Hi Sugar, Honey, Sweetie......

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-05-08 05:40:44 -0500
Started 2012-05-03 21:24:51 -0500

I frequently call my wife sugar, honey or sweetie. Don't all of us call our loved ones by those names? Our spouses, children, close friends, dates, etc. Even our pets may share those titles, when they behave themselves. Our youngest cat is named Sweetie!

It seems that all humans are obsessed with sweet tasting things. Foods and drinks sweetened with sugar, candy, ice cream, soda pop,…the list is endless. Since we like things that have a sweet taste, it seems natural that we would use names like sugar, honey and sweetie to describe the feelings we have for our loved ones. I used to tell my wife that if I kissed her several times in the same day I would have high blood sugar and need extra insulin.

It seems a shame that sugar is one of the things we diabetics have to avoid, or exclude from most meals and snacks. I totally avoided sugar every day for many years. The only rule my parents were given when I was diagnosed in 1945, was to not give me any sugar, or foods sweetened with sugar. I stuck with that rule for many years. I ate raw sugar when I dropped too low, but avoided candy, cookies, cake, and ice cream unless they contained artificial sweeteners. Eating things containing sugar might have become addictive and I might have cheated and eaten my way into DKA. The artificially sweetened foods and drinks tasted very good to me while I was younger because I was not familiar with the taste of foods sweetened with sugar, so I could not make a comparison. The number of carbs in the artificially sweetened foods is sometimes as great as those sweetened with sugar, but sugar causes a faster spike.

In more recent years I have found that eating things containing sugar will not hurt me under certain circumstances. I cannot have sugar at breakfast or in the evening because I am not getting enough exercise to compensate. My exercise during my gym workouts or on my long walks always occurs in the afternoons. I can have an ice cream cone (24 carbs), a Hershey bar (26 carbs), a Payday bar (25 carbs), or other treats before exercising. I have learned that 24-28 carbs is just right before exercising. It is perfect for gym workouts, but I need one unit of insulin before taking a walk. The walks are less exerting. If I exercise longer than usual I need a few jelly beans to compensate. This has worked very well for me for a few years now, but for my first 60 years I was still avoiding sugar sweetened foods.

I still avoid sugar unless I know it is not going to hurt me. If I want a candy bar, or ice cream, then I know I am going to need at least an hour of exercise. My desire for sugar is an incentive for exercising. Since exercise is very good for us, I suppose this is a good thing. Do you agree, sugar?

Do you allow sugar in your diet? If so, how do you compensate for it? If you eat sugar sweetened foods or drinks, and do not exercise, how do they affect your control?

5 replies

roshy 2012-05-08 05:40:44 -0500 Report

hiya rich,

jaaayyyysssuuusss! now i feel lazy! when i want the chocolate ill just take the extra insulin instead of the exercise!!it works for me though, i normally take the right amount to componsate! i suppose once im out of college ill be able to plan my day so that i do at least 30 min per day!!! i suppose if i want to loose weight the less insulin i use the better!!

Harlen 2012-05-05 21:02:13 -0500 Report

I know what you mean
One of the things I have is ceylon BOP tea it is a little sweet by its self
I make it hot and iced I dont put any thing in to it .
Still like to have some thing sweet from time to time .
I cover for it with insulin when I do have it lol lol
Best wishes

Young1s 2012-05-04 17:24:02 -0500 Report

I cook with sugar so infrequently now that I went from buying 1lb of sugar every 2-3 weeks to a small box for my husbands coffee and for recipes that I haven't figured out substitutions for. I used to add it to my morning tea, but now that I use a scoop of vanilla protein powder, I find it's sweetened enough without it. I'm still in the process of deciding between Stevia or Truvia. I think I'm leaning towards Stevia being the better of the two.

I treat myself to a diet coke every once in a while, but that's the extent of sweetened drinks for me. I stick to water. I've even got my husband into drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning and after he comes home from work because he's admitted to me that he'll have more coffee or a soda before even thinking about drinking water during the day. Even though he's not diabetic, it's still not good to go all day without having some water.

I treat myself to a couple of Hershey's mini bars on occasion, they don't send my BG's through the roof. The same cannot be said about any other sweets or desserts. I learned the hard way that I'm a cake junkie so I stay away from them.

MHoskins2179 2012-05-04 12:53:06 -0500 Report

Interesting post, Richard!Thanks for sharing this. Love that and it's so true. We do have these ironic nicknames for our significant others. What you wrote actually plays into the DiabetesMine post today by Dr. Bill Polonsky about the needs of PWD spouses and partners… That might be something you'd be interested in checking out and commenting on, or mentioning to your "sweetie" to take a look at… :))

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