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Old 12-02-2018, 19:34   #1
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I have always liked sweet things and in my pre-diabetes days would rather have sweet than savory. The years following my diabetes diagnosis, and eating LCHF, while not eating sugary things anymore, have relied on sweeteners to make the sweet foods that I like.

I can have a perfectly decent and filling LCHF meal, but unless I top it off with a sweet-tasting dessert, I'm not satisfied. It may just be a habit I'd be prudent to stop, but it's just not all that easy for me.

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Whenever I see the term "sweet tooth," I always look for my name; it has to be somewhere.
I've had one since birth. As a child, when we ate in a restaurant, I'd take that big jar of sugar & fill my mouth up until I looked like a chipmunk storing acorns. I'd also pour half a bottle of ketchup on almost everything - and it had to be "Heinz." After a while, I figured out that I didn't really care for the burger; I just liked the ketchup, so I'd just drink it right from the bottle.
When I started Jr. High school, I was really excited to find that it had a candy store. I got at least 5 boxes a day. They were all gone by the time school was out.
I also like spicy foods & sour, lemony salad dressing, but after I eat those, I always want something sweet.

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Both my sister and I like sweets and as a kid I would sneak off to the corner store and drink regular pop and eat chocolate bars. I discovered years later my sister also had an appreciation for the sweet stuff - we're both Type 1s. Even to this day I enjoy raising my BGS when they are low by eating delicious sweet stuff - unfortunately - I only eat candy of one kind or another when I need to raise my BGs quickly.
Such is life ...
On the upside - if I didn't have diabetes I'd probably be three times the size as I love food so much but for obvious reasons do not indulge very much. I suspect there are many others like me :-)

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I am the same exact way! A meal doesn't quite feel complete with some sweets to top it off. I definitely feel that struggle!!!

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Does anyone ever eat the Atkins snack bars to satisfy a sweet tooth? Being newly diagnosed I am struggling with what to eat as my snacks! I snack at night before I go to bed and I’m not sure what I can or can not eat!

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Does anyone ever eat the Atkins snack bars to satisfy a sweet tooth? Being newly diagnosed I am struggling with what to eat as my snacks! I snack at night before I go to bed and Iím not sure what I can or can not eat!
When I first started eating low-carb for my diabetes, I thought the Adkins bars would be good - they advertised 2 net grams of carbs per bar. Looked good. I tried them and found that they raised my BG quite a bit. I tried a half bar - not much better. Had to give them up.

Is there a reason you need a snack before going to bed?

A good meal and snack resource is in our Diet forum.
https://www.diabetesforum.com/diabetes-diet-nutrition/
Check out the sticky threads on what we are eating for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and snacks.

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To satisfy a sweet tooth without sugar, do an internet search for "fat bomb" - you'll find all kinds of recipes. Basically, a fat bomb is cream cheese with added flavors and sweetened with artificial sweeteners.

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I recently discovered monkfruit. It's a sugar-like granual that has no carbs or calories. And it's supposed to be natural.

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Does anyone ever eat the Atkins snack bars to satisfy a sweet tooth? Being newly diagnosed I am struggling with what to eat as my snacks! I snack at night before I go to bed and I’m not sure what I can or can not eat!
Welcome to the forum.

A year ago, I was eating a family bag of potato chips atleast 4 times per week, and I don't care to admit how often it was 7 times per week. This was my achilles heel, my food cravings were out of control. And my blood glucose was out of control.

Last January, I got really excited about fasting and keto. My cravings have gone away. I haven't had 2 bags since January, and those 2 bags weren't all that tasty.

Anyway, I thought I should introduce myself before I ruffle your feathers a bit....

Please don't eat snack bars. Stick to real food. The sooner you get away from sugar and refined carbs ( ie boxed food), the sooner a light bulb will flick on and you will say 'Holy Carp, the less carbs I eat, the lower my cravings get, the easier it is for me to round up the will power to make healthy choices.'

At least that is what I wish someone told me when I was first diagnosed with type 2.

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Sweet tooth...I want a 100g bar of chocolate (preferably the Reese's Pieces chocolate bar filled with peanut butter) and I want to wolf down the whole thing.

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