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Having trouble eating healthy

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

All my standbys are making me gag, and the green smoothie I normally drink every morning, made me gag today. Uggh. I am craving white bread with baloney and fake cheese slices, heck anything fake cheese, cheese burgers, shakes, candy cookies. All the stuff I can not touch because diabetes. Help! Anyone one care to share so yummy recipes or ideas? I am having a bad day, I am thinking I should go back to bed and try again tomorrow. 

post #2 of 17

Could you bake some healthy cookies? Maybe even add a few chocolate chips, but make them generally healthier with oatmeal, dried fruit, no  sugar (applesause can be used to sweeten them)? 

post #3 of 17

It really sucks being diabetic. It sucks even more being diabetic while pregnant. 

But there are a lot of different healthy options for snacks and such. 

 

Sliced veggies with a creamy dressing for dip can help get rid of the fake cheese craving. And since veggies don't change your blood sugar (with a few minor exceptions) you're good to eat as many as you want. 

 

Slices of low fat cheddar with some crackers are good too. Even melted cheese on triscuits are relatively healthy. Just don't eat the whole box of crackers.(My biggest challenge...)

 

You can still eat things like cookies and candy. Just in tiny amounts. I keep a small supply of Jelly Bellies on hand because they're one gram of carb each. Meaning when I get desperate, I can eat five of them and not really affect my sugar too much. 

 

Could you be craving the calcium in the fake cheeses or the b12 in the meat? Sometimes we crave what we need the most. Hence my recent steak kick...

 

I'm not sure if you've seen a dietician for your pregnancy with diabetes, but they're often abundantly helpful with snack ideas that are healthy. 

 

If I come up with more ideas, I'll let you know. Good luck!

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

Could you bake some healthy cookies? Maybe even add a few chocolate chips, but make them generally healthier with oatmeal, dried fruit, no  sugar (applesause can be used to sweeten them)? 



With diabetes, while sugar is an immediate problem, the bigger problem is carbs. Oatmeal takes longer to digest which isn't so bad, but even healthy cookies and cakes need to be taken into consideration for the strict diets most of us are on. 

It kind of sucks.

post #5 of 17


Hmmm...that does kind of suck! I am honestly not very familiar with diabetes. Would it help to make it a high-protein cookie? Like with nuts and/or peanut butter as well? Gosh, I wish I had more suggestions. 

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Originally Posted by JynxGirl View Post



With diabetes, while sugar is an immediate problem, the bigger problem is carbs. Oatmeal takes longer to digest which isn't so bad, but even healthy cookies and cakes need to be taken into consideration for the strict diets most of us are on. 

It kind of sucks.



 

post #6 of 17

What are your standbys? 

 

Have you been dealing with nausea?

 

How are your blood sugars doing? 

 

I don't know a whole lot about diabetic pg, but I know hypoglycemic pg, and if I space my dinner too far before bedtime and don't have a snack, I can wake up in the place you're in right now (because my BS has bottomed out) - where nothing is good, everything is gaggy and the whole day is off.  When I'm feeling like that, I tend to go by the rule that if I can think about a food and not desire to gag, then I'll try eating it.  So on days like that I'll stand in front of the fridge mentally going through it's contents item by item until I figure out something to eat.  Usually if I can think about it, I can eat it (YMMV, of course).  Last pg my standby was an apple.  Previous pg it was either jack cheese or peanut butter.  Both pg I'd have to start my day off within minutes of getting up with food or my whole day would be shot (normally I don't eat until a couple hours after waking). 

 

And if all that fails, I tend to eat a couple meringue cookies.  Like Jynx's Jelly Bellies, they give me a little bit of boost without the huge carb hit regular cookies have (which would just start a roller coaster ride).  I typically make them, but you might be able to find some premade without a buttload of sugar in them. 

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Oh yeah I can't touch carbs or sugar. My doctor told me its a misconception that diabetics can have sugar.  

 

Normally I eat mostly Raw Vegan, sometimes paleo,this is for health more than anything . But now veggies make me gag. I literally just want to eat cakes and cokies and pies. 

post #8 of 17


What about beans? Do those sound good at all? Bean soups, beans and (brown) rice? Hmm...Maybe try browsing Allrecipes for diabetic food recipes?

 

I feel for you and wish I had better advice or some way to help...Feel better soon...

 

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Originally Posted by Goddess3_2005 View Post

Oh yeah I can't touch carbs or sugar. My doctor told me its a misconception that diabetics can have sugar.  

 

Normally I eat mostly Raw Vegan, sometimes paleo,this is for health more than anything . But now veggies make me gag. I literally just want to eat cakes and cokies and pies. 



 

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks. Its just a bummer that everything I am used to eating I can't. Beans are too high in carbs, so is brown rice. If I eat the higher carb stuff I am going to on insulin and the I am forced to birth in a very unfriendly to natural birth hospital. I am so stressed. 

post #10 of 17

Do you eat any artificial sweeteners?  How do you do with nuts? 

post #11 of 17

To satisfy your "junk food" craving, what about creating some raw food desserts? I have a great cookbook that has dessert recipes that are mostly made up of nuts, dried fruits, etc., and they're really creative - cupcakes, cookies, ice "kream", etc. They're all wheat-free and processed sugar-free (some include a small amount of agave syrup; I personally prefer using honey instead). There's even a recipe for "toast" which is made out of mostly seeds, and a suggestion to make a nut butter and "jam" (the jam is just crushed berries, nothing added) sandwich with it.

 

I know that you can't eat too much of even natural sugars, but maybe these healthier options could be occasional safe treats to satisfy your cravings? Here is the author's blog, which has some recipes:

 

http://aniphyo.com/

 

I don't know how many of the recipes from the book that I have are listed there; the book is called "Ani's Raw Food Desserts". If you want any recipes for any of the things I mentioned above, let me know, and I'll be happy to post them.

post #12 of 17

Check into some raw coconut sugar. The brand we buy is Coconut Secret. It has a GI of 35. It tastes good too! I've tried all the chemical sweetners over the years and this one is actually good!

 

Another thought is that in my 'Natural Pregnancy Book' she says that cravings for sugar can be a signal that you need more protein.

 

HTH!!

post #13 of 17

Oh and I know exactly how you feel. I was craving a white bread sandwich with process cheese, iceberg lettuce and doritios....oh and lots of mayo just yesterday.

post #14 of 17

I've tried coco. sugar - that is really good!

 

Boy Goddess :( I feel so bad for you and Jynx both being diabetic and pregnant. I really wish I had some good recipes or advice.

Here is to hoping your appetite returns in full strength!

post #15 of 17

:( Sorry to hear everything sounds gross. Do you eat fish at all? I find salmon to be easy to prepare, tasty, and doesn't need a lot of other things to go with it (maybe a side veggie). I take a side of salmon, place it on tinfoil (skin side down), cover it in lemon juice, and toss it in the oven for 15-20 minutes (less if it's thin).

 

I'm having trouble eating healthy for different reasons - we're at my inlaws. When we're here, we eat mostly pizza and wings and the like. For Christmas itself, his Italian grandmother stuffs us with homemade pasta. I don't understand how my husband's family are all so thin. Cheese and I aren't getting along great lately (really anything fatty), so I've been trying to find other things to eat.

post #16 of 17

KM84 - I hear ya!  I am going to my in-laws today and will be there 10 days and they don't eat pizza but she does home-cooked meals that are really fatty.  I'm sorta dreading that as well since I have already gained 35+ pounds at this point (just weighed this morning booooo)

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post

Do you eat any artificial sweeteners?  How do you do with nuts? 


 

Would never touch artifical sweeteners they are horrible for you and cause more problems with blood sugar than real sugar. I eat lots of Nuts.

 

Saguaro Moon. i actually have Ani's Book, I forgot that I did, its packed away in my mountain of boxes because we are getting ready to move. I am going to dig it out. I did make some raw cashew cacao ice cream and some raw eggnog cookies yesterday and that really helped. I think i am just going to have to have an un-cooking day to make some treats to help. Its nice to know I can eat 6 raw cookies and it dose not touch my blood sugar! Yeay. PS I am in Mesa, not far from you!

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