Craving Sweets

By DARRELL EDGELL Latest Reply 2011-10-16 19:40:51 -0500
Started 2011-10-10 20:49:58 -0500

Seems like after I eat dinner I always get a huge craving for something sweet.
I usually get un sweet cereal, fruit, sugar free something. But my girl friend tells me to watch the carbs. What is the best for something sweet,without carbs and the bad stuff.

73 replies

msbadgirl 2011-10-16 16:06:02 -0500 Report

I get cravings too, especially for chocolate milk. Sadly the carb level of regular chocolate milk is not good for diabetics…Dark Chocolate Almond milk (I like Silk) though I've found is NOT and has a nice rich chocolate taste and snack size carb range for 8oz. :)

Sweet Tammy
Sweet Tammy 2011-10-16 14:41:16 -0500 Report

Get a Splenda Recipe book and make your own desserts. They taste as good as the sugar-stuff and you can enjoy them without feeling guilty or getting bugged by your significant other.

HeatherHall 2011-10-14 08:08:14 -0500 Report

I am not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners, so I usually opt for a small piece of dark chocolate or like Janfran mentioned, a few dark chocolate covered almonds. I've tested myself a bunch of times after eating a few pieces of dark chocolate and it doesn't make my sugars spike, though everyone is different. They key is to find what works for you. What may work great for me and curb my cravings may be horrible for someone else. Best of luck to you! :O)

Beata2 2011-10-13 23:05:12 -0500 Report

Sees makes SF dark choc covered almonds, and walnuts. Also SF peanut brittle. Only one net carb each! I only have one after dinner with a cup of hot tea because they are a little pricey. But so good and I haven't had any bad side effects from them that I have had with other SF candy.

princessbeiter 2011-10-13 19:49:51 -0500 Report

Sugar-free ice cream treats are great for that craving. Fruit can help, too. I like to drink chai tea with a little Splenda Blend and Vanilla Soy Milk. It's sweet without a lot of added carbs. The soy milk does have a good many carbs, but you're not using even one full serving, so…

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-13 19:56:03 -0500 Report

i uaually always drink un sweet tea, i m used to it over the years.

Michael_1960 2011-10-13 22:11:15 -0500 Report

I drink unsweet tea sometimes with a slice of lemon.

mysteria7130 2011-10-16 15:40:04 -0500 Report

When I get a sweet tooth, I munch on a pickle slice
It seems to help me. But everyone is diffrent
Instead of iced tea, I drink ice water with a wedge of lemon in a fancy glass
makes me feel special and satisfies my thirst.

medic673b 2011-10-13 18:15:35 -0500 Report

Darrell i have found the perfect way to quit craving sweets, everytime i crave something sweet i slam my thumb in the front door,next thing you know i have forgotten bout sweets. seriously i simply quite keeping sweets in the house after i found out i had T2

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-13 18:21:11 -0500 Report

i like the pain deterant better,lol. you know as far as real sugar sweets i dont keep any. but i love the puddings,jello,s.f. icecream stuff like that. some times i crave a pancake and real maple syrup, wow that's bad lol.

RAYT721 2011-10-12 19:38:49 -0500 Report

I am neither a doctor nor a dietitian, just a crazy old diabetic guy! Carbs are not good for us (diabetics) but they are not bad either because they give us energy. Your GF is right about carbs but when used in moderation, carbs are an important part of your diet and nutritional needs. It's a catch-22 on what to eat and what not to eat. With that said, think of your carb allowance as you would with your financial allowance. Figure out (test, test, test) what is a sane ratio of carbs per day and per meal/snack and stick to it. The American Diabetes Association allows for 15 grams of carbs for a snack so start to journal what you like that will be within those guidelines and then lower your standards if you must. You can grab books and website data on carb counts to help you. Remember that sugar free does not mean carb free. Remember that sugar substitutes are not 100% healthy. The key to your planning is the word "moderation." You can still have regular sugared cereal or even a mini candy bar without driving yourself into a coma but WATCH IT. See what a serving size is and then think about 1/2 or 1/4 of that. It's a snack not a meal that we are talking about. Only YOU know your limits … or you should. Stick to the UNDER 15 grams per snack and then indulge in something sweet. Just make sure to keep the rest of your per meal and per day allowances in check. What I am suggesting here is an allowance, not a savings account. The Weight Watcher plan is great for dieting but you get x points and that's it. I am suggesting the same kind of thinking. While reading the food and recipe labels for calories and carbs, pay attention to ingredients. The more processed the food/snack, the more unhealthy the choice. Finding the right plans is a challenge. Be honest with yourself. Give a little, take a little … but it's ok to live a little!!!

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-13 18:25:51 -0500 Report

yes anything processed is bad,i like getting organic stuff,anything it's better. i agree carb watching is a catch 22 game. i really like cereal for a before bed snack, no sugar,maybe a sweetner.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-12 19:58:01 -0500 Report

God bless my girl friend, she is giving me advise and helping me with my sugar control, shes an RN. she gets on to me over carbs, man oh man i love ALL KINDS of bread and this is a hard habit to break or to even slow down.

jayabee52 2011-10-13 04:34:30 -0500 Report

It took me years to get to the point where I no longer eat bread of any kind.
I prefer to save my carb allotment for foods which nourish me better than bread can.

If you choose to do it, you CAN get to the same place too. Sometimes it takes some ingenuity to eat something traditionally wedged between bun halves, but it IS do-able.

pattroyka58 2011-10-14 13:47:28 -0500 Report

Yeah, but darn, why does EVERYTHING in my life require so much will(or won't)power? Do what you can when you can. Before the craving gets too much, give in to a small portion. Then start over with the doing what you can when you can, when you can't, you're not a failure, you've just had a willpower TIA. Unless you're dead you can always try again.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-13 15:06:30 -0500 Report

what did u do to help stop eatting bread, i would really like to know what i could do to substitute that,any info will help thank u

jayabee52 2011-10-13 16:25:33 -0500 Report

Mostly it was mental on my part. I "knew" that bread really didn't add that much to me in terms of nutrients, I just had to let go of the bread eating habit. I tell people I am eating with in resturaunts that I no longer eat bread and why I do it. It is for MY own health. Most folks are very supportive.

My mom when I visited her last July was one I had feared I might have a problem with. When I explainded to her what I was doing and why she was very supportive. I explain to the waiter or waitress in the resturaunt what are my dietary requirements are. Sometimes they are very accomodating, other times they bring out the meat between two huge slices of bread. I remove the meat from the bread and ate the meat and left the bread on the plate. I don't like wasting food, but I told them not to serve bread with it as I could not eat it.
So in my opinion, it was not me wasting the food, but the person who put it on the plate against my wishes.

Michael_1960 2011-10-13 21:15:41 -0500 Report

Yes MewElla, I love sugar free jello, and puddings too, it's hard to find the sugar free in activa, so when I eat the activa I get the plain vanilla.

Michael_1960 2011-10-13 21:13:58 -0500 Report

That's great that you can go without bread, I cut way back on my bread intake I now eat whole grain or whole wheat bread and then it's only one slice. A whole loaf used to last me only a week, now it last me almost 3 weeks.

jayabee52 2011-10-13 21:26:00 -0500 Report

I used to eat whole grains, but even those raised my BG levels higher than I would have wanted. SO I discontinued breads altogether and my BG levelled out and my weight dropped 60 lbs

It is good you cut way back. Do what you can to keep the "diabeast" under control!

Michael_1960 2011-10-13 21:47:45 -0500 Report

My bg levels stays around 100 between 75-130 I try to eat whats good for me, not many starchy foods alot of veggies (steamed), and a small chicken breast or some fish fillets either talopia, or perch baked in the toaster oven.

jayabee52 2011-10-13 21:49:54 -0500 Report

I have read on DC months back, that there is a bread that celiacs eat made of flour called "carbquick" Or something like that. I had been on the no bread kick for some time when I read about that, so I didn't pursue or investigate any further.

I just searched for carbquick on DC and there was only 1 discussion with that word in the original post, and there were no responses to copperchef, the original poster. Here is the link: You might wish to look up this discussion and talk to copperchef about his experience with carbquick. He also had a link to a site which you can read about carbquick and even order some should you wish.

On the other hand, I find I don't need substitutes for bread. But that is just me. You might need a sub. for a while, or for the rest of your life. I don't expect people to follow my example exactly, as we are ALL different.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-13 22:14:33 -0500 Report

Hey thanks for the good info, and i will check the site out. to be better at health i going to have to stop bread, even the supposed to be good bread, hey i bought a sugar free bread the other day at H.E.B. in Houston and the bread was very good.

Michael_1960 2011-10-15 17:56:55 -0500 Report

Hey Darrell, I am kinda new to this site too, and I find this site very helpful, and the people on here are good people and they try to help you and give good advice. Welcome to the site and hope you stick around for awhile like I said, you will find this site very useful.

Type1Lou 2011-10-11 18:15:11 -0500 Report

Try a handful og the Splenda -sweetened cocoa roasted almonds or cinnamon roasted almonds. Diamond Foods distributes them under the brand name "Emerald" and I get them at my local super market. Only 6 grams of carb for about 24 almonds. Sometimes for dessert, I'll take 1/2 cup of sugar-free vanilla ice cream, sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cinnamon on it and chop up 24 cocoa roasted almonds and smush it all together. It's like having an ice-cream sundae and only about 21 grams of carb.

2011-10-11 17:55:44 -0500 Report

I enjoy s/f chocolate pudding. Or s/f jell-o. W/the jell-o (evn the pudding) add just a little reddi wip topping. It satisfies my sweet 2th cravings! & the topping has less than 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of carbs, & 2 Tbsps only has 15 calories!! And it makes it(or @ least it does to me) taste like your eating something illegal!! :->

LauraS 2011-10-11 13:39:33 -0500 Report

I've been having a small apple with a tablespoon + of peanut butter. It's very satisfying.

pattroyka58 2011-10-14 13:53:55 -0500 Report

Oh, yum! I've been having half an apple and half a banana for dessert since the beginning of Oct. Tastes great, gives me indigestion. Bet the apple and PB would be perfect.

nzingha 2011-10-15 07:50:27 -0500 Report

bananas dont like me too much .. can only have it by itself and if my sugar level is low and i need to bring it up quickly.. apples love me but they r not my favourite fruit.. but i eat a wide variety of fruits for my sweet cravings and my body looooves sweets.. i have to control!

Type1Lou 2011-10-11 18:16:45 -0500 Report

One of my favorite lunches is to slice up an apple and spread all natural peanut butter on the slices. It is crunchy/sweet/salty and very satisfying and, depending on the size of the apple around 37 grams of carb.

riquelskyy 2011-10-10 23:09:55 -0500 Report

Try sugar free jello with cool whip

Taz_t_man 2011-10-11 13:46:33 -0500 Report

There is always room for JELLO

2011-10-11 18:20:07 -0500 Report

AMEN!! Either Jell-o gelatine or Jell-o pudding. They both slide into the crevices where your dinner missed. And if you put some reddi wip topping on it it tastes illegal!! (reddi wip has less than 1 gram of sugar)

MewElla 2011-10-11 13:50:35 -0500 Report

I love sugar free puddings and jello…when I eat them, feels like I am cheating but NOT!!!

lacat87 2011-10-13 09:32:54 -0500 Report

i eat the sf vanilla ice cream, really satifies me sugar cravings. i also top it with pecans. very yummy! i'm not a chocolate ice cream fan!

2011-10-11 18:11:12 -0500 Report

Hey MewElla~~ if you try the pudding or the jell-o w/ a squirt of reddi wip topping, (less than 1 gram of sugar, 15 cals for 2 Tbsps) it makes the "legal" desserts taste "illegal!! ;)

lacat87 2011-10-13 09:31:20 -0500 Report

thanks for the suggestion of sf jello and whip topping. i think i would like that to satisfy my sugar attacks!!

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