My name is Kathy and I'm a sugarholic....

By Nicky230 Latest Reply 2013-11-06 23:37:52 -0600
Started 2013-10-22 21:08:24 -0500

Hi everyone. I stumbled on this site by error but am glad I did. I am a fairly newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I fought for at least a year to stay off meds, but here I am now on metformin. I take about 850 mg three times a day. My a1c is close to 7 now. I have pretty much gone off diet soda as I have read that the artificial sweeteners (aspartame) is really bad for diabetics and also avoid all diet food that may contain it. Has anyone else found this has helped their numbers? I am also on a. Cholesterol drug which I found out also can raise your blood glucose. There is no winning. I will do ok for a while with my diet and then there will be cakes and cookies galore at work and I am like an alcoholic. I cannot walk away. So, I start each day over in the morning and try to do better. I guess I am just looking for a place to talk with people in the same boat who are struggling. Maybe I can get some inspiration from this group that will help me get past this awful cycle. I know everything I need to do, but I find I sabotage myself just about every day. I could teach a class but will not follow my own advice! Ugh!!!! Anyways, thanks for letting me vent. I look forward to chatting with you all. Tomorrow is another day…

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mike1967D2 2013-10-27 13:31:37 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome. I'm far from a pro at this diabetic stuff…still new to me. Though I do work in the field of counseling and behavior modification and my advise to change behaviors is be patient with yourself but make goals "small ones at 1st" find replacement activities "or snack foods at wk that are healthier maybe" change up your routine "it helps to get you off auto pilot" seek support from your co workers/friends. Talk to them maybe they'll start having healthier snacks out. Give yourself positive feedback maybe keep a journal. And again be patient with self remember it usually takes 12 days to make or break habits. Lots of luck. Stay positive. You can do it!
Take care

LynnRD 2013-10-27 12:05:37 -0500 Report

I just read through this discussion, and my hat is off to everyone for the support and suggestions you're providing. Learning what works best for you individually, and then figuring out how you can realistically implement that knowledge on a regular basis is key. I'm hearing about a whole lot of success, and I hope that encourages everyone.

Chopstix 2013-10-26 14:28:36 -0500 Report

The best of luck to you. I'm a truck driver that used to weigh in at 250 lbs. Now I hover around 180 lbs. I had a heart attack when I weighed 210 lbs. Also had bypass surgery. I have been back to work for one month now. Glad to be out of the house! Have you tried apple cider vinegar? Did you just go ewww! It is good for helping to control your blood pressure, blood surgar, and cholesterol. Buy the cloudy looking kind because it still has all the vitamins, etc. The distilled kind has been cooked. Lemon juice is also good for you. Water with lemon when I eat helps to get me fuller faster. Sometimes I will mix both, lemon & vinegar, together in a glass of water and sip, sip, sip. Find a copy of 'Diabetes Without Drugs' by Nancy Cohen and read it. It has helped me a good deal. Try a used book store for the cheapest price. Don Colbert, MD, has some good books also. Take care as I have to run…

Nicky230 2013-10-26 17:39:01 -0500 Report

Thanks for the tips! I have actually tried apple cider vinegar but haven't stayed with it. Also I have lemon with my iced tea. Will be adding them both to my grocery list. :)

Nicky230 2013-10-26 07:41:54 -0500 Report

Nice to know I'm not alone out there! The whole key I guess is moderation and taking one day at a time. I will not say I will never eat cakes or sugar again; that is not realistic and too restraining. But, I will not eat them everyday. We always seem to want what we shouldn't have. I do not bring the junk food home often and surprisingly my kids don't seem to mind! Hopefully I am setting a good example for them and helping them learn how to eat for health. If this is genetic, at least I am hopefully delaying this outcome for them. My older son won't drink the tap water because of the fluoride in it!! Perhaps I've created a monster! Thanks for the comments - it helps me keep on track.

Young1s 2013-10-26 00:18:23 -0500 Report

Hello Nicky230. Thank you for joining us.

You can't imagine my dismay when I was first diagnosed 2 yrs ago. It was at a time in life that I decided I wanted to eat more french bread and butter. Yeah…that's what I remember about that time. But hey, I still eat my bread and butter, just not french bread. I used to drink soda like it was water, now I drink almost nothing but water. My morning tea and the occasional cup of juice and caffiene free Pepsi a few times a month being the exception. I make adjustments to try to fit in what I want as well as what I need. The kicker for me was the fact that I developed a tast for chocolate cake after being diagnosed. Anyone who knows me knows that I prefer vanilla cake but there was this craving for chocolate that I couldn't deny. And I didn't for a spell. Then my good friends from here helped me to realize that it wasn't the chocolate that I was craving, but the artificial flavors and snacks that I gave up that were the culprit. Once I rapped my head around that, it became easier and easier to just say no to the things that would cause me to spike. Nowadays, I sneak in some of the old good stuff, but I know how much is acceptable now and don't ever over do it.

Nicky230 2013-10-26 07:51:20 -0500 Report

I agree! It is a mental decision and the longer you stay away from the "bad" stuff the easier it gets to make better decisions.

autismmom04 2013-10-25 23:56:52 -0500 Report

Look I to trying Skinny Fiber! I used to love love love sweets and it's made all the difference for me! Email me and I can tell you where I got it from.

Nicky230 2013-10-26 07:43:04 -0500 Report

What is skinny fiber?

autismmom04 2013-11-06 23:37:52 -0600 Report

Do a quick search online. I bought mine from a friend who is selling it, but it really helps get rid of the cravings and it's got enzymes and all sorts of healthy stuff in it. The only thing I've tried that works. I've lost 12 Pds already. It's also helped me feel more in control of what I eat now that I'm no longer craving the junk food.

pamdora 2013-10-25 09:59:25 -0500 Report

Oh I so here you ! Wow my story sounds so close you yours Kathy but I take metformin twice a day and my name is Pam and I am so addictive to white and sweet things

Nicky230 2013-10-26 07:49:20 -0500 Report

I hear ya sista! I love pasta and Italian bread but have settled for wheat and dreamfields pasta. Since I have stopped eating sugar free foods and snacks, I have realized that real sugar is just not as sweet, but better for you to eat. This is a hard disease because eating is so pleasurable!

snuggles11 2013-10-25 01:00:50 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yes I can definitely understand
I'm having the same problems cheating
Especially on my carbs I'm not portion controlling them and my sugars are running To high !

Mom2sam 2013-10-24 12:30:25 -0500 Report

Hi Nicky . I can totally relate. I can being doing really well avoiding sugar and then my husband who is not diabetic will bring something with sugar into our house and I stumble. I have tried artificial sweeteners and don't like the taste and how it makes me feel awful afterwards. It's a no win situation. I just have to take it one day at a time .

Young1s 2013-10-26 00:24:42 -0500 Report

I know what you mean about the artificial sweeteners but I have found that Stevia is a really close substitute for the real thing.

Nicky230 2013-10-26 07:53:45 -0500 Report

Stevia is a great product! I actually bought some soda made with it from Wegmans. It felt weird to be drinking soda after giving diet up. It was good, but very expensive. Definitely good for a treat. Do you bake with it?

Les147 2013-10-23 16:52:01 -0500 Report

I am in the same boat. I am real good, join the gym start eating good and a few months later and I am right back to my old tricks. Very tough to stay good.

haoleboy 2013-10-23 15:25:18 -0500 Report

you don't fail until you stop trying.
I don't drink diet soda. the only liquids I consume are tea and water and sweeten my tea with aspartame. I drink 2-6 cups of tea a day and my last A1c was 6.1 … so, until I can handle unsweetened tea I'll stick with the aspartame.
As to the morning highs … are eating shortly before bed? I usually have a piece of fruit before turning in for the night and find that if I include some protein in that snack my morning bgl is where I want it (sub 100).
and remember … "By perseverance the snail reached the ark."

Nicky230 2013-10-23 14:38:44 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for the welcome! Today was another day. Bg was lower this a.m.than normal which started me off on the right foot (120). Healthy foods all day :) Since giving up the diet Pepsi, I have been drinking a lot of green tea and unsweetened ice tea with lemon. My son says it tastes like woodchips without the sugar lol. Does anyone else have problems with high readings when they wake up? It doesn't seem like I have much control over this as I have monitored what I have been eating at night before bed and it there is no pattern of what works.

RachelChavez 2013-10-23 13:18:37 -0500 Report

Welcome Kathy! I'm so glad you found us. I think you will find the support and encouragement you need here. I know it can be hard but I think your attitude of 'tomorrow is a new day' is a great step in the right direction. So many times when trying to curb our impulses it can be too easy to just give up when you make a mistake, but approaching it with the attitude of trying again and again and again is a good one. I know you can get a handle on this, and I'm so glad you found us!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-23 11:39:18 -0500 Report

Hi NIcky, welcome to the DC family. Good group of people with varying opinions, ideas and suggestions. I don't play russian roulette with diabetes. I like having all of my limbs, vision and my organs functioning reasonably well. I will be totally honest with you. The choice is yours, it is your life and your health. Just because the cookies, cakes and pies are in the office doesn't mean you have to eat them.

I worked in an office that had all kinds of goodies on the table. On mornings where things were not going right and I had to rush out of the house and get to work, if I was low when I got there, I would eat a cake donut or a small cookie with my boiled egg and sausage. If I didn't need the sugar, I would not eat any of the goodies. I am too the point where it doesn't bother me to see the sweets people are eating.

I no longer eat sugar free cookies. To me they taste way too sweet. I buy sugar free chocolate chip cookies from the Amish Market. The only sugar in them are the chocolate chips. I wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them. When I want one, I warm it in the oven and eat it. 12 cookies can last me up to two months. I also buy the sugar free apple pies from there and freeze that also. You can slice it and freeze the individual slices.

Asparteme is shrouded in controversy. However, the level that is tested in lab rats is never consumed by human beings. They just did a study with lab rats and oreo cookies. What they didn't say was if the rats are fed anything other than oreo's. If all they are eating are oreos, naturally the rats are going to go to them when fed.

You have to decide how serious you are about taking care of your health. Either you are going to stay away from the goodies and find subsitutes for your sugar cravings or you are going to always be fighting to stay in control. I choose to stay in control because I don't have time to be starting over everyday. Diabetes as with anything in life is not a struggle unless you make it one. Good luck to you.

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-10-23 10:56:26 -0500 Report

I'm just the opposite of you. I had no trouble with the candy or other sugar products…but the diet soda is something else. Trying to get away from diet pepsi has been one thing I cant seem to get away from.

Nicky230 2013-10-26 07:59:49 -0500 Report

I had been drinking diet Pepsi since I was a teenager. Scary to think of all those chemicals I have put into myself! It is so addicting I would wake up and have one by about 10 a.m. some mornings. Since I don't drink coffee, it was my caffeine and since there were no calories I felt it was harmless. I just wonder if it hasn't made me insulin intolerant.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-23 11:40:31 -0500 Report

I went from regular pepsi to water with crystal lite for almost two years after I was diagnosed. Now I am back on diet pepsi but I still drink my water.

kimfing 2013-10-22 22:45:52 -0500 Report

Welcome:-) glad you are here. There are a lot of great people here. I am newly diagnosed and was like you about sweets n junk. The way i keep on track is remember how i felt before i was diagnosed. I don't want to go back to that. I have just now started meal time insulin so i have a little more freedom. Surprisingly, the junk i used to LOVE tastes like poo for a lack of a better word.:-) i took a small nibble of my daughters hershey bar and it left a feeling in my mouth that i thought i just took a bite from a stick of butter.

Good luck. Keep me posted:-)

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