Do You Ever Have Those Moments When You Just Don't Have An Appetite?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-16 00:43:17 -0500
Started 2012-09-10 16:33:22 -0500

Does anyone ever experience those moments when you just don't feel like eating anything?

Anything, at all?


223 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-14 17:21:33 -0500 Report

Mays I was that way most of the hot, hazy days of summer. I would eat a sandwich just to keep going then eat a light dinner. When I have those moments, I find myself eating something I really don't want because I have no idea what I really want to eat.

Ms. DAT 2012-09-19 14:57:36 -0500 Report

Yes not only do I not have an appetite at times cause sometimes I have to figure out what I want to eat that will not cause a sugar spike such as certain kinds of pasta. Oh I really like the Olive Garden but most of their menu consist of pasta, yes I know about the thin pasta and veges with chicken but you talking about a high that will put me straight out!! Yes I like all you can eat soup/salad too with that warm wheat bread which is a treat So I prepare soup/salad at home as well and add a few other ingredients to satisfy the taste buds and reduce the sugar spike.

dietcherry 2012-09-18 19:55:49 -0500 Report

Sometimes. My appetite is hormonal so when my female hormones are surging Im like a zombie looking for fresh brains. Otherwise I eat twice a day with one snack and have eaten like this all my D life—-suits me perfectly. I hate having food on my stomach all day so I dont graze—-I find it to be draining on my body to be in a constant state of digestion.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-19 05:59:39 -0500 Report

I am still curious about you and your regimen, and only cause I want to learn! I don't want to gain weight from the insulin, seem to be okay, but if I don't eat I can also drop so have to have a steady flow of some carbs and protein and carbs to keep my BG readings within the norm. Please share your secrets or send me a quick email. Hug and blessings!

dietcherry 2012-10-12 16:30:56 -0500 Report

Goodness I just now am seeing this and it was by accident! Im not getting ANY notifications so please forgive the delay! Just to double-check: was this post for me or Ms. DAT?

If its for me, what helps me to keep my weight down is that I dont eat all day (graze). I eat 2 regular meals a day and then 1 snack in the afternoon OR after dinner—-not both.

I dont like food on my stomach all day long as it seriously compromises my ability to get things accomplished when Im in a constant state of digestion.

When I was diagnosed in 1981, I was taught to take a fixed amount of insulin and to eat up to it. I know that those who are disgnosed now are taught to count their meal carbs and take enough insulin to cover it. With this method, it is easy to overeat and make up for it with a little extra insulin. I admit I do this on occasion, but it is very very rare.

I also choose to still shoot Humulin R which is slower-acting then Humalog and the like so I have to plan my carbs carefully or I will spike; this typically aids me in not cheating as I hate those spikes!!

I know when my Humulin is going to peak so I also plan my meals to coincide. My regimen is pretty rigid and its not for everyone; its just what Ive always done and it suits me..

Feel free to send me a pm if you like, Im always here for you, but again Im not getting notice of any posts or messages so my response may be delayed. Love, Blessings, and All Good Things To You :-)

Set apart
Set apart 2012-10-15 05:42:37 -0500 Report

Hi DC, it's been a while. To tell you the truth I had even forgot about tthis so it's okay! I am still learning I think I've got a few tricks, I tend to eat some good protein for breakfast which tends to keep me most of the day. Will snack on veggies and nuts throughout the day. My dinner is usually lean protein with a salad or some veggie, food is becoming a way to survive for me! Hope you are well! () and God's blessings!

Ms. DAT 2012-10-13 02:47:02 -0500 Report

Hello Dietcherry!! Thanks for responding because it's never too late to give an answer. I haven't been with DC for a few days so it was good to hear from you.
Well some things we consider a accident is not.

dietcherry 2012-10-15 22:18:05 -0500 Report

There are no accidents huh? I concur! ;-)
I hope you are well and Im sending out much love and prayers to you!!!

Ms. DAT 2012-10-16 00:43:17 -0500 Report

Dietcherry Thank you for such kind words!!! I accept the love and prayers!!! God Bless You and I hope you are doing well too!!

Armourer 2012-09-17 01:38:12 -0500 Report

I fight this almost every day! Seriously, taking victoza just takes away the need to eat. Currently I eat one meal a day. Rest of the time my BG is pretty much in the normal range. I test and it's normal numbers, I'm not eating, cause if I do I must shoot some insulin. Basically, I'd love it if I didn't have to eat anymore!

annesmith 2012-09-22 01:31:10 -0500 Report

That is exactly what happened to me when I was on Metformin, it cut off my appetite so badly, I only ate once a day. It caught up with me about 10 months later..I went into a diabetic comotose state, then they had to shoot me up with insulin. I hope you eat snacks or something, in addition to the one meal a day, because, not to scare you, but , one meal a day, then nothing else, is dangerous..but of course, it is not your fault if you feel this way. Sincerely, ANNE

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-12 17:11:54 -0500 Report

I ate one meal a day for years before I was diagnosed. I tried that once I was diagnosed and it screwed up my numbers. I try to eat at least two meals a day sometimes 3 if I am more active. I don't think one meal a day is healthy for a diabetic.

annesmith 2012-10-13 03:26:48 -0500 Report

You are right—one meal a day is not healthy for a diabetic—it screws up the whole body eventually. In fact, one meal a day I found to be dangerous. I try to eat 3 meals a day, and have improved on adding complex carbohydrates to my meals—I found out I was eating virtually zero of those for years. It made me weak, real weak, when I ate almost zero of those. Looking back, I think to myself " It's no wonder I had so many severe lows, then my body went haywire." I am so happy now that I'm going to bed every night for a whole year now not hungry. Amazing what those changes can do! ANNE

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-13 17:48:23 -0500 Report

Anne, I have had lots of people in the back of the ambulance because they did not eat properly or because they did not take insulin. The body needs nourishment and starving yourself because you want to lose weight or maintain weight is what caused a lot of their problems. While in the fire department if we had early morning training and it got hot before we finished we had firefighters punch which was kool-aid with sugar and salt. Nasty but it kept us balanced. I am glad you are eating properly. Going to bed hungry is a bummer.

annesmith 2012-10-14 00:07:46 -0500 Report

Yeah, I used to work in a factory which had a huge metal roof , and in the summertime, I would drink a lot of water and salt packets. I was one of the few that never passed out on the line. Several people straight out fainted throughout the summer every year. I have found that kool-aid with sugar and salt works super super good with me, too. When I get hot for longer than 15 minutes, I drink that or at least water and salt. ANNE

annesmith 2012-09-17 00:39:35 -0500 Report

Yes. Almost every night for the last 10 years. I finally woke up to the fact that I need to start eating supper. I always ate good in the afternoon, even in the morning . Now, over the last 2 years I started forcing myself to eat supper, but ever so weight..I need to lose 41 more lbs, I lost 9 lbs over the last 12 months. I am now less vitamin deficient..however, now my sugars are rising , but, no more lows. I can't believe I did that for 10 years. I could have ruined my vision, as, a former friend of mine who was a serious brittle type 1 diabetic told me , warned me, that if a person goes night after night half starved, all those lows, can make the person go blind. I always thought it was only blood sugar highs that caused blindness. I got to thinking about what she said 2 years ago, and rapidly changed my ways on that. ANNE

Ms. DAT 2012-09-19 15:24:00 -0500 Report

I know some friends/family who have to force themselves to eat, especially if weight is involved.
One person lost too much weight and still have high and low blood sugar bounces often and eventually ends up hospitalized. I said, Do not loose no more weight cause the winds were pushing them everywhere (family(lol)) and agreed that they had lost too much weight per MD.
Be careful when loosing weight because starvation will never have good results in the short or long even if you are obese. I was told I need to loose a few pounds and that's fine but not due to the lack of not eating enough which can cause dehydration /vitamin deficient as well other health issues.
Keep on going!!!
Balance is key principle which is a daily choice!!

annesmith 2012-09-20 02:36:49 -0500 Report

Yes, thank you. Balance is the key, without a doubt. Since I started eating supper on a regular basis, I actually lost weight..I have lost 10 lbs this year, but have quite a ways to go. I added cooked broccoli with a lot of my meals, and it raised my metabolism back up to where it was most of my life—all of my life, up until I turned 29 years old, I had a high , almost very high , metabolism. Thank you again for the healthy reminders…ANNE

Ms. DAT 2012-09-20 03:08:15 -0500 Report

I like broccoli l cooked and chopped in a salad and it helps me too to add fiber and bulk to help metabolize food.
If you are 29 years old keepa living and see how you feel at 40 something!!!

annesmith 2012-09-20 03:16:09 -0500 Report

Ha,ha…I didn't explain it right. I am 42 years old now, but back when I turned 29, my metabolism slowed up. At 42 , yes, I feel different…I have noticed a difference, but in many ways I still feel very young. My dad said he felt on top of the world in his 40s, I have noticed I seem to feel very, very strong now that I am in my 40s. He said he was on top of the world health wise until he hit age 53. ANNE

MAYS 2012-09-17 01:33:09 -0500 Report

I am glad that things have turned out ok for you.

annesmith 2012-09-17 03:25:48 -0500 Report

Thank you. Things are falling into place for me. One big thing I have learned is, don't expect any doctor to see everything about the diabetes unless I have every single thing on paper and all my symptoms for years written down. Working in the field of retail, I by mistake ( this is kind of humorous) expected a new doctor to just look at my last year's numbers, then agree with everything I said all at once. It turns out he was a general practitioner, and I was misinformed by the office. He scratched his head, looked at me, and said " I basically don't know what to tell you. I don't deal with any type of diabetes, unless it is simple diet control only. " It was a combination of factors that led to him and I not communicating. ANNE

MAYS 2012-09-17 08:50:10 -0500 Report

That is so true, it is much easier to argue your point if you do as they ask and document your findings in "black and white" to state your case, or your point of view.
Glad to see that you are on top of things concerning your health.

annesmith 2012-09-18 01:30:50 -0500 Report

Thank you! I feel much better now, that I got on top of things concerning my health. Once I started doing more of a reality check, I told myself it's time to get more on top of things, or run the high risk of going blind down the road or losing a limb. ANNE

pixsidust 2012-09-14 22:07:52 -0500 Report

Not as many moments as I would like! The only time is when I get a wave of nausea from the Metformin…thats it.

MAYS 2012-09-15 07:47:58 -0500 Report

Good old Metformin!
Appetite Suppression as an added benefit!

eristar 2012-09-17 06:17:43 -0500 Report

Sometimes I wish it had that effect on me…I never miss an oppurtunity to eat!

MAYS 2012-09-17 08:53:13 -0500 Report

Do you experience any of the other side effects of metformin (e.g. diarrhea, nausea and vomiting) most people stop taking it because of them.

eristar 2012-09-18 05:58:11 -0500 Report

Nope - just started popping those pills like candy…um, wait, that might have been the best analogy to use on this site (grin)!

Nana_anna 2012-09-14 07:24:25 -0500 Report

Yep! I did the other day. I think it was Monday morning I woke up starving at 4:30. So I had a toasted turkey sandwich and a protein shake. I went from 4:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m. without anything to eat. Because I was simply satisfied. Those two combinations worked! I woke up early because I went to bed at 6p.m. and slept all night!

Nana_anna 2012-09-17 18:32:15 -0500 Report

metformim causes diarrhea, for about 6 months. Then it stops. There nothing to do but to deal with it. Just have to stay hydrated.

Diabetic Coach
Diabetic Coach 2012-09-13 22:15:28 -0500 Report

I used to be a grazer until I started taking Victoza. it completely changed my relationship to food. I eat on regular schedule and less. That said I have moments when I get engrossed in something and FORGET to eat.


MAYS 2012-09-14 07:42:56 -0500 Report

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Please give it some thought, and once again, "Welcome to the family!" the more the merrier!


jayabee52 2012-09-14 00:53:44 -0500 Report

Thanks Tamara! I found your blog quite interesting as I have Chronic Kidney disease also. I had been on Dialysis for 10 months (beginning Nov 2006 and was able to discontinue it — with Dr approval — July 2007)

Now I am almost back to needing dialysis again.

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Blessings to you and yours

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CJ55 2012-09-13 08:39:24 -0500 Report

Hello Mays.. For 7 years, all I did was feel hungry all of the time. I think it was from the meds and the insulins I was taking. However, since I started the Byetta 4 weeks ago, I just don't want to eat at all. Yes, the nausea is over bearing at times, but I really have to force myself to eat. Forget about cooking, that just isn't happening. I go hours upon hours without eating anything usually from the nausea. Then my sugar gets low. Yesterday, all I ate was 1 tiny hamburger with a bun, 1 banana, and 1/2 c ice cream for my tummy. Last time I ate anything was 5:00 pm last night. It is now 9:30am and I can feel my sugar dropping so it's time to check my sugar and eat. I am not hungry at all, but my sugar is 38. Time to go. Have a great day and thanks for the wonderful discussion. Especially the pool boys.. That was sooo funny. Also, I really hope you all didn't mind me voicing my comments. It was too much fun not to. Have a great day..

MAYS 2012-09-14 07:36:25 -0500 Report

Some medications can do that to you (causing you to eat less) and that can be a good thing, one just has to make very wise choices when choosing what to eat.
There are many nutritious meals to be made that require little, or no cooking and one of the best things about it is this, our arsenal of food choices is very, very extensive!

Be creative, after all it's better to eat than to have an I.V. tube inserted into your arm feeding you!

Take care of yourself and voice away, "we" are listening!


JSJB 2012-09-12 13:00:17 -0500 Report

Now I'm just the opposite. When I finish a meal no matter what one or how much I eat, I'm thinking of the next meal. Still keeping the weight off but always hungry.

MAYS 2012-09-12 14:02:30 -0500 Report

Do you act on those thoughts, or do you keep them at bay?

JSJB 2012-09-12 15:48:59 -0500 Report

I have a diet and follow it but after all these years of eating whenever I wanted and whatever I wanted it does become hard but I think of the harm I can cause myself and read posts from DC so I wait until "feeding time" :D Its only been a year since being pre diagnosed and I have it under control and hope to be off the meds but until then it is hard work but will be worth it.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-12 06:03:10 -0500 Report

I feel like this all the time, eat because I have to sometimes. A piece of cheese and a few nuts will carry me a long time! I also get full really fast, my stomach has shrunk! Can't be a bad thing!

genniedevera 2012-09-12 06:53:37 -0500 Report

I'm the same way…and i used to be a foodie! My stomach/ appetite shrunk… pretty stressful at times when I'm not hungry but have to eat… esp dinner time! I know i have to eat a meal bec I have to take my meds.

Sunflower71 2012-09-12 08:24:11 -0500 Report

This is the same issue for me and it sucks!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-12 10:17:14 -0500 Report

I think for me the hardest thing is when I'm half asleep and ready to go to bed, check my BG and the number says I need a snack before bedtime. Frustrating, but then I ask should I eat now or risk a low. I definitely EAT then!!!

2012-09-11 19:18:09 -0500 Report

Yes. I have 'em All the time. So unlike Alan I don't eat. I 'm usually sorry later on, cause I'll find my self unconscious and in the back of an ambulance on the way to the E.R. But for me, (and I'm sure for most) don't like to eat when I'm not hungry.

alanbossman 2012-09-11 06:13:40 -0500 Report

I also have those times when I just don't feel like eating anything and I know I have to eat something. But I just eat a few almonds or some popcorn just something small to eat.

alanbossman 2012-09-11 06:13:32 -0500 Report

I also have those times when I just don't feel like eating anything and I know I have to eat something. But I just eat a few almonds or some popcorn just something small to eat.

Nick1962 2012-09-10 17:49:42 -0500 Report

Yeah, this past week just didn't feel like eating. Felt even less like cooking. Sometimes it's just an ordeal to make dinner for just the two of us.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-10 18:10:07 -0500 Report

Nick I feel that way a lot. Sometimes I open the freezer and say something get out, thaw out and cook yourself. The food never listens…so we opt for something quick.

Nick1962 2012-09-10 18:44:15 -0500 Report

I hear you. We'll probably pick & nibble through the frig this week. I know i shouldn't do this, but we've got a huge Greek Fest this weekend (kiss my BG's goodbye), and as long as we stick to our plan - half a gyro and half a moussaka each (and a glass of Retsina for me) I should be OK. Trouble is i look greek enough that I'm always geting pulled aside to try something, and they always have the prettiest girls at the stand with the baklava and karythopita. I have to go with the wife or some old greek woman would easily have me married off by the end of the night.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-10 18:56:26 -0500 Report

OMG too funny. You may have to walk around waving your hand showing off your wedding ring. I tried baklava once and didn't care for it. I use to go to the Polish Festival for the bowtie cookies, the Italian Festival for the Spaghetti and Fried Dough and the State Fair for the Funnel Cake.

Enjoy yourself and keep your wife close to you. Don't want you to break some young lady's heart when she finds out you already have a wonderful wife.

CJ55 2012-09-13 07:48:19 -0500 Report

I am sitting here laughing my butt off reading Nick and your posts regarding the food festivals. Between his comments about breaking young lady's hearts to your Opaaaa, all I can say is.. LOLOLOLOL .. I truly love fried dough. Huge thing in Maine at the fairs. We don't have "funnel Cake" never heard of it until I moved to Va. Thanks for the laughs this morning… Love it!!

Nick1962 2012-09-10 20:10:39 -0500 Report

If it was possible to commit suicide by food, greek would be my weapon of choice, but a good funnel cake is a Wisconsin staple (aside from fried cheese curds).
I don't think I'd break any young ladie's heart that fed me. More like die of a heart attack.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-10 20:31:00 -0500 Report

If it were possible to commit suicide by food, one of three things would be my choice. Yellow Cake with creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting, Crab Cakes or Hot Rolls with Fresh Creamy Whipped Butter and gallons of Iced Tea…sweetened of course with lemon.

MAYS 2012-09-10 17:58:54 -0500 Report

Wow Nick, what a Catch-22!
No desire to eat, and an even lesser desire to cook!

Nick1962 2012-09-10 18:23:53 -0500 Report

Well, we usually eat salads most week day evenings, so come the weekend, we still want to eat on the lighter side but are pretty "lettuced" out.
Oh I still love to cook, but with our limited diet, it gets kind of repetitive.

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