Fun question-What is your favorite foods that you miss being diabetic?

By coolred63 Latest Reply 2013-05-19 14:35:20 -0500
Started 2013-05-09 18:36:54 -0500

Hello everyone. I am new and have got a few new friends,but would like to know a little about everyone so thought I would post this question just for fun.Being diabetic now what are some of your favorite foods that you miss eating? For me it was Coconut cream pie and Pop Tarts. Although my wonderful wife has managed to come up with a sugar free Coconut pie that is really good so haven't given that one up too much. But Pop tarts is a different story though. I've told my wife numerous times I wish kelloggs would come out with a sugar free Pop tart, that would be so awesome as I haven't had one since I was diagnosed in 2007. So what foods do you miss?

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Downey Girl
Downey Girl 2013-05-19 14:35:20 -0500 Report

There really isn’t one certain food that I miss. I just miss being able to eat what I want. Not being about to just set down and enjoy a meal with friends and family without having to figure out how much of what I can have or if I have this I can’t have that.

tabby9146 2013-05-18 19:41:45 -0500 Report

mashed and baked potatoes, being able to eat a large portion of them, really good chocolate milkshakes, chocolate period, I do moderation, I still have some chocolate but having to stop I do it, but it is SO hard, even after 4 1/2 yrs. I miss orange juice and other fruit juices so much!! I used to drink juice everyday. I also miss certain pastas. I LOVE pasta!! I miss my fave. pies too, I always had a quite a sweet tooth. I am wary of articifial sweeteners, so I do not cook with them often, only ones I have cooked with is Splenda which tastes really good.

tabby9146 2013-05-18 19:41:30 -0500 Report

mashed and baked potatoes, being able to eat a large portion of them, really good chocolate milkshakes, chocolate period, I do moderation, I still have some chocolate but having to stop I do it, but it is SO hard, even after 4 1/2 yrs. I miss orange juice and other fruit juices so much!! I used to drink juice everyday. I also miss certain pastas. I LOVE pasta!! I miss my fave. pies too, I always had a quite a sweet tooth. I am wary of articifial sweeteners, so I do not cook with them often, only ones I have cooked with is Splenda which tastes really good.

Lizardfan 2013-05-14 12:01:36 -0500 Report

I eat anything I want, that is how often I eat a particular food and how much of it I eat. I never omit any food group or special treat, I just use the guideline to fit it into my plan. I manage my diabetes to *eating to my numbers* and that is what works for me. I would not be happy missing those wonderful desserts etc. , but then again foods like fudge don't even sound good to me anymore. I think everything in moderation is the key.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-05-13 15:54:49 -0500 Report

The past few weeks I have finally been playing around with almond flour/meal and coconut flour. Made brownies, chocolate cherry chip muffin, blueberry muffins, bread pudding, bread, spice cake/muffins, quesadilla/flour tortilla with cheese, and last night's creation was a German chocolate cake (close to Mom's version (aka The Cake Lady, so, maybe that's the one I will use when I do a cake throw down with her.).
Ok not missing them so much now after 3 years.
The bread even worked as a base for a sautéed mushroom and hamburger, with the addition of a dab of sour cream would have tasted like stroganov over noodles. Or, toasted with some sautéed onion, bacon, and sour cream added, would be similar to a dish a friend makes that used toasted bread and potatoes. that her German Baker dad used to make.
Still need to take on pecan pie, lemon meringue pie, apple cider doughnuts, and spaetzle.
Not my fault. Mom is The Cake Lady, her Grandfather's sister had the baking gene and was a Cake Baker in Denmark and one of Dad's ancestors was a baker in England. It is in my genes, I just gotta bake.

JackieBurk 2013-05-13 09:59:14 -0500 Report


Type1Lou 2013-05-13 14:52:44 -0500 Report

I allow myself a square of good quality dark chocolate every now and then. One square of Lindt 90%Cocoa Supreme Dark has only 3 grams of carb. It's a far cry from my pre-diabetes college days of eating a Skybar (candy bar, I think made by Necco) for breakfast.

0neyldone 2013-05-13 00:49:05 -0500 Report

well the only food I really miss is Pecan Pie, and I just eat it in moderation like my deitection told me and excuse my spelling cause that was a bad subject for me in school some times I have a hard time spelling I lol.

OMG-T2 2013-05-12 22:48:57 -0500 Report

I'm with Fefe12…I don't believe in totally cutting myself off from something I want to eat, and if I deprive myself, I get crazy with the rationalizations. If I think I want french fries, I'll filch a couple from a friend's portion, but just to taste them, and usually, that's enough.

As for foods that I actually truly miss? Hot dogs with the good ol' white bun. No bun seems, well, un-American! ;)

jENNjENNtheRN 2013-05-12 03:03:34 -0500 Report

I don't miss much actually. I'm learning that the biggest issue is balance & portion control. I'm learning to be adventurous with seasoning, eating a diabetic diet doesn't mean bland and boring. Carbs aren't too difficult if they are managed by filling the plate with protein, and good-flavored low carb sides.

BANiteOwl 2013-05-11 23:08:33 -0500 Report

I so miss biscuits and gravy, pecan pie, and Sonic cheese burgers with tater tots… just to mention a few. ;-)

dmsinpa 2013-05-11 20:41:34 -0500 Report

I was always a big pasta-eater…and that was probably the hardest food to give up!! Carbs have always been my downfall…but I've learned over the years to eat more fruits and vegetables. I still eat pasta occasionally…but really don't crave it anymore!!

Caroltoo 2013-05-11 15:05:20 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed, I stopped eating white rice, white potatoes, pasta, added sugars, whole milk, and bread of all types. I found I really missed them all, but I did well on this diet and oral medication for several years.

Then I made a few other discoveries about me: how I reacted negatively to foods grown in the conventional manner with chemicals and did not react as much to organically grown produce, meat, and veggies. Also reacted to additives in processed foods. That took me back to the diet of my youth which was all based on fresh, organically grown whole foods. Had to learn how to shop so it's not too costly, but can be done.

My next discovery was that gluten from wheat, rye, barley cause all sorts of problems with my digestion and BGs. Those were the next to go. That reduced my bodies inflammation level and lower the BGs even more.

Now, I find I can control my BGs with only diet and exercise and I am able to eat small amounts of gluten free breads and pastas; wild, black japonica, and mahogany rice; red potatoes, organic Omega 3 milk. I cook with olive oil, do lots of stir fries with veggies I didn't use before. Still eat beef, chicken, pork, fish, and eggs, but look for organic and lower fat cuts of meat.

I believe the key to successful eating for those of us with Type 2 is to find out what we really react to (whether it is a food or a chemical or a food type), then find substitutes where we can.

Another big plus is to practice balance and portion control. A lean protein can counter balance the effect of a small amount of carbs, balsamic vinegar added as a salad dressing helps to reduce BG effects of the small helping of corn that you might otherwise be afraid to eat. Increasing the use of lemon juice and vinegar in our cooking also slows down the digestion so the BGs don't go as high.

The key is to learn how YOUR body responds to various food choices and then optimize the use of the "good guys" and minimize or substitute for the "bad guys" in the diet. For me, it has turned out to be a fascinating life-long experiment to learn more about me and how my body works.

midgemills 2013-05-11 11:49:58 -0500 Report

I was just recently diagnosed in April this year.. I tried to manage my diabetes with out meds by watching what I eat and exercise needless to say it didn't work.. I have cut out all carbs.. My most favorite food I gave up was pasta of any kind my daughter and I could live off of pasta

Fefe12 2013-05-11 01:18:39 -0500 Report

Wow, good question. I had to really think about it. I must say that I never really gave up anything. I changed how I ate it and the amounts, but I dont believe in depriving myself. I think that leads to cravings that are hard to control. So all my carbs are counted or I just will have a bite or two.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-05-10 21:03:39 -0500 Report

Strawberry milkshake and rice w/sugar and cream :)

coolred63 2013-05-11 10:43:41 -0500 Report

well I love vanilla shakes and I do cheat and have 1 once in awhile.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-05-11 10:45:09 -0500 Report

I cheat w/ some things but I'm scared of the strawberry milkshakes :) Would love to taste one though.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-05-13 16:02:26 -0500 Report

When I can't resist the desire for a milk shake. I grab either Hubby, Mom (aka The Cake lady and also a milkshake fiend) a friend/sister and get the flavor I want. Then remove my designated portion, they enjoy all the rest.
Heck, if I really had to I would convince a stranger to take the extra serving for me.
Tried the keeping it in the freezer for later and it just doesn't taste as good as earlier.

coolred63 2013-05-11 12:22:18 -0500 Report

well I have found with me anyway that if I want to cheat a little on something I miss I will have a little and see how it affects my BG level.Like the shake I drank a half of one and about 2 hrs later checked my sugar to see how much it spiked it. I have done this with many foods and I now can know how much I can do and how much my levels will go up which my wife told me she was proud that I can know how much my levels go up to compared to what I eat. I have really learned how my body reacts to what I eat and that's all u have to do is learn how your body reacts so u know when you can splurge a little and have something you normally cant have and how much you can have without spiking your BG levels too much. Hope this helps you in some way.

GabbyPA 2013-05-10 18:29:33 -0500 Report

I miss Chinese foods and Italian foods. I try to avoid those the most and pay dearly if I give in.

Jacqualynne 2013-05-10 18:16:42 -0500 Report

I miss starches for sure! I miss potatoes, corn, pasta! Anything with carbs! Oh and rice! I love rice!

coolred63 2013-05-11 10:45:43 -0500 Report

I love rice too. but I do still eat some once in awhile with some chicken. In moderation its not too bad on my BG levels.

mnl0701 2013-05-10 17:49:59 -0500 Report

Pizza I really miss pizza I still eat it just not like I used to. I make it at home but its not the same especially Chicago style.

coolred63 2013-05-11 10:49:46 -0500 Report

Oh yes I love my pizza. that is one of my favorites also. used to tell my wife all the time I could eat pizza everyday and wouldn't bother me.but I didn't have to give it up completely I still eat some sometimes, once again in moderation its not too bad on my BGs. I always liked the thick Sicilian style although now not good for me with that thick crust.

dmsinpa 2013-05-11 20:45:23 -0500 Report

I totally agree about the pizza…it's always been one of my favorite foods!! I find that if I eat just a little…I don't have the cravings!!

KG66 2013-05-10 09:52:05 -0500 Report

Oh I also miss having a big plate of pasta! I was at a restaurant with a friend and wanted this kind of ravioli. Well it had 121 grams of carbs. That would have been 21 units of insulin for me at the time. Nah wasn't going to take that much!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-05-10 07:35:17 -0500 Report

Pizza and shrimp Alfredo! Oh and I miss lunches at olive garden soup and salad with fresh bread sticks!

coolred63 2013-05-11 10:52:52 -0500 Report

yea my wife and I love olive garden also. when she wants to go she says she feels bad knowing I cant really do pasta much but I tell her its fine I don't want to cheat her just cause I cant so I just get a chicken dish.

locarb 2013-05-10 00:23:35 -0500 Report


Type1Lou 2013-05-13 15:00:11 -0500 Report

Actually, cheesecake may be a lower carb option than regular frosted layer cake. What cheesecake has though is more fat but fats are not carbs. If you make cheesecake using a lower-fat cream cheese or ricotta or even plain yogurt, you can cut some of the fat. If you substitute the sugar with Splenda, you'll cut back on some of the carbs. There are a few good lower-carb cheesecake recipes here in the recipe section. The key is to account for the carbs.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-05-13 15:37:07 -0500 Report

Way back, pre being diagnosed with diabetes, when I was out with Hubby in the semi, I used to have whipped cream cheese, lemonade flavored Crystal Lite, and a can of the already whipped cream in the electric cooler. Every night before bed I would mix 1 - 2 Tbsp of the cream cheese with a few pinches of the lemonade powder in a 3 oz plastic cup. Then squirt some whipped cream into the mix.. Best instant cheesecake I ever concocted.

KG66 2013-05-10 09:49:59 -0500 Report

Cheesecake is so high in carbs! :( I used to have a piece every Christmas and when I was diagnosed and saw how many carbs I knew it wasn't worth spiking my sugar!

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-05-10 21:06:45 -0500 Report

I get cheesecake on special visits to the Cheesecake Factory. I get it to go and only eat 1 or 2 teaspoons at a time plus sharing it w/ my daughter til it's gone. They're so yummy!!

re1ndeer 2013-05-09 22:18:30 -0500 Report

Mine would be a Hot Fudge Sundae with toasted pecans. I could've ate one everyday. Ice cream was my down fall.

JiMMy DCC 2013-05-09 21:28:02 -0500 Report

Coconut Pie for me as well. I crave it all the time. I do get it as a treat after I run a half marathon. And for sure after the full marathon I'm doing in 4 weeks. And mexican food. I know you can eat healthy. But I like all the bad stuff. Tortillas, chips, etc…

MimiGaRx 2013-05-09 21:26:59 -0500 Report

Coca~Cola (trying to give it up)!

tweetyJo 2013-05-10 18:59:44 -0500 Report

Bread is always around! :( My mother in law was from England and had bread on the table at every meal. She was T2. How she never ate I will never know but she didn't.

tweetyJo 2013-05-10 18:58:03 -0500 Report

Ice Cream! I love ice cream. have it very seldom now and there better be a walk involved after having it..
PaulCathcart— S'mores— take two pieces of graham crackers- roast a marshmallow over a fire. Lay a piece of Hershey chocolate on the cracker, then add the marshmallow , add the second graham cracker on top. there you have a S'more. I would rather just have the melted chocolate and marshmallow.

KG66 2013-05-10 09:47:57 -0500 Report

Oh man! I miss this too! :P Although the last time I had a sip it tasted so weird after drinking diet coke for so long! lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-09 21:08:43 -0500 Report

I didn't stop eating things I liked, I just switched to the sugar free version. I tasted a pop tart once. They would not be included in my last foods to eat on earth. Even though I switched to the sugar free version doesn't mean I eat them all the time.

sNerTs1 2013-05-09 18:43:34 -0500 Report

S'mores! Yep, that's what I miss. I'm not a huge "sweets" eater, but during the summer, I craved s'mores LoL. I rarely have seafood alfredo, maybe twice a year, at my favorite restaurant. After that, I flush myself with water and take a good hike to keep my sugars at bay. Other than that, I watch what goes in me, I have a whole lotta living to do yet :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-09 21:12:49 -0500 Report

I love Chicken Alfredo with fresh ground pepper either alone, with broccoli or spinach. I usually eat it once every couple of months but make sure I am active after. I have never liked S'mores because I must be the only person on earth who can't stand Marshmallows. I didn't like them as a kid but will eat peeps…LOL. I have put sugar free Hershey's Syrup on a Graham Cracker just to try the taste.

coolred63 2013-05-09 18:55:52 -0500 Report

That's what I tell friends when they kid me about turning 50 next month, I say so its only a number I'll be 80 and still doing things I do now (or at least tryin to..LOL) cause I got a lotta life left in me and got more things I want to do before I die.

sNerTs1 2013-05-10 08:31:09 -0500 Report

LoL! I JUST turned 50 and my family got me pretty good. At least they didn't have a funeral procession down my street this time like they did when I turned 30. Age had never affected me, it's just a number. In my heart I'm 21 or something LoL. Joyce, peeps are pretty much ALL marshies LoL it must be the sugar coating that helps you out. I can't stand coconut but I used to eat mounds … Go figure huh. Paul, don't order half a Sammy, order the whole dang thing less the bread, I do that all the time :)

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