Tips for a newly diagnosed diabetic drink-aholic

By gpedde Latest Reply 2012-03-13 17:01:46 -0500
Started 2012-03-12 09:27:52 -0500

Im a type 1 diabetic, and I've been adapting to my new lifestyle about 6 months. In the days before I find out I was diabetic, I was a heavy soda and fruit juice drinker, and it's been an absolute nightmare kicking my addiction since learning what they were doing to me.

Currently, I've finally managed to kick soda altogether. I still crave it every so often, but not strongly enough to give in. I tried diet sodas for a while, but just couldn't handle strong artificial taste after a while. Since then, I've been relying on fruit juice to satisfy my sweet cravings, but - of course, my diabetes had to go and get in the way of that as well as I learned that fruit juice is pretty much just as bad sugarwise.

Here's how things stand currently - I do drink a lot of water, but that gets boring and harder to drink before long. I've recently developed a taste for cucumber water as well, but again, drinking it too long makes me tired of it. The only other things I've tried to still get the sweet I crave is is to mix smaller amounts of fruit juice with sparkling water to get a drink with the carbonation and sweetness I crave, but with a less powerful effect on my blood sugar levels.

I'm curious though - Am I just fooling myself with this method? My favorite I've tried so far is coconut flavored la croix water mixed with oj.

Has anyone else tried anything similar? Are there any other combinations/brands you can recommend to help me satisfy my sweet/carbonated craving without having to make my #'s go crazy?

23 replies

kindlekm 2012-03-13 12:03:08 -0500 Report

Recently I have found diet versions of Juice that have less than 5 g carbs per serving which is very tasty

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-12 19:19:08 -0500 Report

I'm a happy water drinker and didn't have trouble giving up soda or juices, but I had trouble with my favorite coffee - a mocha latte. Before my initial diagnosis - incorrectly T2 - a few months ago a 12 or 16 oz mocha was my breakfast. I cut carbs to the bone in an effort to get the BG under control, and had to give it up entirely. :(

Now that I've been correctly diagnosed as T1 and bolus for meals I'm enjoying it again, but as Gabby suggested I only have it as part of my meal, and I keep it to about 6 oz and not too sweet. My endo is still appalled, but if I can avoid huge spikes and weight gain, I think I'll be able to handle D better if I can enjoy at least one of my favorite things in small quantities.

It's a Marathon, not a sprint.

locarbarbie 2012-03-12 09:58:03 -0500 Report

I was a big pepsi/coke drinker before my diagnoses also. I am embarrassed to admit it, but I hate water. I also hate diet soda…I feel that it is too sickeningly sweet. For awhile I would buy Knudsens juice such as "Just Blueberry or Just Pomegranate" and add just a tiny bit to sparkling water. The juice is very high in antioxidants but alas also carbs. Occasionally if my bs is low enough, I will treat myself to a glass of this.

What I have been drinking lately is sparkling water with a squirt of fresh lemon and or lime and I leave a slice floating around to look pretty. It is very refreshing yet gets kinda monotonous. The other thing I like but it is very expensive…I buy Zevia soda (made with Stevia, not artificial sugars or chemicals) and add maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of a can to sparkling water. I try to buy the Zevia when it is on sale, but 1 can sometimes lasts me 2 days since I add so little to the sparkling water. My favorite is the orange or ginger ale. Like any other diet soda, it is too sweet for my taste straight out of the can but mixed with the sw it is just right for me.

Hope these suggestions help!

gpedde 2012-03-12 10:43:57 -0500 Report

I'll be sure to look up that brand. Thanks for the suggestion.

locarbarbie 2012-03-13 10:05:32 -0500 Report

I can usually find it in the health food section of Kroger although their selection is pretty skimpy and always at the Health Food Stores I shop at.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-12 09:48:21 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC ..gpedde,
I too am a newbie here and to Diabetes, I am Type 2..
I too have ran into the same problem and I've gone with Carbonated spring water with the lemon or lime flavouring in it..and I use club soda with crystal light in it,becareful some of the flavours will fuss up..I find that combo really good and it helps take away my want for Coke ect..
I was told to stay away from all juice drinks because they can make the sugars go up..So for me it's been Coffee,Tea black,green…water and spring water and club soda.. it's really hard not being able to have the things we really like…
Have a good day

GabbyPA 2012-03-12 09:47:41 -0500 Report

The game only comes into play if you are not counting those carbs and eating something to balance it out.

What I would suggest is saving the "juice mixer" for a meal so that you have other foods to help prevent a big spike. I would stay away from anything other than natural fresh juices. Bottled juices are mostly sugar and corn syrup. I do use unsweetened coconut water for electrolytes or in my protein shakes.

Drink your cucumber water and other zero carb drinks in-between so there is not a reaction to that food item alone. What you might want to add to your cuke water is some mint. Even blending it for a smoothie. It is kind of a strange texture, but it tastes good and can even bring your levels down a little.

locarbarbie 2012-03-12 16:25:44 -0500 Report

Gabby, How do you make cucumber water? Do you need a juicer? That really sounds delicious with mint, very refreshing for summer.

GabbyPA 2012-03-13 08:52:10 -0500 Report

I peel and de-seed my cuke. Cut it up and put it in the blender. I add some mint, water and lime juice. You can add a little truvia if you want. I blend it up until it's kind of like a smoothie. It is very refreshing on a hot day.

Jeanae 2012-03-12 12:35:03 -0500 Report

I also add small slices of lime in my cucumber water. Sometimes I use lemons and a couple of blueberries. I bought an herb infuser and stick various mints, etc in a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. I also make green tea (hot) and let it cool. I stick that in a pitcher to chill and float some lemons in it.

locarbarbie 2012-03-13 10:11:12 -0500 Report

Jeanae, what exactly is an herb infuser? Sounds interesting.

Jeanae 2012-03-13 12:01:32 -0500 Report

It is a small cylinder that you place your herbs in and then you can put them in water or you can put them in how liquids like a soup or tea. I got mine from Pampered Chef but I think you can get them at Williams Sonoma as well.

gpedde 2012-03-12 10:50:46 -0500 Report

Yah, I've been careful to only use 100% juices anytime I have any. I really like your suggestion to keep that limited to meals though. My simple water varieties ought to work fine between meals to keep me satisfied and I'll be sure to give the mint a try, that sounds delish. Thanks for the tips.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-12 10:07:21 -0500 Report

Oh wow I never thought of adding mint to my water great idea thanks Gabby~

GabbyPA 2012-03-12 10:24:30 -0500 Report

Another good one is a melon slushy. I have used cantaloupe and honeydew to make these with cucumber and mint or lime juice. You still have to count the carbs, but you get the whole fruit and if you pop it in the freezer for a few, you get almost like a sorbet.

GabbyPA 2012-03-13 08:58:10 -0500 Report

I take a serving of the melon. Usually about 3/4 of a cup. Add it to the blender. Add about 1 cup of crushed ice, some lemon or lime juice and blend away. I kind of based it on this recipe
I don't do orange juice in anything, so I use lemon or lime. But you can do it with cantaloupe or honeydew. If it is too tart for you, add some truvia.
If you want it to be a little creamy, add some protein powder to the mix. You might have to add a little more water to it if you do. But that is tasty!

gpedde 2012-03-12 10:41:43 -0500 Report

Good suggestion. I also never never would have thought of mint, but it sounds like a delicious addition. Thanks for the tips you two.

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