Not eating

By Kysiall Latest Reply 2010-11-29 23:15:21 -0600
Started 2010-04-30 00:59:14 -0500

Hi, I have type 2 since 2005 and am very confused about what to eat. But the bigger problem is I have absolutly no appetite. I can go for hours without eating before I realize it. My doctor says I have to force myself to eat but won't tell me what to eat, just to eat small amounts. I don't know what to do. My sugars are not controlled on the meds and the dr. is threating insulin. Any help?

11 replies

Sugah 2010-05-22 13:00:07 -0500 Report

Not eating is not good. You must eat even if it is small servings of vegetable soup (healthy choice) and a few crackers. It may sound like a sick person's diet but you are jump starting your appetite. This works for me. I have periods of not wanting to eat when I am too lazy to prepare the right thing or just want to do "nothing". This is normal. Keep something on hand that is easy to eat.

bace 2010-05-22 11:46:44 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed almost 3yrs ago…I find myself still looking for books on diabetes, cooking for diabetes, anything on the glycemic index. I found so many good idea online, too, about the eating, new recipes, snacks, etc. Educating yourself is so important with diabetes.. I also had to see a diabetic educator, check with your doctor for a clinic or educator in your area. good luck!

Emma2412 2010-05-22 00:03:18 -0500 Report

When you do eat, what exactly do you eat? If you're eating the wrong carbs, perhaps that's why you're not controlled. I know it took me years to find out (even now I still have problems sometimes) knowing what to eat. Since I'm trying to lose weight, I eat quite a lot of salads, especially in the middle of the day, adding either some chicken, cheese or some other kind of protein. Here at DC, someone wrote in about a super healthy grain called quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) which is great because it only raises my reading 2 points. I think you need help. At my local hospital, there's a diabetes class and there's a nuitritionist there who helps people with diet and menus. Perhaps you can find a similar class for yourself. Besides gaining knowledge at such a class about diabetes, you'll also be able to talk to others and that will help a lot.

monkeymama 2010-05-02 19:32:03 -0500 Report

Hello there Kysiall! Have they ever sent you to a diabetic educator or dietician yet? first of all, I agree with Gabby, about insulin not being a bad thing. After three years of the pill, with bad reactions and working than my body rejecting it. I called it quits with the pills after I talked to my nurse educator than. I decided to go on a insulin pump. While waiting for it, I faced my fears and went on the injects. I will NEVER go back again. Insulin is a good thing and it is natural thing. By not eating a little something can also cause your BG to go up. Have you tried eating 3 small meals and 3 small snacks? If your doctor is not telling you how many carbohydrates you are allowed per meal or any form of education. Than there may be a issue with your doctor. You can't just throw someone on pills and be done with the person. Each person's meal plan (carb allowance) is going to be different from the next. Try to see if you can get set up with a dietician to help get you going though. If your a pasta person, try Dreamfields Pasta. It has a lower glycemic index. You may find it helpful to use a book called "Calorie King" and "Nutrition in the Fastlane". These are two great food resources books to help you see what is and is not good. It also describes the diabetes thing in there. Try to hang in there and don't blame yourself for what is going on. You can do it and you will do it.

Anonymous 2010-04-30 17:44:40 -0500 Report

For me, any meat is ok, most any vegie is ok, for snacks, I do carrots, for desserts puddings, jello, ice cream made with splenda. do good with my sugars.

Lunches are harder for me because it's so easy to grab a burger so If I have to eat out I try to grab chili.

Watch the portions, and they told me to eat healthy snacks,

I was told to pick my carb first, if I want the bread then skip the dessert, some vegies are higher in sugar, like corn & beets. so if you can get to a nutricion class == please do that.

they will teach you to read lables, I found some kids cerials were better for me than so called healthy ones, but my sugars spike with carbs unless they are whole grain. Whole grain (not whole wheat) slows the body from being able to this type of carb into sugar so I don't get the spikes in my blood sugar numbers.

I don't know if the above is helpful, it does work for me, some eat fruit but I find a banana will really spike my sugars so I quit most fruit.

Good luck,

GabbyPA 2010-04-30 10:35:09 -0500 Report

Hi Kysiall, welcome to the community.

First of all I have to say that I absolutely HATE it when doctors "Threaten" insulin. That is not a bad thing, it actually is a better option for many people suffering with type 2. So don't look at it as a failure.

Now, have you met with a diabetes educator or a nutritionist? Either of those would be a great assistance in helping you figure out what to eat, how much and times to eat. They can get you on a schedule. It is hard, but skipping meals is really not a good thing, as it makes the fluctuations much worse than they need to be. Something as simple as a hand full of almonds or a small piece of fruit can make a difference.

Here is a page of videos that I just love. This guy is funny and gets his point across. Maybe some of these will help you out.

monkeymama 2010-05-02 19:13:01 -0500 Report

I agree with you with the threatening thing. What is so bad about insulin. Some of these doctors I think if it is too much work-they tend to ignore you or rush you out. Not good!

GabbyPA 2010-05-02 19:15:20 -0500 Report

Yeah, one of my pet peeves.

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2010-11-29 23:15:21 -0600 Report

Seriously, I would like to see a study on how well patients who are given hyperbolic threats do compared to those who get constructive information and encouragement. Not that the docs who use the former would believe the results or change their practice…

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