Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tempted to Eat Something? Try this!

Have you ever felt the urge that you're in need of something sweet and you need it NOW? I know this has happened to me on more than one occasion and often times I really don't need anything.  I just think I do. I've heard people say, get yourself a big glass of water, but for me I drink so much water as is, that doesn't always work for me. What does? As crazy as it might sound........BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
There seems to be something about that taste of toothpaste that changes my taste buds in the moment, and I no longer feel the urge to have the sweets or snacks when it's not time to have them. (Remember moderation.) The other thing I like about it is that the taste seems to hang around in my mouth long enough to distract even the thought about snacking. Before I know it I've moved on to another part of my day and am ready to eat the next time I'm due for a snack or a meal. 

Other things that might help are breath mints and or gum. I'm not a huge gum eater, but I know of others who say that seems to help in moments like these.

Happy Brushing! And remember it's not that we don't want to allow treats and snacks into our lives. It's just got to be the right time and in moderation. If we can't control that, we'll end up back where we started.

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  1. i love this picture! i've actually done this and it does work.

  2. I have never been an after supper snacker and I think it is because I brush my teeth right after we eat!

  3. Yes!! Sometimes I do this at night right after dinner so that I don't tempt myself to eat anymore. :)

  4. Thanks for the great idea! I had a roommate in college that would brush her teeth really early in the evening. Then when someone offered her a treat she'd say, "Oh,no thanks. I just brushed my teeth." This post made me remember this. :) Adding to list of how to avoid sugar ideas!

  5. Great idea... plus everything tastes gross after brushing teeth...

  6. Yes! This is my trick, too! Also, I keep the starlight mints in the house and they help me out a lot. Great advice!