eating habits.

tylers26@live.com
By tylers26@live.com Latest Reply 2013-11-10 19:00:17 -0600
Started 2013-11-05 21:50:08 -0600

Hello, I'm. Christi and have been type 2 for about 4 months now. My BS is pretty stable now and according to a complete blood panel, my Dr lowered my Lantis (long acting insulin) from 40 to 30 units. Along with Novalog and metformin and my diet, I'm doing pretty good so far. I'm working towards going from 4 shots a day to just two pills then just the diet to keep my BS under control. My average sugar level reads 80-95 three times a day. But my problem is I'm not that big of an eater and am supposed to eat three meals and three to four snacks a day. I don't eat very many carbs or sugar in one day. But I really have to force my self to eat sometimes. I'm on a strict schedule, due to my working hours, with my shots and meals. What can I eat or rather how much do I have to eat for it to constitute as a meal or snack? I'm pretty happy with my numbers, but this eating all the times really bothers me. Thanks for any help you can give.


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Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-11-06 08:28:13 -0600 Report

I think sometimes we make this harder than it has to be. You pretty much know when you’re hungry right? When you eat your body also tells you when enough is enough too. This will sound crazy given what we’ve all been taught, but use that information and eat when you’re hungry. It’s called “intuitive eating”. This article explains it from a weight loss perspective (which may not apply in your case) but the principal is the same:
http://blog.ted.com/2013/06/11/why-your-brain...
No one says you have to sit down to a meal, in fact sometimes that’s exactly what makes those big spikes. You know what the minimum daily amount you need to consume is. If you have access to food throughout the day – even just what we normally call just “snacks”, then eat. If not, get in what you can, when you can, making sure you get in enough in the evening to cover the overnight hours. Eat when your body says so, not when some silly clock does – what does it know?

Glucerna
Glucerna 2013-11-06 20:38:24 -0600 Report

Nick1962 I'm glad you brought up intuitive eating. There's some good information out about mindful or intuitive eating for people with diabetes at http://www.diabetesandmindfuleating.com/. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Tylers26 you're doing great learning about diabetes and how you can best manage your blood sugar levels. Have you talked with your doctor about how you're not always hungry for a meal or snack? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-11-08 10:42:25 -0600 Report

Excellent site, and the concept is one many people don’t grasp, even though it is so simple. While I was learning this, we were also encouraged to include things like supplements and “natural remedies” as well in our intake assessments. I was amazed to find out just how many people take nearly toxic doses of things like cinnamon and other “natural” products under the guise of potential health benefits.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2013-11-08 20:21:56 -0600 Report

I sometimes think so many people struggle with intuitive eating because it IS simple. We're born eating intuitively and then we lose those skills as we're told when, what, and how much to eat. The good news is we can relearn those skills. You're right that it's crucial we let our physician know about every over-the-counter supplement, vitamin, or natural remedy we're on because there could be side-effects with these, just like witih prescription medications. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-11-10 19:00:17 -0600 Report

Yeah, like it can't be that easy. The analogy of being born intuitive is dead on. Don't know when or why we turned that corner - guess it's when we became "civilized".

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