RE: Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Actually, caffeine (coffee and tea) gives me weird fluctuations - sometimes it'll cause a low, other times it goes high. So, I just stay away from all but little bits of vegan dark chocolate (about 1/5 the caffeine of standard black coffee, drip style). For a warm beverage, I'll drink all-herbal tea (not the herbal-flavored black/green teas). In the morning, I'll go through two or three mugs of Bengal Spice; afternoons is usually chamomile (unless it's one of 'those' days when I need an afternoon kick). I find I'll get a lot more water in my day if it's got some flavor to it - so two mugs in the morning, two in the afternoon, with plain water at lunch and dinner (mugs are 12 oz, not 8 oz). And, changing up between spice, chamomile, and plain water also helps - any one for too long a stretch gets boring and I stop drinking as much. I know that, for me, staying hydrated is really important for keeping my glucose numbers good (and caffeine really dehydrates me). On the rare, rare, occasions that I have a cup of tea or even rarer, coffee, I'll also have at least two equivalent sized servings of water to offset it.