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01 Apr 2004

Do I eat too much??
My appetite seems to be stable until I start to eat, then I seem to be constantly hungry!
I excercise every morning at 5am doing 90 min cardio and on alternate days 25 mins weight training. I eat breakfast (1 banana,apple,yogurt(150ml) handful raisins, sml marg tub of wheat flakes and 2 tblsp oats) about an hour 1/2 I have a 40g bag of pretzels (baked) and a tab. 2 hrs after that, I have a sandwich (chicken or fish paste) and fruit. 2 hrs after I have a fruit or piece of toast. At home I might snack on cheese (10g) and 2 ryvita or couple of pretzels. Dinner consists of 2-3 veg, starch and chicken or fish. I might have a fruit after dinner (not the norm. I also dring alot of liquid throughout the day, water or water mixed with a sweetned mixer. I always am thirsty and I crave sweetness, infact I add artificial sweetner to most of my meals, savory meals included. I feel bloated most of the time with alot of wind. I do have a sensitivity to wheat/white bread but seems ok if toasted. I just feel like all I do is eat and even though I train daily, I just feel gross, but it's difficult to cut back when I'm always hungry. Any soloutions?????
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear CK
If you are not actually overweight (check you BMI by clicking on 'Diet' and 'Tools'), then this is not really an abnormal food intake. I am just worried about your constant thirst and craving for sweet foods - these could be indicative of an underlying problem such as diabetes or hypoglycaemia. Please have a medical checkup and ask the dr to test you blood glucose and insulin levels. Your bloatedness could be due to the fact that you are allergic or sensitive to wheat and it seems that you eat products that contain wheat at every meal and for nearly every snack! If you have not been tested for wheat and other foods allergies, this may be the time to have this done too, so that if you are allergic you can consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to sscharf@nhcltd.com or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian help you to work out a diet that excludes the foods you are sensitive or allergic to and if you should have diabetes or hypoglycaemia, then she/he will calculate a diet that also takes these conditions into account. Diet is one of the most important facets of treatment in diabetes, insulin resistance and hypoglycaemia.
Hope you soon feel better.
Regards
DietDoc
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