Needing help or Advice..

By klsolano Latest Reply 2011-11-30 12:35:54 -0600
Started 2011-11-23 00:08:26 -0600

Is it just me or does anyone else have this same problem.. I am Type 1 and I have been trying to quit the diet soda and the chocolate.. I cant stop eating or drinking them.. WHY???

11 replies

SCLWKR 2011-11-30 12:35:54 -0600 Report

I would have to kill myself (kidding) if I didn't have diet Pepsi to look forward to! As diabetics, we have so many food and beverage restrictions and my diet Pepsi is my no calorie, no carb treat. Now, I don't drink more than about 3 a day, so I wouldn't consider losing this delicious treat. But in answer to your question, many diet drinks as well as chocolate contain caffine and caffine is addictive. Hard to kick. Best of luck if you decide to eliminate these from your diet. Hugs! Sherrie

door331 2011-11-23 10:31:44 -0600 Report

Here's my pro-tip to stop drinking soda (or any caffeinated beverage):

Don't attempt to quit cold turkey until you are sick— that is to say if you come down with a seasonal flu or some other ailment. That will be the opportune time to break your habit since you are already feeling miserable and likely on pain relievers. You will still want to keep hydrated with plenty of water or non-caffine drink (such as a lemon lime soda). Withdrawal symptoms will be less noticeable and by the time you recover from your sickness you will be past the point of your caffine addiction.

If you want to wean yourself off before you are sick slowly start switching from caffeinated beverages to non-caffeinated ones. Alternate to prevent headaches and other withdrawal symptoms.


jayabee52 2011-11-23 06:27:37 -0600 Report

Howdy KlSolano! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Why do you think that this is a problem? I don't drink anything but water due to a decision I made over a year ago that I would do better with my Blood Glucose (BG) control if I didn't take in any artificial sweeteners. I had read the sweetness triggered the pleasure centers in my brain and once triggered expected a rise in BG to shut them off. With the artificial sweeteners those centers did not get the BG level they expected so I ate almost uncontrollably till the quota of the pleasure center was met. I am T2 and at that time was grossly overweight. (my profile pic shows me after losing 50 lbs) I admit that I DID have a tough time giving up my coffee and Tea with SweetnLow. But I did it with concentrated effort.

If since you are T1 you undoubetedly manage your T1 with insulin(s) I manage my T2 without any diabetes meds. so I cannot just shoot a little more insulin if
I eat too much.

If you don't eat a whole lb of chocolate (that is eat it in moderation) and you "cover"with insulin to manage the carbs, I would not think you'd have a problem.

Even on the stict meal plan I have adopted to manage my T2 without medications I DO allow myself some occasional "cheats" (usually a drumstick ice cream cone) It keeps me from feeling deprived. I just add it to my carb total for that meal.

Praying God's richest blessings be upon you and yours



annesmith 2011-11-23 00:20:59 -0600 Report

I have had a heck of a time to not eat chocolate candy bars…I feel so darned GOOD after eating one…I never eat a whole package or anything…I can't…that would land me in the hospital in no time…As far as soda, I never did get into soda my whole life…coffee I love though…with creamer and some sugar—not too much sugar. I am a very brittle diabetic…write me back…chocolate I honestly feel helps me, but, I guess most would laugh at me when I say that. I eat broccoli and related, too, but , I never go a day without my coffee and one chocolate bar…they both give me a huge boost…although I guess I am setting a bad example here. ANNE

klsolano 2011-11-26 15:45:26 -0600 Report

Hey Anne… Well I to am a brittle diabetic.. I am using meds and insulin.. I LOVE soda and CANDY!!! The two worse things that a diabetic could eat.. I wish I could just not eat or drink them and then maybe I would have better control of my diabetes.. We will see.. TTYL.. :)

annesmith 2011-11-27 00:48:02 -0600 Report

Yeah…it's hard. I know that when I am in a low protein and a Hersheys bar helps me a LOT…sugar and orange juice help me a lot when they are mixed, which is a diabetic disaster in a way, but in another way I rarely go low anymore it seems. Sincerely, ANNE

LindseyLou993 2011-11-26 21:15:17 -0600 Report

I am the WORST diet soda drinker in the world. My roommate and boyfriend have been trying to get me to stop forever. I really don't see anything wrong with it! My nutrition professor said that it really isn't bad for you until you have 30 cans a day.

As for candy - I eat a lot of Sugar Free candy. I LOVE it! And you can't eat more than two pieces before it turns to laxatives so it keeps me controlled.

I am obsessed with M&Ms (which are not made sugar free) so I usually buy a pack and put it in a bowl I'll pass by once or twice a day and when I pass by I grab one to suck on. It gives me a boost and a pack will last a week :) but it gives just enough of a kick for me not to crave them!


annesmith 2011-11-27 00:50:31 -0600 Report

Yeah…I can't drink diet sodas very often, and any kind of artificial sweetner makes me dizzy. Sugar free candy makes me dizzy…I am not hypoglycemic at all…in fact, when I got that test done sometime after I was diagnosed brittle diabetic, they came back with the results and they said nowhere near being hypoglycemic…I thought maybe I was because everytime I ate sugar free anything I would get dizzy almost right away. ANNE

klsolano 2011-11-27 14:16:38 -0600 Report

Hello all again… Lindsey I use to drink more than 30 cans of soda a day.. So far I have gone 2 days no soda.. But I have the worst Migraine.. Nothing is helping.. Anne.. I never even thought about the sugar free candy.. I should try that sometime.. But my dietitian that is getting me ready for my surgery said nothing like that so who knows. She wants me to go to some diabetic classes and learn more about the whole thing… Hope everyone is having a good sunday.. It's a lazy one here as we are getting ready to watch the Chicago Bears game!!! Take care and God Bless… and Check those Sugars!!!! :)

jayabee52 2011-11-30 11:14:55 -0600 Report

Yes I had a bad headache too (and I very rarely get headaches) when I decided to stop my coffee drinking habit when I was in college about 40 years ago. Really bad headache. The only way to make them go away is to drink something with caffine in it and eventually taper off on the caffine.

Caroltoo 2011-11-27 14:19:59 -0600 Report

Klsolano: you are having withdrawal from the caffeine in the soda. Cold turkey is a tough way to do this. It usually lasts 3-5 days. Good luck! Carol

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