knowing what foods to eat and what not to eat is the easy part i think!!

By roshy Latest Reply 2009-03-01 08:31:05 -0600
Started 2009-02-26 19:28:36 -0600

knowing what foods to eat and what not to eat is the easy part i think!! However . . . . . .
The hard part is appling it to everday life and breaking that emotional attachment with food. Sometimes not only the mind but also the body craves the "not so healthy" food and thats the hard part!!

How do we stay away from the unhealthy foods, is it all just a matter of will power and determination!!??? I know my carbs from my vits from my fiber to my protein! i know my importance from eating a healthy breakfast to reducing food intake at night time!! i know my portion sizes to organics to prossesed foods!! Trust me i know CHO counting to CHO to ratio calculating!!

Can someone fill me in on how to applying all this theory into practice!! IS IT JUST A MATTER OF WILL POWER??

Have you get a plan of action to when you crave the "not so healthy foods"?? What do you do and have you any tips you would like to share!! After a childhood of eating what i want and when i want i find it very difficult to just say no to simple things like chocolate and pieces of cake!! i know it might sound petty but even knowing the consequences of my actions i STILL give in to what my mind and body cries out for!! and thats food whenever, however, whatever i feel like!!

Can anybody relate and share some advice!!

Thanks friends x x x

14 replies

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-27 21:38:38 -0600 Report

I must say it was very hard for son was so use to being able to like a kid.if he wanted a cookie or a friut roll up it was ok.when he was diagnosed he just crashed.He now will only eat a few foods that he can eat and wont try to eat anything else.peanutbutter and jellie sandwiches are his life.we have made a food chart with diffrent foods on it and each time he tries or eats it i give him a sticker.when he starts to eat it without me asking him i do give in and let him have what most would say is a no no food.but i think in moderation and not all the time it is ok.You have to learn what works for you and it does not just come over night ,you will always be trying to squeeze in a snake you shouldnt eat but forgive yourself and start over.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-27 21:55:48 -0600 Report

Most doctors will not recommend completely cutting out your favorite foods, or always denying yourself what you truly crave. They say this is especially true when you’ve tried all other measures, and still feel the need to cheat a little. It's okay to indulge, but with reservation, of course. If you eat only a small portion of what you crave you should be okay, since satisfying a craving and binging on a particular food is not the same thing. I know I give in to myself occasionally, but I do try to limit it and not give in too often. The times that I have felt like saying "to heck with it all" have been the times that I've felt just sick and tired of never experiencing anything "evil", resulting in a period of eating whatever I want. Not a good idea.

2009-02-26 20:50:39 -0600 Report

I really swing on the other end of this scale. I have eaten cake or a cupcake maybe once or twice in my entire life. Always hated sweets and craved anything with tons of salt. This was really shocking when I realized I was Type 1 and other than some sugar from cooking, I was getting plenty, I guess, from my Cokes. I still eat potato chips if I want them but have added tons of chicken and fish with veggies. I still have one coke a day but I want about a 6 pack of them!!! Unsweetened apple juice is my new best horrible friend. I am having a hard time finding anything that even sounds worth eating or drinking.

roshy 2009-02-26 20:57:59 -0600 Report

wow!! im type one and i have at least one cup cake a day neve mind once a year!! I dont understand what is my problem!! i love veggies and healthy food i eat almost everything and anything!! im a passionate eater and i can cook really well!! but i give in to sugary foods al the time and i just dont understand it. Is it just a matter of telling myself NO! YOU CANT EAT THAT!! GET AN APPLE INSTEAD!

DiabetesDiva 2009-02-26 21:43:24 -0600 Report

How about adding a small piece of your chocolate with your apple and you might not feel so deprived. I dream about food at night!

DiabetesDiva 2009-02-26 21:41:54 -0600 Report

I have found most people crave sweets or salt. usually not both. I a sweets person and my friend is a salt person.

sparkysmom 2009-02-26 21:51:12 -0600 Report

My friend brought me a piece of King Cake from New Orleans. I'm going to cut it into 2 pieces so I won't be eating as much. BUT I'm going to eat it. I'll be good tomorrow.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-27 05:51:14 -0600 Report

I do not like chocolate but every once in awhile I crave a piece. My mother is a chocoholic. She has a jarful of dark chocolate hershey kisses. I think they are growing on me, but 1 little piece might stop that craving. You get the taste of chocolate, but it noe as good as the milk choclate to me…Debe

roger 2009-02-27 19:50:45 -0600 Report

you are over thinking i have little candy bars in frezz when i cant take the want any more i have up to 3 of them if i did not i would only over eat some thing other then them but give your self a limet ar find somthing to fill you that is not so high in carbs to kill the crave i call it or do somthing like take a walk to counter the carbs but my best carb killer is to sexersize.oops my bad but it worksand my wife likes it also

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-27 21:32:32 -0600 Report

Angie, you and I are alike in that we both lean more toward the salty items than the sweets. I do enjoy sweets, and I do eat dark chocolate occasionally. I can generally do without the sweets and shun them pretty easily. I do love the chips, etc., which is unfortunate, because they play havoc with my BS.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-02-28 23:37:54 -0600 Report

I always tell people that I'd rather go to a cocktail party than a tea party 'cause I like the kinds of food served at a cocktail aprty — cheeses, crackers, salty meats, olives, fresh vegetables, etc. All those sweets can stay in the bakery. As for eating a "proper" diabetic diet: I have found the hardest part is cutting the apple, peeling the orange, or opening the refrigerator to get the carrots and celery out. We have both potato chips and corn chips that have been open for 2-3 months (before Christmas) that neither of us have touched. But we do have Camp Fire mints that we munch on… we're only human!!!!

roger 2009-03-01 08:31:05 -0600 Report

the hardest part about going to the frig for the good things is that the bad things are on top of the frig and they know my name and call to me

GabbyPA 2009-02-26 20:44:07 -0600 Report

I go thru phases. There are times when I can walk away from the temptation with no trouble at all. I just don't. Or I am feeling in step and can easily say "no". HOWEVER...those other times I really wish I had a bear trap attached to temptation so I wouldn't stick my hand in the pantry. LOL
My first line of protection is to not have it in the house. My second line is that I am usually too broke or too lazy to make a sepcial trip anywhere to fufill my temptation. But, there are times when I just give in. I is for today. I will, and plan a little extra exercise or something to compensate, usually.

It is a hard thing and I too know it shouldn't be. After all it is just a flavor, just a texture I crave. It is very rarely that I am actually so hungry that I would crave anything. You are right, it is an emotional thing. That sucks. I am a stress eater, and to be honest sometimes I do stuff before I think. Now, as I have been working to control some of that, at least I can admit my struggle and have a chance at overcoming it.

DiabetesDiva 2009-02-26 20:08:22 -0600 Report

It took my a while to know what foods to eat, but a visit to my nutritionist helped. I learned to rate my fullness from 1 to 10, 1 being ravenous and 10 being the vomit stage. 5 is neutral. This helps me to listen to my body and not the thoughts in my head. I will also wait 20 minutes and if I'm still hungry I'll eat. Do I still get cravings and emotionally overeat? Absolutely. I LOVE chocolate and any kind of sweets. So I eat a piece of fruit first and that will usually slow me down. There are studies that show overeating is not mind over matter. That's BS that we been told all our lives. Forgive yourself when you give in. Each moment is a new opportunity to learn what works for you.