Eat Differently and Ye Shall Blaspheme

By russellstamets Latest Reply 2016-03-12 08:26:08 -0600
Started 2011-11-01 23:06:17 -0500

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to try again to devise the best way to prevent panic in our hosts. Do not underestimate the deep cultural roots of sharing food and drink. They WANT to feed you, and the unknowns around a diabetic diet cause panic. You can see it in their eyes. Their respiration quickens. You can only hope they haven’t already bought whole tubs of things they think you eat but will never get used again after your 2-day stay.

The trick is to come up with the quick explanation spiel when dining with family or friends that can calm the unease and frustration. I want to explain, as soon as it comes up, what the heck I eat, when I eat it, which rules are flexible (or not), and how much I love talking about it (or not).

What's your strategy?

9 replies

ShellyLargent 2011-11-02 13:40:23 -0500 Report

Since I'm the only one in my family with diabetes, I get to host the holidays. It's just easier that way. I can make the things I can eat, plus all the other "off limits" stuff for everyone else! We all win!

jayabee52 2011-11-02 09:50:31 -0500 Report

Howdy Russell

I have been a person with diabetes for so long that it is really not an issue with me, as most of my close friends and family know about my condition. And I am used to eating "around" the main holiday meals. I eat what I know I can tolerate and avoid the rest. In my family I don't have really any people urging food on me saying "eat, eat" The only person who tended to do that was my mom. And in July I stayed in her home for 3 weeks and she was quite helpful in taking suggestions as to what I could eat on my new meal plan.

I was quite proud of her for being so helpful. She was happy for me that I have been keeping my BG levels close to the normal range, and had lost about 50 lbs (I lost her on the A1c though she didn't understand that 5.5 was really very good).

I believe I will be with my son's in-laws for Thanksgiving, and Mr is also a PWD and my son & daughter in law is clued in to my dietary requirements. For me, It's all good!


Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-01 23:59:48 -0500 Report

I've been a little concerned about the holidays coming, but i have very supportive family and they know what's up. I don't do holiday parties per se, so i don't have a worry there. I have just told myself i am going to stick to my guns. I survived halloween eating NO candy and at the bar-b-q that night at my brothers i had on bite of this amazing dessert he made, and that was it. I was pretty proud of myself considering he is an amazing cook and his dessert was wonderful! I just know that i have to stay the course because the alternative is not an option and pumpkin pie is so not worth it! Good luck!

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