By KittyKristi Latest Reply 2013-04-28 16:33:36 -0500
Started 2013-04-22 10:23:24 -0500

Greetings and Salutations DC!

So this weekend I found out just how hard it is to stay strong and stick to my diet! I went over to our friends house to celebrate my husbands and his best friends birthdays… they are a fab Hispanic family and lets just say she doesn't cook very low carb low cal! Pork, Chicken, tortillas, beans… the works! And let's just say a lot of vodka and sunnyD was consumed…(shame :(…) So I guess what I am wanting to ask is, How do you stay to your diet and watch your carbs when you are over at someone's house?

We get together with this family every other weekend and sometimes more… Do I bring my own food? Do I try to get her to learn ways of cooking her foods with a easier carb count for me?

Your suggestions would be helpful!!!
Hope everyone has a great day today!!
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10 replies

takincareofme 2013-04-28 16:33:36 -0500 Report

Hi Kitty! I think moderation is key for these celebrations. I tend to stick with small portions even at parties (not like all-you-can-eat buffets where we try to get more than our money's worth) ;) I would stay away from the tortillas & rice, maybe suggest or bring along a veggie tray. If enjoying the vodka & sunny D, you want to limit that also. Water is always a good choice. Maybe take along a diet drink or 2 as well. If you are doing well keeping your levels under control & they are usually fairly low, small portions of the rice & 1 tortilla may not be too bad & I would stick to 1 drink (sip it slowly so you enjoy it longer). ;) These drinks are very high in carbs & sugar. Diabetes is different for everyone…just remember to take care of you so you will be able to join in & enjoy the get togethers much longer. Take care!

flipmom 2013-04-26 00:16:08 -0500 Report

maybe its just me,but i cant tell the host, hey change your menu for me!! I cant eat what youre serving even though everyone else can..and i also think it would be rude for me to bring my own lunch box! . what i now do however is i always bring veggie trays…that way its for everybody too because most often times they serve some kind of meat and the side dishes is what im worried about, so veggie trays is always my go to…

troublemaker27 2013-04-24 13:17:24 -0500 Report

oh i love weekends
especially saturdays i go to softball practice and then out to eat with my friends and on sundays we go to fry's electronics store.
i usually get iced coffee there and buy or look around for dvd's and cd's

Gwen214 2013-04-25 21:06:29 -0500 Report

Eat what is there, just watch your portions and count your carbs. I know easier said than done. Check your glucose, if still high take a stroll with your hubby

JSJB 2013-04-24 12:45:01 -0500 Report

I enjoy what the host is serving and worry about it later. You have to enjoy life but remember do it moderation. Have fun. Does she know you have D?? If not tell her. so she can try to make something for you or wont be hurt if you bring your own.

sNerTs1 2013-04-23 14:47:32 -0500 Report

You rawk!! First off, this sounds like an awesome family get together and I am sure you all accept each other AS family which is cool. I hope I understood that right. If not, don't even let your eyes read on… LoL. STOP .. Ok go on ~ Mexican food is very rich in tradition and yummy to say the least. <~~~I just needed to say that LoL

From your description, they seem more like family to me and what I do with mine is ~ if they are going to make tortillas, I ask if they would mind so much if I brought my low carb ones so I can taste their yummies without getting sick. I will absolutely drink plenty of water before (it helps fill us up) as well as after as it helps to cleanse us and release the bad stuff from our systems.

If you get to build your own, even better. More cheese, lettuce, little of the spiced meat as there can be a lot of hidden sugars in that type of food as well, and plenty of guacamole! I'm addicted to that stuff! More times than not if you are close at all, they will help you work around this so you can have fun too. If you aren't comfortable with that, then grab the food that's put together, just eat the stuffins out and leave the tortilla behind … You are still looking out for yourself :)

I hope this helps you. As far as the alcohol goes, I'm guilty of loving my tequila so I let myself go once a year when I get together with my sisters for a weekend. Otherwise I just am not that much of a drinker. My husband's father passed away many years ago from alcohol related dementia, which basically means he drank his brain away. My husband hasn't drank for 15 years … That helps keep my alcohol intake at bay.


manapua72 2013-04-22 20:23:55 -0500 Report

Sometimes you cut loose and have yourself a good time … Or you can bring your own food if you really want to be firm on your diet … My doctor had told me once you don't have to quit fast food but perhaps limit it to once a week , u know… Don't deprive yourself … Is what he basically told me … You gotta do what you think is best for you …

Caroltoo 2013-04-22 13:54:46 -0500 Report

The key is selection: larger amounts of the items which are lower in carbs (chicken, pork, salsa, lettuce, cheese, avocado, all the veggies in fajitas, etc.) and less of of beans and rice. Personally, I'd skip the tortillas cause they are frequently made with flour which is an allergen for many of us, including a lot of us who aren't aware of wheat allergies.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-22 10:59:32 -0500 Report

If these functions are every other weekend, why is there a problem? We always have some kind of family function and we have a lot of diabetics in the family. We never ever ask the hostess to fix us special foods. We were all taught as kids that this was rude and showed very poor manners.

We have all kinds of foods from baked and fried chicken, bbq ribs and chicken, fried and grilled fish and array of salads and fruits and desserts. There is always something all of us can eat regardless if we are or aren't diabetic.

I use the two spoon method. I go and get a teaspoon and a tablespoon for carbs such as macaroni and cheese/pasta salad/potato salad etc… I manage to eat enough to be satisfied and have a very little rise in blood sugar. I never leave home without my 32 oz water bottle which has my flavored water. I always take a diet soda with me in case there isn't any. My family knows this and are not bothered by it. There is also a bar with drinks made with soda and juice. If you want vodka you can make a mocktail using the Crystal Light Mocktail mixes or you can make a flavor you like in water and add vodka to it in a glass and sip that all afternoon.

I think if you ask her to learn to cook foods you can eat would offend her no matter how nicely you go about asking. You have to remember this isn't your house or your party. You also have to be considerate because not everyone wants the foods you can eat and may not want them. If all of the meat is cooked in sauces or stirred into rice and or beans, that could be a problem. Try to find foods that you can eat. If not ask first if you can bring something you can eat and when it is your turn to be hostess, you can make foods that not only you can eat but everyone else. Hope this helps.

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