisfying, yummy and has fiber and nutrients. I don't cut sugar out of my diet, but for me personally I draw the line at drinking sugary soda which is almost pure sugar with no nutritional value at all. Also, that concentrated sugar content is what gives you those spikes and slumps which affect your running and energy level in general.
About 2 years ago I was having some stomach issues and found out I needed to cut out sugars & sodas...my substitute??? Unsweetend Iced Peppermint Green Tea!!! I LOVE this stuff!! I have to say that once I did eliminate sugars and sodas from my diet, I lost 12 pounds in 3 weeks. I will admit I do still get a craving for a soda, but if I give in, I pour a little in a glass drink it and quickly give the rest to another family member. Good luck!!
Try bumping your protein intake up a little bit. I read that craving sweets can mean that your body is looking for more protein from your diet. Works for me. And I know what you are talking about I get extactly the same cravings that you are describing
I do a low cal Protein shake AFTER I run.
Its best to get protein within an hour after your run because your metabolisim will burn off the cal faster and your muslces absorbe nutrients easier at this point. Protein is used to repair the minor tears caused by your work out.
I just eat a little bit more protein, like a few extra bites nothing major. My favorite after workout drink is chocolate milk (about a cup, not too much). I like protein bars but I don't buy them because they are mostly high cal and kind of expensive. Everybody remember to drink your daily req of water, especialy now that summer is here!
I'm with Taboulie on the chocolate milk. It gives you the protein and the sweet you are craving. I will admit I am a pepsi drinker but I try to limit and get more water, but I can't give up my pepsi sorry(or my cookies). I usually don't get to run until afternoon but can't run if I eat lunch so I use the cliff bars before my runs and drink my brown milk as soon as I get in and I'm good until dinner.
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Thanks to everyone who has replied thus far, you guys have given some great advice.
I do drink the crystal lite...peach mango is my favorite. I am realizing that I am going to need to plan my runs AND my meals in advance, gotta stop being lazy with this and just do it!
I run tomorrow and I'm going to try the chocolate milk suggestion and see how that works......anythings gotta be better than cheesecake 8(