9 Tips for Fitting in Sweets With Diabetes
Got a hankering for something sweet? When you have type 2 diabetes, you probably should abstain, but sometimes the craving is strong or you feel left at social gatherings. Our bodies may be wired for craving carbohydrates, simply because they are the body's main source of fuel, but when you have diabetes all carbohydrates count and can affect blood sugar. Therefore, we have to learn how to handle that in a smart way.
Sweets don't have to be banned, but there are ways to satisfy your craving while maintaining blood sugar control. Try the following:
1) Be Prepared
If you use exchange lists or count carbohydrates, try to fit the treat into your meal plan. Do a little planning and counting. Swap a high-carbohydrate food item or two from a meal for a sweet treat, or make sure you are within limits of your carbohydrate count goals per meal if you are counting carbohydrates.
Download a carbohydrate counting app or carry around a book that lists nutrition information. Take advantage of free smartphone apps that provide nutrition data and even let you log what you eat on the run. It is amazing how comprehensive, easy to use, and fast these databases have become.They can help you to make great choices. Another option is to memorize counts of your favorite treats.
2) Make Sure You're Not Tired
Sometimes we mistake fatigue with hunger.
If it's nighttime and you've just finished dinner, odds are you are not hungry. It is more likely that you are tired. Avoiding late night eating can not only help with blood sugar control, it can help you to lose weight.
3) Make Sure You're Not Hungry
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