By Rick46 Latest Reply 2012-03-03 19:32:49 -0600
Started 2012-02-29 07:13:39 -0600

I am new here. 2 of my frustrations with my diabetes is controlling my cravings and doctors/dieticians who don't care about the psychological challenges I am having.

17 replies

Rick46 2012-03-03 19:15:57 -0600 Report

this has been a great forum for me to vent my feelings. I am feeling better and more motivated. Thank You!!!!

not being in control attacks my perception as a man Now I can deal with this!!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-03 19:32:49 -0600 Report

You are a man, no matter what comes your way, and don't ever let a new challenge make you feel less then one. Even men need help now and then and it isn't a sign of weakness or failure. We all need help at times regardless of who or where we are in life. Actually, it is a big man who ask for help and you will certainly get it her:)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-01 00:49:32 -0600 Report

Hi, first controlling cravings isn't easy for some and requires constant dedication, but with a little sample every now and then. It does get easier, at least for me, the longer I don't eat something. Second, switch to a new team until you find the right fit for you. If not an option, then seek a counselor or psyc and talk it out with them. Ask your dr for a referral and maybe he'll get the message?

Caroltoo 2012-02-29 20:45:00 -0600 Report

Since stress is a contributing factor to dysfunctional carbohydrate metabolism, stress reduction/management should be an active part of every diabetics treatment plan and, you are correct, most health professionals don't think to go there.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-29 21:12:28 -0600 Report

Carol far to often we all in some way contribute to how we are treated by our doctors. People do not take time to educate themselves between doctors visits and do not write down questions to ask the doctor.

Rick didn't say if he informed his doctor about his psychological challenges. Doctors do not use crystal balls so if he has not said anything to his doctor, he can't fault the doctor. Even if his doctor asked how he was doing, if he failed to tell him he was having a hard time with diabetes, the doctor would not inform him of what can be done to help him.

Rick46 2012-03-01 08:19:50 -0600 Report

I did state those challenges to my doctor. I agree to some degree that doctors are not responsible for the emotional part. the biggest part is downplaying my faith.I have a right to have a say in my tratment

Caroltoo 2012-03-01 14:25:46 -0600 Report

You sure do, Rick. If it's ignored, consider whether another doctor could better meet your needs! The doc. may know diabetes, but only YOU know YOU and that is equally important in this whole process of increased wellness.

Caroltoo 2012-02-29 21:43:36 -0600 Report

Rick didn't say either way, so I won't assume he did or didn't tell him. I do know from my own experience that many doctor's don't want to deal with mental health issues because of the time constraints of their practices. I've taken clients to psychiatrists (the ones who are supposed to do the psychotherapy) who saw the client for 15 minutes, prescribed drugs, and didn't spend any time talking about what was happening in the person's life.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-29 22:52:52 -0600 Report

Carol I agree. Thankfully I had a psychiatrist and a psychologist in the same office. I only saw the psychiatrist for about 20 mins for meds every other month. The primary at the time said he was only allowed to prescribe psych. drugs to a pt. 3 times and then the patient had to be referred to a psychiatrist. That was the company's policy. They don't deal with mental health issues because they don't have the training which could be a good thing if they are not properly trained.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-29 20:28:40 -0600 Report

Hi Rick welcome to the DC family. I had that problem also. Fortunately for me I had a caring doctor and a dietitian from hell. My doctor had me on a 1200 calorie a day diet and it worked fine for me until I saw the dietitian who said I was not eating enough food. She raised my calorie intake and I gained back all but 2 lbs of the weight I had lost. My doctor hit the roof. She had not bothered to read the medical report he sent to her which clearly stated in bold letters. No dietary changes without consulting me. I never saw her again.

I also had a problem staying hydrated at first. I drink a lot of water and when I got tired of water with nothing in it, I added crystal light (cheaper if you buy the Wal-Mart brand) Read the labels because some of the water additives now have calories and natural sweeteners. I drink diet soda, coffee and tea but these should not be used to replace water. I carry water every where and bought sport bottles that hold 32oz. I also take one to bed with me every night and when I wake up during the night I drink it.

As for cravings, switch to sugar free puddings, candy and cookies. READ the labels because sugar free products contain sugar alcohol. Just because the label says sugar free does not mean you can eat the entire box of cookies. I buy the Murray's brand and can have 3 cookies which is fine for me. I also buy sugar free Popsicle's which are great during the summer. You can also freeze the water with crystal light in it during the summer for a different treat. I also talked to the bakery owner at the Amish Market and explained about diabetes and she makes apple, cherry, and peach pies in their natural juices with no sugar added. They are delicious. Buy apples, bake them with cinnamon or nutmeg and they are a heavenly treat in the winter or summer months. She also bakes sugar free muffins with fruit. The fruits natural sugar sweetens the muffin. Finally she added sugar free chocolate chip cookies and I can't tell the difference. I wrap them individually and freeze them. When my sugar levels are great, I take one out and thaw it or stick it in the oven warm it and eat it. Just do all of this in moderation and you should be ok. Test afterwards and see what the numbers are. Good luck.

pixsidust 2012-02-29 12:44:14 -0600 Report

We all have these struggles
My best help for me is to plan lots of treats that cater to cravings
Sugar free pudding or mousse for sweets
Fiber One bars are fabulous.

Pork rinds, nuts, beef jerky home made for salty cravings
I love Mexican food but may eat only one low Carb tortilla
filled to the brim and if I am still hungry I eat my filling
without a second tortilla.

I make great burgers and bake fry slices
from a sliced potato in the broiler
Put a spray of fat free cooking spray on them and sprinkle
with seasoning salt.
No bread with the burger when I have fries
I still put my toppings on though

The key is to plan, prepare cook extra and indulge in taste
Having food at hand you can just warm up helps
but indulging in the flavours and types of craving
can be the same with the foods just altered.

Go shopping and load up. I have to have it on hand what
I need to eat. Then eat on a schedule with snack times
It will keep you from having huge craving s from starving

Good Luck and know we are right with you on this struggle!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-29 20:31:47 -0600 Report

Pixi I take a box of sugar free chocolate pudding add sugar free whipped topping, let it set in the fridge and instant mousse. I don't have bread if I have potatoes but if I want fries, I stick some in the oven and eat them. I tried a recipe for Burbon Burgers which were different and tasted delicious.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-29 07:37:54 -0600 Report

I agree with you Rick, psychological challenge is a largely overlooked side of diabetes, especially if one has a very small group or family for support.

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