Resist the siren call of sweets

Welcome to the second All You Healthy Check-In. As we mentioned before, we are posting wellness goal along with feasible tips on how you can meet it.

We hope that you’ll try out the strategies and let us know what you think of them (and share tips of your own).

This week’s goal: Keep from caving into a sugar craving.

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We’ve all been there. A colleague sets out some homemade brownies in your job’s break room—and for whatever reason (you’re tired, stressed, or bored) it seems impossible to resist giving in and snatching up a piece (ok, maybe two).

While there’s definitely room for an occasional treat if you’re eating a well-rounded diet, there are tricks you can use to outsmart your hankering for sugary eats so you don’t give into temptation every time you see them.

Here are two strategies to lean on during the day—plus one to curb post-dinner cravings:

Take five. Before you reach for that brownie, take a few seconds to ask yourself if you’re eating it just because it’s there and if it’s really worth the calories. Also, ask yourself if you’re really hungry. If you are, opt for fruit.

Go for some gum: A study done at Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom found that chewing gum in the afternoon curbs appetite and the desire for sweets.

And for those evening cravings…

Boost the amount of B you get: Low levels of vitamins B6 and B12 can lead to late-night longings for the something sweet. Noshing on fortified cereals, seafood, meat or poultry can boost levels, and taking a B-complex supplement is another option.

Which of these tips will you try this week? What tricks of your own do you use to curb your sweet tooth?