gatherings at work!!

By annapolansky Latest Reply 2011-05-18 05:46:19 -0500
Started 2011-05-18 05:25:26 -0500

dont you just hate when some one decides to bring lunch or breakfast to work for everyone and then they look at you and say oh you cant have any because you have diabetes or say oh i forgot and they've known you for how long!! or say i'll make it up to you tomorrow!!! whatever!!!

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RAYT721 2011-05-18 05:46:19 -0500 Report

Anna: I can relate to the frustration of trying to tell co-workers (family, friends, others) about my likes, dislikes, needs, wants, and everything else but I was one of "those" people prior to being diagnosed who had no idea what to do or say to diabetics. I grew up in the old "SUGAR diabetes" days of yesterday in which research has found it's the carbs that affect glucose. To my knowledge a diabetic eating a spaghetti sandwich would be a wiser choice over having a cookie. What did I know?

I believe it's near impossible to set everyone straight on our eating plans because there are people out there offended by being offered sweets while others feel left out by not being offered. Each of us have the right to say "yes" or "no" to whatever is offered us based on our eating plans and there are times when I probably send mixed signals of saying "yes" one time and "oh, I shouldn't" another time.

I will participate in birthday cake at the office (moderation) but rarely participate in the "food days" because so many of the potlucks offer such awful choices for my desire to eat healthier. I am not about to go over someone else's offerings with an explanation of high fructose corn syrup, carb counts, etc.

I just smile alot. A good rule of thumb for non-diabetics would be simply offer the item and for the diabetic to simply say "thank you" or "no thank you" rather than attempt to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

The old expression "darned if you do and darned if you don't" fits for both the diabetic and the non-diabetic family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.

When I indulge, I simply count the carbs in my daily allowance and realize that sugar is not the enemy in moderation. I just realize that the sweet take away my allowance with non-nutritional calories, carbs, fat, etc so I prefer to have safer choices for my menu planning than sweets. Yet, I'm not about to hold up a crucifix if someone offers me something bad. I am a diabetic but I am also human.