diabtetes diet

By amyspeer Latest Reply 2014-02-01 15:18:48 -0600
Started 2013-12-30 13:19:13 -0600

does anyone else have problems craving sweets and a lot of salty foods? I get angry when the dietian tells me how much and when I can eat and how many carbs I can have a day I cant seem to get motivated? anybody else struggle with doing the right thing and with their diet? help so discouraged. I lose weight only to quickly gain it back my mmd and other mental health disorderes prevent me from doing much of anything at times. does blood pressure medication make you carve salt?
I am on 2 blood pressure pills a day I take 1 in morning and the other at bedtime. Thanks for any help

11 replies

meadowrose 2014-02-01 15:18:48 -0600 Report

Hi, Amy. I definitely have times where I crave sweets like gangbusters, which totally reeks. Even though more expensive, I try to keep sugar-free cookies on hand for such times. If you're a chocolate lover, as I am, I find what works for me is keeping packages of individually-wrapped chocolate candies (Dove dark chocolate, Hershey's Bliss dark chocolate, Hershey's dark chocolate kisses, etc.) on hand. One or two of these are about 5-10 net carbs and won't throw me completely out of the ballpark. These typically can last close to a year, or several months at the least, as I tend not to crave candy so much as cookies. I can't have ice cream in the house at all, as I can't stop at half a cup; it's a large bowlful before I'm satisfied. If you like soda, go with diet soda. I know, I've heard lots from people about how bad it is for you; but, at 47 years old, I've been drinking it for most of my life and have never had any ill effects from it. That's just me, though. For salty foods, chips aren't a real temptation to me anymore; I try to substitute canned mixed nuts for those when I can. But, if you're on blood pressure medication, I'd keep a check on the salt intake. Have you tried NoSalt? I hope this helps in some way. You can message me any time and we can commiserate; I'll try to help in any way I can. Am not on here all that often and have thought I need to get better at that. Another new year's resolution! :) Take care and have a wonderful week, sweetie!

Jan8 2014-01-09 07:03:33 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in 2012 and I was totally exhausted,depressed after having an exhilarating run of great energy. My thyroid was dying also and that has the same effect.

danielle1987 2014-01-01 05:16:18 -0600 Report

Hi jan8,
When you were diagnosed with bipolar what we're your symptoms?
We're you gaining weight or loosing? Tired? No motivation, moody, didn't wanna deal with anyone?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-31 18:25:45 -0600 Report

I agrew with Type1Lou, you are sabotaging yourself. You have to look at diabetes as yours and yours alone. You are the only one responsible for it. You are angry because you don't want to give up the sweets and salty foods.

I limit my carbs, my sweets and salt intake. I decided that my health was important and started doing what I needed to do to be healthy. Mental health disorders can play a role in how you take car of yourself. Stress alone can play a role with your health as well. You have to try better to avoid all the sweets and salty foods. Use them as a special treat once in awhile. Good luck to you.

Type1Lou 2013-12-31 16:41:37 -0600 Report

Your anger may be sabotaging your control efforts since stress makes it harder to control our BG's. I've been able to better control my condition since I started limiting my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day. I'm a firm believer that carbs are the key for me. I was diagnosed in 1976 but only started really watching the carbs about 8 to 10 years ago. It's not easy but I've deemed it necessary if I want to enjoy my retirement and avoid losing my eyesight and/or developing other complications. I've accepted that the choice is mine and mine alone. I used to love to bake but don't do much of that any more because it's too tempting to taste and eat the results. You can be the master of your fate. Wishing you well for 2014.

meems40 2013-12-31 13:36:06 -0600 Report

My son is bipolar but not a diabetic. Every 6 months he has blood work and they check his A1C to keep an eye on it to make sure he doesn't turn into a diabetic. The way I understand it is some Meds for bipolar can cause a person to be diabetic.

denipink57 2013-12-31 07:32:40 -0600 Report

i have bipolar and am type 2. i crave both sugar and salt but salt mostly. i just switched to Hymillain pink salt which is very healthy. i only eat sugar occasionally thank God. i also have Psoriasis and am a published writer. i am writing a cookbook for Psoriasis and will use all kinds of healthy substitutes for my recipes. for example, instead of using sugar, i will use stevia or agave. i think i will also use raw honey for some recipes. go online and google no sugar snacks or no salt meals and try to cook off that. it is all attitude. yes we have cravings and that is because our bodies are accustomed to those things. we can retrain our taste buds. after a while i found i am wanting more and more of the good diet. this is no child's game for me. my life depends on it. that is how i see it and that is how i was able to make good changes. i now have neuropathy so that was my wake up call. no more complications please and thank you. you can do this. you just have to make up your mind and do it. and yes you will fall off the wagon time to time. you are only human. just do you level best. you took the first step posting this. that is a good move in the right direction. all the best to you and i will say a prayer for you.

steph86 2013-12-30 14:24:00 -0600 Report

I believe salty and sugary sweets are a trigger BC its a temptation even more when we know we are in a way forbidden even tho we can eat the good stuff in moderation

steph86 2013-12-30 14:22:18 -0600 Report

I understand completely its extremely hard for me so don't feel alone I also have mental disorders that make me unable to be modivated thus is the reasons I'm waiting on ssi BC I've become unable to work

Jan8 2013-12-31 09:42:47 -0600 Report

I have bipolar disorder too ! We are not alone. There are many diabetic that have this disease. it does make a person lack motivation. What a pain !! I have gone through money issues like you are experiencing. I got a rejection letter and sent it back immediately with a note on it to have a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse review it again. It worked.

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