There are so many foods that are off the diet, aren’t there? So many things I can no longer eat – at least like I used to eat.
Oranges have been in season for about six weeks now. The displays in the produce section make my mout water. (I won’t tell you what happens when I walk through the bakery – kind of embarrassing!) But, oranges…I just did not really want to give them up for the sake of Diabetes. Know what I mean? There must be a food that you sometimes crave that you can no longer eat without your glucose reading skyrocketing. For me it was oranges.
Do you know what the carb count is in an orange? Well, the best information I could find was that one orange had about 30 carbs. Yep. Thirty carbs. Way too many for this boy to even consider, so they were off the diet for the last two years. No oranges for the last two years; that’s a long time for someone who loves oranges.
But, last week came along and I was buying oranges for the house. I still know how to pick good ones! As I was selecting the last orange I suddenly figured out that I could have half of an orange. It was like being hit over the head. Why didn’t I figure this out sooner? That would be good for less then 15 carbs. Now, 15 carbs I can deal with, right?
I got home, cut the orange in half and was in heaven! An orange never tasted so good. And, when I checked my glucose, everything was just fine. Suddenly, I can eat oranges again!
So, we are back at good ol’ portion control. So what if I can’t have a whole orange? I can have half today and half tomorrow. You may not have the amount of certain foods you used to eat; but you can have a bit. Figure out the right portion for your diet – the amount that won’t make your glucose skyrocket – and enjoy every bite.
Use some common sense, too. There are certain high glucose (sugar) foods that might never be on your diet, but you never know until you think about it and try it. This disease of our’s is for life. Enjoy your life. But, use portion control. That way you can enjoy foods and control your diabetes. It will take a touch of will-power for some, but I know you have that in you. I know you can do it.
Just think: You can eat some of the things you love, and still fight and win your War On Diabetes!
As always, thank you for reading.