What do you do when you have no appetite?

By DiabetesDiva Latest Reply 2008-08-06 11:59:21 -0500
Started 2008-07-24 14:04:00 -0500

For the last month, I have had no appetite.. I make myself eat (healthy foods) so my level won't drop. Any suggestions? I'm a 2 and lately my bgl has been about 93 to 101. I've found if I drop below 80, I experience the problems of low sugar.



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AmyLynne or Just Call Me AL
AmyLynne or Just Call Me AL 2008-08-06 11:59:21 -0500 Report

I have been on prednisone (40mg) dailyt for the past 15 years, which has caused my diabetes and much more. But o ne of the worst side effects is the constant sensation of hunger. Since predinsone is a cholesterol and tends to hoard and retain anything one puts in their mouth, I used visualization to override the sensation of needing to eat all the time. Unfortunately, to this day, I have no appetite either, and even the right foods that make me feel better do not sound appetizing. On a whim, when my numbers were way up, I decided to fall back on an old recipe- remember the cabbage diet recipe? Well I augmented it a little adding more vegetables, and tomatoes for the sugar content, and I've found that it is not something I have to force myself to eat because it is flavorful. But it is a negative calorie meal or snack, so you'll have to fill in the gaps with healthy snacks, but for some reason, having the soup around has helped me modify my eating schedule so that I am getting all of the protein, carbs etc. I need. I just fill a dutch oven with 1/2 head shredded cabbage, three leeks, whites only, 3 bunches green oni, ons, one sleeve chopped celery, 2 cans sliced carrots, 1 chopped green pepper, 1 chopped yellow pepper, 1 chopped red pepper (for color) 1 64oz bottle of V-8 and 2 64oz canned tomatoes (either hand crushed or diced). Garlic Pepper to taste, a dash of cumin and 1 6oz can of stewed tomatoes with green chili.

I just keep the soup in the dutch oven heated, and eat it in between snacks and it seems to get my appetite going. I don't know if it is the heat of the soup, or the ingredients.

Otherwise, don't force yourself to eat, rather keep foods in sight and out to graze on so that when the urge does come, (your body won't let you starve to death), you can eat at will.

Good Luck!!!


butterfly_8 2008-08-06 09:47:59 -0500 Report

This also happens to me sometime. I usually just eat so as to keep my sugar stable. But it is so hard.It was interestin to see how others handle it.

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-08-04 13:36:03 -0500 Report

Diva, I eat anyway. If nothing but a banana and oatmeal. It goes down easy and it holds me a long time. I hate to eat befor2or 3 period. Thats how I got in trouble with my sugar going up to 589. How I started with drinking the vinegar to bring down my numbers with my medicines. After my numbers went below 100 in two months I stop my medicines and just take the vinegar with my biggest meal. 2/3 spoons with a little water. Today I was 99.
Just do it. Also, if you place food in your body it won't be demanding. And you will be ahead of the game.

DiabetesDiva 2008-08-04 14:16:03 -0500 Report

Thanks to all of you for your loving words of encouragement and great advice. My therapist suggested I set an alarm clock to go off every 3 hours to remind myself to eat. When I was working I did not have this problem. I think it's partly because of my days are no longer structured. I do love to cook, so that helps. My dietician suggested I try smoothies (with added protein powder) and other foods that go down easily.
I was surprised others had no appetite. I'll give it all a go tomorrow and even throw in a walk!


bessieann 2008-08-05 08:38:46 -0500 Report

Wow! i thought that i was the only one who didnt have an appetite and also dont like to eat until aroung 2/3. Does that make your numbers go up if you dont eat? i am niew to this could you please give me some pointers? And what about the vinegar that really works?

Dancehawk 2008-08-03 10:18:37 -0500 Report

I get that way too, if I cook I have to clean up everything really fast cause I get sick from the smell.
It passes then returns every few weeks.

I have been making up extra on the meals I cook, just to have for those days.

It seems to cut the ill tummy and I force myself to eat during that time.
I really think its is our meds we take that do it.


MysticPaige 2008-08-03 10:13:55 -0500 Report

I have a few foods that I make myself eat when my stomach is empty. I too, have trouble eating. I keep healthy protein bars around, my favorite is the Zone Bar, Chocolate Mint and I also like bagels.

I notice that when I am just drinking something that does not fill me up or stop my hunger at all so I do not feel like drinking something is a substitute for food.

Sometimes a nice salad or a yogurt with a little fruit will be satisfying too.

Hugs, Paige

MysticPaige 2008-08-03 10:20:28 -0500 Report

I forgot to mention that this is not just a passing fancy. I never feel like eating. I sound anorexic but I am overweight but I am also losing weigh very slowly which I think is good.

I have anorexic tendancies due to my mother and her sister being anorexic in their teens. I picked up the tendancies but never once thought of throwing it back up. Never sounded appealing and they didn't do that either.

It took me years to figure out my eating patterns and now that I'm diabetic and have to watch everything I eat the snacks got healthier and became small meals throughout the day like Morris said. I am one of those that eat to live not live to eat.

I'm not a very good cook and I get tired easily as I have fibromyalgia too. I don't want to make diabetes sound difficult so I just eat the little bit I do and make the most out of those, in otherwords, eat what I like best out of what I can eat.

Hugs, again, Paige

DonnaAnn 2008-07-24 23:46:25 -0500 Report

When I have some of those days that I just dont want to eat, I try to drink fluids instead. V8 juice, tea (herbal), breakfast drinks, etc. even broth will do.

morris.js 2008-07-24 23:35:25 -0500 Report

I think you are probably right about the stress issue. Stress will do all kids of things to mess up your behaviors, and reactions to food.
For me, I eat my 5 or 6 small meals a day even if I'm not hungry. If I don't keep to that routine, my body will slow down my metabolism and start to store the "fat" to compensate for my not eating when I was sipposed to. Of course if I'm not hungry I don't force myself to eat a lot, just something light.
Try some stress releaving ideas like meditation or deep breathing exercises and see if that helps your appetite some.

I hope you get back on track soon!!

GabbyPA 2008-07-24 15:31:47 -0500 Report

I would jump up and down with joy!
Just kidding...
I wonder if stress can have a similar change in your appitite as to drop it as much as raise it?
I would check with the doc, because any illness can really mess up the routine you have that keeps you in control. Maybe just a bug that has you off.
Or...maybe you're bored with your food choices. Change things up a bit and see if that helps. I know when I am tired of the same old thing, nothing is appealing.
Or...maybe you are full and satisfied with your diet and you body is able to not seek out so much.
This is where a "whole life" journal is very handy. You can see what is going on and how you are reacting to it. You will find what is going on...maybe some yoga or meditation will open up your thought and help you listen to what your body is telling you??

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-24 17:08:31 -0500 Report

It's probably stress. My best friend died in May. Plus I'm looking for a job. Sometimes it's all just overwhelming. I think I need to talk with my therapist. I'm hoping anorexia is not raising it's ugly head. I've been in recovery for several years, so I know what I need to do.


GabbyPA 2008-07-24 23:10:05 -0500 Report

You have half the battle done then. Sometimes the hardest things to see are when we are hurting or neglecting ourselves because we are so close to the problem. Seeing the issues is a great step in the right direction.

Gin - 18074
Gin - 18074 2008-07-24 15:09:53 -0500 Report

Hi Kate,
I've been like that the last few days. Even the smell of food makes me sick to my stomache. I've been having trouble even keeping food down. It seems strange, but my sugar lvls aren't to bad. I'm hoping it's just a little bug.
I hope you get your appetite back. Take care.


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