By vgarrison Latest Reply 2011-10-04 13:12:33 -0500
Started 2008-10-12 03:29:55 -0500

I have been seeing some unwanted spikes in my BG the last week or so. Finally figured out what it was today…it's my coffee. I use coffeemate french vanilla in my coffee everyday and now I'm seeing spikes. I am going to experiment with different creamers to see what happens, because I am not giving up my coffee…I have had to give up so much so far, I am NOT giving coffee up. I do think I need to find a different creamer though.

My question is, what does everyone use in their coffee? Assuming you use cream (I have tried it black..can't do it).


115 replies

roger 2009-06-13 20:23:48 -0500 Report

had a friend who quit this way
for 7 days befor you quit use only one ash tray then the night befor you quit smoke your last one on the edg of your bed put it out in that same ash tray then get a drink of water take a sip then fill that ash tray with what is left over. then in the am as soon as your feet hit the floor lean over and take a big wiff of that ash tray and every time you want onother do the same he quit cold turkey.

Bogy 2011-10-04 13:12:33 -0500 Report

This is similar to the way I prepared to stop smoking.I wanted to create a distastefull ,aversive association around smoking. In addition,when I did smoke, ,I would tell myself out loud," I hate this stuff, it's disgusting, unhealthy and I'm going to quit." I did not empty ash trays,put watter in the ash trays. These techniques assisted me to quit smooking. It didn't happen over night as it took time to replace the association between smoking and pleasure to one of "smoking andOMG,this is disgusting". I've been smoke free for 28 years. Sometimes, desparted people have to take desparated means. Pete,a former

vgarrison 2009-06-13 21:44:50 -0500 Report

OMG that is disgusting, but hey what are we as smokers doing to ourselves. Wrap a lung around that ashtray and whala!!!


2009-06-14 20:52:52 -0500 Report

I read your comment to my hubby Roger, and I got chewed out like you wouldnt believe!!! I paid $6.81 for a pack of Lucky Strikes!!! The government has gone insane.

roger 2009-06-18 18:20:29 -0500 Report

try the ash tray thing . even if it is to see how bad it does smell to this day when he gets in a car he smell the ash tray in that car and it still turns his stomic

2009-06-12 22:29:47 -0500 Report

I drink 3-4 pots of coffee a day. I drink Yuban coffee, and use 2% milk with Splenda in mine. I am trying to quit smoking, and hubby said coffee is next!!! I said, "PREPARE TO DIE!!!"

vgarrison 2009-06-12 22:35:37 -0500 Report

No Kidding!!!! I mean I am in the process of giving up smoking and don't even think about me giving up coffee!! No way


2009-06-12 22:43:24 -0500 Report

I broke today on the non smoking front, hubby got me a pack of Lucky Strikes, thinking that may make me quit, but these things are way better than filtered smokes, lol. I think when I go to my new Internal Med doc, I'll ask him to go back on the patches. That seems to work really well, no jitters, and no bitchyness!!! I just really have the urge now to go get another tattoo!!!!
Blessed Be Sister!!

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-01-28 11:05:26 -0600 Report

From the land of Starbucks… I drink my coffee black most of the time, but when the acid gets to my stomach I add REAL 2% milk, and don't worry about any calories or carbs (15 calories and 1.5 grams per tablespoon). If I needed to sweeten it, I would use REAL sugar, because granulated sugar has, per teaspoon, 15 calories and 4 grams. I would guess that none of us calculate our daily intake down to the gram, and we can adjust other foods we eat to allow this bit of enjoyment.

I prefer to eat "unprocessed" foods whenever possible, and have maintained my 5.5 A1c for many months with this approach (as well as loosing over 40 pounds).

jsd2005 2009-01-28 10:42:10 -0600 Report

There are sugar free non-dairy creamers with SPLENDA out there that are great. You might try one of these. I discovered these when I developed gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy.

fun2u2007 2009-01-27 17:13:01 -0600 Report

I LOVE my coffee too and won't give it up. I drink 1-2 cups Monday through Friday…black, and 3-4 cups each day on the weekend with just a little coffee mate, sometimes regular and sometimes sugar free. I haven't noticed any spike in my blood sugar from either. Thankfully! Lisa

Anonymous 2009-01-28 10:04:04 -0600 Report

I use the coffee mate too. I also drink decaf coffee. I use splenda and the cofee mate. No problem with spikes.

muirj3 2009-01-27 11:18:50 -0600 Report

What about adding a fat free or low fat milk. I have been advised not to use creamers by my dietician. Still enjoy my coffee with low fat milk.

sparkysmom 2009-01-27 11:24:45 -0600 Report

I use truvia and soy or low fat milk in my coffee. Dr oked it. I drink 2-4 cups throughout the day

Ani 2009-01-14 12:06:17 -0600 Report

Yes I think it would do you good to change your creaer. I too like coffe and it is proven that coffee helps lower your boold sugars. However, you have to change the type of sweetener in order for it to work. Like instead of sugar use a substitute sweetener. I myself so this and it helps me lower my sugar.
Instead of using creamer I use flavord soy milk, like vanilla, and it is still taste good.

vgarrison 2009-01-12 14:33:04 -0600 Report

Ok so I'm in the process of giving up…smoking…what the heck did you think I was gonna coffee??? OMG no way…LOL.

I am finding that giving up smoking is alot harder than I thought, especially now that all I want to do is snack when I need a smoke…carrots have alot more sugar than I realized…

Still have my coffee thought…and now I have discovered a lovely creamer called chocolate raspberry by coffee mate…I am in HEAVEN…lol

Blessed Be

Anonymous 2009-01-12 19:05:24 -0600 Report

I do not know your situation but if you need help quiting smoking have you tried Chantix. Great product, no cravings, no withdrawal symptoms. Some insurance companies will pay for it. My husband's did. He had smoked since he was 14, now 45 and he quit with in 12 weeks.

NormaJean 2009-01-06 20:22:14 -0600 Report

I use instant coffee,Splenda to sweeten it and Carnation evaporated milk as a creamer…has 3g of sugar,I can deal with that.

Anonymous 2009-01-09 10:07:19 -0600 Report

I use Dunkin Donuts Decaf coffee, sweetened with splenda and Cremora powdered creamer. I am not giving up my coffee. Or tea. LOL

2009-01-06 05:47:36 -0600 Report

I had always heard that coffee could change blood sugat rise, and I never knew why, and you don't even want to know how much I drink=all day; thank goodness I drink it black. I have passed this discussion by so many times worried I would have to quit, but black is ok, right, Claudia

Lanore 2009-01-06 08:24:35 -0600 Report

I will never give up my coffee no matter what…lol I use coffeemate in mine also, i guess i never checked to see how much it goes up, no matter still will not give it up.
Lanore ;-)

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-06 20:58:04 -0600 Report

Neither will I, Lanore! I do drink mine black, with just 1 aritificial sweetner. As for the cost, there came a point a while back when both coffee and gas had jumped so drastically that I was pondering which I'd give up (LOL). Decided I would have to cut out going anywhere and stay home and have my coffee!

Angelleah 2009-01-07 00:51:04 -0600 Report

My parents drink coffee all the time and they said they read an article saying if you drink coffee it can help prevent Alzheimers. Has anyone ever heard that before?

Headsup 2009-01-07 02:10:03 -0600 Report

Yes, I have read that coffee can help prevent the "Old Timers" disease -he he. Also, I have heard lately that artificial sweeteners can cause it and autism.

Lanore 2009-01-07 11:46:21 -0600 Report

Thanks LadyDi I will check it out…but I will still need to have my coffee. LoL. I had to give up smoking for which I am very gald, but will not give up my coffee. :-) Lanore

Goddess 2008-11-14 11:33:33 -0600 Report

I haven't had any today. But with all this talk about coffee I just made a whole pot.Talk can be contagious.LoL

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-14 11:45:26 -0600 Report

that is so true! i hope you enjoy your pot of coffee.

Goddess 2008-11-14 11:51:03 -0600 Report

I will!!! I'm using French Vanilla creamer. it's the only kind I have right now.

Lanore 2008-11-17 08:20:16 -0600 Report

Ok I need to go out and get some of that peppermint mocha coffeemate…dang it sounds good. LOL. Lanore :-) I'm hooked in the stuff.

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-14 11:12:30 -0600 Report

my coffee sure was good this morning! i get unhappy just thinking about giving it up.

caspersmama 2008-11-14 11:16:03 -0600 Report

Mine too. Having a Sugar Free International Coffee right now. I always buy them when it starts to get cold. I am having the Belgian Hazelnut. OOOOO-La La oh that is French. LOL

morris.js 2008-11-14 06:55:52 -0600 Report

Ok, guess I should put in my thoughts as well…LOL I went to "coffee college" in San Fransisco for a week a few years back, to learn more than I thought poosible about coffee…hee hee also, I have a commercial type Bunn coffee maker plumbed right in my water line in my kitchen, and makes a 1/2 gallon in about 3 minutes.. :)
I drink (2) pots or (1) gallon of coffee a day. I usualy drink it black, but sometimes in place of a desert, I will add some type of creamer and a sugar substitute.
I never have any problems with heartburn, (as a former police office, maybe there is some merit to "Policeofficer's" comments above…hee hee). It does not spike my BG levels, nor does it seem to cause me any fluid loss or need to "replenish" fluids. If I happen to be too busy to make and drink my coffee, I do not go into any kind of withdrawal symptoms from not having the caffiene, (and I don't drink anything else with caffiene in it).
So, other than probably making you other coffee lovers envious of me, I guess I cannot add anything useful to this discussion.
I thank God every day for allowing me the ability to have this one vice. :)

May you all be able to find a way to enjoy your coffee!

sexyswamprat 2008-11-13 21:14:41 -0600 Report

I don't drink coffee since being Dx with diabetes. Reason being, I have to have my flavored creamers and just like you, they were raising my bs. Irish cream and french vanilla mixed was my favorite. Used to put it in hot chocolate also. How terrible of me, hu!? So I figured id I can't have my creamer I'm not going to drink coffee. I still miss it though.

vgarrison 2008-11-14 02:11:56 -0600 Report

I can't imagine giving up my coffee…no way jose…I am back to my coffee mate creamers…love the peppermint mocha this time of year…but i'm using half the amount I was before and supplimenting with half and half…my coffee has to be BLONDE..


highlandcitygirl 2008-11-13 20:25:03 -0600 Report

well i had never even thought about my coffee habit messing around with my sugar levels. i would have still been in the dark if i had not run up on this discussion.

midget 2008-10-20 08:48:43 -0500 Report

i drink coffee and use the store brand creamer and my #'s are alright.

msann 2008-10-31 22:54:38 -0500 Report

i drink one cup coffe a day, use coffemate creamer doesn't bother blood sugarsbut i have hiatal hernia i take nexium for heartburn

Goddess 2008-10-31 23:06:42 -0500 Report

I'm drinking more coffee and using skim milk. I don't have heartburn when I use skim milk.

SkipT 2008-11-13 18:16:49 -0600 Report

I drink decaf coffee with stevia and heavy cream. Heavy cream actually has less carbs than skim milk. Be carefull though as some heavy creams actually have added thickeners and other things in it. Make sure the only ingredient is heavy cream.

Goddess 2008-11-13 18:24:35 -0600 Report

I also use stevia but I never thought to use heavy cream. It seems like it would have more cabs than skim milk.

SkipT 2008-11-13 19:14:41 -0600 Report

Here are the carb counts of a cup (8 fluid ounces) of the following, according to the USDA database. Note: some milks are "protein-fortified", and sometimes powdered milk is added for more "body" - this will alter the carb counts, so be sure to check the label. Also, "cream" varies depending upon the amount of butterfat and lactose.

Whole milk - 11.4 grams of carbohydrate
2 % milk - 11.7
1 % milk - 11.6
Fat-free (skim) milk - 11.9
Buttermilk - 11.7
Goat's milk - 10.9
Half and Half - 10.4
Light Cream - 7.1
Heavy Cream - 6.6

Evaporated milk (canned) - 25.3
Nonfat evaporated - 29.0
Sweetened condensed milk - 166 (not a typo)

Milk Substitutes
Unsweetened soy milk - between 2 and 5, depending upon brand. (Note: Most soy milk is sweetened.)
Unsweetened almond milk - 2-3 grams, depending upon brand - again, most is sweetened
Coconut milk - 6.3

beauty416 2008-10-20 07:32:25 -0500 Report

I use plain coffee creamer in my coffee. I have also used liquid sugarfree coffee creamer in mine. The liquid coffee creamer cost a little more but it is worth it. Give it a try. You may like it.

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 02:38:38 -0500 Report

Coffee...that aroma in the morning, there is nothing like it.

However, did you know that for every 8 oz of coffee (caffinated) you have to drink an additional 8oz of water a day? The caffine in it, same for caffinated teas, depleates your body of vital water. That was enough to get me to at least start drinking decaf. I have a hard enough time trying to get 60-80 oz of water a day as it is.

When I do drink it, I add soy milk and stevia. I like that combination and it doesn't have all the hydroginated crap in it like many of the non dairy creamers do. Who wants to drink Palm Oil in your coffee? Read the labels and be prepared to be frightened. I miss those flavors, but you can get that in the actual coffee now a days. I love a Cinnamon and spice coffee.

I guess I kind of use it as a treat. My every day drink is water, camomile tea, or decaf unsweet tea.

kdroberts 2008-10-20 03:52:02 -0500 Report

I've heard that 8oz coffee you need 8oz water line before. Whenever I try to look it up I always come back to articles that debunk it as if you drink 8oz of coffee, you are in fact drinking 8oz of water. It seems to be the same for most drinks. They are not the best source for water but to say that drinking one 8oz cup of coffee essentially forces 16oz (8oz in the cup you drank plus the other 8oz you need to replace) of water out of your body doesn't seem to make any sense.

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 06:37:46 -0500 Report

I don't know that it forces it out, but the caffine in the drinks does something to us, that requires more hydration. Its kind of like drinking a beer to quench your thirst. Alcahol is the last thing you should drink when you are thirsty. It is a chemical reaction, not just the liqid. For the same reaon soda and milk or juice don't count as hydration. I will have to read more on it, and get it so I can explain it better. All I know is that I don't count my tea, coffee or other flavored drink equal to my water intake.

kdroberts 2008-10-20 06:45:22 -0500 Report

OK. Last study I read shows you retain at least 2/3 of the water you dink in a cup of coffee. Some suggest that coffee and water are expelled at exactly the same rate. Most of the recent ones seem to debunk the "coffee dehydrates you" position. Same thing for all the other drinks you listed. If you do a google search for "coffee dehydrates you" you get a bunch of sources to start researching.

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 06:49:57 -0500 Report

I will do that, thanks. I don't think it so much dehydrates you as much as it just doesn't add to the intake. I will read some more on it, and see what else I find.

kdroberts 2008-10-20 07:34:24 -0500 Report

I doubt there will ever be a solid answer. Even the amount of water we should drink is hotly debated by all areas of medicine. Some say you need less than a liter a day, some say more. Most do agree that the 8-8oz glasses a day is a lot and way more than the minimum amount needed. Some even say that you can get enough just from food. I think it will be one of those never ending debates. I personally don't think caffeine, alcohol or other drinks dehydrate you. Maybe they make you feel dehydrated but they don't actually dehydrate you.

Having said all that, you're not really going to go wrong by drinking 8-8oz glasses of water a day unless you have some medical problems. One of those may not help but shouldn't hurt kind of things.

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 07:38:51 -0500 Report

Yeah, it is like so many things out there. One say red, the other says blue. It is hard to make sense of it all. I would rather drink water than other things, so I guess that is my story and I'm sticking to it. LOL!!

I think sometimes we read so much we just confuse ourselves even more. It is hard to sift thru it all.

Goddess 2008-10-16 06:08:42 -0500 Report

Does anyone know how I can quit having heartburn when I drink coffee? I love it not with the cooler weather coming.PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!

kdroberts 2008-10-16 06:18:16 -0500 Report

Find one that has a low acidity. It's hard to give specific examples because it differs wildly depending on where you buy it. Generally speaking kona and blue mountain (100%, not blends) are always going to be low acid, but they are also the most expensive types of coffee you can buy at $30+ a pound. There's a great coffee roaster/seller called coffee am ( who go great coffee and has a roast profile chart that will show which are low acid and which are not. Here's the chart

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-16 11:55:56 -0500 Report

I love my coffe and suffer with heartburn all the time. I cut my coffee completely in half hoping to soon go to 1 cup in the AM. I only drink Decaff and my MD told me he doesn't like his patients(diabetic) to drink coffee. I doing my best to get off of it. I haven't used any artificial sweetners since August.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-16 12:12:03 -0500 Report

I am a cofee drinker ad have never had any heart burn. I use regular milk in it
and 1 ts of sugar, my numbers don't go up very much and when they do start spiking I will cut out the sugar.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-16 12:12:29 -0500 Report

I am a cofee drinker ad have never had any heart burn. I use regular milk in it
and 1 ts of sugar, my numbers don't go up very much and when they do start spiking I will cut out the sugar.

vgarrison 2008-10-16 18:38:13 -0500 Report

I know that folgers has a low acid coffee out. I can't remember the name of it, but if you look for folgers it should be there…good luck!!!


policeofficer 2008-11-13 18:52:22 -0600 Report

I drink plenty of coffee on duty, i never have any heartburn, namely, cause police officers do not have hearts…

vgarrison 2008-11-14 02:09:53 -0600 Report

OMG, police officers dont have hearts…thats horrible…seems to me that you have a pretty good one, and since your a police officer…I think you just called yourself a liar…just a thought…hehe