3.) Wait it out. Did you know a craving lasts for about 15 minutes -- and then it goes away. Make a list of things you can do to distract you for 15 minutes. When a craving hits, grab a bottle of water and get to that activity -- you can even set a timer. Once you hit 15 minutes, your cravings are gone and you are EMPOWERED!
4.) Are you stressed? Some cravings are stress related. Practice other ways to cope with stress -- walking, spiritual connections, a cozy fireplace, hot baths, all of these stimulate neurochemicals that activate regions of the brain that stimulate pleasure associated with eating something sweet.
5.) Break old habits. One way to take control and make a change is to keep a journal. Sure, enjoy a big glass of water or cup of hot tea, but do so as you write down what you are craving, why you are craving it, give the craving a name and talk to it, find out what it wants, tell it why it is not welcome at this time. I know, sounds corny -- but it does help you gain insight and control over such thoughts and beliefs, and then you have the power to change them.
By simply doing something different after dinner, you can overcome your sugar habit. After dinner, brush your teeth, chew on a piece of gum, or sip on some hot tea that has a naturally sweet taste (this one has been my lifesaver). Remove yourself from the environment where you normally had your sweet treat. If you normally eat it while watching TV, turn off the TV and distract yourself with a good book, play with your children, listen to some music, write in your journal, etc.
You will be amazed at how powerful a few little lifestyle habits will give you the control you need to deal with and overcome those nagging cravings.