Can You Tell the Difference?

LadyDi - 26259Miller
By LadyDi - 26259Miller Latest Reply 2009-02-28 15:36:03 -0600
Started 2009-02-27 21:48:55 -0600

I read recently, and have heard in the past, that it is difficult for people to tell the difference between real hunger and appetite. Hunger, it seems, is more physiological, whereas appetite is more psychological. It sometimes may take some time to distinguish one from the other, but eventually, it can be done.

So the next time you experience a "craving," remember to ask yourself whether it is hunger talking, or your brain only imagining it needs food.

Also, it is important to check your blood glucose (sugar) when you experience these feelings to make sure you’re not low. I know that most people immediately mention feelings of extreme "hunger" in connection with low BS readings.

What has been your experience? Are you able to make the determination?


15 replies

2009-02-28 14:18:56 -0600 Report

I have finally learned that, especially in the evenings, while watching tv, that I am wanting to eat, not because I'm hungry, but because I'm bored, or out of habit. Somes day I do really good about not habit eat, but then there are days it seems to take over. I'm trying to adjust my attitude.

gma
gma 2009-02-28 15:16:29 -0600 Report

you know Mary I do the same on the weekends being home and it is because I am bored and always hungry and to cold to go for walks or get out

gma
gma 2009-02-28 15:16:29 -0600 Report

you know Mary I do the same on the weekends being home and it is because I am bored and always hungry and to cold to go for walks or get out

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-02-28 15:36:03 -0600 Report

Yes I have a habit of eating at night.especially when I'm watching tv. And my BS is also low at night always below 80. And when my BS is low like that I always crave sweets!

gma
gma 2009-02-28 09:39:05 -0600 Report

If I crave something sweet and dont eat it I seem to eat everything that is not good for me for me I think it is just because I cant have it I think the cravings come from eating the same things over and over and not being able to eat like I use to

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-02-28 11:45:42 -0600 Report

If you crave something sweet, eat something sour instead. It is supposed to end the sweet craving faster.

gma
gma 2009-02-28 12:41:59 -0600 Report

Thank you Ken I will try that Iam still having a hard time with keeping low Iam on no meds and eating is very hard to do for me at times I can eat the same thing one time and be ok and then the next time it is high but I keep reading the discussions and hope I find help

2009-02-28 06:21:06 -0600 Report

I can't really tell the difference either. I started taking Alpha Betic about 2 weeks ago and I stay hungry. Now go figure, this is supposed to be a dietary supplement? I am not taking this for weight issues, I am taking it for skin problems which have cleared up 100%. I can tell you I never, ever crave (and never have) anything sweet (other than a Coke.) My thing is anything salty and I find myself munching all day long again and gaining weight. My BS is holding great for now and as long as that stays in good order, I'll keep my salty habit! Hugs, Angie

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-28 07:39:35 -0600 Report

I too seem to want (don't know if I actually crave) the salty things more than the sweets, altho I definitely love sweets now and then. I sometimes try to satisfy myself with a taste of "whatever", but just limit the amount. I think when we deprive ourselves of the "evil" things altogether we soon get fed up and tend to go through a period of "what the heck. I'm eating whatever I want." Unfortunately the chips and salty items seem to effect my BS more than the sweets (unless I really overdo them).

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-02-28 05:55:23 -0600 Report

This distinction is easy for me. The only time I feel hungry is when my blood glucose gets extremely low. I eat three meals a day because I follow the clock. 5:00 = Breakfast. 11:00 = Lunch. Supper time depends on schedule and bg level.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-28 07:36:30 -0600 Report

I wish I was that regimented, but my "schedule" doesn't allow me to be quite so disciplined. My doctor does stress that is the best way to maintain BS levels. My "hunger" seems to come when my BS is low as well.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-02-28 08:09:39 -0600 Report

Oh that's just the half of it. I also normally eat the same things. When I was first diagnosed I thought about what I could do to help my doctor get me on the right medications at the right dosages and my answer was to stabilize my food intake and time between eating. It's working.

sparkysmom
sparkysmom 2009-02-27 22:14:54 -0600 Report

I do need to learn the difference. I usually try to wait 1/2 hour after I feel hungry. I drink something, check BG and wait to see if still hungry before I eat.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-27 22:22:25 -0600 Report

It's not easy for most of us to tell the difference. Takes a little time to learn. Our bodies will "crave" different things from time to time, whether we're hungry or just needing that gratification for psychological reasons. What we have to put up with, huh?!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-27 22:24:57 -0600 Report

I've also read that it's rare that an individual really craves both sweet and salty things. Usually it's just one or the other. You might want the other thing occasionally, but the desire is not as extreme as a craving.

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