By Maryjo.diaguila Latest Reply 2012-01-02 11:56:37 -0600
Started 2011-12-30 17:51:40 -0600

I have had diabetes for 1 year now but am new to dc. I am so glad that I found all of you! I have found a lot of good information.

I have a question…I am craving sweets so badly. Is this all in my head or do diabetics have a tremendous craving for sweets? This is driving me crazy. Any suggestions on controlling this?

8 replies

Young1s 2012-01-02 08:58:36 -0600 Report

It must be in both of our heads because ever since the beginning of December, I've been craving chocolate cake w/chocolate frosting, like it's going out of stock. I don't even like chocolate cake that much; I prefer vanilla w/chocolate frosting. But when my daughter's birthday came around I ate a lot of it. Then my mom's birthday came around and I ate a lot more. Now that my birthday has past, I'm hoping that I can put this all behind me. But if I had some in the house right now, I'd be all over it.

Type1Lou 2011-12-31 13:29:49 -0600 Report

I have a theory that we crave those things that are the most harmful to us. My cousin has a history of high cholesterol and heart disease in her family. She just loves butter and cheese and eggs and french fries. I have diabetes and I love cookies, cakes, bread, pastry…all those high-carb foods that make my BG rise. I've stopped baking those things that are bad for me. If I don't have them in the house, I'm not tempted to eat them. It's not easy resisting what I crave but I've come to terms that it is essential for me to control my carb intake in order for me to grow older and have a "healthy" life. That said, some desserts are still permissable. I make custards and cheesecakes with Splenda that are lower in carb and thus friendlier to my BG levels. I do indulge in the occasional thin slice of good bread…but not very often. I've found that Emerald makes some really good cocoa-roasted and cinnamon-roasted almonds that are sweetened with Splenda and satisfy my sweet craving for a snack. I've been battling Type 1 for nearly 36 years now. It's never easy but it does get easier!

Caroltoo 2011-12-31 14:29:39 -0600 Report

There was a book that came out about 10-12 years ago entitled The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet. Had some good information about how once we use something that is harmful to us, there is an addictive relationship set up. It recommended going totally carb free for a few days (3-7, if memory serves), then reintroducing limited lower glycemic index carbs.

Also warns that, like with many additions, during the early days of abstinence you will crave carbs like crazy. I did, but I also got past it. As a diabetic, if you were taking insulin, this approach would require some adaptation w/r/t meds. This is also where I learned how helpful chromium is in dealing with carb cravings and bg rises. Carol

Harlen 2011-12-30 18:06:46 -0600 Report

It can be in your head but it can be that your nod in just not useto the better BS
What I did was have a very very little something that I realy loved one time a day
then I worked it down now I can go three day and then I must have something or may be its in my head ????
But it works for me ,I work it off by working out to cover the carbs as well as insulin .
Best wishes

Nick1962 2011-12-30 18:18:25 -0600 Report

Yeah, ditto that (and welcome!). Chances are like most you eat way beyond what you need to to satisfy a craving. For now just try limiting yourself to what just takes the edge off. I was't a sweet craver (I craved salts), but loved me a nice cheesecake. I could make a slice last a whole week. Then, meh, just didn't interest me anymore.