Food cravings

By Jubilations Latest Reply 2011-11-14 19:54:34 -0600
Started 2011-11-11 18:17:34 -0600

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 in May, I totally changed my eating habits around and did great for about 4 months. Then I started having strong food cravings like for chocolate, ice cream, popcorn, etc., when I was stressed. Needless, to say, I have not been eating as well as I did earlier. Has this been a (big) problem for anyone, and if so, what did you do to manage it? (I should add, however, that I had had Achilles tendon bone spur surgery in mid-August, and though I was in pain quite a bit for a good while, I was not really stressed until my foot started healing, which is about the time my "stress" cravings began. Also, I was laid off from my job the day before I was to have my surgery and, unfortunately, am still unemployed to date. Help! Thank you. Jubilations

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Caroltoo 2011-11-14 19:54:34 -0600 Report

Pain of surgery and loss of your job are major stressors. Stress produces chemicals which stimulate our desire to eat.

Some backup planning to avoid acting on the craving could include:
1. not bringing things into your home that are not on your diet,
2. turning the sound down on the tv when it comes to commercial time, because we react even more to what we hear than to the pictures we see,
3. keeping the good foods "ready to eat" and easily available,
4. bring some ok munchies with you, when you sit down to tv or computer.

Stress reduction can also reduce cravings. Here are some possibilities:
5. increasing your physical exercise (works off some stress chemicals)
6. practicie yoga
7. meditation (mindfulness is a good choice)
8. massage

Good luck on this journey.

Anonymous 2011-11-14 07:37:54 -0600 Report

Hi Jubilations

It is our human nature to crave for food etc and also to sometimes feel down and unfortunately most of us always turn to food to try and drown it.
I was diagnosed with type 2 in Aug 2011 and from the word go I worked on changing my paradigm and by so doing I formed a new picture of what I wanted my new life style to be and I then made the new picture to be my new paradigm and obviously sent the message down to my subcontiuos mind which controls the emotional part of our body and honestly that have helped me to stick to what my new life style is.
When I seat and watch TV and see some food ads that are bad for me it looks so obvioulsy wrong to my mind which assures me that I am fully absorbed to this new life style.

In closing I would say to you just go back to what you did for the first 4 months and try and recall the mindset you embraced by then and that will help to re assure you that this new life style is worth it all,and to strive for and live up to it and enjoy your life to the fullest.
Best regards and to your success


Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 21:31:25 -0600 Report

Being home and stressing out is a recipe for cravings! I'm the same way. First, I will NOT buy anything that is going to be a temptation for me. I just buy fruits and veggies. I love hummus now, so i have that and a few carrots. It helps with wanting that crunch and it's filling when your chugging water with it!
I pray you find things that work for you and does not undermine what you are trying to do.
Have faith in the Lord. He walks with you. Blessings, Mickey

Caroltoo 2011-11-14 19:38:42 -0600 Report

Yum, yes, hummus is great! It's even a good way to get you to eat some veggies that are good for you, but not necessarily your favorites.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-12 15:15:20 -0600 Report

Stress is a big enemy to most of us, it does strange things to ones mind, as in your case turned on the munches cravings, having to be laid up with surgery and getting laid off just feeds the stress. I try to keep apples on hand (each variety has a different taste) to help with the cravings. A word of caution stress can lead to depression which should be treated before you slip into an insurmountable depth that you never fully come out.


Jubilations 2011-11-12 16:14:33 -0600 Report

Thank you. Yes, I definitely know what stress can do to a person. I would probably consider myself to be a little bit of a "spaz" much of the time. As for depression, I have, unfortunately, been well acquainted with it most of my life. However, I must say that it has not been much of a problem for the past several years. I have been on an anti-depressant for years, mostly to prevent migraine headaches that are prompted by TMJ (jaw pain). It just so happens that it also helps depression symptoms as well.

I do find that eating fruits help some of my sweet cravings. I love apples also.

pixsidust 2011-11-12 10:14:32 -0600 Report

Plan desserts as part of your meal plan.
You won't miss them if you have them all the time
Maybe have them during snack time.

Hunts snack pack sugar free chocolate pudding is great
Russel Stover's Sugar free candy is 8 carbs per piece.
I like the heath bar flavor.
The key is to have one or two and call it quits

Pork Rinds have no carbs…they do have fat
but your getting that anyway with popcorn.
Try the BBQ flavor if you do not like the regular.

There is a recipe for sugar free ice cream in the recipe section
That you can make with zip lock baggies.
You can actually have it and I imagine its great.
Make a batch of 10 and keep the servings in your freezer.
I know the ice cream out there is hard to get
sugar free and them there is still high carbs in them

Drink warm Lipton's black tea with a splash of milk
in it sweetened with stevia. Your appetite will subside.

Now that you know this about yourself plan
what action you will take during these times.
Have things on hand that work for our meal plan
and do not buy what does not work
Shop when you are not hungry!

Let us know about your surgery and I will pray about your job situation!

Jubilations 2011-11-12 15:47:52 -0600 Report

Thank you very much for the tips. Yes, I realize I do have to start planning my desserts into my meal plan. I know if I had the healthier desserts already made up before the cravings should hit me, I would eat them instead of searching for junk food. Besides the things you mentioned, I also like those small cans of Glucerna shakes, which, I believe, are only 1 carb serving. I used to drink one of those for a snack, and it seemed to help chocolate and/or sweet cravings, too.

My foot that I had operated on back in August is doing much better. It seems like I crave more now that I can drive again and do not have to be at work every day.

As for my job situation, I know that the Lord will provide the right job for me in His timing. Thank you so much for offering to pray for my job situation. It is very much appreciated, and the more prayer the better. I did go on an interview last Thursday for a job I would love to have. I am waiting to hear back as to whether or not I will have a second interview. The HR person said it would be a few days before I would hear anything, so I just have to wait on the Lord and be ever so patient. (BTW, patience is a virtue that does not come easy for me.)

Again, thank you so much for all your help. Jubilations

pixsidust 2011-11-12 23:58:36 -0600 Report

I think we just crave things. Sometimes its because our body needs something like potassium. Other times its because we have conditioned ourselves to have it. Carb cravings are so hard! The shake idea is not the same as having something to actually munch on. Reminds me, When the Slimfast rage was going on in the diet world, I always wanted a fries and burger with it. There was no way I could eat it for a meal!

I love garlic humus on carrot sticks, cold crisp apple slices with cinnamon and shaken in a baggy, the pudding snacks really help me. How about some cottage cheese with a couple of peach slices. I would forgo the popcorn and get the pork rinds. I would have to eat a bowl of popcorn. Its one of those you just can't stop kind of foods like Girl Scouts thin mint cookies. You eat them like potato chips by the dozen! Russel Stover sugar free candy is sold at Walgreen's and out of this world good. That I can limit to one of two pieces, so eat a piece and have your shake.

Remember even sugar free has Carbs, so you have to look and count!

Jubilations 2011-11-13 13:02:00 -0600 Report

Great ideas & suggestions. I am curious to find out if the pork rinds have much cholestrol. You or somebody had mentioned that they have fat, but I will have to check the previous, recent posts to see whether the amt. of fat, carbs, & protein grams they contain were mentioned.

I am going to have to check into that sugar-free Russell Stover candy you mentioned. Sounds great.

Thanks a lot.

MrsCDogg 2011-11-12 00:40:29 -0600 Report

I did a very low carb diet for a good while. So I'm not sure if that is what changed my cravings or not but I don't have the really bad sweet cravings that I used to. What I crave these days is protein, salt and fat. I seriously would rather have a big slab of meat with a buttery,salty sauce than an big bowl of icecream. Now don't get me wrong I still love the sweets but if I had my druthers, as the old timers used to say, I'd have have the big slab o beef any time…lol

Jubilations 2011-11-12 16:01:52 -0600 Report

I know what you mean about wanting meat. For the first few months of being on a diabetic eating plan, I was more frustrated with only being allowed to have 6 oz. of protein/meat per day. 6 oz. is squat! If I ever went over what I was supposed to, it was a little more meat than what I was supposed to have.

I was on a very low carb diet way back when, after I had my children (so we're talking 30+ years ago), I had lost quite a bit of weight. However, the weight eventually all came back +++.

When I started the diabetic exchange plan, I lost close to 40 lbs. in about 4 months, which I was absolutely thrilled with. Since I have not been eating as well, I have not weighed myself and am a little scared to do so. BUT, and I say, a big BUT (LOL) that if I gained a couple or so pounds, that would probably be a motivator to get back on to the healthy eating path. Jubilations

Heather44118 2011-11-11 20:38:49 -0600 Report

if you crave something then eat it. just not everyday and not a bunch. popcorn is a whole grain snack I eat 3 cups every sat. night. My husband eats m-n-m peanut when he craves something. but instead of chewing them he sucks on them. just watch the carbs and you can add things into your food choices. just watch your BS somethings might spike you while others are ok.

Jubilations 2011-11-12 15:24:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply. Do you know whether eating specific foods or types of foods can cause strong sweet and unhealthy food cravings? Or maybe it's just the stress. If stress is the cause, I would like to understand the human physiology of why and how it works. If anyone knows, please tell me. Thank you. Jubilations

Caroltoo 2011-11-14 19:46:13 -0600 Report

Stress hormones cause an increase in brain chemicals which stimulate the desire to eat.

There is a school of thought that refers to this as a carbohydrate addiction. You can find more info about that on the web.