I drink 1-2 cups of coffee per day. Years ago, this had no effect on my BG. Now, I have to bolus about 0.3 units for a small cup in order to not spike. I know I should cut back, but I really like my coffee. I'm usually a bit sleep-deprived because of diabetes (checking BGs in the middle of the night, dealing with a high or low), I justify my coffee consumption as medically necessary.
Alcohol for me can be a really dangerous thing. I'm not a big person and don't have a high tolerance for alcohol. One glass of wine and I'm pretty tipsy. I do love wine and beer and will allow myself to have some on the weekend. Like most, alcohol can make my BGs crash in spectacular fashion, so I have a few rules when it comes to alcohol.
1) I generally drink only at home when I'm with my spouse. If I am out in public, I'll only drink if I'm with my spouse or a friend who knows how to manage me if I go low. I never, ever drink if I know I'm going to be alone. For example, if I'm traveling for work and staying alone in a hotel room, I don't drink because I don't want to have a bad low when no one is around.
2) I NEVER drink the night before a big meeting or something important. I will no doubt be chasing a low in the middle of the night or the next morning and that's not a great way to start your day.
3) I always drink alcohol with food.
4) I never drink hard liquor; just beer and wine.
My feeling with stuff like this is everything in moderation. I'm not going to totally give up all that is fun and "normal" because of diabetes, but I've long accepted the fact that I have to do things a bit differently in order to stay healthy and safe.
These things are all fairly neutral for me. I drink diet soda occasionally with no bg effect. I drink a cappuccino every morning and sometimes one in the afternoon. I used to bolus for the milk, but since I've switched to Almond milk I don't have to and the capps don't affect my bg at all. I enjoy a glass of wine - sometimes two with dinner to no bg effect; if I have a beer of course I bolus for the carbs. The only time alcohol has a bg effect for me is when I'm at a gathering and drink more. Then I have to watch my blood sugar to make sure I don't have lows before bed. I don't think of any of these things as "bad habits" if not done to excess, but part of my enjoyment of life.
I have guzzled diet soda ever since it first became available in the late 60's. Probably 3 cans a day. It does not affect my bg.
Many say that alcohol lowers their bg, but I guess I don't drink it often enough to say if that's true for me. About once a month I'll have a nice glass of pinot grigio, and if at a celebratory event, champagne - yummers!
There are dozens of websites which talk about aspartame (nutrasweet) toxicity and how it can damage nearly every part of your body. But, then, you can't believe everything you read on the web.
I don't drink diet soda anything, I never liked the tast of diet sodas. Once I became the big "D" I swicthed over to Coke Zero and I love it, it has no affect on my BG. I also love drinking iced unsweet tea with lemon and that's about it besides water that I drink. I used to LOVE frozen margaritas but haven't had one in a year since dignosed. :(
Isn't coke zero a diet soda? (I don't know, I don't like coke!)
Yes, it is. The name is also an advertising gimmick since "Diet anything" has become almost a bad word or phrase.
By the way, does anyone remember the advertising jingle from about 1,000 years ago when Diet Coke came out on the market, "Introducing Diet Coke! You're gonna love it, just for the taste of it!" I don't know what was so great about the taste, but the commercial looked like something off of Broadway. The dancers and their legs weren't too bad, either.
It probably is but I know there's a difference in the taste, or at least it is to me, diet coke seems to have an after taste and I don’t get that with the coke zero.
How I miss my Crystal Geyser Juice squeeze! Fruit and soda water, no sugar or artificial sweetener all natural and delicious. Of course now it's too many carbs for me, or at least too many for me to waste on a beverage! For lunch I just drink iced herbal tea.
I drink 1-2 cups of coffee every day, and fortunately, it doesn't seem to affect my BG. I've never been a big soda drinker, but I do have a diet soda now and then. The other day, I tried Hanson diet root beer and am freaking out because it was so good! The flavors are all natural, but obviously the sweetener is artificial. Still, it was pretty damn good!
My BG has been unstable too, this summer- it's my first summer with D, so I don't know what to expect from seasonal changes. Also, I've been under a lot of stress and have some hormonal issues. I find myself drinking a glass or two of wine more frequently than I used to, as it is relaxing and seems to stabilize my BG. I don't get low from drinking- maybe this is because I never drink to the point of getting drunk, or maybe it's related to size- because I'm not skinny.
I drink wayyy more caffine than is healthy.
For espresso/mocha drinkers, I've become a bit addicted to this combo - (We have an espresso maker automated with steamer... best purchase ever!)
Skim Milk + 1 Shot Espresso + 1 Packet Truvia (trying to cut back on Splenda/Aspartame) +
1 Spoon Full of Navitas Natural Cacao Powder (http://www.amazon.com/Navitas-Naturals-Powder-16-Ounce-Pouches/dp/B...)
Big fan of the taste, has very little impact on my BG. (Sometimes take a .5 unit for the milk)
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I'm excited to try an almond milk cap, this mocha, and diet root beer might just get me through my next dessert craving. I'm glad to see other ideas. I need to make sure I'm staying hydrated. It's easy in this heat to fall behind on drinking water when I'd rather have a diet coke on ice or a glass of wine. Missing those margaritas too!! On a weak moment I had bought some no carb monster drinks but those spiked me big time. Probably just as well to avoid them....