Type 1 diabetes & hunger levels
People should always eat enough to satisfy them, but should differentiate between being comfortably satisfied and “feeling full”. Eating until you feel satisfied is not the same as eating as much as you want. Even children in their very early years at school should understand this distinction, and can be aware that over-eating will lead to weight gain. Many children prefer to eat large helpings at every meal and this can easily become a habit. So, stop eating just as soon as you begin to feel satisfied and wait for 10-15 minutes. By this time, your feelings of hunger are likely to have disappeared without your having eaten any more. Vegetables will satisfy your hunger without providing significant amounts of carbohydrates or calories, and are a good alternative if you still want more to eat. One tip is to only prepare enough food that is needed for a normal helping. Once all the food prepared has been eaten, you′ll be less likely to think about a second helping.
This content is based on Dr Ragnar Hanas' helpful book, Type 1 Diabetes in children, adolescents and young adults. Click here to order copies of Dr Hanas' book online.