Watching My Sugars

United States
August 19, 2011 3:53pm CST
I have been very pleased with the success I've been having controlling my blood sugars with just my diet. I have a special consideration as I can't eat artificial sweeteners, either. One of the things I have started doing is cutting the amount of sugar I put in my recipes. I have found that when I make cookies or cakes or any kind of sweet treat for my family that I can get away with half the sugar called for in the recipe, for example. Another way I've cut my sugar intake is in the use of jams and jellies. Instead of the sweetened fruit, I have started putting sliced fresh fruit on my toast rather than jam or jelly and I have recently started putting fruit in my oatmeal instead of the sugar rather than in addition to. As I have aged, my taste buds have gotten more sensitive to the sweet flavors so the milder sweetness suits me just fine! Normally I would have some brown sugar, butter and raisins in my oatmeal. The other day I added canned peaches to my oatmeal along with the usual cinnamon and it tasted lovely. I, of course, rinsed the peaches off after opening the can like I always do with my canned fruit. I have done the same with toast, just putting the peaches on my toast instead of jam or jelly. These little adjustments have gone a long way toward helping control my blood sugars and I still have all the sweetness that I want but not overly so. What adjustments have you made that you have found easy to live with but effective at helping control your blood sugars?
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@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
19 Aug 11
Hi alaskanray. Is this a preventive cause or have you been diagnosed with diabetes ?
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• United States
20 Aug 11
I have been diagnosed with diabetes and was on Actos for a while but have been off all medications for over three years now. At one point my doctor tried to put me on metformin but it made me nauseous and I did not like that feeling at all. My A1Cs have been good for the past three years so I have avoided all the meds out there altogether in that time and fully expect to continue. I made a conscious decision that if my diabetes ever got to the point that I needed insulin, I would allow the diabetes to take me rather than use insulin so I am all that more motivated to control my blood sugars naturally.
@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
20 Aug 11
Ahh ok. Sorry for being so nosy but my Dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just before Christmas last year and it is a learning experience for all involved. If my Dad had the same kind as you you would loose it, he cant even see a needle on the TV lol. Just look after yourself my friend and all will be well. My Dad was affected by double vision with diabetes, that was how he found out when he went to the doctor about it but hes cool now. Diet and exercise is the key to it and it has worked for him
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• United States
20 Aug 11
My diabetes is also type 2. It has also affected my eyesight to some degree but what I have found more bothersome are the fibromyalgia and arthritis that I suffer with as they have limited my physical activities a great deal which affects the diabetes in turn since I am unable to exercise. So I am especially careful of my diet since exercise is so painful for me. Good luck to your dad. My mother also had type 2 diabetes and her disease progressed to the point that she was having to take insulin with every meal, three times a day, plus at bed time. Of course, she also had to do the finger poke every time before and after each shot and meal. I swore I would never become a pin cushion like my mother. Since my A1Cs are so good, I haven't had to do the finger pokes now for a long time...and that is a great big thank heaven for that! My fingertips are very sensitive to those things. I have nerve pain in them so naturally I don't want to have to poke them every day.
@louievill (15775)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
I'm so glad for you friend, my 79 year old mother was also borderline diabetic for a long time and I would agree with you that diet has a great role to play, I kept her on a strict diet that I prepared myself and about 4 month ago, during her monthly check up, her blood sugar was just normal( and stayed that way till the present) and all the staff in the hospital including her doctor was congragulating her and asking her how she did it. Ever heard of the phrase or saying " we are what we eat?"
@louievill (15775)
• Philippines
21 Aug 11
Actually friend the curing of the diabetic condition came secondary, my mom had gall stones and was due for treatment that would cost us around 2,000 dollars, in a way I practice alternative or oriental medicine but only in my family with their consent so to make a long story short, she let me treat her with what I know, like fasting, use of olive oil etc..it was very hard to make her follow at first, so as she was already improving, so on and so forth... wait I had a neighbor, an American 65 year old retired doctor who also practices alternative medicine and had been to places like India and China to learn and I was surprised that he knew a lot more than me, we discussed common interests for a long time and offered to teach me what he knows, now I confided to him how I was treating mom and he said you are doing just fine but he gave me Chinese tablets that he said would speed up the process of what I was doing and true enough my mom was healed of the condition and we were spared spending that amount of money. After the gall bladder stones were gone, we also noticed that her blood sugar was returning to normal. Now western medicine as how I was taught would treat the 2 conditions separately but Oriental medicine would treat them as related. (my story is may personal experience and in no way should it be used to self medicate so it is still best to see your doctor) I would consider adding cinnamon to her diet friend and do my own research, anyway soda may be bad simply because it might turn blood to acidic instead of basic, a big nono for alternative medicine practitioners, good luck and wish you the best of health.
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• United States
21 Aug 11
Yes, my chief complaint about the practice of medicine here is that they treat the symptoms rather than seek out and treat the causes of the symptoms. Far too often when I go to the doctor he just pushes another pill at me without doing any real tests to determine the cause of whatever complaint I go to him with. At one time I was taking 11 separate, different pills each and every day and feeling worse with each day. My doctor wasn't even monitoring for side effects and, after some research of my own, I determined that much of my problems were just that: side effects from some of these pills my doctor was pushing at me and, indeed, increasing the doses of! If my insurance would cover a holistic practitioner, that is where I would be going. Since it does not, however, I have to really do my own policing of my healthcare. I just pray that I never get so feeble that I am unable to do so for then I would be at the mercy of imbecilic doctors.
• India
24 Aug 11
Hi friend I appreciate the steps taken by you, best of luck, you have read my discussion about addiction to sugar, there i have said I and my wife have reduced our sugar intake, we are adding aspartame, but i feel scared now, because some say it can lead to cancer.. Thanks for sharing Best of luck. Professor
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• United States
24 Aug 11
Aspartame is really not good for you. I don't know how it affects others but if I ingest it, then I get very sleepy and cannot stay awake to save my life. Because of this, I avoid all artificial sweeteners like the plague. I have tried the stevia sweetened soda and didn't like the taste, although my sister swore by it all the days of her life. I rarely drink sweetened sodas and prefer to drink just plain seltzer water with maybe a squeeze of lime juice in it. When I do drink the sweetened soda I often will dilute it with some seltzer water...this lowers the sweetness and I can control just how much sweet is in the drink. I also like to add the seltzer water to my juices to add a bit of fizz without adding any sugar. I think that a lot of it is in my mind set. I made a conscious decision to change my taste...so that I no longer want sweets all that much. My sweets that I do eat aren't as sweet as most so that when I do eat sweets, my taste buds don't get overloaded and my body doesn't get a huge dose of sugar, either. Our taste is all in our minds, after all, and we can choose what we like and don't like. It really makes a difference.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Germany
20 Aug 11
hi dear alaskanray, fortunately I can eat artificial sweeteners. Like you, I love to use cinnamon in oatmeal, I stick to fruit which is suitable for diabetics like apples, peaches, and all sorts of berries (we also have great frozen berries without any sugar added so they are safe to have too as the fresh stuff also costs an arm and a leg here). I use fullgrain flour instead of the ordinary white flour and eat full grain dark bread.
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• United States
20 Aug 11
Yes, I have always eaten whole wheat bread, even when I buy the stuff. I made some whole wheat batter bread the other day which turned out okay and makes a decent toast, although I would not use it for a sandwich. About the only white flour I use is in my tortillas which I use for wraps of all sorts. I don't miss the artificial sweeteners. Most of them have nasty after-tastes and some of them will make me pass out. Just a single diet soda with aspartame will put me out like a light. Since I react that badly to aspartame, I just avoid all artificial sweeteners altogether. I really don't believe they are good for you and, for me, they are worse than actual sugar. Still, I have been very happy with the diet changes I have been making. I started using more cinnamon because of its beneficial effects on blood sugars. So far so good!
@maharlikah (1045)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
Sweets are my favorite too especially after eating...I am not controlling it yet but only acidic foods. Whenever I ate acidic foods I often feel discomfort with my tummy. I guess it's about taking less on acidic foods.
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• United States
20 Aug 11
Well, I don't like the really sweet stuff. I much prefer lightly sweetened stuff when I do eat anything sweet. I have been glad that my tastes have changed over the years. It makes it so much easier to limit my sugar intake.
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
20 Aug 11
As a long term diabetic I do not have that liberty and sure do envy you. Good for you that you have developed a very healthy alternate to sugar. When ever I give in to the sugars itch, I need to cut back on my normal food and increase exercise, which is okay once in a while but a bother enough to be tempting.
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• United States
20 Aug 11
I have been diabetic for over 15 years, myself. My mother was diabetic, also, and addicted to refined sugar. Her biggest weakness was the jam she slathered on her toast. I actually enjoy the challenge of finding healthier alternatives to the sugars in my diet. It's like an adventure or a game to me and since my sweet tooth is the smallest tooth in my mouth, it's easier for me than it was for my mother. I have also found that when I am invited to like a birthday party or some such thing that I no longer feel the need to eat the cake and ice cream they serve. I am quite happy with my ice water.
@thetis74 (1525)
19 Aug 11
It is good to hear that. Maybe I'll do the same things you do too. But does some fruits also have plenty of sugar in them? I'm not sue, but it sure is healthy to get the sweet thing from something so natural. Keep it up.
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• United States
20 Aug 11
The thing with the sugars in fruit is that they are complex and so don't affect you the way that white sugar does. Fruit is also a great source of fiber which helps regulate the rate at which your body absorbs the sugars there. When I do eat canned fruit, I always rinse off the syrups it comes in. While this doesn't get rid of all the sugar there, it does get rid of most of it. I also don't eat a whole lot of fruit. I prefer a more savory diet than a sweet one, anyway, but when I do eat sweet, I keep it to a minimum. I never eat cakes anymore because they no longer taste good to me...too sweet! When we pick our fresh strawberries from our garden, I will slice them up and lay them on my toast rather than eat jam or jelly. It is so yummy! And I don't miss the extra sugar at all!
• United States
19 Aug 11
I started making a conscious decision about my sugar intake as well. I'm not as stringent as you are, but when I do put sugar in my coffee or tea, it's always brown. I'm thinking about using coconut sugar and other things as well. I made this decision about two years ago, when Ellen Degeneres announced that she was going to stop taking white sugar. As a result, my taste has adjusted and I think about my food in a way that's more wholesome rather than just plain and white. Last year, I made the mistake of putting white sugar into a cold beverage I made and it resulted in a headache. At least I know how healthy I am in relation to how I was before.
• United States
20 Aug 11
I, too, avoid white sugar as much as possible and usually use brown when I do use sugar. I also avoid white flour and use whole wheat all the time. I fully believe that the more processed the food, the worse it is for you.