Sugar in nearly everything

By benjimon Latest Reply 2013-03-18 14:02:34 -0500
Started 2010-03-13 15:34:02 -0600

I was diagnosed just over a week ago with type 2.
I can't quite believe the things that have sugar in them. I've chucked out (gave to a friend) lots of my food because it has sugar in.
This week Iv been eating a lot of kelloggs all bran (a high fibre breakfast cereal) only to find that that had added sugar also.
Im pretty gutted because I like a huge range of foods, fortunately I also enjoy cooking so I can control what goes into my food to some extent.

How do you people cope? I'm finding sticking to a good diet a very depressing prospect

35 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-18 14:01:14 -0500 Report

If I remember right, EVERYTHING you eat, well, maybe it is almost everything you eat, eventually turns to sugar. My general view is to watch the stuff that is outright sugar (soda, sweet southern tea etc) and just to keep an eyeball on the other stuff. Things I like, but now avoid/reduce potatoes (sweet potatoes are not as bad for me), corn, and pizza.

JSJB 2013-03-18 12:27:37 -0500 Report

I usually do not look at the sugar content, only the carb count but after awhile you will find it will get easier but do not give up.

locarb 2013-03-18 11:57:15 -0500 Report

You've already received good advice. The only thing I can add is that you do get used to it and your tastes change. Like others, I all-but-stopped eating when first diagnosed. That was miserable. Then I ate but was always hungry. As others mentioned, you have to eat fat and protein and manage carbs rather than obsess on sugar. I recall when I was young that it was called "sugar diabetes" and to this day most people believe that you can't touch sugar.

If this helps you any, It's been almost three years since my diagnosis. I have lost a lot of weight (actually it just came off as a result of eating properly rather than "dieting" per se, I control this condition without medication and my A1c is always in the low 5's, which means I have "normal" blood sugars. I exercise more and am in better shape.

You tastes change and even the smell of things that you used to crave are unappealing over time. You have a lot to deal with now, I'm sorry that you're here but you can learn a lot and live with this condition after a change or two in lifestyle.

awakening2health 2012-10-24 11:30:32 -0500 Report

sugar - often fructrose from corn syrup - is in a lot of packaged foods and in restaraunts, but of course there is much less in nature. Real foods can be a revelation in terms of deliciousness, and without a doubt are healthier for you as well as the planet, so maybe this is just a wake up call to more satisfying and enjoyable relationship to food!

MrsCDogg 2012-10-24 04:56:56 -0500 Report

It can get frustrating at times. I have found that if I keep my portions small or at least medium amount then I can eat most anything I like. I do try to stay away from really high sugar foods. If I do eat a dessert I make it a small amount. You will just have to experiment and see what causes your blood sugar to rise. There is a really tasty pasta out now called Dreamfields. As long as I don't over cook it I can eat a pretty good portion of it and not affect my numbers much at all.
Good luck with finding what works for you!

IronOre 2012-10-23 21:41:26 -0500 Report

The bottom line is that it's carbs that you need to watch out for . . . not necessarily sugar.
A plain Hersey bar has something like 25 grams or carbs, while a good sized baked potato can have 60 grams of carbs.
Does it mean that you can't eat either of those ? No, but you need compensate for that some how.
Like many have mentioned below you will probably end up eating better than ever, and therefore feeling better than ever as time goes on.

Dixiemom 2011-07-18 20:12:55 -0500 Report

You will getnused to it. I don't use many convenience foods, I usually cook from scratch unless I'm in a hurry, then convcenience foods are fine. We have started to really read the labels as ,like you say, sugar is in everything. Try shopping in the "health food " section of the supermarkwt for cereal. Usually they are lower in sugar then the name brands.

hogrider37 2010-10-07 13:37:13 -0500 Report

Hey Ben, youll get used to it and then it wont be as hard as it is now. As a matter of fact i think youll find it pretty easy. Like Gabby says you dont have to dump sweets just manage them into your diet. A friend of mine a diaberes educator said one time, Youll have people come up tp you and say "hey you cant eat that your a diabetic", ignore them. You can eat that just dont overdo it. I personally pay more attention to the carbs than the sugar. Dont get me wrong i pay attention to the sugars but more to the carbs. Take some of the courses they offer at your hospital and youll learn in no time. Good luck.

Grannyn 2010-10-07 12:29:55 -0500 Report

Even no sugar items have carbs
I've gone to eggs for breakfast.
And focus on lean meats, veggies and fruits.

mo91108 2010-10-07 12:24:22 -0500 Report

You can have some sugars in your diet, I eat Special K plus protein it has 14 g carbs and 10 g of protein. good luck and hopefully you find this is not a death sentence and you can overcome this disease

- Monica

GabbyPA 2010-03-21 08:17:20 -0500 Report

Hey Benjimon,

First I want to welcome you to the community. You will find a lot of great people here to help you out.

I remember when I was first diagnosed, I threw out not only all sweet or sugar filled stuff, I got rid of the sugar free things too. I kind of looked at it as an adventure. It is great that you enjoy cooking, as that will help you a lot. You'll find there are a lot of things you can substitute and not feel deprived. Like did you know you can mash cauliflower instead of potatoes? Stevia based sweeteners are easy to cook with and eliminate calories and carbs. Choosing a whole or raw food over the similar processed food will help you feel more satisfied and be healthier for you. You don't just have to dump sweets, you just have to manage them in your dietary plan.

How I cope? I do it one SMALL step at a time. Don't try to do it all at once, you will be overwhelmed. Just choose one thing a week to work on, and as that becomes habit, add another. Don't think of it so much as a diet, but a way to live. You'll do great.

mtngal 2010-03-18 17:07:37 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was afraid to eat anything. I finally went to a nutrition class and that really helped me.

I am eating almost everything that I used to with the exception of my favorite desserts…:(

For me it was all about portion control. I was amazed when I started measuring my food how much I was overeating before. I also switched to whole grains products. And the good thing is I have even found a lot of recipes and ready made products that satisfies my sweet tooth…:)

I go to any diabetic seminar/class that I can find. The content of the classes might be the same but I also seem to come away with helpful tips each time.

Wish you well.

Crashnot 2010-03-14 20:09:57 -0500 Report

I do well cooking in large batches and freezing it to reheat as meals. Try to fill the fridge and freezer with unprocessed foods that you can cook to your likings. Still lots of "junk" in the cupboards, but so many days I'm just too tired to cook a meal the kids will gobble up, so the frozen pizza and chicken strips are my fall-back plan. I just don't eat them!

Dev 2010-03-14 14:14:13 -0500 Report

You don't need to remove all sugar from your life. It is impossible and counter productive. You just need to control your portions so that you manage to keep 30gms of carbs for snacks and 60 for meals. (These are target rates. You will have to find out how they work for your blood sugar levels)

My husband loves to eat variety of food so he started exactly where you are. frustrated.
After a year he thinks, it is not end of your life. If you do some minor changes to your diet. You can pretty much eat whatever you were eating before with just altered portions and ingredients.

We have switched to whole grain options. Also, in whole grain we go for the grains that have low glycemic index. High fiber foods slow down the conversion of carbs to sugar. So that counts too. Not spiking the blood sugar.
We have added a portion of salad to every meal so that it balances the other carbs he eats. We still get desserts but eat it in small portions at a time. We do not drink the carbs ie avoid all fruit juices.

We have started reading labels. We avoid products that have added sugars as far as possible. We had already stopped eating products with high fructose corn syrup so it was easy. There are a lot of products that market themselves as healthy products because they have no sugar or no high fructose corn syrup. Also, there are a lot of options in whole grain bread, pasta, cereal etc.

Checking blood glucose levels regualrly in a day helps. It gives you info about how you process foods and also gives you motivation to continue.

And when you go on a binge or dont stick to your target. Just exercise your sugar off :)

Evelyn Kay
Evelyn Kay 2010-03-15 11:19:51 -0500 Report

Hi im new here too.Can i ask how your husband got his a1c back down Im having trouble doing that and my glucos #.I eat healthy and a lot o protine but am always still hungry

SkipT 2010-03-15 17:05:11 -0500 Report

One of the reasons that you are still hungry is that you probably don't eat enough fat. Fat is something that we have been taught to avoid, but it is something that will make you feel full. Also it will help curb the spike that you get from your meal.
Carbs and fat in combination is the real problem. Eliminate the carbs and the fat will actually help you.

thegilty 2010-03-21 11:06:28 -0500 Report

What she said!! Read labels, cut amounts. I have always been a bit of a snack eater so that has become low carb snacks in small amounts. My Doctors have told me it is control of diabetes not cure from. I monitor my blood sugar each morning and keep it between 90 and 110. My A1C stays around 4.5 every 6 months. I enjoy a lot of the things I used to, just either sugar free or low-sugar. I use Slenda for my coffee and tea, the wife uses it to cook with and all seems to be fine.

sallyt40 2010-03-14 00:13:58 -0600 Report

Hello ,Try to look for gluten free cereal and high fiber cereal like fiber one. You can try almond milk unsweetened is better but you can try sweeten just make sure you take a walk or go do something afterward. That helps lower your sugar level . That is the most important thing that should be on your mind after eating.It will take time for you to adjust to it.Just keep a positive outlook :-)

Zimoss 2010-03-13 22:18:09 -0600 Report

it is OK to eat sugar, but you do need to watch the carb intake…you don't want to eat something with a ton of sugar, but since most food except meat have sugar in them you will be hard pressed to eat no sugar at all.

as for the high fiber cereal you're eating, that helps to counteract the carb intake… I would suggest you need to talk to a diabetes educator and especially a nutrionist because they can set you up with a meal plan and a goal for how many carbs you should eat per meal.

alanbossman 2010-03-13 21:35:09 -0600 Report

What will help is to eat alot more chicken no skin, turkey,and fish. Also fruits and vegs. And to eat portion size meals, for snacks almonds, walnuts etc. Hope this helps

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

benjimon the closer the food is to its natural state the better. processed food has no fiber and usually less nutrional value. if you can afford to organic and health shops stock foods you need. otherwise try and check blood sugar levels after eating

SkipT 2010-03-13 18:22:45 -0600 Report

I do 99.9% of my own cooking now. That way I know exactly what goes into it. Also, my taste for food other than my own is declining. Nothing seems to taste as good as what I can make myself. Here is my favorite recipe site:

Harlen 2010-03-13 16:38:59 -0600 Report

BOY do I know what you meen lol lol lol
Well its not getting rid of all sugar
atleast not for me I am T2 as well
But to cut way back on the carbs I only take in 65 carbs a day and still need a lot of insulin
When I was first DX they sed to cut all fat and carbs lol I am a chef and I can think of no food that dosent have fat or carbs.I came here and what a help they have been for me my @ run real good now thanks to the great frends here.
Best wishes

benjimon 2010-03-13 17:35:17 -0600 Report

By '65 carbs' you mean 65 grams?
So basically I need to eat slow release complex carbs?

Harlen 2010-03-13 19:09:31 -0600 Report

Yep and thats pr day

tabby9146 2013-03-18 09:58:19 -0500 Report

I'm glad that super low carb works for many, and many on here HAVE to adhere to that, and I am sad for them. I am glad I can get away with much more than that per day, at least so far, that low amount would kill me LOL. I discovered when I was first diagnosed, and went so low carb that I had to increase them. we were told about 60 carbs I think per meal, I get that for sure and I do well that way. I remember many years ago, way before I developed D.,. and I had only 10 lbs, to lose I was in my late 20s or something like that and I tried Slim Fast, to replace two meals per day, ad I had 2 healthy snacks, and one large dinner, just about killed me, I was so weak after a week or two on that, and at the time, did not think about those chemicals and how that wasn't healthy, and realized there was no way I could do a mostly liquid diet. lol

livlaughlve22 2010-03-14 08:51:06 -0500 Report

you only intake 65 grams of carb per day? i'm a T1 and thats usually my max to have in my big meals like breakfast and dinner, I don't always eat that much lol but I found that shocking thats all you have

hogrider37 2010-10-07 13:43:32 -0500 Report

i do 60 grams a day, per my Dr. Ive lost some good weight and im still somewhat hungry but i still get around even though times i feel like sleeping till christmas.

Harlen 2010-03-14 11:04:43 -0500 Report

Even with that little bit I use 150ut of insulin a day if I go over I use a lot more.Fun Fun Fun

spiritwalker 2010-03-13 16:25:43 -0600 Report

The best foods I have found come from my garden, the farmer's
market, or what I call the outside isles of the market. I stay
away from most packaged or processed foods. We have a
mill just miles from us. I buy oatmeal which can be turned to flour in a blender. I also purchase whole wheat flour. If you
check even simple pasta sauce, soups and so forth have
sugar. Its best to make your own.

TanyaG 2010-03-13 16:09:18 -0600 Report

I have come to find that long lasting enriched carbohydrates, balanced with vegetables and plenty of water work well. Try whole wheat pasta and things like that to help sustain a constant. Alot of the fast acting carbohydrates with a high sugar content spike and drop keeping it harder to control or predict. You can still enjoy amazing foods. All you have to do is make educated decisions and watch portion control. I would suggest the first steps is find a nutritional educator. They can help you take the first step into the knowledge about this disease. Good Luck