sugar craving

By maryw Latest Reply 2008-06-08 12:06:22 -0500
Started 2008-05-25 00:39:06 -0500

hi i have type 2 and i take humalog according to carbs three times a day, byetta twice a day and lantus at bedtime. i usually have such a sugar craving after a meal that i will tear the house apart looking for something sweet. i know i need to take better care of myself but it is so hard. i just found this site and i am starting to log my blood sugar readings. i made it my home page so it is a good reminder to check sugar. any suggestions on the sweet craving?

11 replies

GabbyPA 2008-06-08 12:06:22 -0500 Report

Craving sugar is a product of our lifestyles. I crave the sweet too, but have found if I can control myself (after all who is BOSS?) for a few weeks, the craving will subside. My first defense is to have nothing in the house or available to me that is all out sugar. They say that eating things that are sweet tasting but sugar free plays games with your brain, so learning to eat things unsweetened really helps. Like tea with lemon instead of splenda. Have a fruit bowl instead of a "sugarfree" cookie. Even some veggie snacks like celery and peanutbutter can help you overcome the need for sweet. It is hard because we were raised on it. But if you can make it thru at least three weeks...a good habit can start. You will eventually find you don't miss it so much and then when you do have a sweet, you will really appreciate it more.

slsera 2008-05-26 13:04:33 -0500 Report

I chew Trident bubble gum when I need a sugar fix…fruit is good also or a small piece of choclate is ok.

Dancehawk 2008-05-26 06:45:52 -0500 Report

Sugarfree candy with splenda tons of choclate ones with nuts coconut carmel at walmart in the candy area they have a whole section of it and you can have 3 for a full serving, I usally have one and it really helps, I feel like I treated myself.
Also I ll get the oatmeal cookies up under reciepies soon, chocolate chip cookies too all done with splenda.
you can have a cookie and there really yummy..
plus there are several really yummy sugarfree puddings, jello on the market and if you time your meals by watching your cal, carbs sugar alchol you can have one a day, sometimes 2 if you really need.
I love the sugar free life savers too.
ok me wants one now… lol!

Cynthia D
Cynthia D 2008-05-25 07:44:49 -0500 Report

If you like fruit, freeze seedless grapes.
I like the green ones. They seem to be more sweet. It "defrost" fast in your mouth. They can stay in your freezer a couple of months. Of course you have to be careful about fruit and the natural sugar.

Ginetteb 2008-05-25 13:10:53 -0500 Report

Be careful with grapes. I read somewhere a long time ago that a diabetic should eat no more than 7 grapes a day. If your craving can be controlled that way, good for you, but grapes are one of the fruits that contain the most sugar.

seawolf1944 2008-05-25 02:37:34 -0500 Report

Dear MaryW,Check atyour Walmart store to seeif,They have packages of Black WAlnuts. If,You eat walnuts during the day and drink plenty of water during the day. After,I started doing this my craveing for sweets decreased 99%.Thanks and have a nice day.

slsera 2008-05-26 13:09:46 -0500 Report

Hi Mary

I got addicted to peanuts which of course are high calories and and carbs. I now stay away from nuts.

bluedenim 2008-05-25 01:51:59 -0500 Report

Hi MaryW. I have those same sugar cravings. I am a type 2 also. I also eat sweets made with splenda. There are different kinds of cookies and candy that you can get that are made with splenda. It is also nice to use some of the recipes on here and make you some sweets. I just joined this site, and I know it is really going to help.

slsera 2008-05-26 13:06:21 -0500 Report

Hi Mary

I to have Diabetic II. For something sweet you can have some fruit…chew Trident Bubble Gum or a small piece of choclate is fine to.

Ginetteb 2008-05-25 01:19:27 -0500 Report

Boy, are you an early bird MaryW!
I have those sugar cravings as well and they are a curse. If it's sweet, I like it. Try something sweetened with Splenda.
If you look on-line there are several sites with free recipe for deserts. Even in this site, there's a place where you can pick-up some recipes.

I plan to use some of them myself.

Good luck

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