If I cheat I get into cravings. What can I eat thats good Tasting but I can keep things under control ?

By akamonie Latest Reply 2011-10-22 13:59:05 -0500
Started 2011-10-09 22:16:07 -0500

When I start cheating and I hope I don't have too but… expect I will from time to time. I love sweets. Ice cream is a weakness also candy bars. Those Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Does any one know of any sweets that I can feed my cravings but keep things under control ? Is that out of the question ?

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pixsidust 2011-10-22 13:59:05 -0500 Report

Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy is fabulous but its not Carb free. A serving size is three pieces. I advise to only eat a max of two pieces. They are 8 carbs per piece. There is peanut butter cup flavor, heath bar flavor, almond joy and others. Can't tell the difference between their sugar free and the real thing! Walgreens and Wal-Mart sell it.

nanaellen 2011-10-11 19:50:27 -0500 Report

I love ice cream too, heck who doesn't?!!! You can find some thin cookies that have low sugar I get mine at our local Job Lot they are called Anna's Cookies and they come in a WIDE variety of flavors (my fav is cappucinno) You take a cookie and spread on some low fat or fat free Cool Whip (it even comes in chocolate) and layer them to make a loaf…cover the whole thing in Cool Whip and Freeze it!!! I used to call it my "special freezer cake" Everyone loves it!!! It's a cheat you can live with!!! LOL Ellen :)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-10-14 03:05:32 -0500 Report

Big Lots carries Anna's in Colorado. I use one wafer crumbled over sugar free pudding and cool whip for special desserts.

akamonie 2011-10-14 14:51:02 -0500 Report

Thanks Graylin and Ellen you are making me hungry. Im just looking for stuff I can eat that is tasty but won't spike my numbers too much. Most foods that say light or sugar free don't taste too good. I am trying to stay on track but well… urges happen.

akamonie 2011-10-11 21:33:36 -0500 Report

Thanks Ellen, WOW ! That sounds wonderful. Iate a few tubs of Chocolate mint ice cream when I went off my diiet. I would really love to find an ice cream without all the bad stuff just in case I do go off the tracks. Know of any ?

russellstamets 2011-10-11 12:54:22 -0500 Report

For me, dried mango is my "go to" craving solution along with tons of raw almonds. I know others have found differently, but fruit (dried and fresh), in almost any quantity, has no ill effect on my fasting BS. It's the only sweet I need anymore. Good luck.

akamonie 2011-10-11 21:47:04 -0500 Report

Thanks Russell your hints were appreciated. Im not big on mango's but I am learning to eat more fruits and veggies. Thats a big one for me. But I know they are good for me. Thanks for your reply.

GabbyPA 2011-10-10 19:17:29 -0500 Report

Keep the "cheats" out of the house and that will help a lot. If I have to go out to get them, making a special trip, I usually won't do it.

Keep the "safe cheats" in the house. My weakness is ice cream. I can eat it daily. So if we have it in the house (which I try not to do) I have to keep my one brand and type that doesn't spike me. I have to stick to the portion size and it won't spike me. I have to top it with nuts and cinnamon, not chocolate syrup and I will be fine. I learned through experimenting with my meter what "cheats" I could keep and the ones I cannot bother with. Find a few that work for you, and keep one in the house for emergencies.

akamonie 2011-10-11 21:40:26 -0500 Report

Thanks you Gabby, good idea's. What do you think of the cinnamon pills ? I took about a week and half before I could tell they were working. Have you heard anything bad about them ? I have been trying out new things to see if it spikes me . Learned a few things anyway. Thanks for the hint and info, im sure they will help me.
Learned a few things. Thanks for the hints and info. Im sure they will helf me.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-14 13:15:57 -0500 Report

I just started taking cinnamon pills also cuz i had heard they help your sugar metabolism. We will see. Didn't know they also helped with the free radicals.

GabbyPA 2011-10-13 08:23:08 -0500 Report

I take cinnamon but have not really found that it does a lot for my levels. There are other benefits that it has, so I keep taking it. Besides, a cinnamon burp is much more pleasant than a fish oil burp. LOL

akamonie 2011-10-14 01:46:17 -0500 Report

I have started cinnamon too. It took maybe 1 week and half or two to see a difference. But think its working. I have been taking the pills instead of my mediicaton for a few days. I wanted too see what it did. Plus I need to save my metformin just in case the pharmacy doesn't send them to my home. I will have too call again. What other benefits does connamn have ?

GabbyPA 2011-10-14 08:39:57 -0500 Report

It is an antioxidant that helps clear out some of the free radicals in our system. I am sure there a lot of other things that is does, but I don't recall them at this time.

akamonie 2011-10-10 12:49:44 -0500 Report

Thank you all, your have been so helpful. I don't feel so bad about cheating, its just about how much I eat, moderation. I told myself to stay on track but some times my cravings get the best of me. Then I feel bad. But your hints have been so appreciated.

jayabee52 2011-10-14 01:26:42 -0500 Report

It is not too bad if you slip (cheat) every once in a while. Sometimes I do cheat occasionally and when that urge to cheat is satisfied, it goes away for quite a while. I just don't make a habit of it.

Marytea 2011-10-10 09:37:53 -0500 Report

Honestly for me, there just are no substitutes for what I really love sweetwise. Therefore, I eat them once in a while and in small portions. I love junior mints at the movies so when I go I count out a few and put them in a ziplock back. It works for me. Same with birthday cake at parties, I know I am going to eat it so get a tiny slice (cut it myself) and enjoy. I am also try to eat the treat at a time when I can work in some exercise after even if it is just a good walk. Eating the treats late is a real recipe for disaster for me. I have also found that a Tootsie Pop works great at 16 carbs. The pops last a long time and the chocolate helps with my chocolate craving.

akamonie 2011-10-14 13:02:17 -0500 Report

Mary is that right? Well love your favorite Jr.mints. Have you ever tried the york Peppermint patties? But think for total bliss I love th peanut butter cups.. with a cup of coffee oh ! so good. I can't say I won't cheat but if I do it smart eat a small amount maybe it won't hurt too bad. My numbers I mean.

Kirla 2011-10-10 09:21:14 -0500 Report

I find I don’t have to cheat. I make low carb ice cream, cake, pancakes, waffles, pumpkin pie, chocolate water, nuts and seeds.

I bought one of those little ice cream machines you freeze the bowl in the freezer overnight and then add to a blender one-cup low carb greek yogurt with 2 cups low carb Almond or Soy milk. Lately been using half and half. Will then add 2 scoops of protein powder shake mix with I serving no sugar added chocolate syrup. Then will add one tablespoon of peanut butter. Mix all in a blender, refrigerate for a few hours and add to the ice cream machine. I found if I spray the frozen bowl with non-stick cooking spray it helps keep it from freezing to the bowl. I will freeze it in 3 separate cups. One cup per serving. When I want ice cream I just take it out of the freezer let it sit on the counter for about 20-30 minutes. Then its ready to eat.

I found using soy flour and splenda works pretty good for replacing regular flour and sugar. Soy flour is low carb and the foods I make with it doesn’t spike my blood sugar. I just replace the regular flour cup for cup with the soy flour. Splenda I find works pretty good as long as I use about ¼ less than what the recipe calls for. Can’t use soy flour for making bread. The yeast doesn’t work otherwise I find most other foods come out ok. Thinking about making a pound cake next. Going to try making donuts also.

Good luck

akamonie 2011-10-14 13:10:08 -0500 Report

Kirla, nice idea. I have never heard of that kind of ice cream maker. But my reply is about the Soy flower or soy milk or almond milk. What do they taste like ? Where can I get them? I have got to get a blender thats all there is too it. Thanks !

Kirla 2011-10-16 11:19:36 -0500 Report

The first time I bought soy flour was at Wal-Mart. It cost about $1.35 per pound. When I went back to buy some more they didn’t carry it anymore. Soy flour can run up to 4-5 dollars a pound at other places. I found a place on the internet where it cost only 1 dollar a pound but you have to buy 50 pounds of it. I have saved several containers and it takes a lot of containers to store 50 pounds of flour. I bought my first bag over a year ago and still have about 7-8 pounds left and I use it all the time. The site where you can buy it is http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/bakerssoyflo... . I just got another bag a few days ago. I had a 15% off coupon and it paid for the shipping. Just sign up for there e-mail notifications. They have a coupon every couple of months. Most of the time the coupon is for 5-10 % off your entire order.

Soymilk and Almond Milk can be bought at most supermarkets. I know Wal-Mart in my area sells both. When buying either one you have to read the labels because most have added sugar. Which makes them high carb. But if you find the ones that say no sugar added they will be about 2 net carb per serving which isn’t too bad. I was buying soymilk for a while but found it cheaper to make it. Only thing is to get ride of the beanie flavor you have to blanch the beans twice and blend in a blender at high speed with boiling water. You need to remove the little ingredient hole cover so the blender doesn’t explode.

I have found it’s easy to make almond milk. ½ cup of almonds soaked for a few hours in water and just drain, rinse and blend with about 4 cups of water on high speed for about 3-5 minutes and you got a quart. I buy my almonds at BJS. There the cheapest I have found to date. $3.66 a pound. Haven’t found them cheaper anywhere else.

I found the homemade soymilk was a lot of work to make so now I just make almond or walnut milk. I read you can use any kind of nuts and sunflower seeds to make milk with. To date I have only tried walnut and almonds. I think they taste great and don’t spike my blood sugar. I also use them in my recipes were milk is called for in the recipe. Works just fine for me.

One last thing about soy products. There is a ton of research on soy products, some of it good and some bad. I have found the research from the soy manufactures all to be good. All the research from there competitors is bad. For every article you read about it being bad you will find one saying its good for you. I have decided to use soy products after reading a lot of articles about it. I have been using soy for over 2 years now and figure to keep using it. You will have to decide for yourself if it a good choice for you.

I make and eat a lot of foods that I would not be able to eat if it weren’t for soy flour. Some people use almond flour or meal to make cake, cookies, pancakes, muffins, cupcakes and such but I find almond flour cost over $5.00 a pound compared to soy flour only costing me a dollar. Even if I only use ½ of it, 2 dollars a pound is better than the high cost you will pay in other places. So that’s what I use.

I posted my link to my blog above where I have posted all my recipes for most of the food I make. But if you want to reinvent the wheel I just replace the flour in most recipes cup for cup with soy flour and use splenda for a sweetener. I have found that when replacing the sugar with splenda it comes out better if you use about ¼ less than what the recipe calls for. For example if the recipe calls for a cup, I use ¾ cup instead. You may have to experiment a little to get it just right. Anyway I read somewhere that soy flour can not be used to make bread. It has to do something with the yeast. So I found it works pretty good for everything else I have made so far.

Kirla 2011-10-16 12:04:47 -0500 Report

I talk about soy a lot. Just some people have such a negative opinion of it. They talk like eating it will ruin your health. I figure it can’t be any worse that having high uncontrolled blood sugar. For me that’s just about the worse thing to have outside of cancer.

Richknowbody 2011-10-16 11:40:12 -0500 Report

Honeyville charges $5.00 for shipping but they triple the price to cover the shipping cost. I bought 50 lbs of flour two weeks ago for $15.00. I know if you get it over the internet web site the price is a lot higher. If you can drive and get your stuff you save a lot of money.

Kirla 2011-10-16 12:00:25 -0500 Report

The only thing I buy from Honeyville is soy flour. I can’t find it cheaper anywhere else. With the coupon they offer it usually covers the shipping. If you know where I can buy soy flour cheaper I would be interested. 50 pounds last a long time. Over a year and I make pie crust, chocolate/Carrot cake, Pumpkin bread, waffles, pancakes and such with it. I even read that you can replace up to about 30% of flour in bread with it. The cakes and stuff I make don’t spike my blood sugar as long as I eat the stuff at lunch or dinner. Or sometimes at night for a snack. The recipes I use on my blog all come out pretty good. Everyone who has tried my cakes and pie like them.

Richknowbody 2011-10-16 11:36:21 -0500 Report

I shop at a Honeyville retail outlet nearby. I buy my flower in grain form there. 50 lbs bags. I have been making bread for decades. And still love making it. I am making 3 loaves a week on average. Yes I have seen the price go up.
I grind my own grain. This ensures freshness. Wheat and rye grain have an indefinite shelf life. After it is ground, it has a 3 month shelf life. I will have to check out soy. My grand mother lived on soy for 5 years in China. She and her family escaped Russia in 1917, and she lived in China for 25 years before my grand father married her and brought her to the States. I will have to re-read your message above closer when I have the time, getting ready to go celebrate my mothers birth day for now.

Kirla 2011-10-16 12:21:53 -0500 Report

What do you grind the grains with. A couple of years ago I found a low carb recipe for making bread that I needed to have whole grain flour to use and some other stuff. That’s why I originally bought the soy flour for making the bread. Then one day I wanted to make a pumpkin pie and used it for that. I was going to buy the grains from bulk foods online. They carried most of the ingredients for making the bread. Just never got around to getting it all together. Maybe I will need to get the recipe out and see about making it soon. Will have to by some stuff from bulk foods first. I ran out of some stuff I used from there so maybe if I can get an order together I will try and make the bread.

Richknowbody 2011-10-16 15:29:00 -0500 Report

Nutrimill is the name of the machine I grind my flours with. Very nice grinder and life time guarantee. It was nice the other day, I thought, I wonder how barley flour would be for my next loaf of bread. I ground a few cups and used one cup to the 2.5 cups of wheat flour. It turned out fine.

Kirla 2011-10-16 12:13:56 -0500 Report

I googled there store locations. They have none in upstate New York. So I figure I will keep ordering my soy flour there until I can find it cheaper someplace else. I think a dollar a pound is a good price. I store it in used almond containers. They hold about 2 ½ pounds per container. I also use the quart Chinese soup containers and just about any container I can find. So far I have been using it for over a year and have not noticed any difference in the foods I make with it. Taste just as good as the day I got it.

Richknowbody 2011-10-16 15:25:09 -0500 Report

un-ground wheat berries have an indefinite shelf life. So, storage is not a problem. But I do get a 6 gallon bucket with a lid that spins on from Honeyville. Check out the prices for soy at the retail store I know it will be cheaper. $4.50 for shipping doesn't cover the cost. My flour is 33.33 cents a pound. If I got it from Honeyville on line, the cost would be $42.00 per bag plus the $4.50 shipping. I talked to the clerk about this, and this is where I got this info. She said $4.50 does not cover shipping so they raise the price of the product.

Richknowbody 2011-10-16 15:26:32 -0500 Report

Next time I go into Honeyville I will check out the in store prices. But thanks for the info on soy. I will try it. I make very good rye bread, but it still raises my blood sugars more than I want. Sounds like the soy will help.

Kirla 2011-10-21 22:41:35 -0500 Report

I find it works real good for making carrot cake, chocolate cake, pancakes, waffles, pie crust and pumpkin bread. I can’t eat anything with more than a few net carbs and soy flour works great for me. If you can tolerate some whole wheat you might be able to mix it and it might even be better.

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