Hi Sugar, Honey, Sweetie!

I frequently call my wife sugar, honey or sweetie. Don't all of us call our loved ones by those names? Our spouses, children, close friends, dates, etc. Even our pets may share those titles, when they behave themselves. Our youngest cat is named Sweetie!

It seems that all humans are obsessed with sweet tasting things. Foods and drinks sweetened with sugar, candy, ice cream, soda pop,....the list is endless. Since we like things that have a sweet taste, it seems natural that we would use names like sugar, honey and sweetie to describe the feelings we have for our loved ones. I used to tell my wife that if I kissed her several times in the same day I would have high blood sugar and need extra insulin.

It seems a shame that sugar is one of the things we diabetics have to avoid, or exclude from most meals and snacks. I totally avoided sugar every day for many years. The only rule my parents were given when I was diagnosed in 1945, was to not give me any sugar, or foods sweetened with sugar. I stuck with that rule for many years. I ate raw sugar when I dropped too low, but avoided candy, cookies, cake, and ice cream unless they contained artificial sweeteners. Eating things containing sugar might have become addictive and I might have cheated and eaten my way into DKA. The artificially sweetened foods and drinks tasted very good to me while I was younger because I was not familiar with the taste of foods sweetened with sugar, so I could not make a comparison. The number of carbs in the artificially sweetened foods is sometimes as great as those sweetened with sugar, but sugar causes a faster spike.

In more recent years I have found that eating things containing sugar will not hurt me under certain circumstances. I cannot have sugar at breakfast or in the evening because I am not getting enough exercise to compensate. My exercise during my gym workouts or on my long walks always occurs in the afternoons. I can have an ice cream cone (24 carbs), a Hershey bar (26 carbs), a Payday bar (25 carbs), or other treats before exercising. I have learned that 24-28 carbs is just right before exercising. It is perfect for gym workouts, but I need one unit of insulin before taking a walk. The walks are less exerting. If I exercise longer than usual I need a few jelly beans to compensate. This has worked very well for me for a few years now, but for my first 60 years I was still avoiding sugar sweetened foods.

I still avoid sugar unless I know it is not going to hurt me. If I want a candy bar, or ice cream, then I know I am going to need at least an hour of exercise. My desire for sugar is an incentive for exercising. Since exercise is very good for us, I suppose this is a good thing. Do you agree, sugar?

Do you allow sugar in your diet? If so, how do you compensate for it? If you eat sugar sweetened foods or drinks, and do not exercise, how do they affect your control?

I still do that Richard. Goit the same set of rules in 73. I have a Princess, a babydoll and a dude for g-kids and my husband gets called by his name. Hey he maked me mad most of the time! LOL!

Yep, I use those names, too. Mostly, I call my husband baby.

My husband tries to entice me to shovel snow or rake leaves by saying I could eat two candy bars if I do more heavy yardwork. Umm, no thanks. I hate it too much to be worth candy bars.

Agree that if sugar doesn't have a serious side effect & is offset by exercise, why not? Some have sugar addiction, so perhaps not a good idea for those. I'm lucky that I don't like sweet things much. My problem is bread! If I started eating that, I couldn't stop.

I still have sugar in small amounts and make an effort to go walking for 20-30 minutes afterwards. We attended a buffet dinner last weekend and the dessert options were tiny squares of different cakes. I took a square of cheesecake and it was delicious, but I was so full that just a few bites hit the spot.

We have a container of milk chocolate covered almonds in the house and I eat 1 or 2 now and then. If I'm out with friends, sometimes I'll join them for a scoop of ice cream or other sweet treats. I just eat a small amount. Even before my diagnosis, I could barely eat a scoop of ice cream without feeling full.

If I don't go walking around, my bg ends up in the 200's.

My husband and I have never called each other "pet" names. I don't know why--my parents did and I am not sure about his. Part of my thing is that I really hate it when a clerk, waitress, teller or anyone I do not know calls me those names. I actually feel it is demeaning. I have done a lot of management training in my life and this is always a big topic in those. It is a thing for me....

My son and his wife call each other honey.

Yes, I do eat sugar. Not often, and in small amounts, but I still enjoy a little jam on bread or honey in greek yogurt. I just add it into my bolus calculation--that is one of the reasons I love my pump. I have so much more flexibility.