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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Sabotaging Your Waist Line







I talk nutrition with tons of people on a weekly basis.  While some crave salty foods, the overwhelming majority of people have serious sugar cravings.  This week I tracked down a sugar craving expert, Angela Minelli and we dive into

  • why willpower has nothing to do with it (and how companies like Weight Watchers cash in on this fact)
  • which sweeteners are ok and which aren’t
  • what kind of chocolate is best for your bod
  • 3 techniques to kick the cravings now
If you have a serious sweet tooth and aren’t interested in giving up sweets, but would like to get a handle on it WATCH THIS VIDEO NOW.

*NOTE ON PROTEIN: During the interview Angela talks about protein and mentions dividing your body weight by 3 to get the amount of protein you should be consuming per day.  If you are an avid exerciser and like to maintain lean muscle-this is probably not sufficient for you.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have a specific question about this and I’ll answer it.

*For more on sugar cravings email Angela at

It’s comment time, do you deal with sugar cravings? Share your thoughts below, failures? success stories? ideas? This is a big conversation for a lot of people.  Can’t wait to see what you have to say!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Sabotaging Your Waist Line
  • Mike

    Soooooo true about the protein. I went down the vegan road recently; THE CHINA STUDY and THE MACDOUGALL DIET…. my basketball game went into the toilet and my sugar cravings went into the stratosphere. For my body? NOT the answer.

    • Liz DiAlto

      I hear that. I LOVE Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet-but when I dramatically reduced my animal protein intake in Dec I could literally see myself get softer within a week-but like you said for your body, not the answer. I’m with you-but for less active people or those willing to take extra supplements, it might be ok.

  • Erin

    LOVE THIS! I didn’t even know raw chocolate existed. But I bet it’s better for me than that new Rolo McFlurry I got from McDonald’s last night at 11pm. Yikes…

    • Liz DiAlto

      ED…really? McDonalds made a McFlurry with Rolos? What a random candy to choose…like I haven’t even thought about a Rolo since like 1989. I won’t judge you though, Chris and I tried this frozen yogurt over the weekend and may have topped it with Fruity Pebbles AND cookie dough. Nobody is perfect all of the time (at least we shared it though :P)

  • Heather

    Great info!! I always notice I crave baked goods when I haven’t been eating much protein.

    As for the raw chocolate, Gnosis is good but Urban Goddess is by far the best raw chocolate I’ve ever tasted (at an IIN event) – pricey but totally worth the splurge

    • Liz DiAlto

      ooh thanks for the recommendation Heather! A lot of people are like, yea but I’m sure I’d eat the whole thing. I find with something real and not loaded w/ crappy sugars I can actualy eat one piece and be satisfied. Hallelujah!

  • Simona

    My answer to any sweet craving – coconut. It’s fully alkaline and coconut water (which is sweet and yummy) is an excellent source of potasium. Hello morning work-out drink. In the organic store down the street they have these coconut+vanilla vegan, organic, raw, and gluten free macaroons. TO DIE FOR. Sort of like what you and I had @ Lucky Duck, remember?

    • Liz DiAlto

      Oh yes, I remember those macaroons. Important to only eat one at a time…I find that sometimes because things are “vegan” people can take for granted that they’re automatically healthy. Still a decent amount of sugar in those little treats 🙂

  • Rachel Luna

    I just ate some mint chocolate because I knew I needed it and I was able to stop at just a few discs. Usually I could eat the entire bag. 😉
    Liz, I went vegan following watching a video from Kris Carr and I don’t really miss the meat, but I am concerned that my body is going to get all soft and fluffy. I tried to eat meat again and I got SUPER sick. Like I’m afraid to eat meat again! Any suggestions??

    • Liz DiAlto

      Rachel, this is a very legitimate concern. If you go back to meat at all make sure it’s hormone/antibiotic free. It’s ok of you dont though (the following advice is 100% my opinion) but you need to be diligent about alternative sources of protein whether you find a vegan protein powder or research which grains carry the highest amount (quinoa is one) and be careful to load up on veggies and not too many carbs. I think you eat eggs though, right? Again, the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle is a great one-but beware of the “carbotarian route” which is when the diet becomes 70-80% carbs. Even things that are gluten free can be deceiving, gluten free only means it doesn’t have gluten, there’s a lot of tricky sugars that are gluten free.