One major misconception about type 1 diabetes is the belief that diabetics can’t eat sweets. The truth is that we can. We should watch portion sizes and need to take a larger amount of insulin to cover for the sweets.
I personally try to avoid eating sugary foods, with the exception of some cinnamon rolls, my one weakness. No matter how much insulin I give, most sugary foods seem to spike my blood sugar. Donuts are the worst of them all; I’ve pretty much given up eating those no matter how much I crave one. I am one of those odd people that actually likes sugar free items. Most people don’t like the taste and say it leaves an after taste. Plus there’s controversy over the chemicals replacing the sugar, but I’m not going to get into that debate right now.
I had an overnight trip the other day. Usually I take my own breakfast so I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat at the hotel’s breakfast, this is due to being a picky eater and not wanting to guesstimate the amount of carbs. However, this time I decided to not take food for breakfast and just eat at the hotel. I picked up a yogurt and glass of milk. Then I had to choose between one of two evils: fixing a large waffle or eating a large chocolate muffin. Either choice I would not know the correct amount of carbs and greatly risked making my blood sugar high.
I decided to have that chocolate muffin. There was only one left, so it was like I was meant to have it. I only ate half of it, but it was delicious! My blood sugar before breakfast was 106 mg/dL. I searched online and found that a large chocolate muffin is about 70 carbs, so I counted the amount of muffin I ate as 35 carbs. When I tested around lunchtime, I was 60 mg/dL. I was absolutely shocked to see that number! I was expecting somewhere in the 300s. I could have given a little less insulin, but I’m happy with that result.
Days like yesterday are the good days. The days that even though I feel like I’m setting myself up for a blood sugar roller coaster, my blood sugar stays under control. If only more days were like that!