I have no clue of what I should be eating

By moe9848 Latest Reply 2015-12-28 10:23:27 -0600
Started 2010-05-14 11:01:27 -0500

I've never been told as to how many carb I should have daily. I also need to lose a considerable amount of weight, but I always feel hungry even after I just finished eating. Help!

New Member,

Maureen McKee

P.S. Some of the recipes seem to contain quite a bit of fat grams.

5 replies

Dan360 2015-12-28 10:23:27 -0600 Report

I think it is important to realize that the hunger you experience is typical for the type 2 diabetic. It is caused by your resistance to insulin. While your blood glucose is high the glucose being delivered to your body for energy is still low causing you to still want to eat. The fact is that there are two ways to reduce insulin resistance — exercise and weight loss. That is the long term goal. You will experience hunger like you do now until you can answer to that call. Now, when you do eat more than you would normally need for energy it will just build more fat molecules. That is what your body is programmed to do. Of course diet is important for weight loss but it is hard to diet when your body is telling you that it is still hungry.

GabbyPA 2010-05-14 13:55:23 -0500 Report

Hi Maureen,

What I was told to do is eat my normal type of intake (try to make it healthy though) for a week, write it all down and add up the calories and the carbs. Try not to track too many things in the start, it gets depressing. Focus on just one or two. Then you have what is "normal" for you. Then you look at some goals.

Say you want to keep your carbs between 30-45 for a meal. and keep your calories around 400 or so per meal. A snack usually about 15 carbs and 100 calories. Find a place that you think you can reach that starts the reduction but doesn't put you in panic mode making you want to eat everything in the house. Make choices that have more fiber in them, that helps so much. I can eat a large lettuce and spinach salad for the same "cost" as a 1/2 cup of spaghetti. If you add a little protein and some nuts, you can be full for a while. Choose a whole food such as an apple in place of a juice or a cookie. Then as you begin to feel comfortable, continue to decrease your intake until you are getting to your goals.

I worked this way with my nutritionist and my doctor. I got a goal that I knew would freak me out, so we compromised and I worked my way to my goal. I have kept of 60 pounds. I have more to go, but it has stayed off for about 18 months so far.

Here are some other things that might help you out:


http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos?query=my+life+as+a+pin+cushion (this guy is great!)

Harlen 2010-05-14 12:20:37 -0500 Report

I count carbs and for me I can only have 45 a day or I use a lot of insulin.You can only do one thing at a time iether carbs or fats.All foods have one or the other and a lot have fats and carbs.For me to start I cut down on the carbs stopped drinking reg Pepsi cut the bread ,rice,pasta,and yey the sweets .It takes time to get it all worked out .One thing that did help me was to use a Little fiber-all with a glass of water
it helped mefeel full
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-05-14 11:11:21 -0500 Report

One thing that I have found to be true with carb rationing is not to plummet from a high carb diet to a no carb diet or you will be hungry. Drink water with meals because it will fill you up. I usually try to have 20-30 grams of carbs per meal and up to 15 for snacks. I eat less food but I eat more often. You'll find what works for you and soon we'll be coming to you for advice. I've recently lost 20 pounds and I don't know how except that I got off sugared soft drinks, watch carbs but I don't count them, and ramped up the exercise. Baby steps… tweak what you were doing that didn't work and you'll soon find what does.

SkipT 2010-05-14 16:27:41 -0500 Report

The day I was diagnosed I went from eating like a pig to just 30 grams of carbs a day (6-12-12 program). I made sure that I DID eat enough fat though and hunger was never an issue.