Over eating

By OctoDad Latest Reply 2014-02-09 01:45:46 -0600
Started 2014-01-29 06:56:05 -0600

I've been a diabetic going on 15yrs now, went from a H1c of 12.9 to a 7.9 in about 6 months. I still have more work to do but I'm always over eating. I do all the cooking in My house but after I eat I find myself getting bored and I'm back in the kitchen stuffing My face. I tried taking those Garcinica Cambogia pills to curb My appetite but they had no effect whatsoever. I'm at My witts end :(

20 replies

autismmom04 2014-02-09 01:45:46 -0600 Report

The only thing I've found that worked for me is Skinny Fiber! I've lost 20 pounds so far. I love that months later, it still helps my appetite!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-02-01 23:17:12 -0600 Report

Hi OctoDad,

NIce to see you again!

It sounds like you may be dealing with some emotional eating triggers. Here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back that might be helpful to you:


As others have suggested, building in positive distractions from eating can help you to get through those times when you are most likely to indulge. You might want to ask the other people living in your home with you to give you a hand.

One step at a time.

Keep us posted!


Anonymous 2014-01-31 23:49:22 -0600 Report

My husband works off shore and when he is gone I tend to "cheat" and regret it every time!! Boredom is my greatest enemy. So, I have taken up.photography. I don't have a support group as I have no family a d few friends where we live. I've had to become my Strongest Advocate. It is a daily challenge. Try to stay busy. If you want to eat - get a up of decaf coffee with Fat free half n half or drink a glass of water — they both help to curb that craving to eat.
Good luck!!

Glucerna 2014-02-01 07:00:24 -0600 Report

You're taking charge of your situation and figuring out what you can do to keep yourself healthy and happy. That's inspiring! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-30 07:23:43 -0600 Report

I'm always struggling with wanting to nibble or snack in between meals. Instead of giving in I bake for my Hubby's work, clean the house (even if I just cleaned it yesterday), work on a hobby that keeps my brain and hands busy, prep dinner for the next day, exercise (if the need to nibble is really bad I go outside and walk when it's warm which helps SO much), call my Mom, throw myself into a book, write, take a nap or do yoga. Keeping my hands and mind busy seems to help the most. When I can't beay it I eat some nuts, I mix raw almonds with Emerald Vanilla and cinnamon flavored almonds and sometimes walnuts a little palm full doesn't hurt my numbers and I don't feel guilty after.

Whatever you do don't keep your favorite things in the house! If it's not there you can't eat it!! Changing our eating patterns and fixing our portion sizes is a big change and it's hard to stick to when you first start, but you CAN do it. Don't forget to reward yourself with something that's not food. A new movie or game, I found reminding myself that if I did well during the week I ciuld buy a book or a cd and not feel guilt cause I earned it and I wasn't buying the crap food. Just remember it's always worth it when you go into the doctors and see your numbers go down too!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-30 09:45:15 -0600 Report

Bekah if you live with other people who are not diabetic and and everyone likes Oreo's you can't not have them in the house. You cannot deny others in the household things they like because you can't control yourself and eat them.

You said you bake for your husbands coworkers so you have food in your house that you shouldn't be eating in excess.

My sister is not diabetic so she brings home all kinds of snacks that I love. Every now and then depending on my numbers I might have a real cookie or some chips.

You also said that you have to change your eating patterns. Diabetes is about controlling what you eat and portion size. The diabetic has to be responsible for this. I don't agree with it being hard to stick with when you make the change. Nothing has to be hard unless you choose to make it hard. If you know that you have to change what you eat, being healthy and getting your numbers under control should be enough motivation to make the change and stick with it.

Nowhere is it written that you can't treat yourself with a special favorite food. You just have to be responsible enough not to eat the entire bag of cookies or bag of candy or chips. If I check my numbers and I am at 120 after dinner or lower, I will have a cookie a small wedge of no sugar fruit pie, or a candy bar but I go out and take a walk. When I do that my blood sugar does not spike. You don't eat a sweet treat and go sit back and watch tv.

I love apple pie. I go to the Amsih Market and get them cooked in natural juices. There is no sugar in the pie. I took one to my cousins for Christmas Dinner and not one person noticed the pie was sugarless until I told them after it was all gone.

I love the idea of treating yourself with a CD, game or anything you want when you accomplish a goal. It gives you something to work towards and everyone loves a reward.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-30 10:22:13 -0600 Report

Yes, there is food in the house that I shouldn't eat, but after watching the way my Grandmother took care of her diabetes (which she didn't), I choose not to make the same mistakes she did. The treats I make for my Hubby and his shop aren't ones that I eat. My Hubby has my treats and he hides them from me (cause I asked him to) so I can't nibble on them.

Being a person that used to nubble on this ir snack on that I've learned ways to take the tempation away from me while I am at home. Doesn't mean I don't go through a mental war with myself when I'm groicery shopping and I come to the ice cream or when we do have chips in the house.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-30 10:30:29 -0600 Report

My Hubby supports me in the way I take care of myself, so yes while it might be in the house - it doesn't mean I can get to it. It-s just tge way that I have learned to cope with and take care of my health.

And I never meant that you can't treat yourself. I don't keep ice cream in the house, but when we're out and if I have the chance to I'll get a scoop of NSA ice cream or some frozen yogurt. During the holidays I always mske sure there are treats for both diabetic and non diabetic people. That's what I do and it's how I decided to take care of myself. I just know how it feels to want to keep on eating or snacking and thoughs we're things that helped me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-30 11:29:54 -0600 Report

I have food for both people in my house. We always have two kinds of ice cream in the house as well as other snacks. We don't hide food in our house.

Honestly we would forget where we hid it and two months later we would find it stale somewhere…LOL

I guess we look at support differently. I don't engage others in supporting me unless it is needed. I prefer to be in control and responsible at the same time because there will come a day when I have to do this on my own. Good luck to you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-30 11:26:36 -0600 Report

You did what works for you. Everyone has to do that. I choose not to have food hidden because that would make my sister responsible for my diabetes instead of myself. She wouldn't hide it anyway she would tell me not to be codependent on her to control my diabetes. This is what helped me learn self control.

I buy no sugar added ice cream and 100 calorie snacks. I takes me two days to eat the few cookies in the 100 calorie snack pack.
I would like to know what you would do if your husband told you he was no longer going to hide the snacks from you or what would you do if he were not there?

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-30 12:41:46 -0600 Report

I stopped buying ice cream for myself because I know I can't keep it in the house and be responsible. So when my Hubby is gone I will follow the rule that if I want it that damn badly then I'll go out and get a little bit of it. I have fought my battle to get where I am with my health right now. Yes, I lewn on my Husband like I have been taught I am supposed to be able to do. However, I was the one who pushed myself to get up and exercise every morning and night and I was the one who detoxed my body from the high sodium and sugar foods. I made those choices for myself. I have worked my way to where I am now. Yes, my Hubby was there to listen to me cry when I just wanted to be like everyone else and he has been there to celebrate my A1C coming down.
I thought the whole point of this was to talk about what helps us and to learn from each other. To see hey this worked for them maybe it could help me too. If it doesn't work or if it does then you've learned something new about your body. I did not think this forum was about chewing others out for making a suggestion from what works for them. Thanks for proving that wrong Joyce.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-30 13:18:41 -0600 Report

Bekah I simply asked you a question, you can lean on whomever you choose to if that works for you. As I said you have to do what works for you. You also have to have a mind open enough to allow for other opinions. I truly apologize to you. I thought I was talking to someone with an open mind and not someone who thinks that because a person views is different from them is a sign of being chewed out. I promise that I won't make the mistake again because I don't know how to communicate with a closed minded person. Have a good day and a great life.

Glucerna 2014-01-29 15:32:46 -0600 Report

I love the ideas to change your evening routine and find something interesting to do if you find yourself eating because you're bored. When we want to change a habit, we'll be more successful when we identify why we have that habit in the first place. What are we getting out of that habit? Once we understand the reasons for the habit, we can brainstorm other ways to get the same benefits, but in a healthier way. Let us know what you discover. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-29 19:36:31 -0600 Report

Lynn sometimes when we fall into a habit or routine it is hard to get out of them. You have to also find ways to relax and take a break from the daily grind. If you have young kids find something you enjoy doing once you put them to bed. This should be "me time" and can be used doing any number of things.

GabbyPA 2014-01-29 14:28:43 -0600 Report

I am exactly the same way. The worst part of my day is after dinner when all the dishes are done and I start to slow down for the evening. If I am watching TV in our family room (which is directly across from the pantry) it is the worst. If I watch TV in our bedroom, it's not so bad.

Like Joyce said, the best thing for me is to do something in the evening. Like being on here, or since I work from home, doing some more work or even playing a game or two on the computer. Anything to keep my mind and hands busy helps me the most.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-29 19:30:25 -0600 Report

Gabby I turn on you tube and listen to old music or learn how to do something new. I learned how to make cold porcelan clay with cornstarch, baby oil, Elmers glue, and lemon juice. I cooked it and now make jewelry with it. I play a lot of games on facebook with friends. Words with Friends and Candy Crush are favorites.

I spend an hour or so on Amazon looking for free books for my kindle app or I work on something for the community.

I find that if I don't keep busy I get bored and want something to eat. Believe it or not, there is an end to the internet, I have been there. Relaxation helps the mind, body and soul.

kimfing 2014-01-29 22:07:29 -0600 Report

Im hooked on candy crush and words and dice w friends as well as the team lava story games :-)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-29 13:17:52 -0600 Report

I think you have to find something to do after eating. Boredom leads to grazing and grazing leads to over eating. Take a walk, read, play a game with the kids, or find a hobby that helps you relax. This will keep you from being bored and returning to the kitchen for food.

kimfing 2014-01-29 09:48:39 -0600 Report

I hear ya:-):-):-) been there done that. Used to be a bored snacker then got diagnosed. I tell myself, dome want tonfeel like i did before dx? HECK NO! I then get up and do something to keep me busy until urge subsides. Try going for a walk. If too cold, do a walk around the house and stay clear of rooms that have food. Good luck

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