Sugar Withdrawal

By benjimon Latest Reply 2010-04-07 23:56:04 -0500
Started 2010-03-23 18:06:53 -0500

Was diagnosed type-2 about two weeks ago.

The last few days I've suffering from a craving for high sugar foods. Although probably more psychological than real cravings, just wondered what foods / techniques are on hand to help with this?

Tonight I gave in and had two tiramisu puddings, fortunately didn't raise my sugar levels too much.


9 replies

Hinboyz3 2010-03-25 13:54:27 -0500 Report

Hi Ben, their are a lot of sugar free candies, snacks, out their, they are kinda costly too. But worth checking it out. I have to have a piece of chocolate every now and then, so I choose sugar free mints, they take care of that craving too. I love all the sugar free puddings also great tasting.

mtngal 2010-03-25 07:36:46 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I also suffered through major, major cravings for something sweet. In our household a meal wasn't complete unless you finished with something sweet!!! Words cannot even express my love for chocolate…LOL!!!!

Hang in there it will get easier…once I got used to a lower carb diet amazingly my major cravings for something sweet went away. Don't get me wrong I still want them but definitely not as bad. Like some of the other people wrote there are a lot of ready made products and tons of recipes that will take care of those cravings…just remember the portion/serving size is realllllly important!!!!!

Good Luck!!!!

GabbyPA 2010-03-23 18:39:54 -0500 Report

I was thinking of you when I posted this video :
It is not diabetic, but it helps you overcome as a new diabetic those cravings. I know how hard it is. I am the same way with carbs. Once I get them cut down, I don't crave them, but that is a hard thing to do some days. Hang in there, it can be done.

Elrond 2010-03-23 18:29:54 -0500 Report

There are several sugar substitutes available. But watch out for 'sugar free' products such as snacks and pudding. If you read tha labels, the carb counts are usually higher than the sugar-containing product. As we all know, our bodies convert carbs into glucose. Now, a controlled amount of glucose is necessary to our bodies; that's what we're aiming for. But be sure to take snacks and treats into your overall diet plan.

Crashnot 2010-03-24 09:35:18 -0500 Report

I get a crack out of the "diabetic" candy/energy bars at the pharmacy. A regular chocolate bar has about 25 carbs. These sugar substitute bars are so full of other high-carb stuff they are at least 20 and sometimes 40 carbs per bar! Who's monitoring the advertising on this stuff???

mtngal 2010-03-25 07:21:29 -0500 Report

It's crazy isn't it…When I was diagnosed and starting reading nutrition labels…I was amazed. You really have to be careful about the so called sugar free…carb smart..diabetic food advertisement. It takes me a lot longer to do my grocery shopping due to reading all the labels…but it is definitely time well spent!!!

Roy531 2010-03-25 07:33:02 -0500 Report

I have to keep moving out of peoples way because I'm a slow reader and reading labels takes me a little time. They probably get upset over it but I need to know what I am putting in my body.

Anonymous 2010-04-07 23:56:04 -0500 Report

Roy - In keeping my food diary I have learned that there are a lot of websites on internet that have the nutritional information on brand name foods. Usually I google the food, brand and "nutritional analysis" and that enables me to find the food I am interested in on the web. I am pleasantly surprised at the wealth of information. When I did my first diary years ago I had one hardcopy resource that was all generic food. (Of course that was before PC's and the internet, too…LOL)

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