I am a type 2 diabetic. I know the advantage of eating healthy, though I don’t always play by the rules. I take whatever shortcuts I can when I can.
It is just more convenient to eat out not only because I don’t have to cook, but I also don’t have to spend the high prices at the checkout stand or the cost of cooking a meal. I throw more food out from my fridge then I actually use.
I am single and only cook for myself when I get a craving for something I can’t get at the drive thru. My wish is for a vegetarian fast food drive thru. Oh, I can go to Booger King and order a Whopper minus the meat or Taco Bell for a meatless Mexican pizza. I’ve done it, but that is my point actually. Very, very few restaurants, in my neighborhood anyway, serve from a vegetarian menu.
I also want to take issue with the lack of information about the nutritional values and the Food Exchanges that diabetics, such as me, require to make informed decisions about what we eat.
I have read in many reports and watched more then just a few TV blurbs about how diabetes is running rampant, reported to be in epidemic proportions. So many times, I hear about how we as a nation have become an offending obese population. If such is the case and if someone, anyone really wants to change this American stereotype, please, let’s promote healthy eating habits not only at the dinner table, but at the friendly neighborhood diner. Let us see more information on the menus about what we are about to buy at the restaurant. Let us see more options for those of us who have diabetes such as smaller portioned meals. Speaking for myself as a diabetic, I am more likely to return to a place that shows true concern for the health of their patrons. Maybe, just maybe we can, not only trim the fat around the American middle, but also take a more decisive stand to be the change we all seek in the American Healthcare System.