YIKES...3 hours and free samples from 56 restaurants...

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2012-08-24 00:46:49 -0500
Started 2012-08-20 14:13:32 -0500

Help!!! This will make Tuesdays With Mom (AKA The Cake Lady) a cake walk. Need a game plan for Thursday. I won free tickets to A Taste of Douglas County. Don't want this to be a recipe for disaster. Panic is starting to set in. What was I thinking? Why did I dial and redail the phone? I can't even blame Hubby.
On the plus side
There will be walking involved for exercise.
I will be able to sample area restaurants menus without the expense of going to each one's loation.
On the not so plus side
Some they have advertised are all desert all the time. If I stick to the one bite rule and there are over 5 too good to resist temptations that could be way more carbs than I should have in several days.
Then the problem of main dish sauces. Should I just figure most sauces are all sugar (in some form) laden.
The delicous aromas of foods I find almost impossibel to impossible to resist. Sure sniffs are carb free. But what path will my nose lead my taste buds down?
If I totally spike my BG, Hubby will be blameless, I won't be able to say "It's all your fault!" since I won the tickets…However he has been asking me for a few weeks if I wanted to go…

40 replies

Lizardfan 2012-08-23 22:54:48 -0500 Report

How did you do? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL! Hope you had fun!

jayabee52 2012-08-23 23:07:34 -0500 Report

check new discussions. She has started a new discussion telling how she did.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-24 00:07:38 -0500 Report

Yes, I started a new disussion. Was going to post here stating that but the van decided to no longer run after dropping The Cake Lady off at her apartment in a no parking area in front of the building entrance.. So we spent the last two or more hours arranging a tow, waiting for a tow, having the tow follow us to the towing destination. So glad it happened a few milles from our apartment instead of 35 miles away with The Cake Lady.
Posted photos of a few of the did haves and didn't haves.
The new discussion starts out Yippee (forgot the rest of the first line).

pixsidust 2012-08-23 10:19:30 -0500 Report

You'll be fine! Have fun and try new things. maybe take a small pad of paper to write down your favorites. I could never remember 56 places all with a variety to taste. You will want to go back to some of those places or to be able to look the recipes up to make. Come back and tell us what you liked the most!! Yum Yum!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-22 22:04:59 -0500 Report

OK, just finalized a few plans for the Tasting. The Cake Lady is coming. She will help slow things down as somehow she has a hairline fracture in her right arm. She was given a too small sling by her doctor which requires frequent readjustments. She will be using her walker one armed. If/when she gets a little tired she can sit and I can go get her samples giving me some more exercise. Also in our party of four will be a niece. Should be some talking and laughing going on to burn extra calories.
I have read the list of food providers, several I have been to and they should have safe foods. There are plenty of other choices ranging from Thai, India, Italian, and good old American favorites.

Nick1962 2012-08-21 16:19:17 -0500 Report

Go, you'll be fine. We do something similar twice a year, and I haven't had any problem worse than sitting down to one of my indulgent "reward" meals. Spacing it out helps too because your not introducing it all at one time.
Just be picky and know your limit. Like cottoncandybaby says, drink plenty of water.

Lizardfan 2012-08-21 12:55:31 -0500 Report

Just eat a small amount of the things you really want to try. The rest is simple: It is only FOOD, you will have a chance to taste it another time, just because you are there doesn't mean you have to blow your diabetes management. I take that attitude to family reunions where the food is fabulous so I decide what I want and eat that and pass on the rest. The I will never get the chance to eat this again mindset will get you in a lot of trouble and the only free part for me would be the free trip to the ER if I overindulged! Nah, I could pass on that!

jayabee52 2012-08-21 15:57:53 -0500 Report

and the trip to the ER would NOT be free. My Suzy's latest trip to
ER cost her $1000.

granniesophie 2012-08-22 14:05:06 -0500 Report

James, stop-why are you being so sour? I think we all understand the consequences of our actions and know what to do to prevent them. Yes, a misstep is expensive, but no-one is saying Graylin will have one. You even said Suzy is NOT a PWD, so her trip to the ER is NOT related. Come on now!!

jayabee52 2012-08-22 20:17:28 -0500 Report

I was just pointing out that the trip to the ER would not be free. Whether or not Suzy is a PWD the ambulance services would not be free. My Jem WAS a PWD and each time we called the EMT/ambulance it cost about $900.

If anything my BG was up when I wrote the post in question — so if anything I was TOO sweet.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-22 21:38:29 -0500 Report

James you are always too sweet.
Thanks for the reminder of how serious this disease/condition is. I know how icky I have felt when I ate too many cheesy fries and went to 186 after my TAH two years ago. I was craving carbs and gave in that day. I hope lesson learned, but sometimes I am a slow learner.

CJ55 2012-08-21 11:47:36 -0500 Report

Go and enjoy yourself. Just be careful. But, do have fun!! Everyone needs that in their life. Have a great time. Hugs !!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-22 21:47:12 -0500 Report

This event should help me remember to ask what is in a food before eating. A few times I have gone someplace I haven't been to since the D diagnoses, ordered my usua, then said "Oh yeah, the CARBS."

cottoncandybaby 2012-08-21 11:32:42 -0500 Report

I also say go and enjoy!! We have one of those "Taste of the Town" here every year first weekend in Nov. and I have been thinking about it, too. I suggest you drink a big glass of water or whatever sugar free beverage you like beforehand, so the temptation is not quite as strong when you get there, then have a little taste or two of whatever is most tempting, but have a bottle of water to wash it down with, then turn around and find someone to talk to, instead of going to another booth…this is my plan when I go, too, and figure even if I cheat a little, as long as I don't go way overboard, I won't feel like I deprived myself of a good time!! Have fun!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-22 21:44:22 -0500 Report

Lots of water will provide extra exercise heading to the ladies room plus slowing down the food sampling.

cottoncandybaby 2012-08-22 22:01:39 -0500 Report

Exactly! I always have several bottles of water in my fridge, and whenever I am getting an urge for something sweet, I drink some water first to reduce the "yen" for those treats. It doesn't always work, but it does a lot of the time, gives me a few minutes to really think about if I want that treat or not. I usually decide not to have it, but sometimes just find a better alternative. Once in a while just give in, then back on track again…

DeanaG 2012-08-21 08:23:06 -0500 Report

Go and enjoy!!
I agree with Granniesophie, walk around and scope out the things that are must trys.
The idea of the pictures sounds great also, it will help keep your hands and mind busy.
It also sounds like a great opportunity to advocate for more diabetic friendly choices.
Good luck and enjoy yourself!! ;-)

granniesophie 2012-08-20 20:36:21 -0500 Report

I don't know-seems to me it would be an awful lot of fun! Were it I, I think I'd walk around some first and look at everything and plot out what I really, really wanted to taste, and what I could live without! Then go back and have a bite of the can't live withouts, while continuing to walk around lots more.
Why pass up such a fun opportunity if you really want to go?? Even with the desserts, I would be that there will be some, if not many, that you won't want to try, because they have stuff in them you really actually don't like anyway!
I'd say go for it, and enjoy yourself, in moderation, of course-you know how to do that! And report back how much fun you had, and what the food was like.
I know I would sure like to know :)

margokittycat 2012-08-22 18:51:02 -0500 Report

I agree with granniesophie. Go have fun and enjoy. You can do it and you know what and how much you can have. You are strong.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-21 03:23:46 -0500 Report

Yes, I really do want to go. Besides not sure of the carb consequences, the tivket price had kept me from just agreeing to go the first few times Hubby suggested it. Now money is no object.
In moderation, sounds easy in theory, in practice with so many temotations…let's hope I can manage to do it.
Maybe I can snap a few shots of any real good tasting and diabetic friendly new finds to share here.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-20 19:04:34 -0500 Report

I will go in your place. I went to the Governors Election Night Party last year and they have food from area restaurants. I tasted everything and because we parked 5 blocks away and there was a lot of walking around the venue, I had no problem at all with my blood sugar. I am not a big sauce person so I wouldn't taste something in a sauce especially if it is tomato based. However, everything else would be good to taste. Now when it came to the deserts, I would take a small cookie and eat it as I am walking around.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-21 00:08:20 -0500 Report

Good idea about scoping the place out before diving in. That way I can slowly pick what appeals too me and my carb allotment.
The cookie idea sounds good except I have trouble nibbling on a cookie, it would disappear all too soon. But if I take a nibble, then hand it off real fast to hubby for safe keeping it should work.

jayabee52 2012-08-20 18:38:48 -0500 Report

Yes Graylin what WERE you thinking?

You COULD give the tickets to a non diabetes friend or perhaps one of your sisters. Avoidance of such an event would be the safest course of action.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-21 00:00:04 -0500 Report

Well…I could…but despite the utter panic about too much temptation…it should be fun to go…maybe I'm stronger than I think…I have been doing real good at The Cake Lady's weekly carbfest…besides one sister is trying so hard to lose some weight…another has a very painful foot that is going to be operated on on Friday…the other sis has at least one daughter's soccer practice on Thursday evening…Hubby really has been wanting to go…

granniesophie 2012-08-20 20:37:30 -0500 Report

Aww come on, James, where's your sense of fun?? She coulds go and enjoy stuff in moderation. It sounds like a really fun time-and she was looking forward to it…:)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-20 22:56:51 -0500 Report

Fun is what I am hoping for. I just dont know if my carb counting skills are up to such an adventure. I think I might get a good chance to talk with a few of the food providers to advocate for diabetic friendly options. However the promoters have said it really isn't diabetic friendly on their Food Talk radio program. Maybe they and I will be surprised to learn they have more options than they know about. Maybe not.

jayabee52 2012-08-20 22:06:42 -0500 Report

She admitted that she is easily led astray: "If I stick to the one bite rule and there are over 5 too good to resist temptations that could be way more carbs than I should have in several days."

I have myself fallen off the wagon recently and had BGs of nearly 300. (I am back in the saddle again - BG this eve was 126) and had terrible cramps last night.

Didn't want my friend to suffer the same problem.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-08-20 22:48:49 -0500 Report

Sorry you fell, glad you are hopping back on. It can be so easy to eat wrong.
Thanks for having my back, James.
I am hoping with a few days to mentally prepare I might have a little self control. But…if there are more temptations than I anticipate…

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-08-21 17:36:45 -0500 Report

Graylin, go and have a good time, never mind the diabetic police, you are wise enough to take care of your self, if it gets to be to much temptation all you need to do is leave

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