SUGAR-FREE SWEETS

lst2548
By lst2548 Latest Reply 2010-07-16 13:43:09 -0500
Started 2010-07-16 07:32:07 -0500

I RECEIVED A CATALOG ON WWW.PERFECTLYSWEET.COM. YOU'RR LOVE ALL THE SUGAR-FREE SWEETS IN THIS CATALOG. I HAVE JUST JOINED & WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME FEED BACK ON TYPE 2 DIAB. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY MENUES TO GO BY?
I'V JUST RESENTLY STARTED USING KWICK PEN. I'M NEW AT THIS AND I HATE NEEDLES.


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monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-07-16 13:43:09 -0500 Report

Hello there! Before going on my insulin pump, I was taking oral medications to try to control my type 2 diabetes. I had to face my fears and dislikes on needles when it came to be that my body was just rejecting or allergies to oral medications. After a while, I got so used to doing my injections. I learned to adjust and knew I just had to do it. To help me, I made sure my insulin was not cold and I used a fatty/non-sensitive area to inject. I also alternated sites as well.

For me, I am very careful about using sugar-free sweets and other goods. There can be there pro's and con's to each. The biggest con about sugar-free foods is the potential of having a laxative effect if eaten too much. I like to occasionally use sugar-free alternatives. I will have to take a look at this site and see what kinds of things they are offering.

www.splenda.com has some GREAT recipes to try. There is also www.dlife.com and recipes here at Diabetic Connect. Right now, I am also starting to venture out with Cooking Light and Diabetic Living. I am also using the plating method (half plate=veggies, 1/4=starch, 1/4=protein, and fruits on the side) and a spin off of the Special K Diet. It seems to really be working for me.

Best of wishes to you!

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-16 11:16:40 -0500 Report

I found that most sugar free foods have high levels of sugar alcohols. Sugar Alcohols can have negative effects on your digestive system. I find they make a great laxative. You may be able to tolerate them better than I did.

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables and testing before and after each meal helped bring my blood sugar down from the 300+ range to almost normal numbers in just a few months.

Welcome to Diabetic Connect

Good luck
Kevin

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-16 07:58:43 -0500 Report

I wouldn't make a good tattoo subject or heroine addict because I, too, hate needles. In fact, do you know anyone who DOES like needles? If so, get them help. :) The insulin/glucose testing is a very important part of your diabetic control and it'll get easier in time. Focus on the reasons you're doing what you have to do.

As for the candy company, we are all here to share information with each other and while that particular link won't help many of us due to not only the price but the calories and ingredients, it's thoughtful that you are joining us and sharing with us. What works for one person may not work for another which is why we are all so individual. I have had better luck with my sweets to come from yogurt, protein bars, etc. After picking up "sugar free" chocolate packages in drug stores and reading the labels, I've found what KDRoberts has revealed and reviewed in the informational post below.

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kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-16 07:41:46 -0500 Report

Wow, that stuff is HUGELY misleading. I just read the labels of a few products and some product descriptions and I didn't find anything that wasn't worse for you than the regular versions. Some were "no sugar added" so still contained sugar, some were "sucrose free" but the sucrose was replaced with fructose which is still sugar amd all had high levels of sugar alcohols in them plus a lot of stabilizer ingredients which will still cause blood sugar to rise.

Personally I would skip everything they make and if you want something that they sell, get a good quality, real version and have a little. It will taste better, cost less, satisfy you more and be generally better for you.

Remember, you are not looking for sugar you are looking for carbohydrate. Sugar will be included in that amount and the lower percentage of sugar in the carb content the better it is but all carbs will raise blood sugar. Keep in mind that there are a lot of products aimed at diabetics that are completely useless, expensive and potentially harmful. Generally if it says it's good for diabetics, it isn't, if it says sugar free and it's sweet, it will contain sweeteners or sugar alcohols. If it says no sugar added, it means there is probably a lot of sugar already in the ingredients.

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