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Eating with Diabetes: Desserts and Sweets

Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too?


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Good article, thanks. Report
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A calorie is not a calorie. Report
A carb is not a carb. As explained by a doctor, NOT a dietitian trained 30 years ago.
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I do better on a lower carb diet, under 150 net carbs per day. Instead of bread, I eat two halo oranges, which doesn't raise my blood glucose as much as a portion of bread or ice cream. Diabetes is individual to each person. You have to figure out what works for you.

My blood glucose is terrible if I try to eat as many carbs as the dietician and the diabetes educator told me.

I've noticed that the type of carb I eat counts. It helps if you portion control with carbs with a good amount of fiber, like a portion of beans.

For me, clean eating works, but I do occasionally save up for a dessert.

The lower carb also keeps my appetite controlled which is a win-win for me.
I remember when someone in my husband's family was diagnosed with diabetes, everyone acted like it was the end of the world. She was the first in the family and I was amazed over their reaction. "So much fuss over nothing", I thought. For my family, this was a way of life and if you don't have it, you soon will. I cannot remember a time growing up without those little pink "sweet and low" packets and being perplexed when someone confused low-fat and low-sugar.

A lot of people jumped on this article because the author wrote that it is okay for a diabetic to eat sugar if they are careful. My father, who is type-1 diabetic, eats sugar occasionally and is now in his 90's. His life is not over. I do not believe that the article is saying that a diabetic should consume high quantities of sugars, but it is saying that having sugar occasionally is okay. Follow a healthy diet, but if it your birthday, don't feel guilty eating that slice of cake (just skip the potato).

Being a diabetic is not as bad as it once was. There are a lot of options. There's a plethora of low-carb flours as well as sweeteners. There are websites with low-carb desserts and instructions for low-carb bread. I am not yet a diabetic, but I already already count my carbs. Report
I don't know--I have heard the story both ways from dietitians and drs. I did a low carb diet for about a year and ended up sick and did not loose a single pound and my A!C did not move-not one point!. I have decided that may be the way for some but doesn't seem like it works well for me. So I do more of a reduced carb diet but I admit to allowing sweets--always with some protein and a controlled portion (usually about half of a normal serving depending on what it is and what the nutrition values are) and I have found a 10-15 minute walk after a higher carb meal or sweet helps to bring bs down. I am a constant work in progress and concentrate on eating better each meal/day and getting more exercise. I look for healthy meals and ways to make them healthy--but depriving myself of something sweet that I want or not joining in a birthday party/celebration makes me feel bad and later I eat too many carbs. I have my smaller slice/controlled amount and go on my way. I feel like I am living and I don't do to bad at the dr. appointments so I am happy. I think you have to do what's right for you and just keep working at eating better and exercising. Report
Very interesting. Report
Good article. Report
I really needed this! Thank you . . . finally, it makes sense! Report
Good article
Excellent article. I have noticed that that 15 gram is just enough to take care of a craving. I am going to incorporate this new information into my plan Report
Great article, good information to add to my knowledge base. Report

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