Think I Need a "Come to Jesus" Talk About Hot Dogs

By NewSong53 Latest Reply 2017-11-28 17:12:03 -0600
Started 2017-11-27 11:33:14 -0600

I have been so good the past 3 or 4 months about eliminating sugar from my diet. Don't even crave it anymore, but I don't tempt myself by perusing the candy and bread aisles of the grocery store. And I turn down invitations to "split a pizza" or go for a scone and coffee. It was incredibly difficult at first even knowing how thad sugar and wheat are for me. I now have WASA crackers instead of bread with tuna salad and such. I rarely have that, though, and don't eat rice or other grains — but I do have quinoa when I'm craving them.

But I cannot seem to kick the hot dog habit. I don't even want to know what's in them, but I've always heard it's pretty bad. Even turkey dogs which seem overloaded with sodium.

Yesterday I caved and ate several hot dogs with homemade coleslaw (not sugary at all). My BG seemed to be fine but at bedtime, I decided to take a 10 mg Lisinopril as "insurange" for my blood pressure. (I've been off it except the rare times I eat hot dogs.) I did it around 9:30 PM. I slept later than usual today, waking up at 8:30 AM and my fasting BG was 199! I took 1000 MG metformin (my usual dose) and had coffee w/coconut oil and cream. It was "only" 200 an hour or so later.

I read that taking Levemir at bedtime can cause a rise in BG overnight. But I believe the hot dogs had a lot to do with it and I know they're not the least bit healthy. I simply have strong cravings for it that nothing else seems to satisfy. Has anyone here had any really bad experiences from eating hot dogs or overcome a craving for them? I know this sounds bizarre, but I think I'm using it to curb my urge to eat sweets or carbs and I need another substitute.

13 replies

Meredith B
Meredith B 2017-11-28 15:35:10 -0600 Report

Never had a problem with a hot dog drowned in mustard and sauerkraut - no bun.

NewSong53 2017-11-28 17:12:03 -0600 Report

My problem was with the quantity I ate and the coleslaw I ate with them. I do like them with sauerkraut, but I just had a hankering for coleslaw. At least I know I'm in good company b/c so many people get preachy about hot dogs — it's not like drugs, but it can be bad if I eat them too frequently. Thanks!

msann 2017-11-28 10:24:56 -0600 Report

i cook hot dogs for me and hubby once a month just ball park with home made chili dont seem to bother us the next morning we exercise 6 days a week and we take insulin but mostly i eat turkey burgers

Suzy24 2017-11-27 19:04:31 -0600 Report

Have no experience with hot dogs and bs levels - have not eaten them since my diagnosis a few months ago. Since my recent emergency hospitalization I have been on Levemir at night. I have higher BG then but my morning levels have been running between 84 to 90 so I've not experienced higher morning numbers with Levemir - knock on wood!

I have similar reactions like you to rice and grains but have had good results with the Wasa crackers. Hang in there - sometimes we have to indulge our cravings a little or they will take us over!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-11-27 15:05:07 -0600 Report

I switched to Chicken hot dogs. Absolutely very little flavor but I can't have the fat in them. I put them in the oven and burn them (nothing like a totally black hot dog) slather them with mustard and relish on a regular hot dog bun and have not had a problem with them.

I have no intention of giving up hot dogs. Sometimes at a cook out that is the one thing I know I can eat. If you have a craving you simply don't eat it. I love tuna on toasted bagels but I can't have them so I don't eat them. I love chocolate, I have not had chocolate in over a month.

The way I see it is if you crave something that you know you really should not eat, have enough common sense to not eat it or find something to take your mind off of it. There is nothing that says you can't have a sweet treat now and then. It is how much of the sweet you eat and when you eat it.

Consueloj 2017-11-27 14:32:34 -0600 Report

Bunned or not? I've had hot dogs - Dodger Dogs but take my own very low carb bread and drown them in mustard! BS reading was perfectly fine. But maybe that was because the team won and I was happy?

haoleboy 2017-11-27 13:14:29 -0600 Report

are we talking hot dog with the bun?
I have always been a fan of "cased meats" and I'm not sodium-phobic … in fact, I need more sodium in my diet. a couple of hot dogs (no buns) with sauerkraut works for me … putting that on my shopping list right now.

NewSong53 2017-11-28 08:26:24 -0600 Report

No buns — I tell myself I'm getting protein. Maybe I'll look for a healthier dog. I might try opening the package when I get home, put two in snack bags until they're all packaged, then put them all in a big freezer bag so I can thaw them out a couple at a time. It's just one of those things I have little control over — I might have to give them up altogether and find a healthier "go crazy" food.

suecsdy 2017-11-27 12:44:42 -0600 Report

Once in a while I have a hot dog. I like the ones from the convenience stores..maybe it's the way that they cook them. I can't say what they do to my bg because I just don't have them that often.