Should I eat it…should I not??
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, obviously you have been through the nitty-gritties of what to do and how to react to the various changes your body goes through. Another obvious fact is that you will have visited a dietician who will have given you a personalized meal plan with all the relevant dos and don’ts. Everything goes well until suddenly you feel an unbearable urge to eat those sweet nothing’s, which are marked with a big red cross on your diet chart!!
These urges are food cravings and we must remember that we all go through hunger pangs but for diabetics this becomes a very serious and delicate issue to handle.
One needs to sincerely mull over the fact that food cravings at the best of times – are self generated and self motivated. Very often the reason for food cravings could be an emotional upheaval one is going through; stress leads to unrequited additional consumption of wrong foods which is detrimental to the sugar levels, hence, re-focus your attention and change your course of activity. Try being with a friend, going to the gym, playing a sport, anything that will shift your attention from food cravings is very helpful.
Sometimes, a food craving could be totally brain driven. Your stomach might be full but the brain wants to eat and it might want something that you cannot afford to eat. Once again think calmly whether your stomach really needs the food or is it just a false signal sent by your brain.
Sometimes food cravings do occur when glucose levels drop. Regularly check your sugar levels when such cravings occur. Sometimes you can afford to satiate the cravings and consume that piece of chocolate your brain is focused on – but you must understand when to control yourself from binging! If such cravings start to occur more often than is desirable, pull up your socks, visit your doctor or seek therapeutic help and get your head around those food cravings.
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