I am Wondering...

By griz104 Latest Reply 2010-02-19 18:16:12 -0600
Started 2010-02-13 11:09:41 -0600

If there is anything that you either can't or won't give up because of your Diabetes? I , myself had a very easy time giving up all the sweets and such as i never ate much of it any way.. But am finding it really hard to give my Apple Butter and Peanut butter sandwiches..I make all my own Apple butter and have quit using any sugar in it at all..But i still use it on Oatmeal.In Cream Of Wheat and such…Just don't think i could ever completely give it up…

34 replies

veggie1962 2010-02-19 18:16:12 -0600 Report


I doubt you'll have to give up apple butter. Check you blood sugar before you eat it and then again 2 hrs afterwards to see how much it goes up. If it goes up 50 pts or less, you're OK. If it goes up more than that, either eat a smaller portion of apple butter or cut some carbs from other foods in that meal and check again to see how you did. Same with PB sandwiches, if your sugar goes up more than 50 pts, you could try making sure you eat just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (a standard serving) to see how that does. If you're still too high, try either an unsweetened or splenda sweetened peanut butter (I think it's Peter Pan that has a splenda sweetened one). If you're not already doing it, you could also try a higher fiber whole grain bread (3 grams or more fiber per slice) to help your blood sugar from spiking so much.

I eat whatever I want but the key is that I stick with pretty healthy foods most of the time and treat myself on occasion if I really want something that I don't normally eat.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-14 06:26:40 -0600 Report

Ice cream. I can't and won't give it up. In my pre-diabetic days, my husband and I would each have a bowl of it before bedtime. With his cholesterol and my diabetes, now I buy it maybe twice a month - one of the small containers - and it's a treat I plan for.

griz104 2010-02-14 07:34:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the reply's!! Just trying to find out if i was somewhat normal or not..LOL I have many friends who have totally given up everything they used to enjoy and had thought that maybe i was being bad by not giving up my Apple Butter..But at least now i know there are others who also have keep some vices!!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-14 22:37:03 -0600 Report

griz, we are only human and humans aren't perfect. I think the later someone get diagnosed in life the harder it must be to change their ways. I was diagnosed at 12, so I don't remember much of any other way (though you wouldn't have known I was diabetic before by the way I ate). I easily switched to diet sodas and lightened up on the pastas (my fav'!)…bread & Peanut butter & jelly's are my weakness. I'll sometimes make a flop over of that when my sugar's low - I take advantage of that situation lol.

rankearl 2010-02-16 13:16:06 -0600 Report

i understand that to danni i was diagonsed at age 11 i belive it would be harder to give what you can eat anytime freely diabetic diet has become a way of life for me it is a healthy way to eat i do cheat i just taste things i want it works for me hugs julie

cc9 2010-02-13 21:03:51 -0600 Report

i dont give up anything. i have a treat day a week. and its usually the most healthy of the things i love. need to do that to feel human. and the rest of the time i am healthy with my foods. you will need to see and decide what will work for you best. good luck.

mcbare 2010-02-13 19:04:13 -0600 Report

I am still newly diagnosed 2 months ago so giving up the bad foods is still fairly easy . I have to say that I do pray to the father for strength , because I have to deal with temptation every day like all of us . I have enough blood issues to motivate me to stay on the path as much as possible . had a1c test 2 weeks ago & was 7.2 % which made me happy still have work to do just have to eat right & exercise more

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-02-13 19:47:20 -0600 Report

I gave up all kinds of junk food. Idrink diet pop and lots of tea with splenda. I
really didn't have much trouble giving anything up. Dan

ptsparkle 2010-02-13 16:12:11 -0600 Report

Don't think you have to give it up. Eat it and test, test, test. Make adjustments where neccessary. Just portion it to where your sugars don't go wild.

SkipT 2010-02-13 14:02:50 -0600 Report

Never had an issue giving up anything. My wife says I have amazing willpower. I can even cook stuff I don't eat for other people. No temptation whatsoever.

donna13 2010-02-13 14:32:00 -0600 Report

I hate you. Sorry only kidding. lol. I usually have will power when I go shopping. But yesterday I went grocery shopping and saw a display of sugar free cookies. I picked them up and as a good diabetic I looked at the carbs. Over 20 g per cookie. I put them back but now I WANTED cookies. So I found some regular cookies, only 15 g per cookie. They would make a suitable snack, I thought. When I got home I was exhausted because I've been under the weather. So I decided I needed a snack, one cookie would make me feel better. 3 cookies later, I did manage to stop eating. Today I tried them again, and I did hold it to 2 cookies. They are now sitting in my freezer where I can't see them all the time,.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-14 22:30:47 -0600 Report

That's awesome Skip! Anyway you can spread some of that willpower around?

SkipT 2010-02-15 17:09:11 -0600 Report

I always consider the consequences of what I eat. Is a cookie with a stroke? Candy worth my legs? There is no food on earth that is worth my health.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-15 19:33:10 -0600 Report

true, very true. I said to my friend the other day, "another piece of pie and there goes my leg", I wasnt even eating pie, just thought it was funny, she found it quit funny too.

Antique-Dave 2010-02-13 12:20:19 -0600 Report

I've made a lot of trade offs and while I won't eat half a pound of jelly belly beans while watching tv at night anymore I might count out 15 of the little buggers and really savor the taste.

I'm of the belief that most things can be planned for even if t is just a smattering of what you used to eat at a setting, its still possible to get a taste.

its just really important to be aware, test 2 hours afterwards, and watch your meter.

If you remain too high for too long and you are not meeting your goals than it might be an item you need to give up. On the other hand I look for ways to change recipes in order to keep things within my range and budget of carbs for the day.

2010-02-13 12:01:56 -0600 Report

Griz, I have given up alot of things but the one thing I won't let go of is Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I love the sparkle and how it can look so fancy in the right glassware . The bubbles that creep into my nose and that tingle at the back of my thraot when you open a fresh bottle, its to die for. wait!!! not that I would die for it, what am I saying- but you get my meaning..lolol right??? lolo wheww.

Kira_xo 2010-02-14 01:19:26 -0600 Report

*drooles* How can you make something like ginger ale sound so good? Now I want some haha

griz104 2010-02-14 07:35:24 -0600 Report

Headed to the store now for Ginger Ale!! LOL

cc9 2010-02-15 01:29:28 -0600 Report

gris and somoca, there is a ginger beer in australia called bunderberg and its very good. i lknow not ginger ale.

2010-02-15 06:42:15 -0600 Report

cc9!!! spooky you should mention that. I have a dear friend coming from australia to see her guy in NJ this June. I will have to ask her if she can bring me some so I can taste it. coolllll. Thanksss One sip and only one sip though..lol.

cc9 2010-02-15 06:48:11 -0600 Report

yeah thats cool. its the best ginger beer in australia. where in australia is your friend from.

2010-02-15 07:01:34 -0600 Report

Syndey. She drives buses. Her name is georgeanna but we call her georgie. Long legged blonde in her 40's. She's a very nice lady.

cc9 2010-02-15 07:03:54 -0600 Report

huh..great i am from sydney too. and good on her for being a female bus driver.

2010-02-15 07:06:15 -0600 Report

is being a female bus driver odd? thats nothing here in the states.

Sweet Mo
Sweet Mo 2010-02-18 19:16:08 -0600 Report

Heheh, drinking a can as we speak. And if you are not afraid of diet soda, the diet version is one of the few diet sodas that I actually enjoy.

Kirla 2010-02-13 11:29:00 -0600 Report


Depending what’s in your apple butter, you may not have to give it up. The peanut butter sandwiches, oatmeal, cream of wheat and such is probably spiking your blood sugar much more than the apple butter.

When first diagnosed I swore I would never would use a sugar substitute. Almost a year later I use splenda in place of sugar. I found that if a recipe called for 1 cup of sugar I could use ¾ cups and it works pretty good. Just use a little less.

I myself test my blood sugar before and after I eat. That’s how I found out that crackers, bread, pasta, potatoes, corn & potato chips all spike my blood sugar. It was all hard to give up. I don’t eat any foods that have more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

If you want to know if something is spiking your blood sugar test before and 1 hour after eating it. If you eat it with crackers or bread it’s going to spike your blood sugar anyway. I would eat a small amount, maybe ¼ cup and test before and after and see what it does.

Good luck

MAYS 2010-02-13 11:22:18 -0600 Report

Good question, hard to answer !
I would say my homemade fresh fruit flavored teas and lemonade, they were perfect with my lemon layer cakes with lemon frosting, I'll just have them all in moderation,
can't give either up in the summer time !

sweething 2010-02-13 11:14:00 -0600 Report

Go to one of the carb counting sites and find out how many gms. of carb in apple butter. I know calorie wise it is less than jelly. Without sugar, it shouldn't be much.

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