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Is it possible to still eat desserts sometimes?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by sd3oaa, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. sd3oaa

    sd3oaa · Newbie

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    Obviously you need to keep your blood sugar under control but I was wondering if people with Type 1 diabetes can still enjoy sweets sometimes as long as their insulin balance is fine?



    Thank you.
     
  2. MarkMunday

    MarkMunday Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As long as blood glucose is kept in the target range, it doesn't really matter what is eaten. Figuring out how much insulin and when when it is required when eating desert is difficult, though. I generally avoid all food containing carbohydrate for this reason. I no longer like sweet and carby food anyway, so it is not an issue for me.
     
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  3. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hello @sd3oaa - are you type 1 yourself ?
     
  4. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    A T1 usually has 2 types of insulin; a bolus and a basal. The basal is a background insulin, a bolus is meant to cover a meal. So if one knows the carb content and how much to inject for it, well... They can pretty much often eat like someone with normal pancreatic function. Exceptions to every rule of course, as within T1 some can easily control blood sugars and others have unpredictable responses that make life more complicated, but... Should be possible, yeah.
     
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  5. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @sd3oaa I regularly eat desserts and sometimes have to prick for them. I generally have a few berries with natural yoghurt sometimes with a sprinkle of erythritol. Today I'm making some low carb banana bread which uses almond flour. I've found a low carb choc cake, then there's the cheesecake. The recipes are endless and don't spike me because there's no flour. Cheese is good too and I make the crackers. Hope you find some thing you like.
     
  6. MattH892

    MattH892 Type 1 · BANNED

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    @sd3oaa I regularly eat dessert, probably 3/4 times a week and manage to stay in range . Of course low carb makes control easier, but if you can figure out correct ratios then it makes no difference.

    Just my opinion....
     
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  7. annliggins

    annliggins Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A little of what you fancy ...go for it! Bolus enjoy and learn !! Nothing is out of bounds
     
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  8. Catman507

    Catman507 Type 1 · Member

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    Were you put on a particular diet plan to manage your type one? I am very physically active and am on a higher carb, low fat plan because it was suitable for me as opposed to low carb which also works for many. If you do basal bolus and are unsure trial and error will possibly happen but that's normal. Maybe you can speak to your dietician if uncertain about what works best.
     
  9. Mad76

    Mad76 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Personally I eat them often..
    Just try to make sure I take the right amount of insulin
     
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  10. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    It is possible to contrive low carb desserts which would have - should have - little impact.
    I make real icecream from a custard of cream and eggs - add the flavour and sweetener of choice. Cream, berries and sugar free jelly are good. I sometimes whip the cream into the jelly at room temperature - just when it is thinking about setting to make it frothy and achieve more volume. There are lots of low carb baking options if you google for them, though you need to watch out for some which aren't really low carb and the serving size is minute. There are fat bombs, and 'chaffles' which are cheese and egg waffles which you can do a lot with and stay low in carbs. I do sometimes think that by seeking to eat 'normally' type ones miss out on a lot of good stuff that we type twos enjoy.
     
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  11. MarkHaZ123

    MarkHaZ123 · Well-Known Member

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    I always have desserts
    Sunday for my birthday I had lemon merangue(sp) pie and every night this week Iv had chocolate cake which my partner bought for my birthday
    The beauty of T1 is just injecting for it

    I do tend to eat healthily and work out but treats now and then are good
     
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  12. Goma5

    Goma5 Type 1 · Member

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    yes- absolutely - it's not too difficult to match the insulin profile with the GI of dessert.
     
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  13. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not this one! I eat those as well. :)
     
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  14. Marieba

    Marieba Type 1 · Member

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    The op didn't ask about low carb though. This was posted on the type 1 forum not the low carb forum
     
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  15. Marieba

    Marieba Type 1 · Member

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    As long as you give yourself enough insulin to cover the carbs you are eating, it is all good :)
     
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  16. Fairygodmother

    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Of course a T1 can eat deserts, but we would need to know more about the kind of insulin you’re using, and the dosing strategy you have right now @sd3oaa. You appear as a ‘newbie’, so if you’re currently on fixed doses, and haven’t yet encountered carb counting and ways to give yourself the amount of insulin you need for the carb you’re eating, you may be in a different situation from those of us who have lived with T1 for some time.
    It’d be a good idea to ask the diabetes team who are helping you manage T1 about ways that you can choose what to eat and adapt your bolus (the faster release insulin that covers carbohydrate eaten, and is also used to correct higher blood sugars when required) to it. The other insulin most of us take is a basal insulin. The basal releases more slowly and generally covers the delivery of insulin to allow glucose uptake by major organs etc.)
    It’s a bit different for people who use a pump.
    If you’re still using a premixed insulin then it’ll be a bit different for you at the moment.
     
  17. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Yes - hence my comment about little impact - I had the impression from the OP that injecting extra insulin was not the objective.
     
  18. TypeZero.

    TypeZero. · Well-Known Member

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    I eat whatever I want. Don’t really pay attention to it but I generally eat clean anyways, more of a savoury person but like to have something sweet once or twice a month.

    My advice would be to eat it the time of day you are most sensitive to insulin. My carb ratios are all the same but for some reason during midday insulin works very quickly and my blood sugar doesn’t rise that much. If you find a certain pattern in yourself then it would be a good time to eat it then.

    I wouldn’t stress too much about it, don’t make yourself unhappy by not eating that muffin you really wanted.

    There’s a wide spectrum of diabetics and remember that we are not here to judge. This forum has people who only check their blood sugar 3x a day and eat sugary foods often to people who are on keto diets and haven’t had an apple in 4 years
     
  19. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Whereas I'm not even sure if the OP is a Type1, he (or she) has posted asking about T1 stuff and T2 stuff, but never referred to themselves having diabetes. Would be useful if the poster could clarify :)
     
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  20. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Now I don't see it as 'injecting extra insulin', what I try to do is balance my insulin with what I eat so if what I eat requires more insulin then that's the balance, the objective being to emulate a normal pancreas. I do dislike this notion that the amount of insulin one uses is somehow good or bad notwithstanding of course that it is all about the balance you're able to achieve and remain healthy. x
     
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