I dont eat many desserts, likely because I conditioned myself to not eat them when younger and have never bothered to break the habit. One treat I really like and often make "time" for during this holliday season is peanut butter cups. Coincedentally, I use the same tips for drinking a beer as those carbs hit me fast as well.
Portion control: I try to limit the carbs to under 20 g. Starting BG: I try to start with a good BG that leaves room for the dessert carbs to hit faster than my insulin, but still hopefully keep me within my target range. Maybe a BG in the 80s to 90s. Pre-bolus: I try to time the bolus so that my BG is headed down when the carbs will kick in so that the BG spike will be lessened.
I have discovered that running up and down hills (or strenuous gardening or cycling) can "buy" a pudding. Otherwise I don't do them, but will have a teaspoonful of my partner's sometimes. Oh, and insulin would make this easier, but maybe still not advisable...
Excellent point as well. If I am doing an hour of yard work, or exercise or something I'll have ices or cake or ice cream so I don't drop. I drop quickly if I don't have carbs during strenuous activity
I generally stay away from deserts. They make things too dicey...I end up over-bolusing, drop too low and then have to deal with rebound highs. BUT, when I want to give myself a little treat, I stick with small portions, avoid things that are really carby (cakes, cookies, etc), and only have dessert if my BGs have been relatively stable that day. Sometimes I will try and time desert after exercise or a time when I know I'm more likely to go low.
For me, the definition of a treat depends more on the quality than the quantity. One bite of a perfect chocolate tart, one perfectly sweet strawberry, half an inch of perfect crusty bread - all of that is more of a treat than an entire box of crap chocolates or an entire loaf of six-day-old WonderBread.
And if that's not enough motivation, I paraphrase the model Kate Moss and remind myself that nothing tastes as good as stable, normal blood sugars.
Since my Dx a year ago I haven't had sugar items much at all. Now when I do have something sweet it is usually a bite or two and I find that I really don't like it. I am finding that most sugary treats are not worth it. I would have no problem eating a desert if I liked it, but mostly I take one bite and say YUK. Kind of disappointing because a number of times I have planned for this treat only to not enjoy it. Nowdays I am much happier with some fruit or Greek yogurt with berries. Sometimes I will add a spoon of Sweet Perfection to this. It tastes better to me than sugar is high fiber and zero glycemic.
I don't eat many very sweet desserts these days....
Nightly I eat a "light" yogurt with fruit, 15g of carb. Another dessert that is relatively low carb
is Jell-O's sugar-free mousse temptations. http://w3.kraftbrands.com/Jello/products/Mousse-Temptations.aspx (60 calories, 10g of carb, of which a lot is sugar alcohols
so you can subtract 1/2 the grams from sugar alcohols)
Once in awhile I will splurge. On my birthday, I had a creme brulee, but evidently miscounted the carbs for the meal with
dessert and ended up at 350!
As others have noted, the more the carbs, the greater the possibility for errors either way.
I saw a guy in the cafeteria at work the other day with a pump who got a gigantic sticky cinnamon bun. Either he is
much more experienced than I am (very likely) or there will be hell to pay.
1. It's gotta be fatty. Ice cream, not sorbet, etc. Cake or creme brulee, not soda.
2. It's gotta be late afternoon or evening. Sweet doesn't work for me in the AM.
3. It's best if I've already eaten dinner, and thus already have insulin working.
I find I don't need to prebolus under these conditions, and with small portions and accurate carb counts, I'm pretty much OK. It was SUCH A BLESSING to learn that my body can perfectly well handle ice cream! Now that I'm pregnant especially. :)
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