Will I always feel this hungry!!!

By yvaz012 Latest Reply 2014-10-24 19:48:06 -0500
Started 2014-10-16 19:12:14 -0500

Hello all,

Today is 2 weeks that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes… Since then I have begun to eat very healthy .. I'm counting carbs, I'm eating foods with lots fiber, and protein…I'm also eating lots of fruits and veggies… I've lost 9 pounds so far but I am chronically hungry! I just feel this huge void in my tummy! Any suggestions? …

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Karyn Seiders
Karyn Seiders 2014-10-24 19:48:06 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in 2008 and I still have the same issues. I struggle with being hungry and most of the time I give in. It's really hard when the rest of your family can eat anything they want. The educators and nutritionist say that you are supposed to eat 6 small meals a day to help curb your hunger. That doesn't work for me. I was raised eating 3 large meals a day and it is a hard habit to break. If you come up with any ideas let me know, I could use the help too.

yvaz012 2014-10-21 19:41:25 -0500 Report

This is so hard! I am really trying to make a lifestyle change and am being conscious about what I eat … But it has been a challenge… I ate 3 whole slices of pizza yesterday and afterwards felt horrible! What are some suggestions to deal with cravings?

jayabee52 2014-10-21 23:24:54 -0500 Report

You took the first step and realized the cause of your horrible feeling was eating the pizza.

I cannot eat Pizza due to my Kidney disease and even though I crave it occasionally I keep telling myself that it is POISON to me. If you can convince yourself that those things which you crave are poison to you it is better for you to avoid those things. Of course you have to know yourself.

Sometimes a person can take a little bit of what is craved and stop with a small bowl or piece. But if you are like me, I start a small bowl of mint chc chip ice cream, and before long i go back for another bowl and then another. Pretty soon I had eaten the whole half gallon in one night. So I learned that if I wanted a mint choc chip, I gotta limit myself. I found a small food stand which sold mint choc chip by the cone. each cone cost nearly what the half gal did, so I was not likely to order more than one. I got my craving satisfied for a while,but didn't go hog wild with it.

God's best to you


Phoenix Eye
Phoenix Eye 2014-10-19 22:00:51 -0500 Report

You can do veggie fillers. Like lettuce or cabbage has hardly any calories. So you could eat a very large serving and get full. Also make sure to eat your 6oz portion of protein per meal. Meat keeps you feeling fuller for longer periods of time.

Trust me you can get quite full after a large salad, like The Cheescake Factory small size salads. Now satisfied is another beast entirely.

Also make sure to eat a snack in between meals. It helps curb the hunger.

peahen44 2014-10-18 10:34:26 -0500 Report

It was at first but once I detoxed off of the stuff I was eating before I started feeling 1000 times better, my husband and I do not use all the organic stuff because we can not afford them, so we buy regular fruits, meat veggies, and buy organic when we can, It has helped my blood sugar just in 1 1/2 months go down 39%. There are tons of options like gluten free breads. It has been worth it.

yvaz012 2014-10-18 10:18:07 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone! This community is great. Reading other people's stories and knowing that I'm not alone helps me feel supported and also normalizes some of this for me!.. I am trying to be very mindful about what I eat and how I eat it.. I'm also paying attention to my state of mind and how I am feeling… I have a stressful job and used to do a lot of mindless eating..and that is such a hard habit to break. So I'm trying to keep my hands busy! I also need to work on incorporating variety to my meals…

Glucerna 2014-10-18 20:13:36 -0500 Report

I'm glad you're finding support here. It's great that you're also paying attention to how you're feeling, and are actively working to change habits around mindless eating. You're making an excellent start! ~Lynn @Glucerna

peahen44 2014-10-17 22:46:45 -0500 Report

I have started the Paleo nutrition plan, which helps with my pain and blood sugar. Once you detox from old lifestyle you feel great, I eat every 2 hrs and am getting smaller, Good job on helping yourself managing your type 2

earlenyram 2014-10-17 22:03:15 -0500 Report

There's two likely factors involved here. First is that you are aware you're trying to lose weight, and because that's on your mind you're thinking of food more, making you think you're hungry. Second, it's very common to feel hungry all the time if you're eating a lot of food that is quickly absorbed. When this happens your body produces huge amounts of insulin to deal with the spike in blood sugar. And once the food is gone, you're left feeling hungry from the excess insulin. Try to eat slower, and eat hearty foods that you don't digest quickly.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-17 14:52:42 -0500 Report

Hi yvaz012, sometime ago I wrote a similar discussion. The one thing everyone pointed out to me was I wasn't really hungry but
rather needed to drink , a lot more water then I was drinking. So now every day I drink 64 oz. Of water through out the day. That ended the hunger pains. I am fine with my 3 meals a day and a small bedtime snack. I have to have a snack my BG drops alarmingly low late at night without a snack. We're talking low 50's to the 40's. A yogurt d o es the trick though. it sure worked for me. You might try it and see,, drinking water I mean.

Chopstix 2014-10-18 21:52:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes I forget to tell people that hunger they feel could be really thirst instead of hunger. Dehydration can cause you to have higher blood pressure and blood glucose readings than you really have. I'm just saying…

Chopstix 2014-10-17 14:29:45 -0500 Report

Make sure you are getting enough omega 3's, magnesium, and chromium in you daily diet also. Do you have a light snack between meals? May need to. I'm just saying…

Type1Lou 2014-10-17 14:27:37 -0500 Report

A diagnosis of diabetes usually means a change in eating habits and we all know that habits are never easy to break. How long had you indulged in your prior eating habits?…undoubtedly longer than the 2 weeks since your diagnosis. You are taking the right steps to eat healthier, lower carb, but, it will take time for your body to adjust to this change, hence the "hunger". I'm not saying that the hungry feeling will ever totally go away but it will become easier to bear. And the results in better blood glucose control will be worth it. Try drinking lots of water. Try having some hot broth before eating since that tends to make you feel fuller. Check out the recipe section here for some lower carb versions of your favorite foods. For me, controlling my carb intake has been the key to better control and maintaining my weight. Congratulations on the weight loss and keep at it!

lilleyheidi 2014-10-17 01:41:17 -0500 Report

I found the first few weeks that I started eating healthier I was always "hungry" too. I think, as James said, it was more emotional hunger. I thought I needed the food to fill a void. Now, when I'm feeling a nudge of hunger between meals, I check my sugar level, if it is where it should be and not running low, I get myself a drink and go for a short walk, around my house, or change activities, and find that the "hunger" goes away in about 5 minutes or so. If it doesn't go away I might nibble on a cucumber stick or two,, but that void in my tummy is usually more an emotional void and not a physical void if i'm eating the proper amount of calories and carbs that I need to get through the day.
Congrats on making the healthy changes.

yvaz012 2014-10-17 01:59:30 -0500 Report

Thanks for the tips.. I will incorporate them.., if you don't mind my asking, what types of healthy snacks do you typically eat?

lilleyheidi 2014-10-17 02:31:17 -0500 Report

Snacks for me are usually sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and almonds, mixed together and i nibble on those a lot.
For me, because I'm trying hard to lose weight and stick to a very strict eating regimen for now, I try not to eat between my meal times unless my BG is running low. However, there are times when I will grab my seeds and nibble, like when watching a movie or something.
I do know it's hard, trust me, I know, but you CAN do this, and if you want someone to talk to, message me anytime, day or night and we can chat.

jayabee52 2014-10-16 22:07:01 -0500 Report

Howdy Yvaz

Hunger can be physical, it can also be emotional. I am guessing you may be missing your usual comfort foods.

If what you say is correct (and I have no reason to doubt you) and eating the proper amounts, you should have little physical hunger going on.

This division between physical and emotional hunger happens even to those who do not have diabetes. You can tell by reading this article here about the subject and asking the appropriate questions Article ~ http://cortherapy.com/emotional-hunger-versus...

I pray this has helped you


yvaz012 2014-10-17 01:56:18 -0500 Report

Thank you for the link to the article! It's probably a combination…I used to do a lot of mindless eating but now I am trying to be more conscious…which has been hard

rolly123 2014-10-16 19:54:40 -0500 Report

I feel same way when I started eat healthy! I drink water with flavor I have sf jello or pudding and when get edge of I have diet soda that fills me up! How u doing with carbs understanding it! Got back from ditician and learned how count soups casserole ! Just got book guide to accurate carb counting it has lots suggestions it's good book learned a lot! Hope this helps

yvaz012 2014-10-17 01:51:21 -0500 Report

Thank you for the suggestions rolly123…My doctor sent me to a diabetes nutrition class and the nutritionist was encouraging us to use the plate method.. Which is 1/2 plate of veggies…1/4 of protein and 1/4 of grains… The nutritionist stated that I should have between 30 and 40 grams of carbs per meal… And no more than 15 per snack… But that is such a challenge!

rolly123 2014-10-17 08:39:37 -0500 Report

I have same amount 30 to 40 grams carb each meal plus 15 grams carbs for snack night time I feel hungry after 10 ! Glad u have nutritionist she help a lot !

Glucerna 2014-10-16 21:18:02 -0500 Report

I'm glad your visit with the dietitian has been so helpful Valerie. yvaz012 it's great that you're making healthy changes to your food choices. Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian who can give you individualized suggestions. There's good information on this site about putting together healthy meals with a balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. ~Lynn @Glucerna