Anybody have tips to avoid snacking at night

i3ski
By i3ski Latest Reply 2013-03-26 09:39:46 -0500
Started 2010-02-23 20:50:00 -0600

I'm a horrible snacker at night. I'm good in the morning and during the day but as soon as I sit in front of the TV at night I can eat just about everything but the kitchen sink. Any suggestions to help keep me out of the kitchen would be great. I live in the northeast so it's not always easy to get out of the house.


112 replies

jimLE
jimLE 2013-03-26 09:39:46 -0500 Report

i spend the better part of the day sitting in front of my pc,checking out whats been posted here in dc and other sites,as well checking my emails n all.i(when i aint working) n which i dont have the spare room on my pc desk for junk food n all seeing how i use a little home made pc desk that i made to fit where its at.i've cut back on buying junk foods and snacks..when i do buy snacks ,i try to buy whats better for me instead of whats wors for me..pluse im buying foods that i have to cook and less of what i dont have to cook..pluse i keep a bottle of water on hand for when i get thristy.that i drink less of what i dont need to be drinking at time..

diabetic 12
diabetic 12 2013-03-26 07:35:07 -0500 Report

one thing that might help you is get together with a focus group that focuses on the same things you do on what to do and not to do and getting out and meeting is a good start many people weather doctors nurses or even people who share the same cmmon goal as you can help you give you ideas offer you support along the way and helpful advice along the way it helps me a cup of tea to unwind is awesome as well.

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-26 04:38:13 -0500 Report

Hi i3ski,

You have received some great suggestions here. You may benefit from copying & printing them. Then when you're tempted to stuff your mouth, instead, stuff your mind with healthy thoughts you get from reading all these suggestions. Take control of your mind. Don't let it control you IF your mind is leading you down the "snacking" path.

TV is geared to selling things via commercials and I've noticed most nighttime commercials are aimed at getting you to stuff your "pie hole." It's actually a mind game and like several have said here, do something about it. Again, take control of your mind & don't let your mind control you. I do this by doing something physical like push ups, riding my stationary bike, making a cup of green tea, reading, fighting with my wife … oops, strike that last one - she's bigger than I am! LOL

Seriously, TV is probably used by most to "check out of real life" and it can and does put things in our minds & many of them, probably most, aren't good for us. Unplug that one eyed monster.

So … now that you have been armed with some really good suggestions (wow, over 100 of them!), it's your turn to act on them. It's very effective to "act" yourself into a new way of feeling. Get up and "act/do something." This gets easier with time and practice. Trying to "feel" yourself into a new way of acting is much less effective or may even be impossible, depending upon you.

You can do this!

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2013-03-25 20:49:30 -0500 Report

I have found that keeping busy during the evenings, I as stay busy during the day helps. Do anything but constantly sitting, is one way to get bored easily. I picked up crocheting. It keeps my hands and mind in the same place. I also read and do word find puzzels, or stay on facebook and chat with family. Do something you enjoy. Stay on your diet most important thing. Blood sugar rises in the evenings, and spikes throughout the night. Remember diet, drinking water helps also

hughsbayou
hughsbayou 2012-11-17 09:51:18 -0600 Report

Stop watching tv and wasting your mind, get a hobby! Seriously, if you had something to do that involves engaging your mind and your hands this problem would just go away. Best wishes.

FiberAll
FiberAll 2013-01-30 16:25:49 -0600 Report

I have less problems with eating at night and it's because I am listening to the Word of God over the radio and this has helped me greatly. I am now eating my last real meal about 6:30-7:30 PM although later at times. I take L-Tryptophan along with dual release melatonin which helps me sleep better so I find my desire for food is NOT as strong as in the past although I give the credit to Gods Spirit.

I don't eat Organic rice since the places I have lived at had all electric and they pay for the electric so I am only eating high fiber pasta when I do not rice in a while.

I love the high fiber crackers which have been good with my supper and snacks, those are also very good for my health although I wish they had less salt so I rince them and yet it's importable to eat them before they get too soft, which is bad.

FiberAll
FiberAll 2013-01-30 17:38:49 -0600 Report

I wuv the Yellow squash in a can and it's YUMMO with onions, I didn't know about the benefits although I know for my tummy, it sure doesn't last, but it's very much YUMMO! Where is Rachel Ray when you need her most? That's meant to be cute.

Turtle
Turtle 2012-11-16 19:26:28 -0600 Report

Hi what I try to do is eat a small snack before bed. I put what I am going to eat in a SMALL dish and commit to not go back for more. I make sure it is a balance of carbs. and protein. When I am done with my snack, I brush my teeth to get the food taste out and clean my mouth, of course. Then I go to bed and I may watch tv or be on the computer for a bit but I dont get up to eat again. Sometimes I wake up hungry in the night. If so, I check my bg and if it is ok, I just get a drink of water and go back to bed. If my bg is low or high, I do what I need accordingly.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-05-31 03:51:35 -0500 Report

To stop snacking at night I retire to the bedroom which is the farthest place from the kitchen where the snacks are. The closer the snacks are to you the more you will snack and if you distance yourself from the they are out of mind and out of your mouth. It works for me. Boredom is what causes me to snack.

angry diabetic
angry diabetic 2012-05-24 05:09:25 -0500 Report

hi there, i used to have exactly the same problem.. i have not touched any snacks at night for about 6 months or more now :) I follow my usual diet during the day, then at 17:00 i have an apple, at 20:00 i have a sugar-free chocolate protein shake for dinner, and after that, if i get an urge to put something in my mouth, i am allowed as many cups of black coffee or tea that i want. it works! try it, and be strict on yourself, if you can't hold out, GO TO BED! it also helps alot, and plan your breakfast so long too, so u don't eat all the wrong things first thing when u wake up :) Hope it helps! good luck friend xxx

Natim
Natim 2012-05-24 04:04:48 -0500 Report

Hi i3ski
I really feel for you because it is never easy to break a habit because the more you do it the more it get perfected.
It is also true that most people would like to do certain things but the reality is that they "do not want to"
If a habit is not good for us we need to take decissive action "face the brutal facts about our present reality"
It is always about our mind power over the matter, if we feed our subconsious mind with what we want to do to benefit us maximally there will be a mind shift, a paradigm shift and the will to resist the bad habit will be very strong.
So what are we saying here? you must ask yourself this question: "do I want to change the paradigm on this matter?" believe me it is mind over matter and the will power to do it, not would like to.
This might sound a bit too hash as I make it sound so simply you might say however I want you to know that I do relate to your experience because I was diagnosed type 2 last year Aug and stuck to this discipline and within 5 months I was able to break free from tablets dependancy and for the past 4 months I do not take any tablets, I control my diabetes with diet and exercise.
Remember the Dr will tell you that a little bit of bad food is better that too much of good food which basically say even snacking too much on good food is not good.
Sorry for this long reply and hope that you will pick some valuable points from it.
Best regards and to your success!!

Setzer
Setzer 2012-05-19 19:20:45 -0500 Report

I tend to do what you do. My appetite is almost non existent during the day but as soon as the sun goes down I'm starving. I don't avoid it. It's what my body is used to so I just take the right amount of insulin and have at it.

seabreezz
seabreezz 2012-05-19 18:38:27 -0500 Report

I found the best way for me to avoid the night time munchies is by changing what i do in the evening. Instead of sitting in front of the TV find something to do with your hands. I put together puzzles. If you dont like puzzles try knitting anything that will keep your hands busy. Worked very well for me. Hope it helps.

SugaRae13
SugaRae13 2012-05-19 16:03:20 -0500 Report

I have found that sometimes even after having a well portioned snack I am STILL hungry! (I tend to stay up late and munch and then I don't want breakfast!) I have discovered that brushing my teeth everytime I crave after my last snack has reduced my desire to eat. Food tasts kinda nasty and when I remove the sugar remnants from my mouth I do not crave as much.

JanRW
JanRW 2012-05-19 12:50:02 -0500 Report

These are great, usable suggestions / tips! I found this link in my Diabetic Connect email this morning…so glad that I read this!
Thanks!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-05-19 11:40:52 -0500 Report

I could eat everything in my house in the evening so I completely get what you are saying. I take my insulin in morning and evening and my health care specialist told me I need to eat 30 grams of carbs within 15 minutes of taking my insulin so I must eat carbs. I ran into trouble eating protein instead of carbs so my diabetes nurse said that was because I did not consume carbs so the hard boiled egg wouldn't work for me. Now I eat a little low fat cheese and a handful of strawberries in the evening and that does seem to help keep my BS where they need to be in the evening. If you like high fiber cereals you could munch on that with a handful of blueberries or you could munch on an apple with some peanutbutter in the evening. I hope this works for you. Good Luck.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-05-19 08:57:38 -0500 Report

It is good to hear that someone else is battling the issue of snacking in the evenings. I have been battling this problem for a few years now and have come to the conclusion that there is no simple answer. I believe the suggestion of eating a hard-boiled egg is a solid suggestion. Another thing that I have adopted recently is a large dill pickle. It stimulates the taste buds, has no calories to speak of and the vinegariness is supposed to be good for diabetics. If you don’t like dill pickles I would not expect you to adopt that one. Good luck going forward.

crazeknot
crazeknot 2011-12-09 15:42:41 -0600 Report

When I get the munchies? I try eating Quaker Rice cakes, the come in several different flavors. Flex seed Corn Meal Cakes w/ peanut butter on them, take care of night time snacking. The old stand- by is popcorn w/ spike or Greek seasoning & no maragine or butter. Hope that will help with the snacking!!!

Edie
Edie 2012-01-03 12:37:52 -0600 Report

it's not avoiding snacking at night it is how much and what we snack on that is the problem. During the day set up your last snack of the Day and put it where you can find it easily then when you take last meds for the night grab your snack leave the kitchen and not return for the rest of the night. Go to bed about an hour after your snack that may help you better.

bub
bub 2012-01-14 11:06:40 -0600 Report

now that im on insulin it is harder and i get hungry at night so before bed i eat a hard boiled egg they say that the carbs are harder to digest and it has helped with the am bs and im not as hungry

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-01-14 11:18:24 -0600 Report

Hard boiled egg sounds like a good choice. I sometimes snack on a little thinkly sliced turkey or a piece of mozzarella string chees (not the kind with cheddar).

Edie
Edie 2011-02-18 23:12:51 -0600 Report

I am going back to making my snack baggies in the Morning and then when I start Supper I will get out my night time Snack and lock up the kitchen for the Night that way I only have the one snack and my drink to go to bed on. Hope this helps you too.

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2011-02-15 09:13:38 -0600 Report

I sometimes get those munchies at night, and I find what works for me is to grab an apple or eat a little plain vanilla yogurt and then throw my music on and do about 15-30 minutes of dance aerobics. After that, I'm too worked up to be tempted to eat anything else…lol

hogwarts
hogwarts 2011-02-15 08:26:22 -0600 Report

stay away from the TV. I pick which shows I really want to watch, watch them, and then leave the room to go read a book or sew. I used to watch a show I like and then just sit and watch whatever else came on whether I like it or not. Get away from the darn thing!

Edie
Edie 2011-01-12 08:51:32 -0600 Report

Try putting together a snack for Bedtime and then taking it out of the Frig when you are putting away left overs from Supper if there is none as soon as the dishes are done try taking out your snack and then staying out of the kitchen for the rest of the night. That is what I have to do, I have stopped overeatting at night and my numbers are coming down alittle more each day. Thank God for his help each Morning before you start your day it has helped me alot.
Your Friend Always;
Edie

i3ski
i3ski 2011-01-05 17:40:02 -0600 Report

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I am overwhelmed with all the great ideas and smart attack plans that everyone has come up with. I'm definitely going to add more fiber to the diet and work at getting away from the TV this winter. Now I have several options to attack my bad habits with. Thanks again.

Dennis4535
Dennis4535 2011-12-09 14:34:45 -0600 Report

I find that if I make up a lg pan of tomato soup and store in frig,when I want something in the evening ,I just heat up a cup of soup.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-01-05 12:25:21 -0600 Report

I agree with several of the comments below about including fiber in your dinner meal to lessen hunger, if hunger is the issue. I also have a one-carb serving snack before bed. If that's not enough, pile on those veggies that are guilt-free, like cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, roasted red bell peppers etc. Without dressing of course, unless its a little balsamic vinegar, or perhaps a bit of olive oil with the spinach.

Usha K
Usha K 2010-11-06 11:17:22 -0500 Report

The first thing to do is to find out wht time you take dinner everyday. Make sure you eat by 6:00p.m. in winter time if you are living in a cold country like USA. Second try taking a menu that is your choice to give you the satisafaction of food. But choose one whi h has fiber in it . I tried the Ragi flour soup with tomatoes walnuts almonds and raisins iin it. You can try oatmeal with differetn flavours or corn bread meal sugarless. I also got the seasonal vegetables like acorn squash infact all squashes have substanttial amount of fiber and they are clourful tasty and delicious to your appetitite.They are full of fiber when abked with their skin and eaten with teh skin on it. Bake twice or bake at the highest degree 425 or so. Eat this just 1 hour before you go to bed and believe me you will sleep well and get up only in the morning for using the bathroom!

I tired it and it works well.

Usha

MewElla
MewElla 2011-01-05 10:39:40 -0600 Report

Away I go to the grocery store for squash…ready to try anything that will help. Thanks very much.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-11-06 10:33:33 -0500 Report

Don't try the kitchen sink, they are rough on your teeth and digestive tract.
Remember this is only an opinion.
You might try, sewing, crocheting or knitting. Something to keep your hands busy. Cold glass of water might keep you from filling up on snacks. A little bit of exercise or an activity while you watch tv.
Good luck
Guardian stone

Kaki2ejr
Kaki2ejr 2011-02-17 10:19:37 -0600 Report

I think this is spot on. When I stopped smoking almost 3 yrs. ago, the biggest problem I had was what to do with my hands. (I actually had a "healing" from nicotine so withdrawal wasn't a factor as I know it is with food). Luckily my computer usage and my love of reading got me through a lot.

whitetigress
whitetigress 2010-11-06 09:26:22 -0500 Report

Not knowing your daily routine (if you have one), I am going to suggest blindly that you may not be eating enough during the day. One very common reason for snaking at night will be not eating enough during the day. I am not suggesting more carbs (again blindly :D) but more of other foods.

Also, is snacking at night an old habit or a new one? What types of food do you normally snack on in the evening, maybe you can find healthier substitutes.

CAT1949
CAT1949 2010-11-06 07:55:26 -0500 Report

thanks for the idea, sounds good to eat yogart and blue berries, I live in the nortwest. can you tell me, what is the difference between regular yogart and the greek yogart? I have been hearing about greek yogart lately and am wondering what it is. I know it cost more for sure.

Zoitsa
Zoitsa 2012-05-31 01:58:18 -0500 Report

Greek yogurt is nothing moe than yogurt from which liquid has been removed. There is no need to pay extra for it- just wrap some yogurt in cheesecloth or put it in a sieve,suspend it over a bowl and let it drip until it has the consistency of cream cheese. (Save the whey, the liquid that has dripped out, to add to soups or sauces, because it contains valuable nutrients.)

Henny Penny
Henny Penny 2010-11-06 07:42:41 -0500 Report

I eat 1/2 cup of no fat Greek yogart with 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries. Or 2 tablespoons of almond butter on 2-3 crackers.

clamman
clamman 2010-05-28 11:55:58 -0500 Report

I also use the lupin8 which is all natural and easy to use i buy it on line from cvs i do not think it is in cvs stores only on their online store

Edie
Edie 2010-05-07 09:29:14 -0500 Report

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average
average 2010-04-11 21:18:39 -0500 Report

I use a all natural flour product that I picked up from the Diabetes people when I was in Australia and I buy it now from cvs online. It is great you ad it to your food and it stops all the snack attacks i used to get and is makes me feel much healthier for it and i have lost 45 pounds just by adding it to my morning and night meals you should look it up lupin8 works for me

doc mike
doc mike 2010-05-05 08:48:19 -0500 Report

Can you be more specific. I looked on cvs online and there are so many to choose from it's confusing. What is the name of the product you mentioned?

seabolt
seabolt 2010-04-11 16:26:41 -0500 Report

I had a friend who was the same way and her doctor told her to eat cottage chesse and sugar free fruit with a small amount of gronila on top she said it did the trick for her. good luck.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-03-23 18:51:33 -0500 Report

I struggle with this also, so my first defense is to not sit in front of the TV. I try to do something else. Get out of the house, read a book, get on the computer....anything to keep my mind and fingers busy. LOL My issue is rarely hunger, it is boredom or just pure addiction.

This is going to sound stupid, but it really works for me. Have you seen the no water tooth brushes called Whisps? These have little brush side and a soft curved pick side. There is a small amount of mouth wash in it also, so you have 3 flavors to choose from. I get one of those and watch TV with that. I keeps my mouth busy with no calories or carbs. I just have it and fidget with it while I watch TV. Not so pretty, but either is a high glucose reading later on. Plus I have minty fresh breath when I go to bed. LOL

Toothferry
Toothferry 2012-05-20 10:22:09 -0500 Report

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If we can some how get a hold of what is going on in the flick, what is behind it, many lives could be changed and truly …blessed. It could change many lives and ours, just as it did the fellows in this flick!( It has sure helped change mine!)

It certainly has motivated me to DO SOMETHING besides look, read, think, stew &…talk or I wouldn't have ever done something like this; write & take the time to try and help others to also see the forest through the trees & being sick has also helped just as it did the fellows in this flick.

Lets let the great motivation behind this flick be a springboard to real change in, not only our lives, but all those that love us and who have every really dared to care, but Gabby, ma dear, the very first one to do that, change, has to be me & …YOU!

The "flick" helped me to come to see, realize & to remember that God already does love me in a very real way, and Gabby, God loves …YOU & all who have gotten this far! We don't have to "go it" alone, for that never was His plan.

Let us feel His love for me & YOU & let that love, His. made …real, change hearts and motivate lives, just as it did the men in the flick who just got really fed up and mad about always being SICK & TIRED but DID SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT IT!

See it, THE FLICK!

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FiberAll
FiberAll 2010-03-13 13:26:18 -0600 Report

I eat a meal at 4:30 PM and then my Vitamins and drugs and then at bed time about 8:00-9:00 PM I eat a small meal and then take my bed time pills, I am going to bed about 10:30 PM. I know this is not going to be agreeable, but I eat and use 'Organic' rice and or high fiber foods more during the day along with apples and less goodies helps me to be less hungry for snacks and meals at night. I have found that in the past when I ate low fiber bread, I would be hungry much more often, I do not use the words, White This and White that, its the fiber content I look at although I do eat things which are supposed to be bad and too cheap, so I am not always doing what I know is right.

I hear that boredom causes more eating, but its what I have eaten in the past which caused more hungry and if I am tired, and not getting enough sleep, I am tired and therefore I am going to eat more meals during the day, but more in the late afternoon as stated here.

sallyt40
sallyt40 2010-03-12 23:59:20 -0600 Report

If you can't stop snacking , Snack on almonds or walnuts and drink a big glass of water that helps.Snack on some string cheese to . It does not spike your sugar level and the nuts help your sugar stay low and help lower it to .

truckerfriend2002
truckerfriend2002 2010-03-12 23:52:10 -0600 Report

I find that if I chew gum when I start wanting to snack helps me. Sometimes it doenst work but most of the time it does. The flavor from the gum helps with wanting sweets, and the chewing motion helps because it is the same as chewing food.

DLBru
DLBru 2010-03-07 01:38:24 -0600 Report

I agree with drinking water and using flavoring packets to change it up, there are many varieties out there. Also I enjoy air popped popcorn, I like it plain but you can use a salt and or butter substitute, try garlic powder or even splenda or stevia for a change of pace. Almonds and pistachios are good, and of course sugar free gum (I have five different kinds in my purse right now) And if you need to drop weight, drink an 8-12 oz glass of a fiber drink mix about 1/2 hour before a meal will help you fill fuller, I like the pink lemonade metamucil.

OMG-T2
OMG-T2 2010-03-02 15:16:06 -0600 Report

I wish I could offer up some great tips to avoid snacking at night, but I have the opposite problem, I SHOULD have a snack at night to help my BS level for the morning! I did a little experiment last night and had a very small snack about 30 minutes before bed time and it seemed to knock my BS level down a bit upon waking…I was happy!

Ooo, I just realized a way to possibly stave off excessive snacking at night. After you've done all the eating/snacking - whatever, you feel you should, go brush your teeth! There's nothing like the prospect of getting junk in your teeth or coating 'em up with food/drink particles to stop you from eating beyond that point. At least that's the way I feel about it - aside from just not feeling like snacking at night, I HATE brushing my teeth at bed time and then getting stuff all over my choppers!

I guess I had a tip after all! And lowered BS this morning — life is beautiful!

mrs. robin
mrs. robin 2010-03-06 13:53:58 -0600 Report

i use lots of water and if i really have to eat a snack before i go to bed, i usually take a piece of fruit, that seems to help. Most of all it is about self control, which is very hard

parrothead
parrothead 2010-03-02 14:49:24 -0600 Report

I found out that is I am watching TV and get a bowl of nuts w/shells on and sit and crack and eat them, I don't eat as much. It is time consuming to crack the healthly snack.

glybucyn
glybucyn 2010-03-02 13:20:13 -0600 Report

Several pounds later, I finally figured out that the later I stay up, the more I eat! Solution: go to bed earlier. It wasn't easy shaking the bad habit of staying up late. I started by going to bed 15 minutes earlier every day for a week, then 1/2 hour, then 45 minutes etc. Hope this helps!!

Tehra
Tehra 2010-03-01 16:15:24 -0600 Report

i had the same problem! i was always craving something sweet really and i would eat just about anything i came across but then i tried baked sweet potato an hour before bed and i found that my "sweet" cravings dwindling away in no time and as and extra added bonus i feel fuller longer and i am able to lay down and fall asleep before the hunger strikes again!…only problem i have with it now is i am addicted to baked sweet potatoes! oh and they have the potatoes available at most Wal-marts in the produce section that are microwavable in just mins! another plus!

mammaeagle
mammaeagle 2010-03-07 20:39:49 -0600 Report

You are good. Sweet potatoes are so chock full of nutrients, they offset the sugars. I find that the more concentrated the nutrients in my food, the less cravings I have. Did you know that sweet potatoes are also a wonderful raw veggie? I thought it sounded terrible when I first heard about it. But they are really tasty. Slice them in thin rounds. Serve with other crudites. I also make pancakes out of leftover baked ones. I use maple syrup with them, but you could use sugar free syrup.

Edie
Edie 2010-03-01 09:17:12 -0600 Report

I set up my Bedtime snack just after Eating my Supper and that way I get it and nothing else for the night. Once my snack is out of the Frig. with my bedtime shot also then the Frig and cupboards are off limits to me.
I hope this can help you as it has me.

roger
roger 2010-03-01 11:02:26 -0600 Report

i have a spoon of peanutbutter when i just have to have something sweet
or put some on a banana
or like i posted earler try to keep my hands bis on ps or i work out started this new class only two in it so far my wife and i it is called sexersize (she wont let any one join ) i even told her now was the best time i cant see them but i got a NO) ha ha ha

Stanaclaus
Stanaclaus 2010-03-01 08:57:53 -0600 Report

Don't eat in your tv chair…In small steps place your snack in another room - even with in sight- get out of your chair and go to the other room and have one item of your snack and go sit down again. Do not bring the snack to the chair. You not only get the exercise of going to get the snack but over time it will get longer between trips.
Drinking water is good but sometimes the taste prevents any cosumptsion from the tap. I have found that going to the grocery store and getting a quart bottle of concentrated lemon juice -about three dollars or less- and mixing with the tap water not only lets me drink more water it also satisfies the thirst. Its like having a soda with out the carbonation or sugar. Cost less than bottled and flavored too.

CBERNARD
CBERNARD 2010-02-28 19:15:07 -0600 Report

I too had a Knack for snacking late at night . Since Jan 11 th 2010 i spoke to my Doctor and he recommended a product called Bios life slim. not only have i lost 12 lbs and have cut my insuline use in half since then and i have cut out snack practically all together. this product is absolutely amazing and is something all diabetics should know about. i found it at www.bioslifeslim.com/fatloss

DIVAgal
DIVAgal 2010-02-28 21:33:14 -0600 Report

I have found that if I let myself get tooo hungry, it is much worse…One of my favorite snacks is 1 slice of high fiber bread, spread with diet syrup and peanut butter. It fills me up and tastes very good…Keeping water in a filtered pitcher on top of the cabinet also helps… Good luck!!

hhenry2141
hhenry2141 2010-02-28 22:17:42 -0600 Report

I noticed a lot of people suggested carrot sticks but I thought carrots are high in sugar. I like to drink a cup of warm green tea with equal. Sip slowly and savor the different flavors out now.

doc mike
doc mike 2010-03-01 07:04:56 -0600 Report

The only reason a doctor would unprescribe a glucometer is if you are not diabetic or at least borderline. There are many medical supplyers out there who will give you one for free and all the things that go with it. You only have to have proof that you are diabetic from a licensed physician or hospital record.
Drinking water is good but more than a gallon can cause a shift in your electrolites and could be a problem. Crystal light drinks are fine for some people but I think the Celestial Seasons herbal teas sweetened with stevia (a natural sweetener) are much better.
Try a banana instead of an apple. It's just as good if not better. Look at the nutritional data web site on bananas. You'll be surprised. The potasium content could help if you have muscle cramps at night.
Celery sticks with peanut butter.. I like crunchy because it takes longer to chew.. or hard cheese slivers help me with the TV snacking but I have to set a limit of 5-6 only. Don't precut them and bag them. Taking time to pull them off the stalk washing and triming them takes time and reduces your craving.
One more thing…if you eat 2 or 3 slices of lean turkey breast with or without bread. It will make you drowsy because it contains tryptophane and alleviate your craving. Also help you sleep better . Many hospitals serve their patients a 9PM snack of a turkey sandwich to help them sleep. Good snacking everyone.

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-01 09:47:35 -0600 Report

No, that is not the only reason. The first doctor who read my test results said that I am but he relocated before we could establish treatment. He was replaced by a new doctor. The new doctor said that I wasn't. He ignored the test results from the previous 3 months claiming they no longer applied and canceled my prescription. I had been watched closely for the last 1 1/2 years and I had already started exercising more and changing my food plan and lost 5 pounds. I was glad the test results were lower, but that doesn't change a diagnosis. He was rude to the point of shocking my friend who was in the room with me. I consulted another doctor and was told I am diabetic. So in answer to your comment, sometimes doctors do things because they are educated differently, or just because they are misinformed uncaring jerks, but that's just my opinion of course.

Edie
Edie 2010-03-01 09:58:18 -0600 Report

Go to the other Dr. get what you need and then turn the other one into the Medical Board for his uncaring ways. He is there to help you not put you down and treat you wrong.
Kick butt if you have to, and Remind him you are paying him to help you control your Sugar. If your A1c is over 4.5 then I believe your a Diabetic and nothing can change that. Not even if your A1c comes down. Good Luck with the Doctors and getting your meter.
If I end up with an extra one I will gladly send it to you.

charlenef
charlenef 2010-02-28 15:02:17 -0600 Report

Have you tried chewing sugarless gum, I find that if I chew gum, I get the satisfaction of chewing, and flavor without actually eating.

CBERNARD
CBERNARD 2010-02-28 19:12:41 -0600 Report

I too had a Knack for snacking late at night . Since Jan 11 th 2010 i spoke to my Doctor and he recommended a product called Bios life slim. not only have i lost 12 lbs and have cut my insuline use in half since then and i have cut out snack practically all together. this product is absolutely amazing and is something all diabetics should know about. i found it at www.bioslifeslim.com/fatloss

callsheb
callsheb 2010-04-12 00:27:02 -0500 Report

it sounds like a great product, but also pretty expensive especially if anyone is like my dh and is laid off. I could not afford this product. What happen's if I was to get it and not like it.

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