Yesterday evening I attended a birthday party. I had a great time. Got to meet new folks and talk with interesting people. A few hours seemed like 30 minutes. But, a birthday party is not the place to find foods friendly for someone with Diabetes. Know what I mean?
So, what did I do? Amazingly, I followed my own advice. Can you believe that? What advice? Read on.
About an hour before I was going to leave for the party, I had a snack – more like half of a meal – which meant I wasn’t going to be very hungry. I have found that if I control my hunger, I am far less likely to eat the wrong thing or over-eat.
So, I got there, had something to drink, and since I was not hungry, I didn’t have any of the potato chips, nuts, dip, or appetizers that were all within easy reach. It’s much easier to resist temptation if there is no desire for what it offers, right? And, yes, I did see that bowl of cashews sitting out. And, yes, a few cashews would not be a problem. I don’t know about you, but a few cashews (feel free to substitute any kind of snack you like) would lead to many cashews. Far better for me to see the bowl and decide I prefer controlling Diabetes more than I like cashews.
Food was put out and I had a little. But, since I had the snack earlier, I didn’t need to eat a lot. I had a few raw vegetables, half of a sandwich, a couple of bites of chicken and a bite of macaroni salad. And, you know what? Any hunger I was feeling was satisfied. Why? Because I took the time to have a decent sized snack earlier.
Yes, it takes a bit of planing and preparation – but it paid off. I checked my glucose when I got home and I was, again, well within the normal range. Does it get any better than that? And, if you are wondering, yes I had two beers – which were a treat for me. And, I was still in the normal range.
My plan worked. Notice I didn’t have any of the delicious cupcakes that were offered. They looked great. Smelled wonderful. But, not for me. Would you believe I could enjoy them vicariously? (Okay, maybe not – just saying no thank you was the best thing I could do for my Diabetes.)
Prepare. Plan. Execute the plan. And, you can win your War On Diabetes. Is it always easy? No. But, the rewards are huge.
As always, thank you for reading.