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#1 BRCoats

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 12:55 PM

I am thinking about going sugar free. Why? Well, it's certainly not because I want to!!!!! :angry: But....seems like I do really awful on it. My doc has me on some meds for insulin resistance, and it does help stabalize my blood sugar, but....well....I get a yucky acid feeling in my tummy when I eat it. Problem is....I NEED CHOCOLATE!!! :lol: Anyway, how many of your are sugar free in addition to gluten free? Did you feel it made any difference in your health? And....what kind of things do you eat when you have a sweet tooth? Is there such a thing as sugar free chocolate (that actually tastes GOOD)? Any suggestions on what to eat that is sugar free are greatly appreciated.

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Brenda :)
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Celiac, gastroparesis, PCOD, heart problems, pacemaker.

Diagnosed 7-12-04 via bloodwork. Never had a biopsy, doc didn't think it was necessary (said I would know just by going gluten-free).

gluten-free two weeks after diagnosis (and my last bag of Oreos). :-)

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#2 jendenise

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:59 PM

First off, I am so sorry you even have to think about going sugar free. I'm not, and can't fathom doing it, but my mom's fiancee is diabetic and there are some really good sugar free candies available in normal stores and health food stores. Diabeticfriendly.com has sugar free chocolate covered cherries that are good too, as well as many other sugar free products we haven't tried. Watch out for the gluten though! I hope you don't have to go sugar free for good, maybe just short term until your stomach has time to heal and then you can try sugar again? I hope so.
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#3 jendenise

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 02:01 PM

First off, I am so sorry you even have to think about going sugar free. I'm not, and can't fathom doing it, but my mom's fiancee is diabetic and there are some really good sugar free candies available in normal stores and health food stores. Diabeticfriendly.com has sugar free chocolate covered cherries that are good too, as well as many other sugar free products we haven't tried. Watch out for the gluten though! I hope you don't have to go sugar free for good, maybe just short term until your stomach has time to heal and then you can try sugar again? I hope so.
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#4 BRCoats

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 04:03 PM

Oh yummy....I love chocolate covered cherries! I wonder what they use instead of sugar though, because I'm not that crazy about ingesting a bunch of artificial sweeteners either. Thank you for the website, I'll definitely check it out. My doc actually put me on the blood sugar stabilizer because of polycystic ovary syndrome. Seems as though they're having great results with the insulin meds curing the ovarian cysts (odd, huh?). Well...when he put me on that, my stomach started getting better - MUCH better. I'm not even on my acid reducer anymore, which is something I thought would NEVER happen. Guess all this stuff is intertwined somehow. I have diabetes in my family, and wouldn't doubt that I'm borderline, although I've never been tested. I don't see a reason to test myself.....if going sugar free takes care of the problem, that's as good as a positive test result to me.

I'm with you.....hopefully it will be short term. ;)

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Celiac, gastroparesis, PCOD, heart problems, pacemaker.

Diagnosed 7-12-04 via bloodwork. Never had a biopsy, doc didn't think it was necessary (said I would know just by going gluten-free).

gluten-free two weeks after diagnosis (and my last bag of Oreos). :-)

#5 tarnalberry

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 04:40 PM

If you just can't have much sugar, you might be able to have small amounts of dark chocolate. It's an aquired taste (or was for me), but a quarter serving (which still isn't a tiny piece) of Tropical Source chocolate has... I think around 4 grams of sugar. ('Cause it's dark chocolate, and not as sweet. ;-) )
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#6 BRCoats

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 07:28 PM

Hmmm....I would definitely have to acquire a taste for it. I'm not that fond of it - not sweet enough. :D Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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Celiac, gastroparesis, PCOD, heart problems, pacemaker.

Diagnosed 7-12-04 via bloodwork. Never had a biopsy, doc didn't think it was necessary (said I would know just by going gluten-free).

gluten-free two weeks after diagnosis (and my last bag of Oreos). :-)

#7 tarnalberry

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 08:16 PM

That's what I used to think. I used to HATE dark chocolate - with a passion. Thought the stuff was just plain nasty. Turns out the brand makes a HUGE difference, and tropical source is fairly good, but it is still an aquired taste - one that I aquired a little bit at a time.
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#8 FreyaUSA

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 05:43 AM

Brenda, have you thought of altering your diet ( :lol: okay, that's a hoot when talking with people who've gone gluten-free) ...anyway, altering it to regulate your sugar levels rather than go sugar free, which is kind of a way of temporarily taking care of the symptoms but leaving the overall problem there. Six months ago, me, my husband and a friend of ours went on the south beach diet to lose a little weight, but mostly to alter how we were eating AND, most especially, because we'd heard it was supposed to positively impact cholesteral and diabetes (our friend had 225 cholesterol while on meds and was told he tested pre-diabetic.) Three months later, we'd all lost the weight we'd wanted, but his cholesterol dropped to 115 and his blood sugars were no longer in the danger zone (I'm not as up on this as I could be, sorry.) Anyway, we still eat in the manner in which we'd learned on the diet, low gylcemic foods, eating more often (I have to eat every 2 hours or my blood sugar bottoms out on me,) basically taking control. We do eat real sugar sweet treats. The diet "plan" for us is now just a guideline, eat whole foods, fruits, vegis, lean meats, lowfat dairy, etc. And I've learned what foods I'm most sensitive to.

Okay, there. I said it and I'll stop now. ;)
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#9 jendenise

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 11:28 AM

BRcoats, I just found out I have a total of 6 ovarian cysts on both ovaries. It just recently started bothering me so I had CT scans done and lo and behold total of 6. If these blood sugar stabilizer meds help I would love to ask my md about them. I don't want anymore problems and if this helps i'd love to know about it!
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#10 BRCoats

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 12:35 PM

I would definitely ask him! There's some info on the web too, although I don't have the exact addresses. Just punch in polycystic ovary disease, and it should bring something up. I am on a natural blood sugar med....called gymnema sylvestre (I think that's the right spelling). The prescription meds are called metformin, and glucophage. I would go with the herb first, of course. But it's an individual choice.

Good luck. Let me know how it turns out!!

Brenda
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Celiac, gastroparesis, PCOD, heart problems, pacemaker.

Diagnosed 7-12-04 via bloodwork. Never had a biopsy, doc didn't think it was necessary (said I would know just by going gluten-free).

gluten-free two weeks after diagnosis (and my last bag of Oreos). :-)

#11 jendenise

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 01:51 PM

And these are definitely Gluten Free? Thanks so much!
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#12 BRCoats

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 02:46 PM

Well...if I had gone on the prescription meds, I would have made sure. But since I didn't, I don't know for positive. The herb I take is gluten free, although not every manufacturer of that herb is necessarily gluten-free. You'd just have to check. The one I take says right on the bottle that's it is gluten-free.

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Celiac, gastroparesis, PCOD, heart problems, pacemaker.

Diagnosed 7-12-04 via bloodwork. Never had a biopsy, doc didn't think it was necessary (said I would know just by going gluten-free).

gluten-free two weeks after diagnosis (and my last bag of Oreos). :-)

#13 kabowman

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 12:30 PM

Here I was thinking the idea of having to give up sugar (carbs) in addition to the gluten, casien/lactose, corn, peanuts, and soy beans would be HORRIBLE! I was really feeling for you. Well, latest blood tests came back with elevated blood sugar levels so guess what, I now get to eliminate sugar too.

As to non-artificial sweeteners, you can use Spenda (which of course, I don't like or think tastes anything like sugar) which is a real sugar product. Apparently I will have to adjust. My husband and oldest son LOVE the stuff.

Also, there is a swedish chocolate - low carb - dark chocolate.

-Kate
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#14 BRCoats

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 07:38 PM

I have heard of Splenda. What exactly is it? And I'm assuming it's gluten-free? Why don't you like it? Does it not raise blood sugar levels?

Hope that's not too many questions. :rolleyes:

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Celiac, gastroparesis, PCOD, heart problems, pacemaker.

Diagnosed 7-12-04 via bloodwork. Never had a biopsy, doc didn't think it was necessary (said I would know just by going gluten-free).

gluten-free two weeks after diagnosis (and my last bag of Oreos). :-)

#15 tarnalberry

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 08:46 PM

Splenda is essentially just a mirror image, molecularly speaking, of sucrose (table sugar), which the body doens't have the ability to break down. (The enzyme won't fit the molecule backwards.)

There was a study not too long ago that artificial sweeteners, in general, may cause problems with the body's ability to regulate the hunger feeling, but it has not been shown to raise blood sugar levels. I still primarily avoid it, being an artificially created food and not tasting quite the same, but plenty of people use it with no problems at all.

(Funny story, a friend of mine was trying Atkins, and using Splenda when it first came out. I've noted in the past how I can instantly tell if something has artificial sweetener in it - even just by smell - and he said there was no way I'd be able to tell the difference between Splenda and sugar. So we made lemonade - one glass with sugar, one glass with the equivalent amount of Splenda. He couldn't tell the difference, and most of the other people couldn't, but I got it right on the first try...)
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