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Sugar Update

Since I've been bitten by the diabetic bug, I've sliced my sugar intake notieably.  I wasn't a huge sugar eater to begin with (though the American diet has an awful lot of hidden sugar in it, to be sure), but now it's even lower.

I've made some discoveries.

I can't drink anything but diet soda anymore.  Diet soda has been my caffeine source of choice for decades now, but it has to be ice-cold and cherry-flavored.  I didn't like it in a bottle--not cold enough--and restaurants rarely serve diet cherry soda, so whenever I went to a restaurant or bought soda to drink on the road, I got regular.  Now that I've gone off it entirely, though, I've found that, on the rare occasions I =do= have some, I can't handle it.  Even half a glass makes me feel sick.

The same goes for sugary desserts.  I can handle a bite or two, but that's it.  Half a dozen M&Ms or a fun-size candy bar or a donut hole is more than enough.  For some reason, ice cream doesn't bother me as much.  I can take a small scoop, if I eat it slowly.

I still like sweets, and I still need them for when I get hungry out of nowhere.  I've discovered protein snacks--those bars done up like granola bars or brownies that are higher in fiber and lower in carbs.  Many are under 20 grams of carbohydrate, which is nice, and I can eat one without overloading my fragile eco-system.

I made apple crisp a while ago.  This turned out to be a good choice of dessert.  It doesn't have a lot of sugar in it, and apples are a high-fiber fruit, which slows the absorption of fructose.

So many adjustments.


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