When people are first diagnosed with diabetes, they may begin to think that they have to eliminate every food they have enjoyed in the past and that they will continually be plagued by sugar cravings. This is not the case. Technology has given us insight into how the body processes sugar, and food companies have put that knowledge to use in creating new products for diabetics to enjoy throughout the day.
Mix Your Snacks
Your snacks will be necessary to keep your blood sugar regulated. To beat your sweet tooth and still maintain your glucose levels, mix a sweet food with a protein or a fiber-rich food. When you combine sweets with protein or fiber, you will feel fuller and satisfied longer, and it will still tame your sugar craving. Eat yogurt nuts mixed with fresh or dried fruit. Spread some peanut butter on your apple or indulge in chocolate-covered strawberries. These choices are only a few on the list of sweets that diabetics can enjoy.
If you drink soda regularly, that doesn’t have to end with your diagnosis of diabetes. There are sugar-free (or diet) drinks that will give you the flavor you crave without the spike in blood sugar. Food companies have jumped on the bandwagon and now offer sugar-free or diet versions of their most popular products. You can find cookies, cakes and other goodies that have been designed for people that are monitoring their sugar intake. Be aware, however, that even diet products contain fat and calories. Read food labels to determine the best alternatives for you.
Write It Down
Keep a food journal in which you write down everything that you eat. Include your blood sugar levels throughout the day. This will help you determine which foods cause too many variations in your blood sugar. When you find what works for you, you can create delicious desserts and treats to help assuage sugar cravings.
The key to any diet is moderation, and this is true for diabetics as well. You don’t have to cut out carbohydrates and sugars completely, but you will have to limit yourself. Giving in to your cravings will keep you from obsessing about what you can’t have, and it keeps you from feeling different from your peers. If you are craving chocolate, have a small piece of dark chocolate, or opt for a sugar-free frozen fudge bar. Some specialists recommend that you submit to your cravings once or twice a week, but limit your intake. Share a dessert with a friend, or order a child’s sized portion. Again, moderation is the key to indulging in your favorite treats without endangering your health.
Diabetes does not have to be the end of eating fun and delicious foods. Be creative, and you will surely find tasty sweet treats to tame those sugar cravings.