Originally Posted by emrldsky
You know, it's really hard to give suggestions.
I'm on a low-carb diet for life, and I'm in the same boat.
If you DO get him the sugar-free things, please be aware that they should be eaten in moderation, otherwise they are very much like a laxative since the carbs used in the process cannot be easily absorbed.
My only other suggestion is to give him one or two pieces of the good stuff and hope it satisfies him.
Also, many artificail sweeteners contain a stool-softener. I am diabetic, and rely heavily on these. When I first started eating Equal, for example, it kicked in, but, after about 1 month, I had no problem with the stool-softener part. However, Acsfulamane-K (sp.?), commonly used in store-baked baked goods, always has a laxative effect on me. (It is usually in those "no sugar added" baked goods.)
Things to watch out for:
1. "No sugar added" does not mean it is sugar-free; just has not had sugar added to the recipe (though many foods contain their own natural sugar, such as fruit). They usually have sugar substitutes added. Also, diabetics need to watch their fat intake, and many of these baked goods make up in added fat in what they give up in added sugar. The same with the candy bars, etc. Always read the nutrition labels. He may be better off, for example, with eating a smaller portion of a "real" candy bar, as opposed to the dietic ones.
2. Eat mostly fat-free, low-fat, low-sugar snacks, such as rice cakes. Quaker makes decent chocolate crunch/chip ones, which have little sugar (they may be fat-free; can't remember--mine are in my desk at work now, and I'm on vacation!). They are good for a quick choccy fix. I also snakc on those string cheese mozzarella sticks. Eat raw veggies as snacks, but also make sure they are counted in his exchange plan accordingly, as with anything he eats and drinks, even snacks.
3. I control my blood sugar by eating small meals on time, and never skipping them, even the 3 snacks a day part. I always keep something for snacks, at work and in my car and purse, as I have trouble with low blood-sugar episodes, too. Watch your portions; be aware that a portion size is usually for non-diabetics, esp. in restaurants. Ask for a doggie bag. (I do this a LOT, as I eat out just about once a day. I can get 3 meals out of a big plate of pasta, for example.)
4. Watch those starches, too! Potatoes, peas, corn, etc, may be considered veggies, but they are starchy ones; the same for fruit, such as bananas. Count them as such in his diet plan.
5. Does he have a dietician yet? Everyone is different; what make make my blood-sugar rise rapidly may not make someone else's do so. Does he test his blood-sugar a few times a day? He may need to experiment to see what his trigger foods are, too.
6. A diagnosis of diabetes can be very scary, but trust me, with proper control of your diet, exercise, losing weight, and eating a varied, healthy low-fat, low-sugar diet, you can triumph over diabetes. You can't as of yet cure it, but you can control it, and be very healthy. However, you must be strict with yourself--you have the power to make the best of diabetes, or the worst of it--it's up to us. I have seen so many diabetics make excuses for not eating properly, or for gaining weight, then complain about being sick, or having high sugars. No excuses! Sure, you can have a "real" treat once in awhile, but not every day. You can be your best friend or your worst enemy with this disease. It's our choice. I take it very seriously, and have for 11 years now.
7. JoAnn Lund writes excellent cookbooks featuring low-fat, sugar-free/low-sugar recipes; my fave is Cooking healthy with a man in mind; you get HUGE portions! This is a great all-around cookbok; she also lists the exchanges for each recipe. I highly recommend this book! I use it a lot; even when I had no man to cook for!
If you need any other advice, please feel free to pm me!