I am always fascinated how strong and unexpected the feelings are...even after so many years of my Betes. I seem shocked, Every. Time. That I could possibly be so ravenous as to consider the soap over by the kitchen sink as looking similar to The Gelato I had passed up after dinner. I am certain I have even shoved a thing or two in my mouth that had not even come to a full thaw out of the freezer (because that is how I have to store most foods in our home...in their frozen state...(or I will Hunt. Them. Down!)
There are definitely times however, where it is not a blood sugar low instigating the binge...I think it is more of an overwhelming sense of grief perhaps...that I did not partake in what everyone else did at the party, the movies, dinner out, whatever. So I come home, feeling deprived and The Kitchen Hunt begins. Secret is safe here...
Just thinking out loud. I obviously desperately wanted that gelato last night....ugh!
Anyone else? What instigates your Kitchen Hunt? Emotional? Physical? Mental? How do you prevent it, curb it? Or do you just indulge and move forward..?
I enjoyed reading this piece from Eliot LeBow LCSW, CDE
"Stop The Diabetic Binge
Trying to stop a diabetic binge is like trying to keep your hand on a hot stove—it’s very difficult and against your natural instinct. Our body’s natural instinct is to withdraw the hand when we feel the heat; your body’s natural instinct, when your blood sugar is low, is to eat. Therefore, if your blood sugars remain low even after you eat the brain gets hijacked.
Even when you know you have counteracted the hypoglycemic reaction (with food, a glucose tablet, or juice, for example), it is difficult to make yourself stop eating. Difficulty stopping happens because your brain is still receiving that “hungry” message. Your body and brain remain on high alert while raising blood glucose levels, pushing you to eat in the same way that the brain tells the hand to pull away from the hot stove.
Diabetic Binge Prevention
The first way to reduce a diabetic binge and hypoglycemic reactions, is to maintain well-controlled blood glucose levels. The more your blood glucose levels fluctuate, the greater the impact reactions will have on the body’s natural process to keep it fueled—and the higher the risk of hypoglycemia.
To prevent binge eating during a hypoglycemic reaction, you should realize what a difficult task this is, and that willpower will be a major part of the equation. There will most likely be times that one will end up binging, despite having a strong will.
You need to have a plan for when it occurs. For example, take care of your reaction as you normally would, then if you feel yourself wanting to eat more, have a low carbohydrate snack that you can follow-up with and eat slowly. Be creative and individualize it for your lifestyle.
When you end up binging, now what? Now you have one important task to do during this period. Keep paper and a pen on the refrigerator door. When you take out the big tub of ice cream or whatever you are choosing to eat, scoop out or take out one serving at a time. Write out the carbohydrates you’re eating, as you go along. Do not eat out of the tub or package. Total the carbohydrates after your binge eating ends.
Next, take Rapid-acting insulin to match the carbohydrates you just put in your body. You may feel sick from eating too much, but when everything is said and done, you will hopefully end up with a glucose level in your targeted range instead of 400 mg/dL or greater.
There are two ways to handle the binge:
Binge Prevention Techniques can be used to suppress the false messages of hunger that are caused by low blood sugars.
Harm Reduction allows the binge to occur but utilizes carbohydrate counting and matching insulin to maintain normal blood sugars after the binge and reaction subside.
Diabetic binging is a physical response to the brain when it receives conflicting information about the status of the stomach and the need to eat. Messages of hunger hijack the human brain as long as your blood glucose levels remain low."