Please help. I am trying to cut out the carbs even though I may have a spoonful of grits or potatoes every once in awhile. My levels did go down enormously at first and I lost eleven pounds, but my thirst has led me to drink diet tea sweetened with Splenda. Now my levels are creeping back up and so is my depression. Is there anything else I can use to sweeten my tea that won't affect my blood sugar? I am going to buy Stevia today. That may help. Diane. I am trying to be strong.