My Magic Number

200My magic number is 200 mg/dl and above.

When my blood sugar is 200 mg/dl or higher, I fight some seriously strong cravings.  This is no new issue for me, but I still haven’t figured it out, or how to beat it.

These are no ordinary boredom, sleepy, munchy, emotionally upset cravings.  These are the high blood sugar cravings!  All of my usual tricks (drink water, chew gum, do a little exercise) are powerless against these cravings.

Honestly, I often end up caving in, taking more insulin (which is WAY too slow to help anyway), and satisfy my craving.  I feel a bit ashamed to admit that, but the truth is what it is.

I don’t understand why this happens, and would love for anybody to educate me.

My friend Chrissie (in Belgium) once said to me “fix the BG and you fix the hunger”.  She is so wise!  And it is true!  But so damn hard to do.

Try as I do, I see 200 mg/dl or higher way too often.  Food choices, timing, miscalculations, sickness, and all of the other things that we don’t know about, all work their mischeif on my blood sugar.  It is often very hard to just “fix it”, especially with how slow our “rapid” acting insulins are.

I think that the battle is one of time.  If I can fight the cravings for long enough to get my blood sugar down, then the craving leaves!  But there are times where my blood sugar is not minding its manners, and seems stuck, for hours.  How can a person possibly fight the cravings for so long?  It takes every ounce of mental strength, and some days there’s just not enough strength available.

Does anyone know why this happens?  How do you cope with it?

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I have looked at many of the posts on your website now, and I absolutely love your style of blogging. Great job!


I am a new subscriber to the dLife website. my mother is a diabetic and I am interested in the experience of people with diabetes self management.


I know how ya feel…i mean im 17 years old and im 111 lbs. and honestly im not sure why because im always craving carbs or something i know i shouldnt have…idk why i do besides i see kids at skool constantly eating these things and by the time i get home thats all i can think about…i try to do what i should but thats easier said than done!!


I am still having overnight issues so I wake up around 150-175 and crave doughnuts, pancakes, poptarts….it sucks to start the day on a high and fight the cravings at the same time.

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Ruth I am gonna have to try the olives thing. MY weakness is cheetoes. Oh the glorious cheetoes and their orange goodness. I usually fight it with spoonfuls of peanut butter. Its just too hard to eat alot of it.