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  1. Amalas
    Amalas September 4, 2008 at 8:03 am | | Reply

    This is a great article, not just for kids, but for adults as well. Learning to stop eating when you're full is a great tip, but it's hard, especially for diabetics.

    For example, say I fix my meal, I'm pretty sure I will eat all of it. I bolus for carbs and start eating. However, half-way through I realize that I'm not as hungry as I thought, so I want to stop eating. But! That insulin for all those carbs is still floating around, so I feel obligated to finish my plate even though I don't want to.

    Not to mention being forced to eat when you're low. I hate having my blood sugar be at 65 and feeling full and not wanting to eat, even though I have to.

  2. Sarah
    Sarah September 4, 2008 at 8:47 am | | Reply

    And not to mention the many years some of us were forced to have full meals when our NPH or Regular peaked, no matter what, hungry or not. I have the amazing ability now to be hungry on demand because of my experience with these two insulins. I'd love to be able to eat only when I'm hungry and stop only when I'm full. I just don't have that much flexibility after 23 years with Type 1.

  3. TED Stockings
    TED Stockings September 4, 2008 at 10:56 am | | Reply

    This is a fundamental error in our thinking, and leads to over-indulgence when we feel bad. I find that some diabetics feel punished by the need to monitor carbohydrate intake and avoid sugars. It’s true — it is not fun, but changing the way you look at it can have incredible reward. If you feel punished, it is more than likely your child will also grow up with a view of sweets and “forbidden” foods as rewards, and the restriction of them as a punishment. Fantastic advice for both parents and children alike!

  4. Anne
    Anne September 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm | | Reply

    I agree that it can be difficult for a type 1 to go by hunger alone. After years of being on a meal plan based on an insulin regimen (pre-pump days), I unlearned how to respond to hunger. In fact, I recall that when I got my pump back in 1993, I felt hunger for the first time since being diagnosed. (I had a very structured insulin/food regimen.) Also, when I have feelings of hypoglycemia, the answer is to eat, and that can mes with your food psychology at other times (for example, when having "low" symptoms for other reasons). I like the gist of this posting but I also wish there were more people out there who really knew how to address the peculiar psychology type 1's might have with food.

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