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Eating with Diabetes: Desserts and Sweets

Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too?


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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
I wanted to comment on another article, about foods that are free for diabetes but couldn't (no comment section) so I came here. I read this article and now I'm really furious. This is about Type 2 diabetes and I really wish these so called experts would stop using the term diabetes!!! Diabetes has many different forms and depending what type you have, that will tell you what foods you can eat, your diet etc. I'm sick of hearing about Type 2 and having it hailed as THE DIABETES and it's NOT!! Type 1 is far more prevalent, it is an auto-immune disease and everything about it is very different than Type 2. So how about far play, how about experts such as this author also focusing on TYPE 1!!!! Report

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