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Old 02-09-2012, 23:29   #1
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Being new here I was just browsing through the Recipes section, and it struck me that most of the recipes were for things I wouldn't make or eat, because I use no artificial sweeteners, or sweeteners of any sort.

I don't want to a) expose myself to weird ingredients, and b) I don't want to taste sweetness, because I'm sure that it will set off cravings. So I either skip dessert, or I have cheese and a glass of wine, or perhaps a small bowl of creme fraîche or mascarpone with a few walnuts on top, or a few macadamia nuts.

Does anyone else skip sweetness altogether, and if so, what do you eat when others are having dessert?

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Being new here I was just browsing through the Recipes section, and it struck me that most of the recipes were for things I wouldn't make or eat, because I use no artificial sweeteners, or sweeteners of any sort.

I don't want to a) expose myself to weird ingredients, and b) I don't want to taste sweetness, because I'm sure that it will set off cravings. So I either skip dessert, or I have cheese and a glass of wine, or perhaps a small bowl of creme fraîche or mascarpone with a few walnuts on top, or a few macadamia nuts.

Does anyone else skip sweetness altogether, and if so, what do you eat when others are having dessert?
Since leaving home, I've never been much of a dessert person, in fact if I did buy, say, a small tub of double-chocolate ice cream, I would eat one or maybe two small bowls and then throw it out a month later when it had all crystallised. Since becoming diabetic, I just skip it, or maybe have a handful of walnuts or almonds, or while in season, some fresh blueberries or strawberries. More than desserts, I miss the fresh stone fruits and grapes, all of which are in season here now, and therefore the first things I see when entering any supermarket.

 
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I'm not a strong sweets sort either, but I found a trick this week that is to-die-for. After making Daytona's ketogenic yogurt by combining Greek yogurt with heavy cream 2:1 ratio (because it's so hard to find full-fat yogurt in the markets), I've been adding whole raw cranberries & pecans to it, and it's incredibly delicious!

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When I bake I do use Stevia or erythitol, but I use a very small amount. I haven't found they set off cravings either. Since Diabetes is for life I have to learn how to cope. Every once in awhile it is nice to have a cookie or a muffin or even a piece of D safe chocolate fudge.

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Abra, having never craved sweets, I do use a bit of stevia if I want a sweet taste, but that is pretty rare. I consider Stevia natural, so less likely to be harmful. I prefer savoury tasting things, so I do sometimes make a recipe and leave out the sweetener and find that works pretty well most of the time.

All that said, I will confess to doing what I've always done...if a dessert someone orders out is especially appealing, and I know them well, I'll ask for one taste of it and that always satisfies me and I sit and watch them enjoy. True confession time here....




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I find that the more sweet foods I eat (even carrots count), the more I want. So I do use sweetener occasionally or indulge in fruit but I try to keep it to a minimum. Occasionally I'll go a week or two avoiding anything sweet to kill the cravings.

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I'm like Daytona, any sweetness makes me crave more. I don't eat fruit ever, although that raw cranberry thing might work for me, since they shouldn't be sweet at all. I'd probably do it with crème fraîche instead of yogurt and cream, just because I make it at home and always have it on hand

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Oh yea! Thanks for your signature link!




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Wow, so I'm the only one who never sweetens anything?

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Being new here I was just browsing through the Recipes section, and it struck me that most of the recipes were for things I wouldn't make or eat, because I use no artificial sweeteners, or sweeteners of any sort.

I don't want to a) expose myself to weird ingredients, and b) I don't want to taste sweetness, because I'm sure that it will set off cravings. So I either skip dessert, or I have cheese and a glass of wine, or perhaps a small bowl of creme fraîche or mascarpone with a few walnuts on top, or a few macadamia nuts.

Does anyone else skip sweetness altogether, and if so, what do you eat when others are having dessert?
No - you are not alone. This is one of my personal hobby horses for the reasons you've mentioned. Since my diagnosis in August 2010 I've dumped the addition of sugar or artificial sweeteners in tea or coffee.

I'm 100% with you on artificial sweeteners and other chemical "flavour enhancers".

All my "sugars" come "free inside" my food, so I (under the guidance of my OH) avoid anything outrageously sweet or starchy.

For dessert, I have a piece of fruit (frequently berries) and some cheese and nuts. At the start of the process we tested a lot of fruit for my reaction. I found that I could manage some, but others, for instance grapefruit (one of my favourites ) are total no-nos.

I may not have totally lost my sweet tooth, but it's definitely well buried now!

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