I need advise! I stay hungry all the time.

By Mommabutterfly98 Latest Reply 2011-09-25 09:05:15 -0500
Started 2011-07-27 20:28:20 -0500

I have been a type 1 diabetic for 10 years. Within the past year I have quit smoking cigarettes, good habit to break, however I have gained almost 70 lbs now. I have other diagnosis to that enable me to much exercise, or well as my specialist told me "don't sweat" to keep other conditions down. Even when I am eating I constantly think of what I am going to eat next. I need some advise here can anyone offer any suggestions?

19 replies

Dixiemom 2011-07-29 11:48:09 -0500 Report

Adding more protein to your diet keeps you satisfied longer. Try nuts or a protein shake. The EAS protein whey powder you can mix with milk, juice or water. It islow cqarg and low sugar. It also comes in liguid form . I use these to satisfy my hunger.

AuntieM234 2011-07-28 16:57:37 -0500 Report

Helo Mommabutterfly: FIRST: Answer this question for yourself, "Am I really hungry, or do I just need to constantly be puting my mouth?" I smoked my last cigarette on the day after Thanksgiving 1999. I just decided I was going to see how long I could go without smoking. There hasn't been a day go by since, without me craving a cigarette. The point is maybe you're not hungry, but have an unconscious need to be puting something into your mouth. Why not try a carrot stick, celery, or some other snack that is considered free on a diet. Free means you can eat as much as you want. Just always stick something in your mouth that won't make you gain weight. SECOND: Are you eating too many bad carbs? The more of these you eat, not only do you gain more weight, but you get hungry sooner, as well. ;-) Mara

pattroyka58 2011-07-28 13:55:04 -0500 Report

Have you read Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat to Live"? It's almost a joke in the way that it's such a HUGE lifestyle change, but if you can stick to it, it works. I stuck to it for 2 weeks (you"re supposed to eat no white foods, no starchy veg, at least a pound of veggies/day, and 6(diabetic) servings of fruit). I was stuffed all the time from trying to eat so many veggies, but with NO starches by the end of the second week I couldn't stand it! I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks.

Type1Lou 2011-07-28 12:28:45 -0500 Report

I really cut down on the carbs about 8 years ago and got better control and lost weight as a result…the down side of a really low-carb diet for me is that I'm frequently hungry too. I eat loads of salads and low-carb veggies. I used to love to cook and bake but don't do much anymore because it's too tempting to sample and devour the stuff! What I did find was that when I'm engrossed in one of my sewing and quilting projects, I don't even think about food and sometimes forget to eat! Is there anything (non-food related) that you are passionate about that could take your mind off food? Is there something you always wished you could do…maybe it's time to seek out a class where you learn to do something you always wanted to do? Or, do you have a skill you could teach to others? Classes are a great way to meet others with similar interests. Good luck!

coffeecoffeecoffee 2011-07-27 21:14:44 -0500 Report

When in doubt eat leafy green things. Still not satisfied ? Eat more leafy green things! Rinse &repeat as needed.

In my experience carbohydrate cravings cascade if I indulge them.

Type1Lou 2011-07-28 12:30:11 -0500 Report

I ditto that! I find I'm better off not having any carb at all as I do find that it's VERY hard to stop at one. Thank heavens for salads! I use french-style green beans on MY plate instead of pasta when we're having spaghetti; I've made My portion of lasagna with cabbage leaves instead of pasta and found it a palatable alternative…there are ways to cut out the carbs…we just have to think outside the (pasta) box!

grandmaducky 2011-07-27 20:45:32 -0500 Report

try going low carb do u eat alot of carbs like white flour and rice and stuff if i eat that stuff i crave more food if i do totaly low carb i don't have that craving of being hungry all the time

Mommabutterfly98 2011-07-27 20:58:39 -0500 Report

I do eat a lot of carbs at times yes. I try to leave bread off my grocery list so that is 1 less temptation I have in my home, however like yesterday I had fried green tomatoes:(. For dinner tonight me and my daughter had a pork chop, mac n cheese with rotini pasta, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Since then I have had popcorn, pickles, and a sugar free popsycle, and that is light for me. What are some low carb foods that you recomend that will give me a feeling of being full?

grandmaducky 2011-07-27 21:06:33 -0500 Report

this is what i would have eaten out of the list of food you gave above i would have two pork chops green beans sliced tomatoes sugar free pickles and maybe the popsycle but to the supper i would have add salad with bacon bits and regular ranch dressing

denatrout1974 2011-07-29 11:35:54 -0500 Report

i agree with this but my problem is im a borderline vegitarian,i dont really eat or like to much meat,i have to get my protein other ways.but i feel like im always hungrey as well since i stopped eating as many carbs.i wake up in the middle of the night feeling like i could eat everything in the fridge.

VickieF 2011-07-30 04:24:07 -0500 Report

You might try putting nuts on your salads as a protien. Walnuts work good as do cashews or garbozo beans.

grandmaducky 2011-07-29 15:47:05 -0500 Report

carb do that to me if i eat spaggette i have to have two plates to feel full so i just don't eat carbs i get my carbs form green leafy veggies

pattroyka58 2011-07-28 13:59:26 -0500 Report

Gotta be careful with the animal products. Several studies show that diabetics who stay away from animal products have WAY fewer "side problems" like heart attacks, nerve damage…than PWD who eat even 1 serving of meat a day.

Mommabutterfly98 2011-09-25 00:04:24 -0500 Report

Hi I hear a lot of people use peanut butter and tuna fish for their high protein diet. My problem is I never get full. I can eat a jar of peanut butter and if I have tuna I could eat a couple of cans, and never get full. This is an addiction that I have not been able to overcome. I go to diabetes classes, see a family dr, a dietician educator, and will be going to a diabetic specialist next month. I have no control. My life is full of stress I see 2 dif therapist and I just can't grip the fact of slowing down. This is to the point my dr's are wanting me to have weight loss surgery because it is affecting my body in so many ways. Any other suggestions.

grandmaducky 2011-09-25 09:05:15 -0500 Report

my sister was like you she did have the by pass and she did lose weight she has put on some of thw weight but she is doing a lot better she did have some problems with the by pass but what she gained was good so you have to make your own choice for you prays and wishes for you

jayabee52 2011-09-25 06:36:35 -0500 Report

How quickly do you eat these things? I am bad for eating things quickly and I am told that to register a feeling of fullness it takes 15 or 20 minutes. I know I need to slow down.

Before I was a PWD, when I was much younger I went with a friend to a buffet and ate so much I was miserable. I had to take an alka selzer and go to bed I was so miserable. All because I ate too much too fast.

One thing I might suggest is to consume some fiber. I have taken up drinking 2 glasses of Metamucil fiber drink. That helps me to feel fuller. There are also protein powders and drinks which may fill you up too.

I have been doing well on a low carb high protein eating regimen. I have found I have kept my BG levels close to normal without the use of diabetes drugs (May 2011 A1c 5.5) and I have lost about 50 lbs in the 8 months I have been on the regimen. I was so focused on my BG readings, I didn't really realize the weight was coming off until my pants started getting looser. Now pants that I barely fit into a year ago, I have to have a belt to hold them up. And I had to drill holes in my belt to be able to cinch it in enough to keep my pants from falling around my ankles. Needless to say, I'm happy about that.