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New cravings after weeks of low carb

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by charliebarker, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    If it's intestinal related like IBS then you should notice a difference almost immediately.

    No idea what sugar free squash is haha. Wine or spirits instead of ginger beer ( I know, not the same but a white wine might be closer) blueberrries instead of jelly. Cinnamon on top.

    Get used to it !!! Hahaha.

    Seriously, if it's the sweeteners ( well known for intestinal issues) you should notice after one day and only get better after. If you ditch it, then add it back and have the same issues you'll have your answer!
     
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  2. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankfully I've got a brilliant digestive system and am very grateful - friends of mine have issues of that ilk and I'm so glad I don't!

    The issue I have is a persistent crawling sensation in my head but with no evidence as to what is causing it (I've been checked out, nothing came up, thankfully). I can cope with it. Some of the reading I did when it first started some years ago (thanks, Dr Google) made me think that artificial sweeteners might be an issue, but I haven't gone any further with it.

    :)
     
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    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ginger beer isn't alcoholic, but I like the direction you're going with this!!!
    ;)
     
  4. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    Lol.

    I do know artificial sweeteners are linked to dementia and stroke. All brain related.

    I would assume ditching them for a few days will give you some answers.

    Lucky!!! My digestion stinks. It loves protein and fats but hates carbs. I can easily go without sugars, starches etc but I would love to eat more veggies. Actually it doesn't like a lot of anything !!! Sure makes the food bill affordable.
     
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  5. Lampman

    Lampman Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting thread. I have been very lucky and not had specific cravings. I do get hungry sometimes, and a small piece of cheese helps with that. I stopped drinking diet cola at first, but I drink it again now. No effects noticed, with or without. In fact there has only been one moment that I had a "normal" reaction to food that I used to like sometimes. I went to collect my wife from my daughters house after they had been out together. They were all eating fish and chips as I arrived, and the smell aroused that old feeling just for a moment. Ten seconds later, I was no longer interested. I had to explain what I was laughing about and I suspect nobody else understood!
     
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  6. charliebarker

    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I think it might well have been that - as that's the only thing that changed - apart from the stinking cold - which is going. However, now have masses of stress and BS rising a bit, which is annoying me - (which of course is totally counterproductive !! as more stress is being caused by the fact that I'm stressed ! aaargh ! haven't had diet coke since I posted originally - can't say that cravings have totally gone, but could be diminished.
     
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    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Didn't have an initial spike, just the cravings.....
     
  8. ringi

    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Try a 24hr fast, when you don't eat between dinner one day and dinner the next day, this may be enough to get you back on track.
     
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  9. WackyJacky64

    WackyJacky64 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can't cope with the low carb diet i feel weak and tired . I eat carbs and my blood readings are always 6.4 -7.6 no matter how many carbs i eat . I've lost 2 stone since my diagnosis in March this year .
    I don't know what my blood result will be but losing weight has to help and my blood readings are pretty good i would say .
     
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  10. Deakint

    Deakint HCP · Member

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    In my experience cravings can occur when people reduce the carbs but don't increase the fats. Very low carb (<50g/day) can only be sustainable if you eat fat to fullness e.g. butter on veg, olive oil on salad, fatty meats, eggs, cheese and cream. Another thing that reduces sugar cravings is adding more salt to your food. When doing low carb you take in less salt and also excrete more in the urine - therefore you do need to add more to the food you eat. Enjoy more natural fats and salt and this should help the sugar cravings to disappear - enjoy!
     
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    All my life my downfall has been my sweet tooth. I low carb now, but have tried without success to halt the sweet cravings. I know they go hand in hand with anxiety, and I eat sugar free sweets when I need them. I know I should cut them out, but my anxiety prevents me ... I am trying though.
     
  12. Dollydimple55

    Dollydimple55 Don't have diabetes · Newbie

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    There have been hints on this thread that your cravings may stem from supposedly healthy sugar free foods and that would be 100% correct!

    I have suffered the last 4 + years with the following symptoms which I found out was due to consuming sweeteners - mainly aspartame in Vit C tablets, sweetener in tea/coffee, diet yoghurts, diet soda (it's in most full fat stuff too!), diluting juices (most of them have it even full sugar ones as we move closer to sugar tax being introduced into UK in April 2018!) ;

    Nasal congestion
    Lack of taste
    Very dry mouth
    Raging thirst
    Numbness and tingling in legs and fingers
    Brain Fog
    Severe memory loss
    Severe joint pain
    Severe foot pain
    Losing vision
    Mood swings
    Inability to cope with smallest of things.
    Depression
    Weight gain
    Voracious appetite for sweet things
    Nausea
    Tiredness
    Fatigue
    Dizziness
    Hearing loss

    I thought I was losing my mind and was basically dying a very slow death to which I thought no one could help me as the doctors did lots of tests including being tested for dementia. All my bloods were fine. Losing my eyesight was scary too and I knew something strange was going on! I started to do some homework myself and came across a post on Facebook which was a total light bulb moment and made me tally the amount of aspartame I was consuming! I always had a sweet tooth but the amount of sweet stuff I craved and for eating lots of diet (no sugar! products) stuff I kept piling on the weight! Why was that?!

    I went cold turkey and back to a little sugar to ease the pain and my eyesight came back clearer, my memory returned and my joints were SOOOO much better. I have since done a lot of research on this topic and it is scary that this **** is peddled to us all as being a healthy alternative.

    I can't post a link on here as I've not completed 3 posts but please check out the 'Aspartame Sweet Misery -A poisoned world movie' on YouTube and Google Janet Starr Hulls website and check out all the symptoms that these sweeteners cause.

    I'm not a gullible believer per se but I have experienced this first hand, my kids have had breathing problems due to consuming lucozade sport during training sessions and had to get an inhaler which they haven't needed since removing this poison. I have assisted a friend with tinnitus who once drank Diet Pepsi and this was cured after stopping! Another used to have a jag every two weeks which cost NHS £330 each time and since stopping Diet Coke she has not needed. Another had constant headaches which disappeared after stopping her daily fix of Diet Coke! Sadly I found out this information too late before the effects of taking sweeteners in coffee etc for many years was the cause of my mother's recent death. But if I can inform as many people as possible as to the dangers of this stuff then that's my mission from now on.

    If you also want to appreciate the political angle behind keeping us all fat and unhealthy then another documentary to watch is “Fed Up,” narrated by Katie Couric - well worth it I promise!
     
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  13. midnightrider

    midnightrider Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I didn't go to very low carb, but kept to about 100g/day (c.1600 Cal) with plenty of exercise while weight and BG came down. I lost 5 stones in 5 months and FBG fell from 14 to under 5 at the same time.
    I had no cravings at all until my weight hit 12 stones (i.e. after losing 5 stones), then all of a sudden with no changes at all I was hungry all the time. I took this to mean that my fat stores were low/empty and I do now look quite lean.
    Since then I have upped calories and carbs gradually (180ish and 2000ish) without affecting BG (so far) as I don't want to lose any more weight.

    Is it possible that you have reached a suitable weight and that is why your cravings have begun?
     
  14. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    Ah yea. Foods can be poison. Glad you figured it out!! Anything with corn does that to me and I mean corn flour, corn starch etc. I would always be moody and cry the NEXT day. So it was never obvious. Same with wheat and gluten so just stopped all grains.
     
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  15. landofoz

    landofoz Type 2 · Newbie

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    I have been having sugar cravings ,for years and i was drinking diet Tonic water ,untill i heard on TV that diet drinks can be the cause of dementia. i have now stopped and when i am thirsty i drink sparkling water,
    i find drinking any of these diet drinks make your cravings worse, along with the thirst.
     
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  16. Vidgren

    Vidgren Type 2 · Active Member

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    I have been drinking diet sodas all my life. I am drinking and eating aspartam/sorbitol whenever i want to i get no symtoms at all.

    I get sugarcravings when i eat to little fat or to much sugar. (Tomatoes and carrots gives me cravings)

    I have never ever felt anything negative linked to me drinking a diet soda.

    my advice is to add more fat to your diet. Lower your carb increase fat.
     
  17. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I had the same and found I was eating too much protein. The more protein I ate the more I craved.
    I now have a happy level of carbs and protein. With sufficient good insulin too.
     
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    Some years ago the son of a friend of mine was very seriously ill with aspartamine poisoning. I do not know the details but I understand he was lucky to pull through. He was diagnosed t1 in his teens.
     
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    letstalk1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Any fruit gives me cravings I have to stay away from it it gets a hold on me, I have never had a diet soda problem either.
     
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    My doctor told me that if I wanted to drink coke then diet coke wouldn't affect my blood sugar but might make it hard to kick the sugar habit. He advised against it and recommended water or plain soda water with a slice of lemon or lime. So it seems that your cravings could well be connected to the diet coke. As others have suggested - ditch it and see what happens. Congratulations, by the way, on the great progress you have made.
     
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