Urgent! Replace Filling Foods!

By RozAnn Latest Reply 2011-10-24 01:55:01 -0500
Started 2011-10-22 08:14:32 -0500

What can I do to replace the number one staple food in my grown sons diet?
He is constantly hungry because of lack of carb filling food????
Please help, I have tried everything to satiate him and myself too..I really miss my spuds!

22 replies

pixsidust 2011-10-24 00:02:39 -0500 Report

Cold refrigerated tart apple slices with cinnamon sprinkled on them, place in a baggy in the fridge. So refreshing and yummy.

Chocolate sugar free pudding. Baby carrots and garlic hummus. Sliced tomato and cucumber salad with Italian dressing. Make other salads to include green olives, gives them a kick. Make him salads to eat before his meals. squeeze a little or pour a tiny bit of Olive oil & lemon juice on them, with the olives, red onions, a little Parmesian cheese, tomatoes, cut up cold zuccini, or toss in some fresh spinach. (no croutons)

I buy California Protein bread from Trader Joes.
Its great toasted. Has 5 grams of protein, and lower in carbs than other breads. Its crunchy and nutty!. Spread some peanut butter on them, and add sugar free jam. I put a little bit of margarine on this so the peanut butter does not stick to your mouth. Its better toasted than not toasted.

Chicken noodle soup is low in carbs.

Make the salads, though. Its will curb his appetite!

margokittycat 2011-10-23 22:49:07 -0500 Report

Glucerna has a new meal replacement bar out and they are very tasty and control hunger. full of protien to.

RozAnn 2011-10-24 01:55:01 -0500 Report

Glucema..I will find that if I can Margokittycat. My son has a tendency to eat a lot, so that might help stave off the cravings.

kdroberts 2011-10-23 09:18:57 -0500 Report

In general, carbs are not that filling, protein and fat are. If he is hungry, try having him eat something every 2-3 hours or split meals and have 6 smaller ones per day.

pixsidust 2011-10-22 13:36:43 -0500 Report

I bet he is not a big veggie eater. Do sandwich wraps with meat and lots of cold veggies seasoned with a vinagarette or a tangy chipolte sauce. The tastier you make the food/veggies combined with meat , the less hungry he will be. 6 small meals a day is perfectly alright. He will probably lose weight!

RozAnn 2011-10-22 13:55:51 -0500 Report

Hi Pixsidust
That sounds like a good idea..yes, you are so right, because he is non stop snacking..nope as well, not a big veggie eater, but if it is tasty as you say for instance with the chipotle..that would do it for sure.
Wonderful ideas thanks friend!
Happy Eating:)

hughsbayou 2011-10-22 11:21:13 -0500 Report

try other vegetables like carrots, beets, beans, etc. They are starchy but have much more fiber and nutrients in them. Potatoes are one of the number one high sugar low nutrient vegetables. Squashes, onions, broccoli, cabbage, turnips etc. There are some foods like Salba, that are hard to find in this country. Whole grains are much better and more filling but still kind of high in carbs. Get the little book 'Protein Power Lifeplan' gram counter, it's on Amazon. It lists tons of foods and what's in them as far as carbs etc. cost about $6.

RozAnn 2011-10-22 11:25:51 -0500 Report

Hi Hughsbayou!
Some books on Amazon you can get a look at through the pages..will do friend, thanks a lot!
Yeah some of those bread that are whole grain are so high in carbs.
Well, that is what I understood about the potato, that it is a very high sugar producing food. We have both eaten them all our lives.
Salba..going to look that up, even though we probably won't find it, I am curious now Hughs.
Bless and happy eating to you:)

hughsbayou 2011-10-22 11:55:20 -0500 Report

yeah, me too. But that doesn't mean potatoes are healthy eating. It seems that french fries are one of the worst foods of all. Fat and carb in high quantities in the same package, and almost no other nutrients. You can go to the Protein Power website and get some ideas. It seems that even for non diabetics that high carbs are the cause of obesity. The body has to keep the blood sugar under control or really bad things happen so it's the priority. When there is a large intake of carb any fats in the same meal are shuttled to storage for 'later' which of course never comes. One just gets fatter. I found that cutting the carbs was really hard for the first several weeks but got much easier after that It's ok to eat foods with more protein and fat in them and in fact in a low carb situation the body will start to live off the fats including the stored fats in the body and one loses weight pretty quickly. After a little while once one's body gets used to this it is not that hard, more energy, less feeling of bloatedness etc. And for me, my cholesterol and triglycerides all went DOWN along with the BG. Best of luck.

RozAnn 2011-10-22 11:57:57 -0500 Report

Okay Protein Power website..going now Hughs.
So glad to hear that cutting all that out got easier..gives us hope and also that your health improved with it. Goodo! Thanks again Hughs.

Tina1860 2011-10-22 10:50:50 -0500 Report

I try to stick mostly to whole grain carbs in my diet but occasionally I will have a baked potato. I just make sure that it is the only part of my meal, not as part of a whole meal unless it is a fresh vegetable, and I pay attention to what else I have eaten for the day. The more fiber I have had in my diet that day the better my body will process that potato. I also like to take sweet potatoes and make fries from them. You cut them up like french fries, season them with a little salt, pepper and paprika and a small amount of olive oil, then bake them in the oven. They taste really good and are reasonably healthy and I gaurantee not only will you like them but so will your son. I also like nutty whole grain breads so if you do too try Dave's killer breads. They're really popular out here in the northwest. If you can get them they make great toast and sandwiches. They are all natural and depending on the type you get high in fiber. Hope this helps.

RozAnn 2011-10-22 11:03:58 -0500 Report

Hi Tina
Now those fries sound delicious! I know he would love them. I am going to use that recipe from you thank you.
I have never heard of the Dave's killer breads, but I will look to see if they are in the market when I go again.
There really seems to be a lack of good quality whole grain breads here in the NorthEast part of the shore that I am. I wouldn't even mind paying a higher price though we can little afford, but there is nothing.
Thanks a lot now friend..blessings to you this day.:)

Tina1860 2011-10-23 12:02:45 -0500 Report

If you have a grocery store that caters to organic and healthy eating (we have Whole Foods out here in the Seattle area) They might have the bread or something comperable. I actually get mine from Albertson's and I have seen it in Safeway. The company is out of Oregon.

Gemm 2011-10-22 09:50:02 -0500 Report

Also try using whole grain pastas and brown rice, in moderation of course. The whole grain carbs are digested a lot slower than the white, processed ones so we don't get hungry as fast as we would without them. One basic tenet I've seen in a book our doctor gave us says briefly: white is out and whole is in when it comes to carb foods. We have done this with pasta, bread, cereals (we look for whole grain cereals as well - amazing - oatmeal has always been whole grain LOL) and only use white potatoes occasionally rather than a main staple as we used to do.

For some times when we would have had regular potatoes in the past we have substituted sweet potatoes which we all love. I don't add all the extra sugars listed in many sweet potato recipes for a casserole. I basically just roast or bake them in aluminum foil and use a bit of splenda and butter buds (found in seasoning aisle - taste of butter without the salt and fat). If I do want a casserole I will use a no-sugar added orange or orange-pineapple jelly (I make my own with splenda) to sweeten and flavor rather than the heaps of sugar, marshmallows etc (never did like them that sweet anyway).

The best thing any of us can do is to learn to eat smart. There are many resources that can help us learn how to do that. Our doctor set us up with the nutritionist at our local hospital who is also a certified diabetic educator. She taught us a lot about how to start making the changes in our diet that would help both of our diabetes. One of the things she stressed to us was to start small in making the changes because then we would be a lot more apt to continue and make them a permanent part of our life rather than get discouraged and stop trying and go back to our old way of eating. That has helped us tremendously as we didn't have just one big shock to our life but rather we made just a couple of small changes at a time and did that over and over across several months.

Good luck and hope you can find what will work for you and your son.

RozAnn 2011-10-22 10:22:46 -0500 Report

Oh thanks ever so much for that detailed reply Gemma! That helped quite a bit. I never really thought of the sweet potatoe, that would be a good subsitute occasionally.
Yes, now I am going to ask if there is a dietician that could help at the hospital too that we may have access to.
I have cut out carbs altogether, so that was what I thought the doctor said was right..
The only thing I get is those Joseph's Bakery flatbreads or pita breads which have 7g of carbs..but we can't eat them all day, not to mention the price is absolutely too high for us.
Thanks and many blessings to you too Gemma.:)

RozAnn 2011-10-22 08:33:30 -0500 Report

So some potato would be fine then? We are just not getting full, I can manage on bird seed but he cannot RAY..
Thanks for your reply.

RAYT721 2011-10-22 08:27:25 -0500 Report

It doesn't have to be one way or another. Carbs are not horrible and off limits. In fact, the body needs them for energy. That is where moderation has to come into play. You CAN have your potato… and eat it too!