Why am I craving so badly?

Doc 720
By Doc 720 Latest Reply 2011-03-16 23:45:58 -0500
Started 2011-01-12 11:31:54 -0600

OK, I am in a period of quandary. This has never happened before but for the past three weeks or so, I have been craving, to the point of being ravenous, for comfort foods or as many call them - MAJOR CARBS.

People we are talking in two days I have polished off eight (8) of those “Schwan’s Personal Pizza;s”; Ham and Cheese Bagel Sandwiches; My Kids Kraft Mac & Cheese; Cracker Barrel’s Country Fried Steak with gravy, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Fried Okra, Mac&Chz, and the Apple Pie Alamode; Hardees Steak Biscuit and Gravy; etc…

I cannot get enough; especially over the past week. I will be asking the “MAGIC” folks on Friday when I go see them. Sorry MAGIC is a relatively new clinic/concept at the VA Medical Center in Salem, VA. I do not know if this is throughout the VA or not. MAGIC, itself is an acronym for: Metabolic Assistance Group Intervention Clinic.

My BGs are maintaining with a LOT of Lantus in the low to mid 200's with an occasional hit of Novolog. I have to be honest. I have not been good with my injections lately either.

Any insight until I get to the clinic would be appreciated. I know I can’t be the only one who has been in this sort of situation.

Your input and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Doc - I may be called "Doc" but that does not mean this is my specialty!

10 replies

EJMac 2011-03-16 22:48:19 -0500 Report

Someone told me to try fiber pills or be sure I am getting enough fiber that helps me feel full. It seems to be working for me. Alot less cravings. I do drink alot of water too.

jayabee52 2011-03-16 22:53:23 -0500 Report

I've been drinking a lot of fiber too! Metamucil. It really fills me up. not so hungry since I've started that.

echowit 2011-01-19 23:36:10 -0600 Report

Wow! That's a lotta carbs. But to your point, I hear you. Thought it was just me but sounds like there's a carbo-epidemic out there.

I found that thirst was a big contributer to my craving. (Well, actually SWMBO told me it was probably thirst and she was right as usual.) So now I try a glass of water first. Luckily, it doesn't always work (snicker). (THATS 'snicker', NOT "Snickers")

Give it a try tho, & Good Luck.

GabbyPA 2011-01-12 18:13:22 -0600 Report

How long have you had diabetes? I know I dreaded my first winter because I know I love those comfort foods too. I think it is natural for our bodies to crave those things because in the winter we need more calories naturally to keep warm. Plus there is a lot of emotion attached to those kinds of foods. I get it phases like that and I am happy to say the pass and I have survived. You have made the first step and that is realizing that you are doing it. If you can, find a good snack that you really love that is better for you and maybe over indulge in that versus the mac and cheese. For me, pork rinds can do the trick. They have no carbs, but all the crunchy, snaky, coziness I need. Plus I have to eat them slow, so it makes a safer snack than the cookie jar.

tabby9146 2011-01-16 11:08:35 -0600 Report

I've been craving them more this winter than last. It has been so cold here in Alabama and the colder it is, the more I crave them, but so far at least most of the time, I fight the temptation. Sometimes I cook a healthier version of certain comfort foods, which maybe you can do, or your wife can. It isn't hard and I'm sure right here on DC, there are some good comfort food recipes. But I know what you mean!

Doc 720
Doc 720 2011-01-12 23:16:51 -0600 Report

I am going on 5 years now. Only 1.5 on insulin though.

GabbyPA 2011-01-13 08:27:28 -0600 Report

Is there another stress that is going on that is making the cravings so strong? Or maybe it is just so much colder that you are used to this year and your body is reacting.

Doc 720
Doc 720 2011-01-13 12:48:44 -0600 Report

There are a lot of stresses right now, but none that appear to be overwhelming or specific to any one thing such as when I think about "X" I only feel better eating a pizza.

It is more, My Belly feels empty and the only way I can reduce this discomfort by eating a very rich and filling meal/item.

gorrilla 2011-01-15 14:55:16 -0600 Report

I think stress is the main thing that messes with my cravings. Stress and too much time on my hands. I notice when I'm at work, I only crave carbs when I'm stessed. My job gives me most weekends as three day weekends. If I sit around the house by myself, I've got to watch what I eat. This is one thing this site does for me, as now I have someone to talk to, distracting my mind from wanting to nibble. Lot's of people who eat out of boredom can alleviate the problem with something to keep occupied with.
Try to keep some things around that won't kick your BS numbers up too much. I spent the whole morning in the breakfast section of the recipes on this site.(Breakfast is my favorite meal, I think.) Found some really good ones, and a few that while not as good a zero carbs, look like they could make a good sub for "comfort foods".
Talking to others here is an excellant way to divert one's mind from the cravings also. Just don't sit at the keyboard with a bowl of ice cream! Make it a rule "Never eat at the computer!" Your keyboard will live longer without the crumbs, as well as you will live longer, also! Try to develope some personal connections here, so that you'd rather be here connected, than somewhere else, eating and destroying your progress. This disease can be controlled, but only by taking it one day at a time. You start with one minute, then one hour, and so on. Use your willpower, and exercise it! Make it stronger by exercising it! Works just like a muscle, use it everyday, it gets stronger. Use it not at all, it atrophies to nothing. This causes more stress, makes you feel worse about your lack of self control, and you see the circle your heading in?
Another thing to watch out for is far more subtle. Those "comfort foods" are probably something that either you've developed a taste for recently, as stress relievers, or more likely, they remind you(subconsciously) of times when someone else had control and responsibility. Happy times, most likely childhood. Your subconscious wants to retreat there in times of stress. Realizing this should help a mature adult to deal with the cravings, and defeat them. We all live with wishing to be back before we had LIFE to deal with every day, but know that we can't go back.

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