So, there I was talking with the woman who works next to me, Jenny. She was eating a bit of watermelon and offered me some. Let me tell you, I love watermelon…love it, but turned it down. Why? Well, the truth is that while it smelled great, I didn’t want any.
Jenny said to me, “That’s right, you don’t get to eat the good foods.”
“What’s a good food?” He comment really had me wondering what she thought were good foods.
“You know, blue berries, black berries, bananas,…fruit.” Okay, thats really good food.
I looked at her for a moment and then smiled. I realized she didn’t have a clue as to what I eat or don’t eat, And, why should she? She doesn’t have Diabetes. Why should she know anything about a Diabetic diet? In fact, I don’t think she has ever really seen me eat.
“Jenny, I love and eat the berries you mentioned, and bananas, and oranges. This morning my breakfast was blue berries, black berries, half of a small banana, a slice of toast (12 g carb) with a thin spread of peanut butter (4 g carb) and coffee. It’s all in how much of them I eat. And, that was a lot of food!”
“You just eat less.” Ah, she understands.
“Yep. But, I eat enough.”
Now, I not going out and eating cookies, cake, pies and (my all time favorite) ice cream. A bite or spoonful is enough. But, when I was starting to work to control my Diabetes, I didn’t eat them at all. So, it’s not really that difficult for me, now.
Yeah, I know, that’s kind of extreme for some folks. Would it hurt if I had a bit of a cookie? Probably not. And, when I make the decision to eat something, I am controlling my Diabetes.; the food is not controlling me. Yes, there are a lot of “I’s” and “my’s” in that sentence, but nobody else controls my disease. Only I can control my Diabetes.
And, you know what? Only YOU can control your Diabetes. The good news is that you can. I know you can. I BELIEVE you can! You can win your War On Diabetes.
And, yes, Jenny, I can eat all kinds of good food! More than you might imagine.
Please remember that the foods I eat, you might not be able to eat and control your Diabetes. You discover what works for you, and what doesn’t, by maintaining a food journal (of course, I have provided one for you to download and use – it’s that important). If you haven’t, start one. If you have started, keep it up until you are in control. Be patient. It takes a while to make your discoveries. If it pushes your glucose up, it might not be a good food for you – makes sense, right? Plus, it works as a great reminder to take meds and exercise a bit, if you it.
Remember your weapons in your War On Diabetes are Diet, Exercise and Meds. Control your Diet; add a dash of Exercise and take your Meds as prescribed and controlling Diabetes will not be far off. Depend on your Medical Team – your doctor, pharmacist and other professionals – to be your coaches. Every champion needs coaches – and YOU are a champion. You really are. If you don’t have good coaches, find them – it’s that important. I was truly blessed to have the finest coaches working with me.
As always, thank you for reading.