I'm sorry you're suffering with P.O.T.S. I hope it's manageable. At least you can have your sweets! Yes, I considered coconut palm sugar, but because it is not a "green" sweetener, I've decided not to use it. As a diabetic, it still isn't good for me. Coconut palm sugar is from the flower of the coconut and that flower is needed to make more coconuts. If we all consume coconut palm sugar, we will deplete the coconut trees, and I don't want that to happen. Right now, I'm using Xyla as a sweetener and Splenda and Agave on occasions. Xylitol is from the bark of birch trees and others, but I'm not sure which. It is the only sweetener that does really taste like sugar, but has 0 calories! It's used in sugarless gum and sugarless candies. Only downside, is it states that if you consume too much, it can cause mild diahrea. Fortunately I've not had that problem. You use 1 to 1 ratio as sugar. I get it in health food section of the stores. It's kind of expensive, but for me, it's a life saver and I can enjoy almond flour baked goods!
I do not have diabetes but I have autonomic neuropathy, dysautonomia/P.O.T.S. I am eating clean foods now and so my husband just bought almound flour today, other things also so I can have my sweets sometimes. Have you tried coconut palm sugar for the BG yet. It is supposed to be good for most people in small amounts.
As a pre-diabetic, who is not on medication, I was having problems keeping my BG down. As of Jan.1, I made the conscious decision to give up all processed flours and all processed sugars. I started reading about gluten free, paleo, Daniel diet, etc., to learn what each had to offer. The most wonderful thing I discovered was using almond flour and coconut flours in my cooking and baking. Not only has my BG fallen dramatically, I find that I no longer have those awful carbohydrate cravings!!! Through searching hundreds of gluten free and paleo recipes, I have come up with things like pancakes, pound cakes, chocolate chip cookies, etc. that do not spike my BG!! Not only does it not spike my BG, but I am able to enjoy these without guilt. I also began cutting down my food portions, which has also amazed me, simply because I thought I'd starve, but not so! The almond flour is heart healthy too...but you still have to realize that it has more fat, than wheat flour, but it's the healthy kind. My husband loves the blueberry pancakes I make us! Just knowing I can still enjoy a little dessert now and then, or pancakes on Sunday mornings, sub-consciously, I no longer feel deprived. Wheat products and processed sugars have been proven to be addictive. I am no longer hooked on either and am no longer insulin resistant. The weight is coming off!
I am a long term T2, and am also a vegetarian. The way I eat helps me stay healthier and enables me to better control my diabetes through lifestyle alone. I have graudally lost approx. 60 pounds just by making lifestyle changes. And, I also enjoy this type of lifestyle. Vegetarian Times is an informative and enjoyable magazine to read and has a lot of receipes. I've made up a lot of my own as well. I stay away from convenience type foods and I read the back labels of anything I buy that is already prepared. I may eat "weird", but I take no prescription meds of any kind for anything and I'm in my 60's. In a way, food has become my medicine. Lifestyle is important to all people, whether they are diabetic or not and considering the obesity rate we now have, everybody needs to become more health concious. Controlling diabetes by lifestyle alone hasn't been all that difficult to do. New habits, once they are established, seem normal and natural and in fact, quite easy to do. Knowledge is power over this illness and it is the key to regaining your health. That's just not been all that hard to do. Study, learn, put into pracrtice what you learn then keep on learning and establishing more new, healthier habits. A book that I have found helpful is "Food Your Miracle Medicine" by Jean Carper, and another book, "Stopping Diabetes in Its Tracks" by the Reader's Digest. I've learned that some foods contribute to insulin resistance and some contribute to increasing insulin sensitivity. I use the better fats such as Extra Virgin, First Cold Pressed Olive oil, and recently Coconut oil has come to my attention as being beneficial. Fiber is very beneficial as well. Fiber One Cereal Original has 14 grams of fiber in just one half cup. Crushed up, this cereal can be used just like graham cracker crumbs to make a diabetic friendly pie, and this cereal can be used as a salad topping as well. Fiber helps to control glucose levels and triglycerides as well as making you feel full longer. Fiber is your friend. Eat green. If it's green and it doesn't move, I eat it! I also never, never eat out. It's too expensive, I don't know what's in it and I have grown to love my own cooking far more. As much as posible, I eat when I'm supposed to eat, not when I "feel" like it and I try to make good food choices.
I have found that controlling diabetes is nothing more than living the kind of healthy lifestyle that I should have been living all along. I am not "deprived", I am "healthy"! My A1c is below six and even my triglycerides which are usually high for diabetics are below 100. I did not do this by following a list of "dos" and "don'ts" or a "can have" or "can't have" food list. I did this by studying this myself and understanding the basics of how this illness works as well as it's complications. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do this either. I am aware that not all cases of diabetes can controlled through lifestyle alone, but there are countless cases that could, if only the people would diligently apply themselve to the task. All that this amounts up to is healthy living which is beneficial even when lifestyle alone isn't enough. I have been living this way for a number of years and I have no struggle with will power as this is just my normal, natural lifestyle now. And, it's just not that hard to do.
"clean" to me is mostly natural food. Foods that aren't highly processed with sugar and hydrogenated oils. I avoid white flour and use whole wheat and grains. For sweeteners I use agave, honey, maple syrup, and I watch sodium and saturated fat content.
How do you define "clean" foods? I haven't heard that term before. My interest is in food that is relatively easy to make for one person, has low glycemic ingredients, no transfats, and low saturated fats. I have not been counting calories but have been gradually losing weight despite that.