My son was diagnosed 4 weeks ago.He is doing pretty good.He is exercising and making the effort to eat properly. He was never a person who ate or loved a lot of sweets,like me.Occasionally,he’d eat ice cream or something sweet.His downfall was drinking sodas.He’d go through almost a case,in one day.Since he has stopped drinking sodas,and isnt eating anything sweet.He has told me that now,he seems to crave ice cream,cake,cookies like never before.He refuses to use any artificial sweetners.Is there anything I can make for him that may help relieve this craving?
Pamela: Have a glass of water. Some people say that cravings can be caused by dehydration. Eat a fruit. Having a piece of fruit may help satisfy sugar cravings for some people. Bananas, apples, oranges work great. Avoid artificial sweeteners. If you feel that artificial sweeteners trigger cravings for you, then you might want to avoid them. Eat more protein. Protein is great for satiety, may help with cravings as well. Talk to a friend. Call/go meet someone who understands what you’re going through. Explain that you’re going through a craving and ask for a few words of encouragement. Sleep well. Getting proper, refreshing sleep is important for overall health and can help prevent cravings. Avoid excess stress. Same as with sleep, avoiding stress can help prevent cravings. Avoid certain triggers. Try to avoid specific activities or places that give you cravings, such as walking past McDonald’s. Take a multivitamin. This will help prevent any deficiencies. Read your list. It can be very helpful to carry with you a list of the reasons you want to eat healthy, because it can be hard to remember such things when you get a craving. Don’t starve yourself. Try to prevent yourself from becoming too hungry between meals.
Shannan: the craving will not stop if he continues eating sugary foods/drinks the best way for the craving to stop and he truly wants to help himself is to avoid all sugars~ its not that hard~ you just have to want make a difference in your life. if he is really having a hard time with a sweet tooth, get him to make his own lemon aide, and add some honey, same with home made ice tea, he could also try infused water with mango and or pineapple and ice...those fruits are High in Natural sugars and should satisfy his craving for any refined sugars.
Linda: Can he join some diabetic groups. At 32 he has to want to change. Maybe suggest he see a nutrtionist. I was diagnosed in 2000. Hubby diagnosed a few years ago. He didn't take it serious at first, then he had to begin nightly sticks, now he takes it seriously. Can you talk to him about carbs? As far as I am concerned avoiding artificial sweetner is a good thing. Make your own ice cream and control what goes in it. Look for diabetic friendly recipes. Infused water is great and perfect this time of year.
Judy Litman: Best to stay away from cakes if you have a food addiction. The low fat no sugar ones will probably not satisfy and may exacerbate cravings for the real thing. Healthy lifestyle changes are really what's needed. Yes it takes a lot of willpower, but the benefits out way the cons.
Katrina: It is probably a psychological thing - just because he thinks he cannot have it, he wants it! It will pass, but he needs to speak to a dietician who can help him along the way. You do not say how old he is. However, contrary to popular belief you can have a piece of cake or a cookie if you inject for it. I presume/hope he will get on a course to help him to count carbs etc. Agave syrup is a naturally sweet alternative to sugar (you only need a small amount as it is several times sweeter than sugar) and is very low in carbs, so that might be worth thinking about. Simply replace the sugar with it.
Sheila: He needs to detox. No sugar - not even fruit, no carbs (maybe a quarter cup of nuts as a snack, but no grains, no potato, no rice) carbs turn into sugar. After 6 weeks he should be off sugar. This is a serious need to do! Craving will only stop after his addiction is dealt with. It takes 6 weeks. I know this bc I had to do this myself. You can look for a recipe with coconut oil(firm) and sugar free cocoa and sugar free peanut butter and stevia (Google it) it's like icing and is a good saturated fat boost in the mornings. Then look for sugar free carb free chocolate cake recipe, not bad after you've been off carbs and sugar for a couple of weeks. With sugar free chocolate sauce. Fried pork skins can substitute the need for something crunchy like chips. Google or look on Pinterest for carb/sugar free meal ideas. Think lettuce leaves as your taco shell, or your sandwich 'bread', pate, peanut butter. Ham rolled with cream cheese and pickled asparagus (yum!). He will have constant struggles until he goes cold turkey. Good luck. (BTW- a case of pop a day is a person who loves sweets! Zevia is a soda that uses stevia. Aspartame, diet sodas make you crave carbs)