Sweet Tooth Tamers!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-25 08:54:15 -0600
Started 2011-01-13 18:04:02 -0600

Let’s face it, taming a sweet tooth is never easy for a diabetic, the choices are never ending.

From fruits and vegetables, to cookies and candies, not to mention the pastries, dairy products, cakes, pies, and most importantly the myriad of myths!

We are stuck in between, “You can’t eat this,” and “You shouldn’t eat that,” yet the craving within us continues to persist!

There is always a personal danger involved in the taming of any beast; a “sweet tooth” is no exception!
(The dangers for a diabetic range from feelings of guilt, to high blood glucose levels)

All of that aside, we are still left with the need to suppress our desire for something “sweet to eat.”

This discussion is not about what is right, or wrong, good or bad, nutritional values or quantities, it’s all about “how do you temporarily tame your desire for sweets?”

What is your favorite sweet tooth tamer?


18 replies

roshy 2011-01-23 18:59:33 -0600 Report

my question is how the hell are you supposed to tame a beast so big! but lately ive discovered that the cravings only show their nasty little heads when im board and find myself sitting down with my mind and body completely unoccupied!! ithe best way to conquer the beast is to keep yourself busy but i also think its wrong to deny yourself chocolate and things we like all time!! we may be diabetics but we are still feckn human !!

I also discovered the higher my levels are the more cravings i have, go figure!!!!!!!!

im a big chocolate lover myself !! i think eating a piece of chocolate is like receiving a hug from the inside!!! like chocolate if you recieve a hug too many times it can become pointless and less meaningful!! so eat it sparingly and enjoy EVERY moment of it!!

MewElla 2011-01-25 08:54:15 -0600 Report

I like your take about chocolate…eating a piece of chocolate is like receiving a hug from the inside!! Priceless!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:50:48 -0600 Report

So very true! I really like your post Roshy. I eat out of being bored and it makes me crazy. That is why I try not to watch too much tv or just hand around doing nothing. The garden is back on site, and that helps me a lot by keeping me busy and giving me exercise.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-22 21:52:11 -0600 Report

As others have stated tastes change as sugar consumption is reduced. Raw yellow, red, and green pepers satisfy the sweet craving. I also am addicted to crunchy foods, so they cover that craving as well. Apples, cucumber slices and carrots help with both cravings also. I mix a Tbsp of melted semisweet chocolate chips with a whole bunch of cashews and/or almonds and munch on them for a few days when the "gota have chocolte and nothing else will work" craving hits.

MAYS 2011-01-23 07:39:39 -0600 Report

I love roasting peppers,and garlic!
I agree with you about the Apples, Cucumbers, and Carrots, I also love the crunchiness, I like to add crunchy vegetables and bean sprouts to my dishes to achieve this, maybe it's a combination of the sound, and the taste that excites me!

jayabee52 2011-01-23 10:16:14 -0600 Report

The palatability of a food is not only in its taste, but in the whole experience of eating it. Try blending up a steak (sorry, I know you're a vegetarian Mays) It's just not the same drinking it through a straw. Carrots too. Carrot puree? Not unless I HAVE to! Perhaps that is partially why babies spit out their Gerber's.

tabby9146 2011-01-16 11:32:16 -0600 Report

some of mine are a very low carb salsa with a few chips. That hot sauce seems to help my cravings. Another are some of the sugar free things, like sugar free ice cream, just not too much. Sometimes I have those Planters nuts that has chocolate covered soy nuts, just a few of them won't hurt, when you combine it with more of the almonds and other nuts. Always make sure you have something with a few grams of fiber and some protein with whatever sweet thing you have.

CaliKo 2011-01-14 13:16:57 -0600 Report

Two years ago when I was first diagnosed, I stopped eating most processed sugars. The only exception was when there was a small amount in a sauce or something for food items, not sweet treats. I started eating lots of fruits and roasted vegetables, and they began to taste very, very sweet to me. Especially things like roasted red bell peppers, or blueberries with a spoonful of yogurt.
Two years later, with my weight in a good place, BMI at 22, almost daily exercise, I'll occasionally have one of those 1/2 cup sizes of ice cream for a special treat. Or a small piece of dark chocolate. More often I'll reach for sunflower seeds, popcorn or cheese for snacks.
This past Christmas visiting for a few days at my parents-in-law, I watched literally hundreds and hundreds of cookies being eaten after every meal. I have always had the job of refilling the cookie platters and this year was no exception. There are typically about 30 people for dinner at Christmastime there. I would get up and start clearing and washing dishes when the cookie platters would start passing, but during the several days I did carefully choose which three cookies I most wanted to eat and had those three cookies on three separate days without any harm to my glucose readings. The surprise was that the cookies no longer tasted as good as they used to, my taste buds have changed. So that makes it easier to say no, thank you, next time.

Dev 2011-01-14 13:01:31 -0600 Report

I am not big on sweets though coming to US has changed that a bit.
My husband on the other hand is crazy about sweets. The two that he has trouble saying no to are Indian tea and Indian sweets. The kind of black tea we drink is strong brew with lot of sugar and milk.
A couple of things we have tried is drinking tea less number of times. drinking tea from a super small cup and reducing sugar content of tea. He uses these strategies alternatively. Another one is that I share his tea so he ends up drinking halg the quntity he will otherwise drink. Unfortunately that has increased my consumption of tea which is not good.
For sweets we bring one piece of each variety of sweet when we go to Indian store. and then I give him tiny piece of one piece to fullfil his craving. It is not just the sweet taste but the texture of it that is soothing to him.

I have been pushing him to readjust his portion sizes and frequency of certain items rather than giving it up completely because I know he is going to feel resentful and binge eat later some time. moderation if it becomes habit, I feel is a much better long term strategy.

oh, also, in our diabetes task jar we have 'no added sugar day' so that might help too :)

jayabee52 2011-01-14 02:02:12 -0600 Report

Me, I used to drink iced tea and coffee loaded with sweetnlow. But as I realized I was putting on fat because of my sweet tooth, I stopped drinking drinks with any kind of sweetener in it. I haven't weighed myself in a while, but my belt isn't quite so tight (had it on the last notch of my belt — now I have 2 notches on my belt I don't need to use). Hopefully the reduction will continue. I'm eager to get into my new apartment (just signed the lease today) and be able to get my scale out and weigh again.

MAYS 2011-01-14 14:06:15 -0600 Report

Congratulations on the new apartment.
Take your time and unpack, make your "Home Sweet Home!"

GabbyPA 2011-01-13 21:16:20 -0600 Report

Sometimes it is easier to just say no to it all. Learn to eat things without the sweet. Once that happens, it is amazing how the cravings will go away. It is hard, don't get me wrong, but learning to drink your drinks without the sweet, to enjoy the sweet of a fruit over a cake...all of that is more natural and the way we should be eating. I share this often, but it shows how much sugar has been in our lives. Our ancestors ate about 4 pounds of honey...A YEAR. Now, we eat about 150 pounds of white sugar a year. That is per person...so you can see why it is so hard to get out of our lives. It's everywhere.

MAYS 2011-01-13 18:26:54 -0600 Report

Sorry about the typo in the title, m and n's tend to look alike when you are tired and sleepy!

My favorites as a child were soft oatmeal\raisins cookies, and butter pecan ice cream, now its lemon cake with lemon frosting, with a tall glass of ice tea flavored with a sprig of mint!


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