finding the middle ground

Tender Tips
By Tender Tips Latest Reply 2012-02-08 22:13:17 -0600
Started 2012-02-03 22:15:30 -0600

Am having a difficult time lately following my food plan. I am well aware of all the reasons I need to eat responsibly. I know I am a compulsive eater. I am either "perfect" (which only lasts so long) or I am giving in to every craving. I just want to have a normal relationship with food-somewhere between the carrot sticks and the hot fudge sundaes. I'm so sick of this! Any advice would be appreciated-thanks!

15 replies

jayabee52 2012-02-04 14:56:17 -0600 Report

Really don't know what else I could add to the great advice you've been given, TT! I found that what worked FOR ME was going extreme on my meal planning. I dropped any form of bread from my meal plan and did a low carb high protein meal plan. That worked wonders for me.

I now have to get back to it, as I've slipped into some bad habits recently.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-02-04 19:42:04 -0600 Report

Thanks James for the kind words. I continue to be impressed with the focus and discipline you show in your food choices! I know I need to start eating more protein in my diet. Best of luck getting back to it-story of our lives, right?!!

byrun 2012-02-04 11:14:23 -0600 Report

I agree with both ryver and Jeanae. Make small changes and gradually you will change your lifestyle. This is a lifestyle change and our diet/healthier eating habits are a lifelong work in progress. All of us fall or jump off the D-wagon ocassionally. We just have to climb back on, each time.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-02-04 19:38:25 -0600 Report

Thanks for reminding me that this diabetic journey we are on is "a work in progress". I need to remind my self of that when I fall into my black/white extreme thinking.

Jeanae 2012-02-04 11:03:49 -0600 Report

Hang in there. It gets better. The instructor at my diabetes class told some people that were having the same issues that you are instead of trying to change everything- try baby steps. Like if you normally are bad for all three meals take a week and say I will be bad for x and y but I will be really good for (pick a meal) So everyday this one man would eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, a healthy lunch of salad and a protein and then maybe pizza for dinner. The second week he would aim for a bad breakfast and a healthy lunch and dinner… and so on. But she also said- if you NEED to cheat- help yourself by cutting some of the protions. Like if you were going to cheat and eat a really bad for you pizza- cut it into slices. Put the other slices in individual freezer bags and pop them in the freezer. Then eat only the 1 or 2 pieces you left out for yourself at that time. If you get a Big Mac- don't get the fries or soda. You can do this! In August before I was diagnosed with type 2, I ate fast food all the time and when I cooked it always was something covered in gravy or cheese or some type of sauce. Now I eat pretty clean and simply. I have lost 55 pounds and feel great. My diabetes is under control right now- thank you lord! You can do this! Baby steps and if you fail, get back up and start over. Good luck!

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Tender Tips 2012-02-04 19:36:38 -0600 Report

That is quite an achievement to have lost that amount of weight! The key thing you said was that you feel great. I want to feel great too! Will try to tackle one meal at a time like you suggested. Thanks!

draco59 2012-02-03 23:44:14 -0600 Report

I know what you’re going thru. I love food, I sometimes I eat to eat. I’m not really sure what to do about it. May we can figure out together. I really don’t like many fruits or vegetables, I like meat, pasta, pizza, ice cream, you what I mean. I also have a problem with portion control. I don’t know decided them, but I bet it was a tiny person. Anyway, thru my work insurance, we have a kind of wellness person, well acutely a nurse. I just started with her last week. What we’re substituting a piece of fruit I do like for one of the stuff I shouldn’t eat. So far I’m up to a banana and an apple a day. Also we trying to cut out the diet pop I drink. I’ve been trying that for a while. I started at 4 24 oz. bottles of diet Pepsi. Know I’m down to 2 12 oz. bottle of diet Pepsi, 2 20 oz. bottles of PowerAde zero; I need the electrolytes, and almost 2 gallons of water. I still have my cravings, which they said go for it, but self-control is the big thing.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t try and tackle everything at once. It’s like learn anything new, we have to start out small. Hope you find this helpful, If have any questions, just ask. I’ll share all I learn with you, I feel it information I should share. Or if you just want to talk or vent. Let me know, I just a few mouse clicks away.
Good luck, look forward to her from your, if for any thing, just with you think about this.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-02-04 19:33:21 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice Brian. I know a lot of us are dealing with this issue. Like you, I do not gravitate towards the veggies/salads! But I like your idea of small substitutions with the fruit. That's great you have the opportunity to work with a nurse and please pass on any tips! I am walking every day, have totally stopped any sodas ( I know you're from the Midwest because you call it pop-I grew up there too!). The worst time for me is when I get home from work-have to figure something out there so I don't head straight for the kitchen. Well, thanks again and feel free to vent any time!

Young1s 2012-02-07 21:55:49 -0600 Report

It may help to have something to eat already prepared or in mind for when you get home from work. That way you're not routing around in the fridge or cupboards and choosing something just because it's available and you're hungry.

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Tender Tips 2012-02-08 22:00:11 -0600 Report

Thanks, I will give that a try. Maybe something with protein to tide me over. I have tried waiting at least 15 minutes after getting home before I eat anything. Helps me to be more mindful of what I am putting in my mouth!

Young1s 2012-02-08 22:13:17 -0600 Report

A simple healthy snack such as nuts, raw veggies, a piece of fruit or even some cheese sticks can do the trick. Drinking water may hold you over as well.

draco59 2012-02-04 20:13:36 -0600 Report

Your welcome, I’m glad can help. I just go some information from the insurance company that contains different things on type 2 diabetes. I’ll read thru and see what it all is about and let you know. There is one thing they have an app for smartphones call GoMeals, it’s for both iPhone and Android. You might want to check it out, it’s free.
I grew up in the western New York and we called it soda pop, lol… I don’t drink coffee so my diet pepsi in the morning is my coffee. If it’s really cold, I’ll have tea. Small steps, just take small steps and well get thru this.
Have a wonderful evening

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-02-07 19:17:08 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, I still have a "stupid" phone-haha! But it sounds like a great resource for people. Have tried to just cut back the past few days. Nothing extreme, if I really want something, I'll have it but a small amount. Seems to be working-for now anyway! Take care.

draco59 2012-02-07 21:22:36 -0600 Report

That's great… sorry :( I know I juct got my first iPhone in Nov. Before that just kept a little note pad, with me. We'll do this to getter. OK?
Talk to you soon