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By Latest Reply 2011-01-20 20:57:32 -0600
Started 2010-06-20 16:39:47 -0500

Most of the time I'm really not hungry. Cup of coffee or bottle of soda is enough. My weight does not reflect what I eat. I know I must do better and trust me I will. But if your not hungry what do you do?

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Gemm 2010-09-19 10:33:35 -0500 Report

Hey acurrie - I was never one to eat breakfast or on any real schedule of any kind even though I did raise my children to eat at specific times. I was always just grabbing whatever (usually unhealthy stuff) and didnt' worry a bit about gaining any weight. One of my sisters and I used to have a joke about it too - she'd look at a cake and gain 5 lbs and I'd eat the whole thing and lose 10. Then I turned 40 and all h… broke loose in my body. The last 20 years I can't seem to lose the weight and it seemed the less I ate the more I weighed. Then we found out that my husband was diabetic about 7 - 8 years ago and I went to nutrition counseling with him. That's when I found out it wasn't just what or how much I ate but when as well. Granted that I did often gorge myself or starve myself (not intentionally) either because I just munched rather than actually sit and eat a meal or just didn't eat cause I didn't feel hungry.

Since going to that nutritionist, I've learned to eat better though breakfast is still a bit rough to do as I have to wait at least an hour after taking my morning meds before I eat. Even when I don't "feel" hungry before I get my breakfast by the time I've taken a few bites my body is going - oh, yeah it was time to eat after all. I've also learned to eat on a fairly regular schedule - 5 - 6 small meal-lettes rather than 3 large ones. I call them meal-lettes cause they are smaller than what I used to think a meal was but larger than a snack and I do my best to make them as healthy as possible. I have found also that now my weight is directly related more to the amount of activity and exercise I manage to get (not an easy thing with severe arthritis and other pain related stuff), and I am slowly managing to lose some of the excess. There are still times though when I find myself falling back into those old habits of not eating regularly or well and I'm sure that has a lot to do as well with my not losing as much weight as I could possibly lose. Much of my determination I find also intertwined with my other health issues and the more they act up the less careful I am about watching my diet. This is a fresh issue as I just came through one of those states this past week and actually took a good look at what I was doing and how it may be affecting my general health as well as my pain and BG levels. A couple of days into the increased pain episode I also started to notice a difference in my BG levels both at fasting and after meals. Will be talking to my doc about this when I see him in a couple weeks.

My husband had to have a stroke before it woke him up earlier this year and now he too is being careful what he is eating, when he eats etc and is losing a bit of his excess weight as well. Now he is really being a lot more careful to follow the diet he was given as well as getting exercise. Since his stroke in Apr he has lost about 30 lbs. and I've lost about 10. We work together on this now rather than just me trying to do it alone. It's a lot easier to keep to a healthy eating and exercise routine when you have someone to do it with.

Hugs to ya

Diane987 2010-06-21 19:21:37 -0500 Report

Gabby is right about the starvation mode our bodies go into when we don't eat enough or on a regular basis. You really don't want to put your body through that kind of stress. You might try getting a protein powder and make yourself a shake instead of soda or coffee. If you don't want to go through the trouble of mixing shakes, try something like Glucerna. At least that way you are getting some nutrition out of what you are drinking. I personally like using a whey protein powder instead of Glucerna because of the affects on my blood sugar. The whey powder blended with a little fruit and water with a couple of ice cubes to make it really cold can be really satisfying and light all at the same time. Thirty seconds in the blender is all it takes.

Good luck and God Bless,

GabbyPA 2010-06-22 08:42:51 -0500 Report

Yep, I love my smoothies. We buy fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries and black berries and I slice them up or just freeze them whole (the smaller berries) I divide them up into 2cups per baggie for my strawberries and a 1/2 cup per baggie of the others. Pop them in the freezer and they keep for months. Then I also use coconut water (no sugar added) as my liquid because it has electrolites that help keep our bodies balanced. I use the protein whey as well and blend it up. I make smoothies for me and my hubby almost every morning. You can add flax seed for omegas or chia seed for fiber....there is an endless way you can make them healthy and nutritious.

Diane987 2010-06-22 10:39:14 -0500 Report

I have flax seed but always forget to put them in. I never thought about using coconut water. The electrolytes would help with the dehydration issues diabetics face, especially in the summer heat.

GabbyPA 2010-06-22 18:34:49 -0500 Report

I enjoy the flavor the toasted flax seeds add. It is good. I learned about the coconut water from a guy who lives the RAW food way. He is great to watch (YouTube, my other vice) and he makes me laugh. He grows a lot of his own foods, as do I and I learn a lot from him.

GabbyPA 2010-06-21 18:57:33 -0500 Report

When we eat so little, sometimes our bodies kick into "starvation mode" and will hold onto any calories that come it's way. When we feed our body on a regular basis, it will start to use the energy and you will find that you have more to spare. That is a very basic assessment, but it could be one reason your body is not reflecting the little that you are consuming.

soldierswife 2010-06-21 10:05:28 -0500 Report

I recommend something like special k cereal. it is very light and doesnt have a huge taste at all. It is healthy and fiber friendly so its a plus in 3 ways! fiber, protein and sugar levels!

Harlen 2010-06-20 17:49:29 -0500 Report

I like to eat light and then I can eat more often.
if I look at a lb of candy I gain 2 lbs lol
best wishes

RAYT721 2010-06-20 17:26:59 -0500 Report

The most important meal of the day is breakfast and that's probably the one meal you don't have a taste for. Breakfast sets the stage for the metabolism to function through the day to give you energy, nutrition, etc. Your coffee and/or soda is not going to do it alone. You will need some carbs, protein and fat for a well rounded meal. I can't motivate your body to be hungry but I can suggest lite bites like fat free yogurt, low fat cheese sticks, healthy breakfast bars with protein… something, anything is better than nothing. It's advised to eat less food but to eat more frequently. I literally eat every 2-3 hours. I am not talking about huge meals here. Portion control is very important and I'm also taking various supplements/vitamins as well. You will find the right menu plans that work for you. Healthy eating is more than just calories. It's a whole lifestyle change that you can't accomplish overnight. Drop me a line if you ever need to chat. I don't have all of the answers but I share you frustrations and maybe, just maybe, we can work on things together???

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