Self displine

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-08-11 16:19:55 -0500
Started 2012-07-28 13:24:48 -0500

How in the world can i stop eating the foods that i am not suppose to. I mean i know i am not suppose to do it and i still do it and its like i crave sugar, starch and everything thing that will spike my sugar :( just cant seem to control myself.


18 replies

mystikfairy61
mystikfairy61 2012-08-11 16:19:55 -0500 Report

Before I was diagnosed in April, I was a big carb/sugar eater. Unfortunately I am still working on the carb issue, but anything with real sugar in it seems to sweet to me now. Not sure why that happened but glad it did!!! If i try a bite of a candy bar for example, I can't stand it because it is just sooooo sweet!!

Armourer
Armourer 2012-08-08 02:15:43 -0500 Report

It is hard, but I have to look at the bad foods as poison. I treat myself something every once in a while. But mostly I find that if I eat food that is high fiber and high protein, such as Greek yogurt or eggs (scrambled, hard, omelet) I find myself full. Best to you! Below are some excellent advice.

Lizardfan
Lizardfan 2012-07-30 19:58:12 -0500 Report

Maybe you could look into your relationship with food for a start. I find that when I want to eat like you are describing it is emotional and has nothing to do with actual hunger. Or, it could be a comfort thing or a trigger of some other emotion. Only you know the real reason these foods have that power over you. I have conquered mine and I hope that with some reflection you can too. Good luck and I hope you find a way!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-30 19:45:54 -0500 Report

I guess it depends on how important it is to you to stop. We each have to reach that point where a need for change for our health is more important then the foods that are not good for us. There is no magic pill to cut the cravings/habit, just good old will power. Try to cut the portions down for awhile and then cut them down some more after a couple of weeks. Also, you can have them once in a while, but in correct portion sizes.

Good luck

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-30 06:19:24 -0500 Report

First of all like the others said purge your pantry, get rid of the temptations! I don't have anything in my pantry that I may have liked in the past! Replace these foods with veggies, keep them precut so you can just grab a snack. I keep fruits that I can eat on hand also, my favorite is apples with peanut butter, or a baked apple sprinkled with cinammon. For those real bad urges I do keep sugar free puddings and hard candies, I limit myself with these, cuz I'm sure they're not good for me, somethings gotta give! If my hubby is eating something I may like I have a bite and walk away, it takes away the urge and I forget about it, it is all about discipline! I do reward myself sometimes, maybe a cute top, or some new earrings! Good luck!

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-07-29 13:14:59 -0500 Report

I liked the idea of paying for it, then it hit me… If I don't have self control I could in up gaining 50 pounds and have hundreds of dollars in a jar!

All joking aside I really believe discipline works better with a balance of reward and punishment. I tend look more to management overall. A snack here and there that affects my control over BS levels should send up a red flag. As long as A1C levels are normal & BS spikes are controlled, the the snacks are okay in my opinion.

dingogranny
dingogranny 2012-07-28 23:41:36 -0500 Report

I think it's important to look at your emotions behind your eating. This is something that I am trying to become more aware of, too.
Stop beating yourself up for making bad decisions, but praise yourself when you make good decisions, and think about the reasons you are reaching for the cookies before you start eating them.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-07-28 22:35:54 -0500 Report

You could consider carbohydrates an addiction. Remove them from your eating/cooking spaces for a while. Give yourself a week to detox from them. You will probably feel enough better so that you will find it easier to eat fewer after that.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-07-29 14:15:25 -0500 Report

Oooh good one Carol. I remember when we "purged" our kitchen. Lots of that stuff never made it back in.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-28 17:51:13 -0500 Report

Like Nick said, pay for them by putting the cost of each food that you should not eat into a jar. At the end of the month go buy more test strips. Consciously you know you are not suppose to have them. Sub-consciousness is causing you to eat them. It is like have the proverbial little man on your shoulder telling you "go ahead eat that rice, have that roll, that cake is going to be delicious" Stop listening to the little man on your shoulder and get a grip on self control. It is a mind over matter situation and you are the only one who can control your mind.

I am T2 and at times I will have a tablespoon of rice, a real cookie or even a real piece of cake but only if my sugar levels say I can. So go stand in front of a mirror and have that heart to heart talk with yourself. Take care.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-07-28 17:02:28 -0500 Report

Make yourself "pay' for them. I burn about 350 calories in one hour on the treadmill. For me it's a question of how hard i have to work for those chips or that beer. Also, keep in mind that everything you eat that you're not supposed to ends up costing you double, because now you have to constantly test your BG (usually about $1 a strip right?). Sure you could have that pack of vending machine oreos, but put $1 in the can for the extra testing. Celery and peanut butter is free.

lipstick26
lipstick26 2012-07-28 17:19:37 -0500 Report

Good idea, and that is very ture about the strips very expensive stuff!!!!! Thanks for the advise ;)

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-07-28 18:20:39 -0500 Report

Well, don't forget to reward yourself "mentally" as well. Every cookie you put down tell yourself "I did a good thing". No one said you can't snack all day if you want to, just make sure they're good snacks and proper sizes.
Once you do enough "good things", you'll feel better. You can do it! I know you can.