Diet Sodas and Sugar substitutes

By cece60001 Latest Reply 2013-02-27 16:03:50 -0600
Started 2010-06-10 03:22:57 -0500

Hi all, I just found this site and I am curious about what everyone is saying about diet sodas and sugar substitutes. I am also new to being pre diabetic. I am on medication in pill form, but not sure what to eat. My dr. did not inform me of anything really. Where can I find out what I can and can not eat to keep my sugar down. Also, is it okay to drink crystal light?

18 replies

Fefe12 2013-02-27 16:03:50 -0600 Report

Wow, you need some counseling bad. Have your doctor refer you to a diabetic counselor. They can help you and answer all sorts of questions. The one I have now is a jewel. My first one had no humor and told me i wasnt to eat ANY fat whatsoever. She didn't like the fact I like bacon and wasn't giving it up. Plus she didn't laugh at any of my jokes. What I'm saying is you will be seeing this person for awhile. You need to build a relationship with them so you need to LIKE them. Always resherch what you have learned and ask lots of questions. About the sugar free stuff you will find two schools of thought and read everything and make up your own mind. I don't like sugar free anything. I believe I work hard to keep my body healthy and to put chemicals in it makes no sence to me. Try stevia. It can have a bitter taste which is why I do';t use it, but I have friends who swear by it. Try different brands I hear that can make a difference in the taste. Go to the health food store and try something new.Read, read, read your food lables. It can be pretty overwhelming at first but you will get the hang of it and you may be able to NOT be a diabetic.

Rivco12survivor 2013-02-22 11:31:25 -0600 Report

I have recently been told by my doctor that I have high blood sugar (370). I cut out carbs (bread, rice, pasta) and my doctor told me to avoid juice. I pretty much eat protein, vegetables, and some fruit. I try to drink a lot of water with the sugar free drink mix, but I am a Diet Dr. Pepper fan. My doctor never mentioned anything about not drinking diet soda (have never been interested in the sugar version). I over do the carbs when dining out, the end result feels like a yeast infection (had thisd for month before realizing the real issue). I am not sure that I could give up diet soda and do not understand the issues or why diet soda is a problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Emma2412 2010-06-13 20:30:02 -0500 Report

Hi, Cece
I'm with Kim. Why did your doctor say you were pre-diabetic? And what did he say your reading was? Honestly, a doctor who tells a person she's pre-diabetic, and then doesn't give that person any advice on what to eat or what to do should be strung up by his … I am so sick and tired of hearing about doctors like that. I had one in the beginning, too, and fired him right quick. I've got a real good one now, but it took me a long time to find her.
As to Crystal Light, I don't drink things that, like Betty says, have "unpronounceable ingredients". I find it's better to stay away from them just from a general health standpoint.
As to recipes, Gabby here has the right idea. You can also look at the recipes right here on this site. Just look on the left of your screen and click on Recipes.
I've also found great diabetic recipes on the web as follows:

Plus, on (this site is totally free and you can do a lot on it — meal planning, weight tracker, etc., etc. I love the food and fitness journal that's there.

After you learn a little bit about what you should be eating, you'll soon recognize that diabetic eating is the healthiest there is.
Good luck.

cece60001 2010-06-14 13:59:25 -0500 Report

Hi Emma and thank you for your reply. He did a blood test and just told me one of the tests came out to 7.5 and said it should be below 7. I will definately question what test when I see him in Aug. I also plan to take Gabby's advice on the Diabetes website so I can learn more. I do test, but I dont understand the results at all. In the morning before a meal it will sometimes be low 100's then other times highter 100's. Then after a meal shoots up to over 200 sometimes. Just dont understand what it means. I am on pill medication now and have just started, but I do feel Dr's should be more informative than they are. They seem to be rushing to see the next patient. Thanks again for your reply.

Emma2412 2010-06-19 10:04:13 -0500 Report

Hi, Cece
The test is called the A1C test, which is really the gold standard of tests for diabetics. The following is a fairly understandable explanation of what it's for and what it's used for.

Here's something else about testing and why you should do it on a fairly regular basis, especially in the beginning or whenever there's been a change in something or you'renot feeling well:

For what the current normal blood sugar ranges see:

bettymachete 2010-06-13 14:25:36 -0500 Report

Hi CeCe nice to meet you, that's awful that your doctor left you in the lurch on your condition. I am drinking more and more water and crystal light is definately a no no for me. It has unpronounceable ingredients. I also drink green teas and and sometimes club soda mixed with a splash of fruit juice. I had to do a lot of changes, mentally, physically, emotionally but with a good support unit, I have found it much easier than I originally thought. Not meaning that there aren't challenges and temptations that I will certainly come across but I have already noticed a change in my energy level from the dietary changes I've made. Welcome welcome welcome!

GabbyPA 2010-06-13 19:01:17 -0500 Report

I like your rule for ingredients, that is a good one. I also use a 5 ingredient limit. If it has more than 5 ingredients, it usually isn't that great for us either.

cece60001 2010-06-14 13:55:50 -0500 Report

Hi Betty and thank you. I have noticed alot of things so full of chemicals. I have now learned to really read the labels. Dr's can be very so hard to understand. I will definately have a list to questions to ask him when I see him in Aug. And again, thank you.

PriceShop 2010-06-19 17:55:07 -0500 Report

Betty - Do you feel that you are drinking more and more water and not getting hydrated? Do you drink tap or bottled or filtered water?

GabbyPA 2010-06-13 13:03:50 -0500 Report

Hello Cece and welcome to our Community. I know once you dig around a bit you will start learning so much. You will be teaching your doctor a thing or two.

It just burns me when a doctor gives you that kind of a diagnosis and doesn't give you any suggestions of what to do. I would start by hooking up with the American Diabetes Association. Their website is and they have a lot of basics we all need to start with.

It is great the you are caught in the pre-diabetic range and you will have a great chance to stave off this disease for a longer time if you are learning the things to do now. Did your doctor suggest you get a meter and test strips? That is a great learning tool for you and will help you keep your levels in check.

Here is a basic video that will help with some food choices.
or my favorite guy:

cece60001 2010-06-14 13:54:15 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, and thanks for the reply. You are so right. He really didnt tell me anything except gave me a meter. I am so lost on that. I can test in the morning before a mean and it is in the low 100's, then other times high 100's and I have not even had a meal. Yet after a meal, jumps over 200. This is so confusing. I will definately take your advice and go the the website. Thank you.

monkeymama 2010-06-12 08:39:02 -0500 Report

Hello there! I cut myself down to 1 12oz. diet soda a day. Otherwsie I am drinking more water, Propel, Fuze, and Crystal Light Fitness. The sugar substitute my doctors have ALWAYS recommended is Splenda. In fact, my husband is starting to change over to what I am doing (minus the soda thing). I am currently doing a spin off of the Special K diet, following Jillian Michaels, and using the plate method. The plate method is this: 1/2 plate veggies, 1/4 plate protein, and the other 1/4 of plate is a starch. I use a divided toddler plate to help guide me in this effort. Like Alanbossman also said, "everybody is different…". What my carb allowance for a day may be different from the next. There are others out there who also has to watch other things in their diets as well. Good luck and welcome to our community!

cece60001 2010-06-14 13:52:19 -0500 Report

Hi Moneymama, I love the idea of the childs plate. I am going to try that. I also purchased a norditrac bike which is helping me with the exercise as I had back surgery 2 years ago, which was reinjured in a car accident back in 2009. I will however have to cut down on the diet soda, and am trying. Water, sometimes hard to drink but I am getting there. Thanks again for your reply.

PriceShop 2010-06-19 17:57:02 -0500 Report

Water! Yes I know that diabetics thrive on water.. what would you do if you were to find a water source that hydrated you in just a few sips?

alanbossman 2010-06-12 00:03:16 -0500 Report

Hi Cece and welcome to DC. yes to crystal light is okay to drink. Everybody is different when it comes to food, but low carb meals will help. more vegs green in color no white bread and no white rice, more fish,chicken, and turkey. excrise like walking will help lower your bs.

cece60001 2010-06-14 13:50:32 -0500 Report

Hi Alan, and thank you for your response. I am really new to all of this but I will definately do alot of research. I do alot of juicing with veggies and have found the Montel Juicer to really help me. I am not able to eat lettuce and alot of other things since I hate salads, but with the juicer, I have found it alot easier to eat these things. I have already begun eatting alot more turkey and fish, and love brown or wild rice. I have also begun using only whole wheat breads, so I think I am starting on the right track. Any other advice would always be appreciated.

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Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-10 16:58:36 -0500 Report

Personally, I only drink water and coffee. Even though sugar free beverages don't raise BG's, there are all kinds of unnatural artificial sweetners in sugar free beverages so I stay away from them.

Why did your Dr. say you're pre-diabetic? Did he/she do an A1c blood test?

You need to have your Dr. refer you to a dietician and go on a low carb diet in order to keep your BG's in control.

cece60001 2010-06-14 13:48:23 -0500 Report

Hi Kim and thank you for replying. He stated this because of a blood test and I am lost. He says my rate was 7.5 and it should be under 7. When I see him again in August I will surely have questions for him. I have purchased a norditrac bike and have cut down on alot of things I use to love. But, exercise has been raised. My meter testing I really dont understand one bit. I can check it at one time, and it is low hundreds then after a meal, can jump to over 200. I will check into the american diabetes websit. Thank you for all your advice.

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