Diabetes doesn't always have to mean "diet." Actually, I stand corrected - Diabetes should never have to mean "diet," and I hate that John Q. Public thinks it does.
Life.... And life with diabetes is all about choices - both big and small.... And yummy~
Type 1 Diabetes or not, I have a sweet tooth, and most likely I inherited from my mother.
I like vanilla icecream or a vanilla cupcake on occasion - OK, I love vanilla creamcheese and cocnut cupcakes like nobody's business - Same goes for carrot cake cupcakes.
Nutella and I have a special friendship - And every once in a while I go for the Reese's (again, I am my mother's daughter,) and the occasional KitKat.
And I meticulously test my blood sugar, before and after such delicious treats and bolus accordingly.
I don't make a habit of indulging daily - not because of my busted pancreas - but because of my waistline - And the fact that I don't want it to expand.
I know a larger waist line is not good for the heart - And that fact is always at the back of my head.
Plus, when I tell myself I can't eat something - That's all I want to eat.
So theoretically being able to eat everything I want to means I don't go batshit crazy when I do go for the sweet stuff, but I digress.
In the winter months my sweet cravings are worse.
Maybe it's because it's freezing out and it makes me want to nestle in doors until the sun shines again and the wind and snow stop.
But whatever the reason and regardless of the season - I like me some sweets every now and then.
So my latest indulgence is SwissMiss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa- And not the artificially sweetened version either. I'm talking about the fully loaded, 16 grams of chocolaty goodness and sans HFCS version.
The way I see it, 16 grams of carbs in the form of a warm chocolaty mug of love with a couple of tablespoons of vanilla almond milk thrown in for good measure is not only easy to bolus for - It's easier on my waistline then a more highly carbed treat.
And at this point I'm sure some of you're wondering: But Kel, why not just go for the diet version?
Here's the thing: I've had type 1 diabetes for 35 years, and I grew up on Sweet N Low and then aspartame - And thanks to those badboys, there's a good chance I have more artificial fillers running through my veins then most of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
I don't do the artificial sweeteners much anymore - And haven't since my mid twenties - And my Endo is more than fine with that - He actually agrees with me.
I know the SwissMiss Cocoa is far from perfect, and my next step is to actually make my own cocoa mix to have on hand, a'la Alton Brown: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-cocoa-recipe/index.html ,
and I'll get around to doing that.... eventually.
Do you go for the fully loaded version of some things instead its artificially sweetened counterpart? And if so, why?