How do I turn off the Carb button?

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   Posted 11/12/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Steriod induced type 2 here.
I have been doing much better, went to the Endo. and he said my labs were fantastic. My AIC is 5 and everthing else according to the endo was showing me as "not Diabetic"  The endo was all set to take me off insuilin, untill I told him my pred. is back up to 10 mg, and will probably be increased a little more.
I have autoimmune Hepatitis, not the reguar hepatitis. This is where the immune systems attacks the liver, and the prednisone suppresses the immune system so it won't attack my liver......I was put on another immume suppressant but could not tolerate it. So pred. is the only way for now.   anyway, I have been great about not eating chocolate, and baked goods -I considered them poison.  But I gave in and started eating them, now its like the switch has been flipped on, and I can't shut it off..
So where is the carb switch located?  How do I shut it off?
My sugar levels will go up on the increased pred.
dosage, and I don't want them to get out of control...
I've gone from readings of 450 down to an average of 85-125.... now its creeping up again.
Thanks very much.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, going down from 450 to that average is great!  It's tricky keeping your blood sugar under control because of the other medication you take for the autoimmune hepatitis, I'm sure, but you've done so well!  I think you're right about that carb switch.  That potato chip company wasn't kidding when it said, "Bet you can't eat just one".   Make those cheese puffs and eat one or two.  They have the crunch and are a little salty, so they satisfy some sort of craving.  A handful of nuts.  Be careful with nuts - if you eat a lot, they have a lot of carbs for a snack.  Try to buy the 85% chocolate.  I found Lindt 85% dark chocolate in the supermarket and you can eat a couple of squares if you really need a chocolate fix.  If you can get through a couple of days off the carbs, you might lose the craving - and there really is a craving when you eat carbs.  (I think the switch is located in Antarctica.)
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, itsme,

For me, I found that if I eat even 1 chocolate square then the carb cravings are back. For me, the best way to turn it off is to just not eat any. When I crave chocolate, I drink a nice cup of coffee with bariwise chocolate (less than 3 grams of carbs) or DaVinci sugar free chocolate syrup mixed in. Takes the craving away. Also, the home made cheese puffs (receipe somewhere back in this forum) will do the trick.


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   Posted 11/18/2007 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi itsme--
I agree with the others, if you screw up and just taste, the cravings start again. i'm really goofed up now and need to get back to being strict. I have fatty liver, and I've found with any type of liver disease, it is very important to follow a diet that both your liver doc and your diabetes doc can live with. For instance I can't restrict fats too much or I get sicker because my liver will retain more fat, being fat starved. Eating fat causes me to dump fat. It also keeps cravings away. The trick for me is to eat fats that are healthy and not to raise my choleterol which is high because of my liver anyway. I just started pred. Seeing all the christmas goodies and having a family who loves this stuff, I goofed on some chocolate chips. When I strictly limit my carbs and just don't indulge at all unless its sugar free, I like snack pack vanilla puddings (chocolate +sugarfee=xlax), and fruit, though strictly I shouldn't have much of that at all.

Protein rich foods, high fiber low carb stuff, cheese if you are allowed, do alot to fill me up and get rid of cravings. I do eat some weight control low sugar oatmeal in the morning to get my sugar up because mine runs high and low, and that usually keeps me craving free and full past noon. I say, think hickory farms without the crackers or nuts if you can tolerate them. Take care and I have autoimmunestuff and I hope you feel better soon.
Love, Marji
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