A Little Help Here Please

I have always struggled with night time eating. I know, keep busy they say, but I think about it each night until I finally give in. Some evenings I need to eat because my diabetic sugars are too low and I need to keep them up during the night. Other evenings I crave salt so badly, and I think that my body must need salt as I don’t add table salt or use table salt.

I have been placed on every restriction, I swear, by my doctor throughout the years. Low carbs, no salt, no sugar, no wheat flour, watch the potassium because I have had it at a dangerous level, although for the last six months it is back in the normal range. Watch your magnesium, oh yes, have had to and still am taking supplements, which didn’t help too much, so now back to my milk of magnesium, taking one T. every evening before bed.

Gee, I don’t think there is any other restrictions. I try very hard to keep carbs at 25-30 grams per meal and have a snack at bedtime if need be, to no more than 15 carbs. I often wonder since I am a diabetic which is more important to watch, carbs, sugar or calories. I don’t count calories and I know about every food I eat how much carbs and sugars are in them.

Here’s where you come in. If you have any advice, based on your own experience on how to do better, figuring out what goes in my mouth, please share with me and if you can suggest a filling and good night-time snack, please share. Oh, I thought of something I should add. Cholesterol has been an issue for about six months. I exchanged my butter out for a margarine with no cholesterol, boy do I miss the butter flavor, and the other thing is, if I eat fruits at all, I can have only one half of a banana or one small apple. Any other fruit sends my sugars over the roof.

Thank you ahead of time because I know, someone is going to help me out here.

7 thoughts on “A Little Help Here Please

  1. This sounds like something that a few men in my church went through over a decade ago. The pastor was newly diabetic (a hereditary thing), and a few of the men in church were either fighting with weight or other health issues like cholesterol or prediabetic states, all at the same time. So someone suggested a nutritionist, and they all went to this one lady who assessed their eating habits, and then made suggestions for changes. She even suggested some low cost food options when food budgets were austere.

    Some of the guys had a hard time making those changes, but most said that they felt considered for what they felt most pressed to stay with, and how to work it in a more healthy way. Eventually, one year after they all began, every one of them stood up one Sunday and said how much progress they made (not all were worried about weight, but sugar values, etc.). All of them agreed that the diets were easier than any they’d struggled with before, though not always fun. They all agreed that they really got something important out of it, though.

    Perhaps you can ask your doctor to schedule you to meet with a nutritionist (NOT a dietician!) and see if this can help you, too. Be ready to ask for a second referral if you think that the first one is not considering your food habits enough, but is only “telling you what they want you to do”, instead of helping you to find ways to modify and avoid food triggers.

    Huggerz. YOU CAN DO THIS!

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    • I have been to a diabetic specialist and this is where I learned to keep carbs at the limits I try to do. My sugars sometimes run around 140 upon rising and I would like more food ideas to keep them down to about 110. What is the difference between a nutritionalist and a diabetic specialist?


      • I’m not sure. Try seeing the nutritionist and see if they can offer some ideas, though, and even to explain the difference. I know that these men had used all the resources that had been suggested to them before, and nothing else had given them as many life changes that were easier to implement than what they learned from the nutritionist. I also remember that they had more than one conversation with this person so that as they encountered difficulties, they were mentored by her and given fresh ideas to help. Maybe that’s the difference?

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  2. I haven’t forgotten you, I’ve been quite busy . We both have upcoming Dr’s apps. Etc. Meant to ask did your dr. Send you to a dietitian? My dr sent me to kos. Heath and wellness dietitian my insurance covers it so it’s a free service. But you need an appt anyway they also have exercise classes we’ve be wanting to go but Bob is affraid to do much exercises because of his ostomy bag etc. God bless you my friend with all the ideas all your friends are giving ,praying it’s helping you find a solution to your questions. I will pm you sometime this weekend.

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