Controling Carb Cravings

By margokittycat Latest Reply 2012-05-07 16:21:42 -0500
Started 2011-09-07 21:15:59 -0500

Here is an article posted on


Because carbohydrate consumption can have such a significant impact on blood glucose levels, keeping track of carbohydrate is a large part of diabetes management. As nurse David Spero notes in his latest blog entry, controlling carbohydrate cravings can be crucial to blood glucose control. But why do we crave sugary and starchy foods in the first place? And what can we do if we frequently find ourselves in the clutches of these cravings? Click here for some helpful suggestions.

If you're watching your cholesterol levels, you may also be interested in reading diabetes dietitian Amy Campbell's recent blog post to learn about foods that have been shown to lower LDL. Incorporating these items into your meal plan may be easier than you think!

Lastly, if you've been dealing with fatigue, you'll want to check out this week's Article of the Week, "Anemia: When 'Tired Blood' Is Slowing You Down," to learn about this common cause of tiredness. Should you ask your doctor to be screened for anemia? Click here to learn more about symptoms of and treatments for this condition.

Diane Fennell, Web Editor

22 replies

lisaloo2429 2011-10-24 16:56:13 -0500 Report

I started eating clean about 6 months ago - stopped eating all sugar, flour, anything processed. I ate only whole natural foods. Around mid-August I started to feel really bad and I wasn't able to lose weight, not one ounce even eating clean. The tiredness and zero energy was horrible and it just wouldn't go away. So I finally went to the dr and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetese. Since I had already stopped sugar, flour and processed foods it wasn't too hard to watch my carbs. Now I don't really even crave carbs or sweets - when all I ever wanted before was bread and sweets (Milkduds and Butterfingers were my fav). Now I can take a bite of a brownie (I baked some for the TX Rangers game on saturday for some friends) and I can taste the sugar so intensely that it's not even enjoyable to me. I also baked a slimmed down version of banana nut bread which includes brown rice flour, unsweetened applesauce, ground flax seeds, stevia and spices. It was wonderful but I didn't feel like eating the entire loaf. I sliced it up and put it in the freezer for when I want a "treat".

JSJB 2012-05-07 03:39:52 -0500 Report

I was also pre diagnosed with DB 9/2011 but I was using the lo carb diet for over 30 years. I keep mine down to 60 a day and at first lost 5 lbs a week and after about 3 weeks went to 3 lbs and then finally 1lb a week. I had sugar cravings prior to this condition and use to eat a bag of life savers in a day or a bag of reesey cups while working. Diet soda was my drink and I could drink an 8 pack a day. Since learning of my condition I haven't had a soda or any candy. To get away from all the water taste I use these 4C mixers with no sugar. There are other mixers you use that taste great. It's hard to resist things you use to have but you have to in order to stay healthy.

jayabee52 2012-05-07 06:10:57 -0500 Report

"4c mixers"? Never heard of those. Is that a brand name?

JSJB 2012-05-07 16:21:42 -0500 Report

No not the real name but they are call 4C and you mix them in your water to give it a little taste. I answered a post on getting tired of water and mentioned a few of these mixers. They come in packets that are added to water and are sugar free. Ocean Spray is another brand.

Betty123 2011-09-08 17:07:30 -0500 Report

I'm new so here goes. Sorry for any typos but I'm recovering from an accident with a table saw. No lost fingers, just lots of stitches. I find that if I keep my total carbs 115 or lower for the day, I'm fine. I also use my exercise bike 5 times a week. I am type 2 diet controlled and have been for 10 years. My goal is no medication. Last A1C was 5.7.

margokittycat 2011-09-08 21:56:28 -0500 Report

Hi Betty glad to have you at the DC. I was diagnosised in 1980 with my diabetes. I at this time do no carbs. at all. I have been having issues for about 10 weeks now since getting bitten by a spider. I am searching for a new doctor do to issues witht he current doctor and them not wanting to really do anything like a normall BS is 450. They are slowly getting better.

Sorry to hear about you accident glad to hear you didn't loose any fingers or other body parts. Hope your healing is quick.

With God's Blessings.

jayabee52 2011-09-08 17:19:00 -0500 Report

Howdy Betty! WELCOME to DC! Sorry about your accident!

Congratulations on 10 years of control without usinv meds! Fantastic A1c! I have been Dx'd since 1995 and am just gotten to a place where I could try to manage my Diabetes without meds. I have been doing that since Feb 2011 and my A1c was 5.5 in May.

Praying God's richest blessings to you and yours


granniesophie 2011-09-08 15:35:22 -0500 Report

Related to nothing in particular-I actually cancelled my subscription to Diabetes Self Management because I found it extremely depressing most iof the time. Very doom and gloom!
I truly like Diabetic Living much better-a more positive magazine with information presented in a less gloomy manner.
I always felt like I was given a death sentence reading the other magazine!

GabbyPA 2011-09-08 08:40:03 -0500 Report

I think this is the actual article link.

It offers some good tips for keeping the cravings at bay.

Bogy 2011-09-28 17:49:23 -0500 Report

Gabby,I read this article and it fits me to the T. I strongly urge people to reard this. Pete

margokittycat 2011-09-08 11:10:50 -0500 Report

Ok. Yes if you go to the site and under blog it does pull up the info. Sorry the link was sent to me and I just clicked on it and it took me to the article.

jayabee52 2011-09-07 22:47:37 -0500 Report
flipmom 2011-09-07 23:33:39 -0500 Report

thanks .. i went to the site but cant find the helpful suggestions in controlling carb cravings thats why im asking for that link..

MEGriff1950 2011-09-07 22:19:54 -0500 Report

I think that the #1 enemy of diabetic and people trying to control or lose weight is the TV. While relaxing on the front porch today I was thinking about all the food commercials I used to see on tv, they even made the Big Mac look delicious. I do not watch tv and haven't for close to 3 years. I also stopped looking at magazines at the drs. office, along with the food ads there were enough recipes to kill the healthiest person in no time. It might help to take a some control of how outside influences are affecting your thoughts.

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