Newly Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes: Wondering if You’ll Ever Be Able to Enjoy Treats Like Chocolate, Ice Cream, or Granola Again?

September 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Anne Holmes, Blog, Diabetes, Food & Recipes, Wellness

Can You Still Eat Treats With Type 2 Diabetes?

If you’re like most Baby Boomers who’ve suddenly found themselves with newly-acquired Type 2 diabetes, you were probably totally shocked when routine blood work during your annual check-up revealed your blood glucose numbers were “out of whack.” (Sorry, Highly Technical Term)

It Seems Baby Boomers Are More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

The typical Type 2 Diabetic profile includes:

  • Over 40
  • Sedentary and overweight, especially with excess weight around the middle (“Apple” body type)
  • Hispanic, Black, Native American, or Asian background

The Good News is You Can Handle It – Even the “Healthy Eating” Part!

Here are some helpful tips to get you started on the road to glycemic control:

  • Set goals for controlling your diabetes with your doctor
  • Arrange for some training in how to handle your new challenge. (Many hospitals and clinics now have diabetes education offerings, and many insurance programs cover this)
  • Check out web sites designed to help you manage your diabetes, too. All have great tips and recipes. Here are several good ones:

Be Honest About Your Eating Habits

When you meet with the dietician during your diabetes training sessions, it’s tempting to try to put a “good face” on your eating habits, but best to tell the truth… Your goal is to find out what changes you need to make in your diet in order to keep your blood glucose numbers in control.

  • Don’t worry, most likely you will still be able to enjoy eating many of your favorite foods – but now you’ll learn to use healthy moderation
  • Your dietician will show you that you don’t have to settle for boring food; in fact, you’ll still be able to enjoy loads of foods with ethnic and regional flavors
  • Realistically some foods may have to be prepared differently
  • But amazingly, many of your old favorite treats, like ice cream, chocolate or granola will probably still fit into your healthy new regimen.
  • Apparently it’s not so much about the sugar, as it is about something called the “glycemic index” which measures how fast a food is likely to raise your blood sugar.

Your Dietician Can Best Advise You on Your Situation

Everyone’s specific situation is different, and diabetes is not to be ignored, so this post does not attempt to provide medical advice. But just to prove that you probably will be able to enjoy some of your old favorite foods – in appropriate moderation, of course – here are a handful of diabetic diet-approved recipes for granola. For help with your dietary calculations, all of them come complete with nutritional information.

Remember, Granola isn’t Just for Breakfast (or Hippies) Anymore… Never Was, Actually

You can also enjoy it as an appetizer, a snack, or pack it with you on a hike. The hiking-take-along concept is important; since you’ll most certainly be looking for ways to get more exercise, and a brisk hike accented at the end with a snack like one of these crunchy and naturally sweet granolas can be extremely satisfying!

What a Delicious Way to Reward Yourself for Working Up a Healthy Sweat!

  • Granny’s Old Fashioned Apple Granola
  • Eight Great Recipes for Low Fat Homemade granola

Why not plan to enjoy one of these delicious and nutritional recipes today!


25 Responses to “Newly Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes: Wondering if You’ll Ever Be Able to Enjoy Treats Like Chocolate, Ice Cream, or Granola Again?”

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  2. Conan the Diabetic on October 22nd, 2008 9:15 am

    One thing that is worth mentioning is the ‘danger’ of so-called ‘diabetic’ foods.

    Mostly these are foods that have less refined sugar, or where it has been partly or wholely replaced by fructose.

    In moderation, eating them is fine, but many of them stil end up with almost the same carbs as the normal version, and many people incorrectly assume them to be ‘carb free’, or at least ‘safe’ to eat like they ate the normal product in their pre-diabetic days.

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  4. KC @ taux hypothécaires on January 26th, 2009 7:08 pm

    I def agree with Conan ~ eating these kind of foods in moderation is possible. Doctors can also teach diabetics about food exchange and sugar monitoring.

  5. Alice Chase on January 30th, 2009 4:20 pm

    Ive heard from several people that you can actually control your diabetes through diet. Is this correct?

  6. Paul@bodybuilders forum on March 11th, 2009 1:35 pm

    I think im getting borderline diabetes cause I get reaction now to sweets. I try to live a healthy lifestyle, but diet is most importance from my experience.

  7. Diabetes Recipes on March 14th, 2009 4:35 pm

    Some interesting stuff you are sharing, I appreciate it and I would bet that some of my viewers would like to see it as well.

  8. Diety@Flora butter on April 1st, 2009 6:53 am

    @ Alice “I’ve heard from several people that you can actually control your diabetes through diet. Is this correct?”

    Depending on the type of diabetes – Yes moderation on your food intake can reduce the long term effect.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Ted on May 18th, 2009 4:48 pm

    I have a friend’s mother who had a complication to diabetes and it ended up shutting down her kidney functions, is this common? She eventually had her son donate a kidney… even so, her diet is very strict.

  10. medical books on May 20th, 2009 5:35 am

    type I diabetes should be treated with insulin from the start but type II is different in that in the early stages sometimes it can be controlled with diet alone but most of the patients will require medications ultimately.

  11. Elle@Womens Bodybuilding on June 16th, 2009 10:52 am

    There are some interesting things you can do to balance out your insulin levels. I just find it hard for diabetics to try it because it is a risky thing to experiment with. Putting on muscle has actually been shown to provide more balance for insulin.

  12. Dan Wilson@Diabetes Menu Plans on June 24th, 2009 4:32 am

    I believe you can still eat the treats that you love most as long as it is within your doctors advise.

    Having Type 2 diabetes is not the end of the world for you, lets just say, it is a new challenge in your life that needs utmost attention and discipline. Doctors can only do much as to giving you advises, it is up to you to heed those or not.

  13. Emma@online diet information on August 26th, 2009 11:59 am

    Some of the comments above seem to indicate that people with diabetes will always end up on medication – this isn’t so. If caught in the early stages or if mild, type II diabetes sufferers don’t have to rely on medication IF they are prepared to make the required lifestyle changes, which does mean being honest with yourself and with what you can achieve. Diabetes can be controlled through diet and exercise rather than meds.

  14. Nancy@Deshedding Tool on November 7th, 2009 3:28 pm

    My husband was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last year at age 44. He was at least 60 lbs overweight and craved every sugar known to man! With a sugar reading over 500 at a doctor visit, his life has been changed forever (and for the better!). We both learned about diabetes in a hurry and know watch the carbs (glycemic index), portion control and increased exercise. As a result he has lost 45 lbs, his blood sugar remains in the normal range, and found he has alot more energy than ever before!

  15. Paul@body building blog on November 29th, 2009 5:39 pm

    Good article. Many people don’t realize that most cases of type 2 diabetes can be reversed with some changes in your life.

  16. Aaron@Diabetes Warning Signs on January 16th, 2010 6:48 pm

    Yes, that’s right Paul. We actually can reverse it as long as we keep healthy life. With proper treatment, a little workout (don’t be too hard to yourself), not smoking, good diet plan like mention above, you actually can enjoy a happy life. By the way, thanks for sharing this. Like you said, everyone situation is different. It is recommended that we should refer to our doctor first before we taken up those ‘yummy’ foods again. I missed it a lot. It’s been a while now.

  17. Caramoan on January 17th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Diabetes can be prevented by just having a physically active lifestyle. Just exercise everyday and avoid eating too much. Avoid sweets and high carb foods too.

  18. Jessie@ Table Tennis Conversion Top on August 11th, 2010 9:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing the information. Diabetes runs in our family, which makes us wonder how can we still enjoy eating.

  19. hilario @ diabetes diet plan on January 22nd, 2011 12:57 am

    Thanks for the great post about diabetes. Your post brought up a lot of interesting points that I haven’t thought about. But I do think people can still eat these foods but in moderation. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your site in the future.

  20. Diabetes Care on September 24th, 2011 1:14 pm

    UCLA researchers demonstrated that an over-the-counter dietary supplement may help inhibit development of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, conditions that are involved in the development of Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which affect millions worldwide.

  21. Jenny@Best Popcorn Machines For Sale on October 18th, 2011 8:19 am

    What types of fruit can you eat with Type 2 Diabetes? Also, how many would be okay to eat per day? Thank you!

  22. Anne on October 20th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Hi Jenny, great to hear from you! I’d not a diabetes educator, merely a person with Type 2 diabetes. I would not want to give advice on how much fruit one can eat per day, as that may depend on the severity of the disease. For me, I can eat any and all fruits, but I try for a variety and lots of color: blueberries, strawberries, oranges, for example. Also apples. You’ll probably get better advice on this from a nutritionist, or from a website like

    Other than that, I’d say people with diabetes should eat a balanced diet that emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. They should also stick to foods and drinks that are low in fat, salt, and sugar. This isn’t a special diet and none of these foods are exclusive to people with diabetes. In fact, anyone who wants to live a healthy, balanced diet and is attempting to lose weight should eat a diet that follows these guidelines.

  23. guitar on January 11th, 2012 11:31 am

    It�s hard to seek out knowledgeable folks on this matter, however you sound like you understand what you�re speaking about! Thanks

  24. Incontinence Supplies on January 19th, 2012 5:42 pm

    My mom just got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It’s been a real struggle and has made me examine my own life style.

  25. MJ@Medical Transcription Company on April 2nd, 2012 12:01 pm

    There are some great treats that can still be enjoyed by diabetics. There are different natural sugars that don’t spike the sugar levels as bad as processed sugar too.