By Koalamissy Latest Reply 2015-01-15 21:07:59 -0600
Started 2015-01-14 12:04:46 -0600

I just joined this group today and wanted to introduce myself. I didn't see anywhere else to do this, so if I'm in the wrong place, I hope the moderators can move me.

I was diagnosed as a Type 2 almost 2 years ago. I was not a happy camper and didn't understand where it came from. As far as I knew, we didn't have diabetes in our family. Heart disease and cancer, yes, but diabetes? It was never ever mentioned in our house, so where did this horrible thing come from.

Well, right around the same time, I found a cousin on Facebook and as we were getting to know each other, I found out that he was diagnosed with Type 2 about six years before me. He thought it was only on his mother's side; well, now he has it on both sides. His father and my mother were brother and sister. He didn't know his father that well growing up, but I did. His parents divorced when he and his brother were very very young. So I guess it was in my family, I just didn't know it.

I've spent a lot of time beating myself up over this diagnosis. My doctor assures me that I didn't eat my way to diabetes - still have a hard time believing that. He said yes, my weight does play a part in it - really, so then my eating does play a role in it. I have always been a huge eater of chocolate/snacks and drinking regular sodas. I've cut back on the chocolate and snacks and am trying to transition to healthier foods, but giving up the soda has been the hardest part. I don't like tea, so that won't help; plain water I drink at my part-time job at Walmart while running a register, but when I'm not at Walmart and I'm either home or here at my full-time job, it is so hard not to drink soda. I need the caffeine, so I drink Mt. Dew (hate the diet version with a passion). I've tried Diet Dr. Pepper, but it gets boring.

I feel like a sugar addict and don't know how to totally stop. Any suggestions? Thanks.

11 replies

Koalamissy 2015-01-15 13:50:13 -0600 Report

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. Cold turkey didn't work for me, I tried it, then I got stressed and started drinking the soda again. I don't crave the chocolate as much anymore, but I think that's a hormonal thing.

Heidi, I love Crystal Light drinks. But I'm a very picky person and the one's I like tend to get boring after a while. What I just did was purchased the SodaStream machine, as well as the syrup for Crystal Light and the Crystal Light Energy. Figuring I can combine the two - Crystal Light + Bubbles. Oh, and I got the syrup for Diet Dr. Pete (which is supposed to taste just like Dt. Dr. Pepper). It literally just adds bubbles to water and then you add the flavor. We'll see how that works.

I have been doing really well (for me) for the last week and a half. My waking numbers have been around 129, which is a ginormous change from around 189-200. My one hour after lunch has been around 149, which again, is a little high, but my numbers used to be in the low to mid-200's. So I know I'm on the right track, just struggling to actually get there. Even if I were to stay like this for the next 3 months, I know my A1C will come down from 8.8. There is also another number my doctor said was starting to get high - it was at 1.1 and he said if it gets to 1.2, I can no longer take Metformin. Don't know what that number is, but I don't want to switch medications or worse, go on insulin. So I NEED to get my act together here.

MaryYouBetcha 2015-01-15 12:36:51 -0600 Report

I also have an difficult relationship with sugar (or really any sweet tastes - for instance a sweet potato is a great alternative but it would just get me going). If I eat anything sweet at this point, I get into a sweet/salty binge (but not purge) cycle. I discussed this with my endo yesterday (he is a really great, creative guy who always wants to listen to theories) and he told me two things: 1) I told him I was thinking about Overeaters Anonymous and he said that's great but if it doesn't work, I COULD try Altrexa (which is used for people with opiate addictions). It does have side effects, though it isn't thought as harmful long-term. PLEASE NOTE everyone, I'm not supporting this drug, I'm just saying it's out there. My endo says it takes the edge off and you can stop it any time but again it does have other side effects. 2) He said that he did a study on himself with a glucose meter that measured his BG every 10 minutes. He found that eating a starchy carbohydrate (candy, pop, potato, bread, rice, legumes, etc) by itself spiked his blood sugar up 70 points and kept it there for 2 hours. If he ate a protein the same size as the carb (or a non-starchy vegetable) when he ate the carb, his blood sugar did not spike. I thought this was very interesting and I'm going to try eating like this - pick the protein first and then match the carb. I'm also going to try really hard to just stay away from the sweet tastes all together but I'm not sure I'll manage that without OA or drug. We'll see!

GabbyPA 2015-01-15 10:43:55 -0600 Report

Here is a great video on helping to overcome sugar addiction.

It is a 3 part series and it also has a soft drink challenge that maybe you can do to get a jump on things.

It is hard, no matter's just plain hard. Remember that it takes 3 weeks to create a new habit. If you can make it a goal to just make it for 3 weeks, it can get you to a point of it being easier. Sadly, it only takes 3 days to break that good be ready for that temptation.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-15 00:23:18 -0600 Report

I'm type 2 also, and denied my diagnosis for 4 1/2 years cause I was just plain angry about it. i hated the fact that I caused myself to have this disease because of my addiction to food, so i continued to eat sugar and more carbs than i could count for 4 1/2 years. Fortunately, I think, I was never much of a soda drinker. I think the best way to give up sugar is cold turkey. When I am craving sweet, I have a sweet potato with butter and cinnamon sprinkled on top, tastes a lot like pumpkin pie (can also sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on it, it's real good). I have that with dinner at least once a week. For drinks I do a lot of crystal light. There are a lot of various flavors, Mio, crystal light and even sugar free koolaid. If you look around there are tons of alternatives. Best of health to you, and don't beat yourself up. Heidi

sweetslover 2015-01-14 22:36:30 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed T2 a couple of months ago. There are no other diabetics in my family, so this was a great surprise. Since I already have neuropathy and a couple of other diabetic complications, I decided the best thing for me to do was go "cold turkey" on anything that has sugar. It hasn't been as hard as I thought. The longer I am sugar-free, the less I crave it. I am careful with all carbs and drink only water. Try replacing your chocolate and snacks with things like sun flower seeds. Best of luck to you.

MaryYouBetcha 2015-01-15 12:28:24 -0600 Report

I too am the only one in my family back to my grandparents generation that has T2 and I'm also the only obese person. It is a big surprise, isn't it! I also feel very lonely because of it. I'm glad I found DC!

sweetslover 2015-01-15 21:07:59 -0600 Report

I hope DC helps you as much as it has helped me. I really felt like I was getting to the "end of my rope" before I joined. These great members have helped me put everything in perspective.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-14 15:58:14 -0600 Report

Need caffeine you say??? ME TOO!!!…I use to down AT LEAST a two liter of pepsi everyday by myself..loved my soda…haven't touched it in over a year…if it is sweet and caffeine you crave try this ..I LOVE IT…buy unsweetened vanilla almond milk..add splenda to taste, a touch of vanilla extract…a spoon of instant coffee and ice..blend till yummy…it is cold like soda..sweet like soda and has Caffeine!!!!! Best of all the unsweetened almond milk has one gram of carbs per serving and that 1 gram is FIBER…very very low carb and yummy!! (all that being said I blend my concoctions in my nutra bullet so I get the perfect consistency..a good blender would probably be a good enough substitute)..

Type1Lou 2015-01-14 13:52:08 -0600 Report

How about iced coffee?…you'll get the caffeine fix. A diagnosis of diabetes leads many of us to change habits and that is never easy. I used to love to bake and, of course, eat what I baked. Except for special occasions, I rarely bake anymore…that way, I'm not tempted to eat what I know will be bad for me. I've been following a low-carb diet for the past 10 years. Giving up bread was the hardest for me. Now, I buy the thin-sliced muti-grain bread and indulge in that every now and again. Eventually, your taste buds get re-trained. Adhering to a stricter diet has resulted in better control of my diabetes, so, IMO, the results of that effort are worth it. Wishing you well!

aleahkCA 2015-01-14 12:53:32 -0600 Report

Welcome Koalamissy! You're in the right place. I'm the community manager here so if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. There is a wealth of information here and our members are AWESOME and full of good information. There's a recipe section where you can find ways to make meals that are more diabetic-friendly as well as articles on the homepage and in "Understanding Diabetes" that is updated regularly. I hope that by joining us here you'll be on your way to healthy diabetes management!