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Wolfer
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   Posted 10/18/2006 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
    Does anyone else suffer from severe midnight cravings,,, I have had aalot of them latley,  I have been getting up sometime after 1 in the morning and have an incredible hunger for peanut buter sandwich,,, why  peanut butter,, and why such an intence craving ,,its like an addiction ,, and I can't stop myself from getting something to eat. does anyone else have something like this
 
Wolfer
Dx diabetes, spinal stenosis,osteo arthritis in spine both hips shoulders, chronic heart failure, adrenal defiecency, chronic pain, diabetic neuropathy, degenertive disk disease of the thoratic area of spine " causing triple fusion of t5-t6-t7 , 2 heart attacks,high blood pressure, and when i rember the rest i will post them ,, :(


wmnak
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   Posted 10/19/2006 3:07 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm not as discriminating as you - I want to eat whatever happens to be in the fridge or on the shelves!  I get hungry .. starving .. a couple of hours after supper and want to graze till bedtime.  If I wake during the night, first thoughts are about leftovers or snacks. 

Woke up early this am, bs @ 114, hadn't eaten since about 9pm.  Not happy with that!  Know I didn't eat anything yesterday or last night that I shouldn't have ...

Hope somebody will have some insights for both of us!  :-)


lbtb
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   Posted 10/19/2006 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know the reason for the cravings but I also go through the midnight hunger pangs - I don't give in - but I wake up in the morning like I hadn't eaten for days. I would like to know where they come from.  I have heard and I have read that when sugar levels are elevated the cravings start - what are your readings when you begin to crave?  - I haven't checked mine in the middle of the night but I think I will on the next episode.  I am sure someone will a little more experience and knowledge will give us some of their wisdom -


quatlox
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   Posted 10/19/2006 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried peanuts or peanut butter without the BREAD, yea, I love PB on a spoon by itself.  A tall glass of water will help fill you up for a while.
I always take vitamins before I go to bed and drink 1 or 2 full glasses of water to fill my belly.  If my BS is under 100, I will eat some peanuts, but not a bunch, just a few.
 
Its so easy to BLOW your morning BS by getting the munchies late at night and you DON'T want to take any fast acting insulin at that time of night just to eat and then wake up LOW (might not wake up at all, cause I don't feel the lows).
 
I know it sux, but water might help do the trick to fill your belly.  I remember my wife telling me she was so poor that she had to fill her belly full of water because she didn't have enough food in the house to last all week and if she ate more, then she would have to do without the next day.   I know that is not the case these days in a get fat society that we live in now.
 
Good luck and try the good old H2O, it works for me.
 
quatlox

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/19/2006 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Wolfer and all,
You haven't said if you are eating your bedtime snack or not... I'm guessing not and your body is trying to tell you it needs a more steady food intake. Have a look at your food plan and see if there is something you can save from dinner and eat later, or see if you have been skipping an assigned snack.

For an evening snack you could try peanut butter smeared on the halves of an apple. I like to cut it in half, and scoop out the seeds with a melon baller. The malic acid in the apple, especially the skins is a naturally occurring compound that assists in the process of deriving adenosine triphosphate (ATP; the energy currency that runs the body) from food. If you want to lower the carb amount peanut butter on celery is great. Peanuts are full of monounsaturated fat, the best kind to consume. Lowers the LDL while raising the good HDL. While fighting cholesterol they will add a bit of protein and their high fat content slows stomach emptying and offers a full feeling for longer.

Another hunger fighting snack that I've found is 18 peanuts and a one ounce cube of motzarella.(I buy the 8 oz. block and cut it into 1/8 ths. and keep them in a zip lock bag.) I learned this from the Zone diet. I set the peanuts out and eat them one by one with nibbles of the cheese. Also have this with a glass of cold water from the fridge. Within ten minutes of consuming this combo all hunger pangs are gone. This is a great snack if you've already reached your carb limit for the day since it doesn't raise your blood sugar substantially while giving your stomach something good to do. Monounsaturated fat plus calcium for your bones... can't go too wrong there.

BTW - Hunger after dinner and nightime cravings are one of the criteria for help in diagnosing Type2 Diabetes so you're going to find a lot of us with it.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 10/19/2006 11:35:23 AM (GMT-6)


judyinky
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   Posted 10/19/2006 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
HI everyone,

Thanks for the tips. I have prednisone induced type 2 diabetes and have done very well controlling it with a low carb diet. I have lost 20lb since April. I am maintaining that, but my portions have gotten increasingly larger than when I started the diabetic diet. :-(

Wofer, I'm glad you started this thread. I have found some low carb, low fat yogurt which I eat by itself or with a low carb cereal I have found. Also, I use HOOD milk which has the lowest in sugar, carbs and fat of any milk that I have found. The chocolate is wonderful!!
I love cheese too and peanuts too. I eat a hand full of almonds or walnuts everyday, keeps things moving and is good for me. I try not to get carried away though, but I have to watch out with these are sunflower. They are high in calories, and fat.
I like the Bryers low carb, no sugar added choc bars. And sugar free jello is my favorite with whipped cream. That all tames my sweet tooth. Like you, Jeannie, I like peanut butter by the spoonful, or spread on an apple or celery, also like pimento cheese like that. I get the no sugar added peanut butter.
Well.. this has got me motivated, Thanks!! Oh, I have gotten some no sugar added apricots lately, and like those as well.

My Best to everyone.

Be Well,

Judy














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wmnak
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   Posted 10/20/2006 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   

All good tips.  Thanks, everybody!  It helps to know I'm not the only one struggling with this night time hunger.

Peanuts are a staple around here; always have been.  I prefer them raw... almost always available in the baking aisle of the grocery store with other nuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.  Best ones (fresher) come from local co-ops - but maybe this is just in the south where they are grown.

Hadn't thought about cheese cubes, jeannie, but will put that on my list.  I make my own pim-cheese with sharp chedder and Hellman's Lite.  One of my "chocolate fixes' is Hood's milk with Nestle's Nesquik no sugar added chocolate milk mix... need to try judy's idea re Hood's chocolate milk.

Re apples:  how much nutrition do I loose by peeling mine?  Have found the peels don't digest well with my colostomy. Fruit yesterday was canned no sugar added peach slices with cottage cheese ... Very satisfying! 

Bs was 112 this am ... oh well, new day, will try to do better today!  Cooler here this morning so am looking forward to a soup/stew/chili.  Really do like to have food available that doesn't requie portion control. 

Tomorrow is the local "diabetic walk" fund raiser ... guess what they'll have at the food booth?  Hot dogs, chips, soda ...  Tell me that makes sense?!  tongue


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/20/2006 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Apple with skin--------without

55 calories-------------53
.2gm fat---------------.1gm
.3gm protein-----------.3gm
1.1mg sodium----------0
14.6 gm carbohydrates-14.0 gm
2.5 gm fiber------------1.4 gm
11 gm sugar------------11 gm
6.4 gm calcium---------5.5 gm

My foods program doesn't list malic acid amounts but I know most commercially available malic acid is derived from apple skins... So that's one thing besides fiber that you are missing... Not much difference to me. Love the diabetes walk food! LOL!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


wmnak
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   Posted 10/21/2006 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Jeannie!  :-)

Wolfer
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   Posted 10/21/2006 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
How about string Cheese, and peanut butter,, goodness when I was eating this peanut butter sandwhich I thought the peanut butter was worse than the bread. There go's me thinking I knew anything. I will try this with string cheese and peanut butter and maybe the apple too,, I am really hungry when  it happens ,, I also like the viteman thing that sounds like a realy good Idea,cause I hate taking vitimans cause I burp like crazey after that,,so I don't like it in the morning when I am a little more active cause burping vitimans suck ,,blllllyuck the taste is bad. wieght gain is a seious issue with me right now , I have been having allot of other complications right now ,, including low cortisol,testosterone,water in my legs,,and I had to start self cathing a few months. I just had some test done to try and narrow down what going on with me , so they did an MRI of my brain. I had bad news from that ,it turns out I have White Matter Lesions of the perivebtricular region. This had been listed as that it could represent foci of delmyelinating plaque,,,in other words Multiple Sclerosis and  man that would really suck. and if that is what i have what difference does it make if I eat ten peanut butter sandwich every night with a big glass of whiskey.
 
Wolfer
Dx diabetes, spinal stenosis,osteo arthritis in spine both hips shoulders, chronic heart failure, adrenal defiecency, chronic pain, diabetic neuropathy, degenertive disk disease of the thoratic area of spine " causing triple fusion of t5-t6-t7 , 2 heart attacks,high blood pressure, and when i rember the rest i will post them ,, :(


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/22/2006 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Wolfer,
Hang in there buddy... And enjoy your peanut butter... How about only one piece of bread with the peanut butter? Then the cheese after? I can't tell you what to do or not do. It's your life and you need to live it as best you can. All I know is that when my father in law was going blind with diabetic retinopathy and had already had two heart surgeries and mom was so ill he just said, "Heck! If I want fried potatoes for breakfast I'll have them!" He rode is bike like he was supposed and took his meds and took his insulin but one day he just went in to lay down and he had a heart attack and left us. But right up till then he did what he wanted to do... as was his right.

I found a few studies that suggest the white matter lesions are less prevalent in people with high levels of B vitamins in their blood stream so you may want to start taking those, especially B6. If burping vitamins is a problem, take them at night with your fish oil capsules. That way you can burp the stuff in your sleep and won't notice it. That's what I do. Or you could take them with your peanut butter and apple. I don't know any self respecting vitamin that could squeek a burp past peanut butter! tongue
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


trisha.parks
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   Posted 10/30/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
midnight cravings can give you extra fat in your body..why dont you try buying something else instead of peanut butter or if you really can't help buy a smallest peanut butter sold in the market in that you'll be consuming less peanut butter everytime you have your cravings. To be honest I'm also crazy about ice cream or anything that is sweet and yummy. But I try to remind myself its only in the mind hehe...


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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/30/2006 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually Trisha, low sugar or natural peanut butter is recommended for diabetics. It's better for you on toast than butter and much better for you than the saturated fats in ice cream. Eating mono unsaturated fats found in peanuts, olives, olive oil, walnuts, pecans, almonds, avacadoes and macadamia nuts are good and healthy for you. The secret is to eat small amounts of these good fats to help your good HDL levels stay high, fight the bad LDL cholesterol and keep it low. They also slow down the absorption time of carbohydrates that are consumed with them so the helps keep blood sugars level instead of spiking.

I have ice cream about once a week, real ice cream. I put my 1/2 cup amount on a cone and take my precious time licking it. Works for me!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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