can't have artificial sweetnes

By FancyFree1950 Latest Reply 2013-03-05 10:24:50 -0600
Started 2013-03-03 14:39:36 -0600

Ok, I'm new here and I may have missed this.
My son, T2, now on insulin, (42) will be spending a month with me this summer.
We will be in a camper.
Here is the problem. He can't have artificial sweetners as they could cause a siezure.
Where can I find foods,and drinks without them.
Thanks for the help.

7 replies

jayabee52 2013-03-03 18:19:50 -0600 Report

Howdy, Fancy!

Any grocery store along the way will have an abundance of foods which have no artificial sweetners.

Just avoid a lot of things which are boxed Bagged or canned (somehow processed in other words), and before purchasing something in one of those, read the lables.

I am wondering if all artificial sweeteners trigger his siezures or is it one or two specific Artificial sweeteners are the triggers.

Curious, When will this time together be, and where will you be going?

I pray you enjoy your time with your son!

James Baker

FancyFree1950 2013-03-05 09:40:59 -0600 Report

We will be going to New Mexico and then on up to Montana. We are members of Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and we help put on the International Shoot. June 22-30th. We'll be at a ranch/shooting range for the month of June,working to set up the shoot,then 2 weeks of the shoot, working, not shooting, and then a couple of weeks going up to Montana where his wife will meet us and they head home to North Dakota.
As for the sweetners his doc told him to stay away from them ALL. He's really not a picky eater, but, I need ideas for meals, and snacks, that are easy to make and eat on the run. I really haven't learned how to do the meal planning yet, but any info would help.
Thanks for reading this.

jayabee52 2013-03-05 10:24:50 -0600 Report

I am wondering how your son feels about your making plans for his meals.

My mom (she's 83) wanted to care for me and wanted to feed me when I was there, however she had no idea as to what I was able to eat. I shared with her broad parameters of my meal plan, and we were able to adapt what she fixed with what I needed. (I am managing my diabetes with meal planning alone - no medications.) I was glad for my mother's love however I needed to channel it into something which worked for my diabetes self care

CaliKo 2013-03-03 16:08:01 -0600 Report

He should keep his diet as close as possible to what his daily regimen is now, particularly the carb count. Does he follow a meal plan?
Best drinks are water, black coffee and unsweetened tea. Foods are best when closest to whole foods. Nuts, cheese, boiled eggs, jerky are some possible snacks. Mini whole grain bagels are one of my favorite travel snacks and peanut butter.
Also, he'll probably bring some fast-acting glucose in some form in case his blood sugar drops too low, but orange juice works for that, too.

FancyFree1950 2013-03-05 09:44:09 -0600 Report

Hi Caliko, Where can I find meal plans? I haven't done much of this and I need a place to start. I knew about the OJ,but that really doesn't seem to be the problem, His # are always high. Thanks for the idea about the mini bagles. I even like them.

CaliKo 2013-03-05 10:07:05 -0600 Report

Hello, meal plans are highly individualized and take into consideration a person's weight, weight goal, activity level, other health considerations etc. People often start with some basics from a diabetes educator or books on the subject, and then still have to fine-tune through trial and error and continuous blood testing. There's not a one-size fits all. Meal plans are built around a balanced diet of lean proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Having said all that, you can get some very good information and guidelines from the ADA site, try starting here: Good luck!

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