I have always loved baking and trying out new sweet treats recipes and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they actually turn out well. Let’s be honest here, I really love being able to indulge in my experiments. When you have diabetes though, it can be dangerous to have extra sweets lying around — especially if you are a good baker. As you might imagine this creates quite the inner conflict for me, and anyone really that has a healthy appreciation for delicious desserts. However, diabetes management is my top priority so in order to resolve my conflict I have had to come up some way to keep the sweets out of my house without having to give up baking altogether.

One of the easiest solutions is to just give away whatever you bake after trying a bite or two. Try giving them to neighbors, co-workers or anyone outside of your own home so that they aren’t sitting around testing your will power. From my experience the dessert will always win in the end, so don’t even risk it. Not only will you be creating an environment for better blood sugar control, but you will be instantly loved by all around you… again, that is if you are a good baker!

Another option is to try making smaller amounts of whatever you decide to bake. By cutting the ingredients in half or more you can eliminate the impulse to binge. You can try only making enough to feed your family one serving of the dessert. If there are no leftovers to tempt you your problem is solved.

If you are still looking for something sweet but don’t want the terrible blood sugar spikes you can try using various substitutions in your recipes. You do have to be careful and use the right substitutions if you want your desserts to turn out well. So it might be a good idea to do some research before you start to find out what healthy alternative ingredients you can try with some of your favorite recipes. The worst feeling is trying a new dessert recipe and having it turn out to be a total flop. Not only do you not get any dessert, but you lose your confidence as a baker. Once you do figure out some good substitutions, you will be able to make your cake and eat it too!

The most important thing to remember when trying to have good diabetes control is to not deprive yourself completely of the foods that you love. In my case that would be dessert. Just cut back on the portions and frequency of your favorites. That way you can still appreciate the finer things in life such as a really rich decadent dessert but you can also have the tight blood sugar control that will help you live a healthier happier life in the long run. Don’t give up the things you love just because you have diabetes. Make adjustments instead so that all aspects of your life can be in balance. Then go ahead and release that baker within!

To learn more about cooking with diabetes:

7 Doable Steps to Reduce Your Sugar Intake
The 8 Worst Processed Foods for People with Diabetes — and What to Eat Instead
Learning to Deal with a "Restrictive" Diet