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Old 09-11-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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How it works in my head

I was thinking about the way I choose the foods I do and I realized that being hungry and craving sweet are two completely different things. Hunger requires food with a modicum of nutrition..usually savory but not always. Craving sweet has nothing to do with hunger. While it generally feels as physically necessary as nutrition I know that it is not. My body should be perfectly happy once I have consumed a little meat and v e g but I still crave something sweet and find it as difficult to ignore the craving as it is to ignore hunger. I also realize that this is just a matter of habit which can be broken but hunger cannot be broken. Still the craving for sweet sure feels like a biological necessity. Does it work like that for you?

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Pretty much the same for me. I need savory when I'm hungry. Sweets are an indulgence. As a matter fact, I just finished a bowl of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce. I think I'm all set for tonight.
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I was just considering a small bowl of ice cream...
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Pretty much the same for me. I need savory when I'm hungry. Sweets are an indulgence. As a matter fact, I just finished a bowl of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce. I think I'm all set for tonight.
But does that sweet craving feel like a biological necessity?
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Sometimes it does, I was fine until I started thinking about something sweet. Not happy and actually antsy until I got the ice cream.
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Maybe you need fruit when you are craving sweet.
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But does that sweet craving feel like a biological necessity?
I'd have to say no. I never look for a sweet snack. If I have any hunger pangs between meals, it's always for a savory snack.

That said, we have several different kinds of chocolates around the house. Right now it's mini Reeses cups, dark chocolate M&Ms and Andes mints. My grandson loves chocolate (big surprise) but in truth, they are for me.

Each night after dinner, around 9:00 - 9:30 PM, I need the dessert that goes with my dinner. Certainly not because I'm hungry. I guess it's a habit. BTW, that dessert is never the candy. It's cookies and milk or cake or ice cream. Some dessert or pastry.
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Maybe you need fruit when you are craving sweet.
Nope. Fruit isn't nearly decadent enough.
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Well, all I know is that I should never, ever go to the grocery store when I am hungry.
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But does that sweet craving feel like a biological necessity?
It feels to me like a justification for wanting a gooey something
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