I feel like a junkie

By Erunner Latest Reply 2011-04-11 19:47:24 -0500
Started 2011-04-04 15:53:59 -0500

I am having a terrible problem with craving carbs. It would be nice to say I handle it well, but I don't. The things I crave are sweets. I have been eating cranberries covered with dark chocolate, mexican sweet bread/pandulce, brownies, cookies, and even had a blizzard at Dairy Queen.

I have eaten up to a half pound of the chocolate covered cranberries in a sitting, and three pieces of sweet bread. Needless to say the carb content is much too high.

I'm sure I'm not alone and am looking for help in controlling my cravings. Thanks.

10 replies

WendyFR 2011-04-11 19:47:24 -0500 Report

wow..that is quite a bit. Have you tried portions? I crave all of those as well. I love food in general, but because of my diabetes I just can't eat that much or I will go into a high blood sugar sleep and yea, it's like taking medication because my body wouldn't be able to control being sleepy. You can still crave, but you may want to eat by portion, because you are hurting your body or try to fit what you like to eat into your meal plan and include exercise to help bring down your blood sugar. You may have to work with your nutritionist to see what will work for you.

Armourer 2011-04-07 22:55:46 -0500 Report

"Man, I feel you pain!" Okay an over used phrase but I hear ya. My problem is chips of any kind, and I have no problem eating a whole bag, lets say two. Also love pastries. Most of the time I tell myself that they are poison for me. But then there are those days. For me I eat baby carrots and a few pickles, a few beef jerky, or a bag of micro-popcorn and drink lots of water, lots of water, ice cold water, lots of it. Best to you!

mistymarie 2011-04-04 23:08:13 -0500 Report

It may sound crazy, but when I get the "carb attacks", I get a small bag of tootsie rolls, and allow myself to have a couple a day. It's not too terribly high in sugar, and claims to be fat-free. Weird maybe, but it works for me. But, if it is happening a lot, the best bet is to have a low-fat, high-protein snack or small meal. Good luck!

Erunner 2011-04-05 12:30:37 -0500 Report

I apologize for not responding but I find myself sick. Thank you very much for your thoughtful answers.

GabbyPA 2011-04-04 21:07:26 -0500 Report

I get that sometimes and I can find ways of getting out of it. Other times, I just do what you just did. The thing I find is that when I cave in, it gets it out of my system. I need to make sure there are not a lot of those things in the house or it will last until the "junk" is gone. If I have to go out to get it, I am MUCH less likely to indulge, and if I do, it is just for that time and then I am satisfied.

I wish there was a way to stop those cravings. I do know that when I am off sugar and sweets or even just carb heavy meals for a while, I don't have the cravings so bad.

Harlen 2011-04-04 19:53:25 -0500 Report

From one to one I just had to stop and I had to quit every thing sweet that whent on for two monthes then I just had to have a pice of cake
You know what ?? I realy didnt care for it at all now I have one pice of dark chocolate and I am happy now .It was a hard thing to do but it was the only way for me
Good lock and best wishes

Kirla 2011-04-04 17:17:53 -0500 Report

I don’t have any cravings. When first diagnosed I ate lots of pickles, cucumbers, celery, coleslaw and sauerkraut. After several months I found that sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds and walnuts worked pretty good for snacks. Just have to limit to a couple serving per day. They are high in calories.

Then I read about TVP and soy flour. At first I bought some TVP to make TVP oatmeal. When I got tired of the TVP oatmeal I found I could grind it in a coffee grinder and made carrot and chocolate TVP cakes. I replaced the sugar with splenda. I think the cakes taste good and they don’t spike my blood sugar.

Then one day I wanted to make a pumpkin pie. So I bought some soy flour and used it for making the crust. I again replace the sugar with splenda in the pudding and I think it tastes great. Other people think so also.

I found a place where I could buy soy flour for $1.00 a pound. Only thing was I had to buy 50 pounds. I have been using it for about a year now making cakes, pancakes, waffles and pasta. I love them all and they don’t spike my blood sugar.

Then one day I joined this diet website and they used protein powder to make ice cream with it. I had one of those little ice cream machine that you freeze the base in the freezer and just pour the ingredients into it and it makes ice cream. I also learned about greek yogurt there. I know make greek yogurt ice cream. I make chocolate, vanilla and lately pumpkin ice cream. I sometimes put a tablespoon of sugar free jam in the vanilla ice cream and make grape or blackberry ice cream. I think they taste great.

There’s lots of things you can have you just have to find a way to make them low carb.

I also will snack on buffalo wings and cheese sometimes. I even used the buffalo sauce on chicken breast and found it taste good.

Good luck

MoeGig 2011-04-04 16:44:19 -0500 Report

Wow! Very tough issue. The problem is that your body is overly compensating for the carbs you eat by secreting more insulin then is needed, then crashing and making you progressively more hungry, thereby stimulating more insulin, and then crashing again. The excess insulin creates the feeling of chronic hunger for carbs. Of course the solution is to satisfy your hunger by eating protein and fat instead of carbs and short-circuit this cycle. Of course, easier said then done, but the only one that works for me…

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Bunny Cakes 2011-04-04 16:32:13 -0500 Report

I've been fighting my sweet cravings with a few handy friends. When I want sweet I try to grab a sugar free pudding or aFiber One yogurt because despite the sugar in it it's got a lot of fiber so I digest it slower an it helps me get my fiber for the day. At times I'll even toss a few cups of yogurt into the ice cream maker and make myself some frozen yogurt.

However my true weakness is chocolate, for that I found a very low carb chocolate bar called Simply Lite, it's made with sugar alcohol so you have to be careful but they have added a bit of fiber to it to make it less guilt triggering.

My other go to is a liquid candy called Cheaters, it's 19 calories and only four carbs, most of which are sugar alcohols. It's yummy and satisfying and I use it to flavor my plain yogurt at times.

jayabee52 2011-04-04 16:25:33 -0500 Report

I KNOW THE FEELING Allan! I know the feeling! You're NOT alone!

One of the things I do is to take some Metamucil for fiber. That is moderately sweet, yet fills me up without all the carbs. It also seems to work for me because I have IBS and the Metamucil seems to regulate that part of my life too by evening out my swings.

(PS: Ice cream is my weakness too.)

Praying for you to get your cravings under control and your BG#s too!

Blessings to you and yours!