I m doing pretty well on a low carb diet. It is fantastic for my BG control, and I dont really miss things like white bread, pasta or sweet drinks.
The one thing I am really mourning is cake and chocolate and cookies.
I am from germany, and Germans LOVE cake. A piece of chocolate cake with a fresh cup of coffee,, oohhhh...
As of yet, I require very little bolus, so I m not prepared to inject 2 units for my normal meal but 5 units because I have a piece of cake.
Maybe once I m fully insulin dependent that might change.
But until then, does anybody have any suggestions how I could fill that void?
I ve tried low carb chocolates, but I have REAL trouble digesting them, not worth it. I also baked some "low carb muffins" once, with a baking mix I ordered on line...AWFUL.
So if anybody knows some secrets, would be grateful to hear them...:-)
i will def be trying this! thanks!
To me the answer is obvious: eat them once in a while - perhaps once every month. Try to eat the thing you like the most. Try to guess the carbs and inject insulin for it. If you fail then use this knowledge next time. Step by step you will learn how to handle it right. With the experience that it is possible your attitude will change. You will think less in cravings for forbidden food but in the price you will eventually have to pay for eating that what you carve for. If someone is offering me a nice piece of cake I think about it rationally: is it worth to eventually have to stay awake into the night for insulin corrections? Most of the time I think no. But sometimes I can not resist and will allow me this luxury. If this backfires with a small spike of 200 mg/dl at the 2 hour mark I am fine with it. If it turns out evil I will have learned another lesson. We can not be perfect all the time but we can try our best to handle our blood glucose - against the odds of life.
With you on this one Holger!
Excellent post Holger! That is what I do as well.
The absolute best low carb chocolate that tastes like expensive chocolate is ChocoPerfection. No nasty sugar alcohols either to upset your stomach. Expensive, but worth at 3 carbs a bar for the dark chocolate variety. I order from netrition.com.
Easy to make your own LC chocolate by melting baker's chocolate, adding butter or virgin coconut oil, vanilla extract & sweetener. You can also add extracts for different flavors.
Gerri's our Sweet Tooth Mistress. Another easy one if you can get it is Vivani's 85% dark chocolate bar. Six carbs and 6 fiber to negate it. I have also used this chocolate bar melted with a dollop of butter to drizzle chocolate onto Gerri's amazing almond flour "sugar" cookies. Sweet tooth no problem if you just research a bit! Have fun!!!
I agree with everyone who said a piece of dark chocolate usually satisfies that craving. But to make it that much more satisfying and not taste bitter if you're not used to dark chocolate, if you eliminate all sugar completely for a few days and THEN have a piece of dark chocolate... HEAVEN! :)
Try a mouthful of Anise seeds, your mouth will taste wonderful. Enjoy the taste of the healthy seeds and pass on the cake to have a healthy body sugar and sugar free things are not good for you. I lived in Germany for 3 years and I know what you mean about the cakes.
They are delicous but also if you must eat cake or treats go for the less sugary ones. I remember some much less sweet than others.