I love the Sweets

By SureRee Latest Reply 2010-12-23 08:46:14 -0600
Started 2010-07-06 20:09:26 -0500

How do you fight that sweet tooth? OMG..it's so hard! It has to hit me like 10pm or later that I CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET.

59 replies

tomecom 2010-12-23 08:46:14 -0600 Report

Cravings have two common causes. First, because we are diabetic, we are deficient in up to 10 primary vitamins and minerals. One of the most common deficiencies is chromium, which is instrumental in the regulation of blood sugars and insulin. Chromium deficiencies cause sweet cravings, which will get worse is you eat sweets. Sweets further deplete the chromium stores.

Second, the vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause amino acid deficiencies which typically regulate cravings, weight, depression, and blood sugars. It is these amino acid deficiencies that causes depression, weight gain, and glucose management problems to manifest.

Every diabetic should be taking a good quality multivitamin (extracted from organic food) not synthetic. Don't buy the ones sold at Walmart and Walgreens. You will waste your money, and further stress your liver and kidneys. There are a couple sold on the Internet that have a very good formula for diabetics. They typically cost about $15-20.00 per month.

I place multivitamins at the top of my grocery list when budgeting, because studies have shown that it is not possible to get 100% of the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals from food sources anymore. Since 1970 the majority of our foods have undergone genetic engineering, which has ensured massive crops, grown faster, with fewer diseases or insect damage; but, they are as much as 50% lower in nutrition.

Then they overcook the food during processing, and add chemical coloring, flavoring, including processed salt and sugar or fructose, texture enhancers, and preservatives, which are pro-oxidants. The pro-oxidants are thee substances that cause inflammation, which is the root cause of diabetes and its complications.

If you need more help with this, or cannot find the right products, let me know and I will gladly share all of the information I have on it.

allie4123 2010-08-03 13:05:26 -0500 Report

I find that Atkins bars are low net carbs and can help cravings. Fruit also helps. I sometimes eat the weight watches diet ice creams too. I have become a reformed sweet-tooth junky.

Divadevine 2010-08-07 16:56:30 -0500 Report

You cannot eat too many fruits either, they are full of carbs. Try this tea I use that was okayed by my physician to use. Its call Gohyah Tea you have to buy it at the oriental store. It is the bitter melon, but the fresh bitter melon taste nasty to me, I put cinnamon in it, and it didn't help. Gohyah tea takes your sugar down quickly, like from 300 to 115 or less. Cinnamon is also good to take everyday about 2000 mil.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-08-02 00:39:03 -0500 Report

I've tried the fruit and sugar free candies but they bring my sugar up, but I am ultra sensitive to food. But if you can handle it than go for it and dig in :). . .All because I am sensitive doesnt mean I deprive myslef.
Barbara said the sugar free gum, that works great for me too. I chew the Trident fruity one and I drink the crystal light cherry limeade. YUMMY!!!

Good luck to ya :) Danni

Divadevine 2010-08-07 16:58:42 -0500 Report

Take 2000 milligrams of cinnamon capsules a day, you can also sprinkle pure cinnamon on foods, or cook with ciinnamon sticks. Also, try Gohyah Tea you have to buy it at the oriental stores.

barbara109 2010-07-30 12:20:59 -0500 Report

There are some great suggestions here many of which I have tried. What works for me is getting my sweets earlier in the day so I can have a protein/carb snack before bedtime. I eat sugar free cheesecake and cookies. I drink lots of sugar free drinks as well. They make me feel as if I have had that sweet thing that my body is craving. I also chew SF gum usually a fruity flavor. I have to avoid too many fruits because they raise my sugar.

michaeldpell 2010-07-26 23:10:02 -0500 Report

if you want to cut out the sweets just eat fruit, apples,blueberries,kiwi s,and bananas. that will be a better choice than eating sweets and candy. the fruit will be sweet enough to satisfy you sweet tooth !!!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-07-21 03:23:22 -0500 Report

Gum!! I love trident because they have those sweet flavors. I crave stuff sweet late at night too lol but it's usually just once a month. But that's when I go for gum or the sugar free hard candy, they have this Baskin Robin chocolate mint flavor that's awesome.
Good luck!

Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:01:01 -0500 Report

Only thing about the sugar free candy is sometimes we go overboard on it, like the chocolate, peanut butter, caramel and it also gives me gas really bad. Try the cinnamon and Gohyah Tea, the bitter melon. Look it up on the internet.

abjt4 2010-07-20 16:21:32 -0500 Report

For me, it is pasta. I am Italian, and love my pasta! How am I supposed to not eat pasta? Well, I just don't eat a lot of it…Oh, it is so hard. I love my pasta. Ok, so I had a couple bites of pasta salad at my nephews birthday party. I don't make spaghetti very often, but when I do I have a little bit of spaghetti (1/2 a cup) with sauce over top, a HUGE salad and a teeny piece of garlic bread for dinner. My biggest challenge will be going to Mongolian Grill! I could go there and eat only the noodles (I love it that much!). But when I go (which I will soon), I am only going to have the meat and veggies!!! My urges and cravings are strong, but MY WILL POWER IS STRONGER!!! lol :)

kutty 2010-07-13 20:44:52 -0500 Report

The trick is to have a few sugar free cookies and to drink plenty of water with it but make sure its not too close to your bedtime because of the sweet and all that water will keep you from good nights sleep!So do it atleast an hour or two before your actual bed time!

LISA-D 2010-07-11 01:47:04 -0500 Report

Well there are so many things out there now that are sugar free. You can get sugar free popsicles, sugar free and fat free pudding, sugar free whip cream and sugar free wafer cookies from Voortman along with so many other sugar free cookies just to name a few. I like to eat the pudding and add a dab of whip cream and that helps.
I hope I have given you some ideas to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:05:44 -0500 Report

Those Voortman cookies are delicious, I love the shortbread and oatmeal but they are hard to find. Also, there are sugarfree drumstick icecream. Although, my diatician says there is no such thing as sugarfree, there is also sugar alcohol.

Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:07:32 -0500 Report

I make a mean banana pudding with sugar free vianilla cookies, sugar free pudding, sugar free whipped cream and I use canned milk for the pudding and add a little I can't believe its not butter. Problem is not eating too much of it.

Kirla 2010-07-09 11:14:00 -0500 Report

I have a piece of chocolate soy cake everyday at lunch. I drink sugar free chocolate water every night. Lately I have been having low carb ice cream, I make on my ice cream machine every day. From time to time I make low carb pumpkin pie. Last week I made a pumpkin cheese cake that tasted pretty good. I eat all this stuff and none of it spikes my blood sugar.

My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in 4 months. I write about my life as a diabetic on my blog. Click on the link below for some ideas.


Good Luck

DiabetusJiji 2010-07-10 01:08:39 -0500 Report

Hmm… chocolate water? Sounds interesting. :^) Congrats on your A1C drop.

Kirla 2010-07-10 09:07:44 -0500 Report

I post the recipe here. Click on the link below.


I use nut milk because its low carb. You can use any milk you want, it still comes out good. I use the Wal-Mart brand sugar free chocolate syrup. Hershey’s sells sugar free chocolate syrup. I haven’t tried it. Wal-Mart’s brand is a lot cheaper. Maybe someday I will break down and buy the good stuff.


Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:08:37 -0500 Report

where do you get the chocolate water?

Kirla 2010-08-07 20:36:53 -0500 Report

I make it. Here is the recipe

3 Tbsp Nut Milk ( any milk will do, heavy cream works the best, I use
nut milk because ther low carb low fat)
1 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup (Sugar free)
10 oz Seltzer Water
2 Tbsp low carb Whipped Cream

Pour milk and chocolate syrup in large cup or glass. Mix with spoon. Very slowly add seltzer water dripping down inside of glass. Mix lightly with spoon. Top with whipped cream.

diabeticmomma 2010-07-09 09:55:07 -0500 Report

I don't know if you have Ruggles Ice Cream in your area, but they make a KICKER SF chocolate chip ice cream. I don't know if you are carb sensitive. I am. Find a local chocolate company ( we have Malleys and Bella's in Cleveland). Try one or two pieces of their SF chocolate. A small piece of fruit, SF candy. I am new to diabetes too, and it is really hard! Sometimes, I find if I "Chug" a HUGE glass of ice water, the craving will go away. Keep drinking the water until it goes away. Your craving will go away the fuller your stomach gets with the water. What about SF lemonade?

Rebel713 2010-07-07 14:27:26 -0500 Report

I can understand the sugar cravings, though I am more of a fruit person if I want a sweet. I agree with some of the previous replies for good substitutions, though I can't have many of them because I am allergic to artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucrolose (Splenda). They give me horrible migraines to the point I can't function at all, and with a newborn that just can't happen.

I find that if I need something sweet I eat a piece of fruit (some can have, others can't) or I try a low carb/high protein and fiber bar. Crystal Light also makes a fitness drink-to-go pouch that you add to your water that is made with Stevia instead that is nice. I personally love the lemon-lime one. It tastes like country time lemonade without all of the sugars!

LauraS 2010-07-07 09:46:14 -0500 Report

How about sugar free Hersheys chocolate. Okay I know it's a no-no but I truly have chocolate freak outs and one piece of the special dark does the trick for me. 10PM is kind of late for chocolate though. Try it earlier in the evening and drink plenty of water.

im409gal 2010-07-19 22:01:40 -0500 Report

Where do you get the SF Hersheys? I need some badly. Tonight, I had a sugar attack!!! I opened a bag of choclate chips… : ( … I feel really bad about now. And I know I should NOT be doing that, but, I cant stop for doing it.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-06 23:44:06 -0500 Report

Lately I have been enjoying apple slices that come prepacked in 30 cal, 7 carb bags. Another favotite are no salt raw cashews. Baby carrots are great, but I've always loved them. These all satisfy my sweet and crunchy cravings. Frozen snow peas are so nice to eat straight out of the freezer. I just let them thaw slowly one at a time in my mouth. So sweet and icy cold on hot days.

bettymachete 2010-07-06 22:22:54 -0500 Report

I will have a half a sweet potato or greek yogurt and I found a a all natural sugar free, lactose free and gluten free ice cream sweetened with Xylitol comes from wood sugar and birch sugar,” Gordon explains. “It comes from trees. It’s been used as a sweetener in chewing gum for nearly 40 years—and Xylitol is actually a tooth decay preventative…that has been recommended by many dentists." It is absolutely delicious and was made by a guy who is a type II diabetic himself, it's called Clemmy's. I tried the chocolate and it was out of this world and didn't bother my BGL, I was in heaven! http://www.clemmysicecream.com/in-the-news/cl... http://www.clemmysicecream.com/~clemmysi/in-t...

Find this stuff if you can!

GabbyPA 2010-07-06 22:35:12 -0500 Report

It is what sweetens your toothpaste too! I have used it and you can get it at your local health food store. I have yet to see it in a grocery store. It is really pricey though, so use it carefully.

ccritch 2010-07-07 09:17:09 -0500 Report

My diabetic educator told us that toothpaste has sugar in it, is this something different. She advised that we check our sugars before brushing as it will raise your BG Level to extreme, I tried it once it surely does.

bettymachete 2010-07-07 09:30:45 -0500 Report

This sweetener is metabolized very slowly, unlike refined white sugar, and xylitol is also very low on the glycemic index. There are no peaks and valleys of blood sugar levels with xylitol. Instead, the blood sugar levels are stabilized. Because of this cravings for refined carbs and sugar are reduced or eliminated altogether. Individual with diabetes will be able to eat foods sweetened with this sweetener because it does not increase insulin levels. In fact, it helps keep insulin levels low. http://ezinearticles.com/?Xylitol-and-Diabete...

GabbyPA 2010-07-06 22:03:54 -0500 Report

I posted a helpful video here http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/898-how-to-beat-sugar-addiction-tips-nutrition-by-natalie
It kind of explains how our bodies work, why we crave sweets and how to curb that craving. It is hard in the beginning, but once you work through it, you will find that the cravings go away for the most part.

Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:27:59 -0500 Report

The video was great, thank you Gabby. Now if I can only follow through with the advice. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Be blessed Gabby.

RAYT721 2010-07-06 20:31:58 -0500 Report

Did you ever notice there are no nutritional labels on hugs? That, my friend, is because they are calorie free, carb free, fat free, transfat free, and contain no high fructose corn syrup yet hugs are really sweet. As you learn what to swap for what works for you (I choose 2 g carb Atkins bars or 80 cal Light & Fit yogurt) take baby steps to replacing the bad with better and eventually you'll have your sweets that are actually good for you… like hugs!

MAYS 2010-07-06 20:36:53 -0500 Report

Sweetly said !

AuntieBear 2010-07-07 01:45:00 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info.

RAYT721 2010-07-07 19:33:19 -0500 Report

I refuse to be normal but I'll settle for being "average." Sure diabetes is not the disease of choice but there are far worse ones that you could have. This is not a disease than any of us chose but that our bodies developed. It wasn't from overeating, underexercising or from having erections lasting longer than four hours (god I wish). When I think of others in chronic pain and dying, I thank God that I am diabetic. I can control my glucose but hard to control pain and life expectancy. Do I sound like a happy little ray of sunshine? I'm not. But I do make the most of each day that I have and try to bring others to realize that if you can't have the best of everything, make the best of everything that you have.

GangstaJinDaHOUSE 2010-07-07 21:13:49 -0500 Report

Ray - u are very right. Thank u for the encouraging words! :-) I am happy being who I am, just sometimes wish I didnt have to deal with needles or any of this. Oh well, thaanks again! :-0 I guess Im just havin an off day

minnieme 2010-07-14 18:07:06 -0500 Report

Hi GangstaJinDaHOUSE,
I too suffer from depression & this uncontrolled rage as I call it with the whole Diabetic routine (i.e needles, pills, 2 types of insulin constant visits to Drs office). I've been Diabetic 2 since 1996 & after the first nutrition class. I hated it even more! But at least now I've come to terms with no longer being in denial. I suffer from mental instability (P.T.S.D w/Major Depression along with Adult Onset- ADD) issues due to an abusive ex spouse who was using Crack Cocaine.

So Gangsta I understand like nobody's business what you're feelings might be as I have the experience down pat! I thought it might be nice to know that you are not alone!

My salvation has been my relationship with my Higher Power…through 12 Step programs suggested by my long time psychotherapist. Through Prayer, Meditation & a good support system I've been able to negotiate my way through each and everyday! "One Day at a Time"! Otherwise, it gets too overwhelming for me! That's not to say that I no longer struggle..I do! My psychiatrist has tried to brioche the subject matter & I fall apart (literally) that's how upset it makes me. I could only do this with my current Psychiatrist because the other ones where all very mechanical & followed a format rather than good listeners. He's a very good listener to a fault! lol So we work together on issues concerning my medications. It has definitely made a difference how I view the medical profession as a whole along with its methodology in prescribing medications because I have had bad experiences.

Good Luck…Count me In but not Down & Out!!

BTW: This is my first posting!

Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:42:21 -0500 Report

Hang on in there Minime! Keep the faith, if you have the faith God has the power. I have many unpleasant situations going on in my life right now also, but I have decided not to sweat the small stuff. And to change what I can and pray for what I feel I can't change, and ask the good Lord to guide and lead me and strengthen me. Life is great, I would rather be on the ground any day than have the ground on me. One day can make all of the difference in the world. It seems there is always something, if we are not heading into a storm, we are in the middle of the storm, are coming out of the storm, getting ready to head into another one. But, God will not put no more on us than we are able to stand. My husband was on drugs and an alcoholic, my teenage children were sowing their wild oats, I had a sick mother to take care of, my grandson that I raised from infancy was hung at work at the age of 15, and we don't konw who did it, there is no closure, I could go on and on. Weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord will deliver us from them all. By the way, my husband is now drug and alcohol free, he doesn't even smoke. He has been in the ministry preaching the word of God for over 38 years, Praise the Lord. You lift your husband, children and everyone else in prayer, Praise the Lord for things being as well as they are they could be worse. When the praises go up the blessings come down. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, just keep your hands in God's hands. Much love and blessings.

ccritch 2010-07-07 09:14:50 -0500 Report

The hugs sound Great Ray! I think I will go with the hugs, you can never get enough of hugs and you can hug all day long and not raise your BG's! Love it :~)

SureRee 2010-07-07 16:23:20 -0500 Report

Hugz are great AND WOULD BE WONDERFUL..But I am alone and no one to give me hugz..Right now I am feeling really low and very depressed!!.. I agree with GangstaJinDaHouse!! I just wanna be NORMAL…but what is normal?

GabbyPA 2010-07-07 17:47:27 -0500 Report

You are normal. You are a normal person who has diabetes. You are a normal diabetic. However you want to look at it, you are normal. Then it is up to you to make the most of it. Try not to focus on what you can't have, but what you can. You will be amazed at how little things change. You are a normal "healthy" person. Most diabetics eat a fairly healthy balanced diet...just imaging how many "normal" people wish they had the will power to do that!
See...it really isn't that bad. We just make it worse by focusing on the negative instead of the positive.

Divadevine 2010-08-07 17:32:35 -0500 Report

Ray, we just have to be careful, I don't know about you but I don't want to end up on dialysis, or seeking a kidney donor. I am going to try the Atkins bars, and I also take 2000 milligrams of cinnamon capsules a day, and when I mess up I drink my GOHYAH TEA that comes from the bitter melon plant. You can get them at the health food store or oriental stores.

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