Some days it makes me crazy, some days it makes me sneaky, some days I try to be an educator but all days I wonder what to try next!
My family will never get it. I have explained my diet and what I need to do to be healthy but YIKES, they don’t get it and it makes it hard.
Diet is the real bugger. I choose to be no carb/ lo carb because that’s what works. I don’t eat pasta, rice, white potatoes, bread. Very careful and planned on the milk and fruits. But, for me it works. Its my plan. So I send my husband out for a salad – eating in and he wants fast food so I ask him to stop and get a salad at grocery or wherever. And he brings home for me breaded fried mushrooms (but its a veggie, why not – breaded and fried, that’s why not) and a big scoop of applesauce (istn’t that healthy? I don’t want fruit unless its fresh and planned. That isn’t) and a big dollop of ‘dessert’ (really, honey? a scoop of sugar? No thanks)
So I pretend to pause in eating, and as soon as he leaves the room run scrape into the trash. Because telling him this and this and that aren’t good for me, does no good. He’ll just go in the other room and cut a piece of pie and put it in front of me. Rest of family just as bad.
I can handle them eating in front of me – not easy to ignore the smell of food – but Yikes, let me eat without hassle.
- understand when I test and let me have that time to myself. all the interruptions make me lose my focus.
- I will buy all the groceries you want but understand I will buy all the groceries I need. When asked to pick a place to eat out, it really helps to pick a place with a decent salad and good protein choices.
- When we visit someone and I pack my food in case the picnic or dinner doesn’t have good choices for me, please don’t make a big deal out of it. Most hostesses are pretty nice but meetings and such not so much. (I usually request a vegetarian diet and they take care of that with no problem - diabetic request, good luck)
- When I do have a treat (small and planned) please don’t jump me and say “See, you CAN eat that” – notice the portion size and recall the last time I ate it. Been awhile, hasn’t it.
- When I’m moody from high or low, ask how to help. Be just a little understanding that I don’t see it coming and need support.
So here’s to the family. My great Sabatoge Team.
How to stay strong? How to educate? You’ve got me,
Nobody said diabetes would be easy.