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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (137,610)
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6/2/13 2:36 A

People often don't tune in to when their body needs food, and as a result either eat constantly, or don't recognize that they should be eating. I think that setting an alarm (watch or mobile phone) to remind you to eat something would be a good idea. That would save your blood sugars going into a bungy-jumping mode, which is not healthy - especially for a Diabetic!

Have you been referred to a Dietitian to help with your requirements? If not, then perhaps asking your Dr for a referral to one would be helpful - based on YOUR needs, and not some-one else's unqualified opinion.

Best of luck,
Kris

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
6/1/13 11:32 P

I am a diabetic who eats low carb, so I never feel hungry. I schedule meals at 3 times of the day.. 9 a.m, 4 p.m., and 11 p,.m... about 600 calories each. Eating this way I have gotten off all my meds, so unlike you, I don't have to worry about low blood sugars much, which you do. I still have to make sure I eat at certain times.

You should be mindful of the quantity, and types of carbs you eat, and eat at regular intervals. You don't have the luxury of eating when hungry. You are eating to keep your blood sugars stable. Both low blood sugars, and high blood sugars have their risks, and you don't want either. Divide your carbs up evenly between your meals, so you don't have a bunch at one meal, and almost none at another, and pay attention to the #'s, and then with your doctor make changes as needed.

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6/1/13 4:21 P

I have diabetes as well and when I get those crashes I would get ravenous as well, I'd eat half of my pantry, but like everyone said I've really been trying to keep my insulin levels steady by eating snacks every few hours, especially if I'm going to work out. There are times when I don't feel hungry but I know that I should still eat something, usually almonds, a glass of milk or an apple just to have something in my system.

KEEPGOINGEMILY SparkPoints: (20,164)
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6/1/13 4:11 P

Probably best to get into a habit of eating at regularly-timed intervals, as the others have mentioned. Once you do, you will likely start getting hungry at those times.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,334)
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6/1/13 3:35 P

I hear you describing sugar-crashes. I would stick to meats, veggies, fats, and low-sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, etc.) for now, eating every 3-4 hours in small amounts.
Example:
6am hard boiled egg
9am turkey bacon
1pm chicken salad with veggies and olive oil
4pm celery sticks with cream cheese
7pm 4oz fish, roasted asparagus, side salad, olive oil
9pm 4-6oz plain greek yogurt

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 6/1/2013 (19:47)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,893
6/1/13 9:10 A

Timed snacks give your body steady supply of fuel, and if you wait more than 3 hours to eat your blood glucose drops, and so do your energy levels...eat something even if it is small....some good ideas to keep blood sugar balanced are to eat small slices of avocado through the day, Almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, pecans and walnuts contain healthy fat ...portion control is the key so have a few in between meals....Some vinegar in your diet may improve your blood sugar overall so have a small vinegar and olive oil salad daily.....

Grab a peach, a pear, a handful of cherries, an apricot, a kiwi, a granny apple, a plum as all are low carb...eat berries as they have the least impact on blood sugar....Get some Daisy Cottage Cheese as a serving has only 4 carbs...have a tablespoon or two....

2 teaspoons of peanut butter with low sodium crackers

Have a hard boiled egg...Eggs Are Loaded with Nutrients & lots of vitamins.

1/2 cup Cottage Cheese and a handful of Matchstick carrots, flaxseeds around 75 calories
String Cheese 80 calories

Whole Grain Cocktail Rye Bread, get a 3 ounce pull top can Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, chop 3 grape tomatoes and a little cucumber or red onion... great snack

Wasabi peas provide a low-fat snack and quick fuel for energy...a handful about 120 calories

Black Olives which do contain fat, but it's the healthy monounsaturated kind and they hydrate you, have 5 or 6 stuffed with reduced fat cream cheese

Try Garlic stuffed green olives...just to take the edge off....even a thin slice of rye bread with a tad of peanut butter will help as rye bread digests slowly...so there is no rapid rise in blood sugar.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 6/1/2013 (09:19)
JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
6/1/13 8:46 A

A diabetic should be very mindful of carbohydrate intake. Eat at the lowest end of your SP range. IMO a diabetic should not eat breads or cereals ever, even the "healthy whole grain" kinds raise blood sugars dramatically. Opt for low glycemic vegetables and fruits at meals instead.

When you eliminate the sugar highs and lows you'll find that ravenous must eat now feeling disappears.

Best to you,
April

DIADONNA SparkPoints: (819)
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6/1/13 8:39 A

Hello everyone and good day!
what is a diabetic to do when not hungry? Usually by time I get hungry my sugars go very d then I am just throwing food in my mouth, usually not good food! Any ideas and help would be much appreciated.
donna

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