Thank you all for your replies!
I also found that meditation certainly helps. Also in a retreat setting, there is much less sensual desire in me.
However, it seems to be mainly temporal. If I stop or lessen my meditation for a while (for whatever reason), sensual desire is right around the corner to kick back in.
I think mindfulness temporarily holds back the hindrance of sensual craving, but to really overcome it, other practices are needed as well. For example, meditation on the body parts, the loathsomeness of food (http://www.dhammacenter.org/meditation/ ... ss_of_food
), and reflecting how sensual desire causes suffering.