Looks like I have to give up my 1 cup of coffee

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Marburg
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   Posted 2/22/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
For a long time I was able to get away with drinking 1 cup of coffee with heavy cream and it didn't raise my bg too much (as in barely at all).  Lately however, 1 cup shoots my bs sky high.  When I looked at the label on the cream--yep the sugar content was higher than before.  mad
 
I guess I'm feeling a little down.  I'm not one of the lucky ones who can eat a square of dark 85% chocolate.  1 square makes my bs skyrocket too. 

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   Posted 2/22/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll tell you what.  No one is taking my morning coffee away from me!  mad  I use heavy whipping cream in place of milk or half and half, both of which have carbs.  The cream doesn't or at least it's negligible for the little I use.  The container says no carbs for a tablespoon and I use about 2 spoons of it.  It hasn't caused any spikes for me.  
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petunia22
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   Posted 2/22/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw.. I'm sorry to hear that.. Can you try different cream, or just a splash, or drink it black? ( I know, not as good.._)

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   Posted 2/23/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't stand it black. I was using 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream but for some reason it is causing high spikes for me. I'm going to try a different brand.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Kroger brand Heavy Whipping Cream.  It says it has no carbs in 1 tablespoon.  I use about 2 tablespoons, maybe more, but it doesn't cause spikes for me.
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   Posted 2/23/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
It may not be the cream. I started noticing that my blood sugar rose after coffee, so did some research and found out that caffeine can raise the blood sugar in some diabetics. So I bought some decaf and tested and my BS was fine. I either get decaf beans from Starbucks or Whole Foods. Whole Foods is actually cheaper. I have also eliminated all caffeine pop now, and my BS is doing much better. So give decaf a whirl and see what happens. Doctored up with cream and DaVinci or Torani sugar free syrups, it's palatable.
Karen

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Marburg
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   Posted 2/23/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! I'll give the decaf and Krogers Brand Heavy Whipping Cream a try. Thanks Lanie and Karen!

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   Posted 2/23/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I've been looking around online and I've found some articles that say caffeine can raise blood sugar in diabetics.  I don't have any decaf in the house now.  Maybe if I get my act together I'll start testing after my usual cup in the morning, though it's with breakfast.  Then I'll get some decaf and do the same thing and see if there's a difference.  This will take some time..... 
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Marburg
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   Posted 2/24/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Keep us posted.  I'd like to see what happens.  I bought some decaf and heavy cream (Krogers) and my numbers after my 1 cup are much lower than they had been.

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   Posted 2/24/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Isn't amazing the things that raise our BS that are not carbs! I had to start on insulin about a year ago and I have come to the conclusion that just about everything that passes through my lips will raise my numbers. So as a matter of course, even though I am not eating anything "white" I still take enough insulin to cover one serving of carbs. Lots of those great veggies out there still have carbs. I just figure better safe than sorry. And I have learned to like decaf...but sure miss the buzz. :)
Karen

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   Posted 2/25/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm with you, Karen. I had to stop the caffeine for a variety of health reasons and I sure miss the buzz, too! Sometimes decaf coffee with artificial sweetener and cream is like kissing your brother thru the screen door! Pfffftttt!
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   Posted 3/2/2010 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried giving up coffee altogether? If so how?

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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter developed an allergic reaction to coffee right after Christmas drinking some very expensive dark roast that was a gift. It happened again the next day with our normal blend. Tongue swelling, throat itching, sneezing, eyes watering... She had no problem giving up coffee.

She had three days of intense headaches and finally had a Coke for the caffeine. Headaches are gone and she drinks Coca Cola with her breakfast. She wants to wean herself off caffeine but is taking it one step at a time. She can't even go into a coffee shop anymore without needing an antihistamine. I feel so badly for her...

She developed the same reaction to chocolate last summer. Can't be in the bakery when I'm mixing chocolate cake. We have since determined that she is allergic to things that come from South America, latex, chocolate, coffee, potatoes and guinea pigs (LOL!) But she is allergic to lots of things so I'm sure it's just a coincidence.
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petunia22
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   Posted 3/9/2010 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Mgsson said...
Has anyone tried giving up coffee altogether? If so how?
 
 
 
 
 
Yes, in the past.. The only way I could accomplish this without getting a terrible continuous headache was to gradually wean fromt the coffee, over a month's time.  I decreased the amount I drank by little bits at a time.. That was years ago and now I drink one cup a day

TVEditor
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   Posted 3/18/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
The internet is great. All you have to do is look around long enough and you can find permission to eat/drink anything you want:

http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20091214/coffee-tea-may-stall-diabetes
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Marburg
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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Update: I switched to caffeine free acid free coffee with great success. It wasn't my creamer or the sugar free flavors (I use Torani and Davinci sugar free Hazelnut, amaretto or irish cream). I can now enjoy my 1 cup of coffee with having a major spike in bs.

Thanks Karen for recommending I try decaf.

Marburg

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   Posted 3/22/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to help! Crazy the things that affect out BS.
Karen

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   Posted 3/23/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Marburg, I'm so glad you've found the key now.  (I was afraid you were going to say you add apple cider vinegar to the coffee......!) turn
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Marburg
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   Posted 3/23/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen and Lanie,

Yes--it is so crazy the kinds of things that affect our bs. You know--I can't eat even 1 square of any kind of dark chocolate without my bs skyrocketing, but 5-6 squares of milk chocolate (Lindt and Ghirade...) don't impact it much at all.

As for the apple cider vinegar, I use much less of it now. I put about 2 tbl into a bottle of water and sip it during meals (refilling it with just plain water) and it works for me.

Marburg
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