Get tired on restriction !

By PeggySue1234 Latest Reply 2015-03-08 01:56:00 -0600
Started 2015-03-04 16:55:16 -0600

How does one get out of being so restricted with foods you can eat.?

13 replies

Fefe12 2015-03-08 01:56:00 -0600 Report

By not being restricted! Boredom comes from thinking you have to eat the same foods everyday. Food is fun, explore. Too many countries to learn about. Have you tried everything? It's a big world out there, enjoy it. Just watch your carbs and take your BG. You will learn to expand your horizons.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-03-05 18:06:27 -0600 Report

I have no restrictions. I can't live my life in that manner. I eat low carb but if it is something i really want like a baked white potato, some rice, a piece of cake or candy bar, I make sure the potato is the only carb with that meal. I test before I have cake, candy or cookies. If my blood sugar is in between 89-93 I eat it.

GabbyPA 2015-03-05 13:55:47 -0600 Report

Substitutions help me a lot. When I look at a recipe or dining out, I try to find a substitute for the higher carb ingredients. It's like a game for me to see how low I can get it to go. Like the other day was our anniversary. We went to Red Lobster (what a treat). So I looked up online what they serve and based my meal on the carbs. I was able to enjoy lobster, 1 biscuit (who can resist) and had broccoli, green beans (replaced the corn and potatoes) and even an appetizer for just 24 carbs. I was so thrilled.

Expanding your food palate will help immensely. My husband always tells me he would die if he had to eat the food I do. Well, he doesn't realize it, but he eats a lot of the things I do, but I will give him some of his old favorites in there so he doesn't mind. For me, growing in flavors and tastes has always been easy, but for some, it's very hard. If you can retrain your "likes" and "dislikes" and a whole new world of food will open up to you.

What I also try to do is not see it as a restriction, but as a redirection. I may not be able to eat a dinner role, but I can have shrimp cocktail. Maybe I can't eat mashed potatoes, but I can have roasted cauliflower mash and it's better. Almond flour makes nice crackers that have only 4g of carbohydrates for 10.

There is a lot out there to explore. Look at it as an adventure, not a restriction.

Type1Lou 2015-03-05 08:36:06 -0600 Report

Learn as much as you can about alternative options. For example, almond flour can be substituted for wheat flour in many recipes and will drastically cut the carb content. Try substituting pasta with vegetable options: I put spaghetti sauce over french style green beans or spaghetti squash. I use eggplant or par-boiled cabbage or spinach instead of lasagna noodles…most of the flavor is in the sauce. Sprinkle toasted sunflower seeds over a salad instead of croutons. True, I choose to no longer indulge in fudge and other really "sugary" carb-laden desserts and I do miss my breads but the better HbA1c's are reward enough. When I do want some bread, I'll buy a loaf of thin sliced 5-grain Italian from our local bakery…2 slices of that has less than one slice of some of the Pepperidge Farm or Arnold brands.

lilleyheidi 2015-03-05 03:54:11 -0600 Report

I guess I'm a bit different than most here. I don't look at being myself as being restricted. I have a huge variety of foods I eat on a regular basis, and I try to add at least one new food a month, and the foods I don't eat regularly (sweets, breads, etc.) I incorporate as special treats on occasion if I'm feeling the need or desire. I had an opportunity before Thanksgiving to have home made rye bread, or to pass it up, you bet I chowed down on it, and I didn't bat an eye. I, also, will have the occasional (once every month or so), chocolate kiddie cone ice cream. I talked openly with both my endo and my dietician about my eating choices and we all agreed that an occasional high BG is not going to ruin my A1c or my diabetes eating lifestyle, and that as all foods should be a welcome part of my life. Broccoli or bread.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-03-05 18:10:58 -0600 Report

Lily that is how I do it. I refuse to be restricted. It creates limits. No where is it written that you can't have something. The key is doing it in moderation. I am not going to sit down and eat a dozen cookies or a large slice of cake or pie. I eat a small slice. I cut out everything when I was first diagnosed. I said to my doctor I would love a small candy bar from time to time. He said who said you can't have one? So I have one once in a while. Life is way too short for me to restrict food. Who said you can't have a treat from time to time?

tabby9146 2015-03-06 11:14:51 -0600 Report

that is right, I agree . in diabetes class, they told us "everything" in moderation, but just stay away from sodas and watch the juice, and better to eat the fruit instead of drink the juice, but if we had juice, it was so many ozs..and pair with a protein. that kind of thing. I do not restrict myself too much. I did at first, and then gradually added back some things in moderation. :-)

Pegsy 2015-03-04 17:22:02 -0600 Report

I try to concentrate on what I can have and keep healthy options on hand to help me resist temptation. I even carry healthy snacks in my purse. The times that I find it the hardest if is we are at a restaurant or eating in someone else's home where I don't have control over the menu. I just do my best to resist but I do occasionally indulge, but that is rare. If I do, I make sure to get right back on track at the very next meal.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-04 17:18:45 -0600 Report

I use to feel restricted..but it didn't take long for me to find an entirely new menu of "happy foods"…I even enjoy "sweets" a few times a week..they are not sweetened with sugar…but they are in fact sweets…my son made almond cookies the other day that were out of this world!!…and last month he whipped up a batch of very very low carb butter cookies…amazing..

suecsdy 2015-03-04 22:05:51 -0600 Report

Can you share the recipe for the butter cookies?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-04 22:53:06 -0600 Report

I cant I didn't make them…I can ask my son…I know he used butter, stevia, almond flour..almond extract and ground flax…I don't know what else and I don't now the proportions…but I will ask…update hee hee..It is now morning and couldn't grab my son..he attends school full time, has a full time job and tries to spend as much extra time as possible in the cadaver lad at school ( leading to excellent test scores in anatomy)…will try to grab him today…he already left for school but I am pretty sure he is not working tonight,,

haoleboy 2015-03-04 17:00:06 -0600 Report

the way I see it … there are a lot more foods I can eat than those I can't
focus on the positive, not the negative