Fun eating tips

By Mando_Lynn Latest Reply 2015-04-06 21:01:53 -0500
Started 2015-04-01 08:17:43 -0500

Ok, I know all of us diabetics are different and what works for one may not work for another. So take this with a grain of salt and keep in mind what works for you.

It's never fun to feel deprived and I occasionally like the taste of a soda or pizza or hamburger. So I eat in a way that fools my brain into thinking I'm actually eating those things.

Soda: at a restaurant order a coke and a water. When it's time to drink, take the very tiniest sip of coke to get the flavor and then pick up the water to quench your thirst. Your brain still thinks it's drinking the coke so you don't feel deprived.

Pizza: when you eat the first triangle point, make it small but eat the whole thing. Crust and all. Start off feeling like you're just eating a normal pizza. Next bite, scrape off all the topping for that bite into a little blob and hold it on the fork. Then pick up the slice and bite a very small piece of back crust off (that back crust is the best part after all). Chew it a couple of times and then pop in the topping blob with it. Brain still thinks it's eating regular pizza cause you tasted and felt the bread first, though tiny.

Burgers: same principal as the pizza. Pick up the entire burger. Both buns. Pick off the top bun on the part you're about to eat and discard it. Then pick off the bottom and bite off about a third of it. Chew it a couple of times and then bite the now de-bunned burger. Same principal as the pizza crust. Still feels like you're eating a burger just like "normal" folks.

You can apply this idea to most anything. If you think it might work for you, give it a try! I'd love to know how it works out for you :-)

17 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-04-06 05:39:58 -0500 Report

Hi Lynn,
You have some good ideas to help fool the palate. But may I
ask why fool your tastebud's? As an example you order a coke and
water and take a sip of each. Just to get the taste of coke. Why not just make up your mind this is a no-no and don't have it at all. I've been eating my hamburgers bunless since forever st since I was dx.
diabetic. I think Jib jab has the best idea to come up with recipes to perhaps make it better. Like her pizza…it's just a thought. Butt one worth exploring.

Mando_Lynn 2015-04-06 21:01:53 -0500 Report

I guess because on Sunday night once a month when I go to a The Grill and dog eat a big pile of fries along with my burger, I like a little taste of coke.

jayabee52 2015-04-02 08:00:43 -0500 Report

Howdy Jib Jab

I eat hamburgers bunless with using a knife, fork and plate. If ordering it at the drivethru I order it without sauces and eat the burger from between the buns, or order it wrapped in lettuce.

Due to my kidney disease I am not supposed to eat pizza as we are to avoid eating tomato products and cheese. Likewise for the coke (cola drinks in general) as it has phosphoric acid as an ingredient.
I am just glad I am able to live life so I don't feel deprived at all. I am just thankful for the stuff I CAN eat.


sweetslover 2015-04-01 14:42:33 -0500 Report

I guess that I am just weird, but I can eat small but nice servings of pasta, and even a hamburger with the bun, but a small slice of Pizza sends my BG soaring.

debcox 2015-04-01 12:46:44 -0500 Report

I just eat my hamburgers bunless or ask for it with dry toast versus a bun. As for pizza, we have it once a month and I eat one piece cut in half with a salad and I am fine. My glucose levels are good so I don't think a slice of pizza once in awhile will hurt me. What I miss is pasta. Not that I loved it that much but I don't eat it at all because the serving size is too small and I'd rather have more of something that I can eat.

jayabee52 2015-04-02 08:02:49 -0500 Report

Howdy Deb
What is the difference between a bun versus dry toast? Wouldn't the carb count be close to the same?


debcox 2015-04-02 10:15:37 -0500 Report

Yes, the count is the same James. I just prefer my burgers on toast rather than a bun as it is easier for me to eat, seems like less bread and reminds me of the way my mom fixed hamburgers for me when I was young :-)

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 10:33:20 -0500 Report

I have made cream cheese pizza bites and they are pretty good. I will be honest though, now that I have been off wheat, I don't crave a pizza so much anymore. And if I do partake, I just scrape off the toppings. I still have to make the cloud bread that Jibber Jabber shared, that looks like it could make a good pizza crust.

Sadly I am not as controlled as you are. So I cannot have it come out on my plate. The girls at the diner know I want an omelet with bacon and skip all the rest and replace it with 1/2 cup cottage cheese. I am not good with temptation. Maybe one day.

Type1Lou 2015-04-01 09:26:16 -0500 Report

I've been ordering my burgers "bunless" but topped with cheese and onions and mushrooms. Much lower carb and just as tasty. As for pizza, there is a recipe here on DC for pizza crust made with zucchini and shredded cheese. Again, lots lower carb but just as tasty…after all the flavor is mostly in the toppings. For me, it's about adapting favorite dishes/recipes to make them lower carb and re-educating my palate. Whatever mechanism works to reduce the carb intake and gain better control of BG's is a positive step in managing diabetes.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-01 09:45:16 -0500 Report

I made pizza two times for the grand kiddies with a cheese crust..I couldn't believe how good it was…when I was making it I was thinking to myself "yeah can this be as good as regular pizza"…and it wasn't ..IT WAS BETTER!!!…My grandson loved it so much he asked for it again…it is just a matter of searching…we are so lucky to have diabetes in this day and age…we have the internet and all the information and recipes it contains..for the last two weeks I have been playing with a recipe online I found for wraps made with almond flour..they taste really good…but I am still making adjustments so that they don't crack when rolled…I know I will get it right…the last batch wasn't that bad at all…

Pegsy 2015-04-02 12:57:12 -0500 Report

I am very interested in both of those recipes. I have been using low carb buns, bread and tortillas but they don't seem to be low carb enough. Perhaps I have become wheat sensitive, I don't know. But I would REALLY like to try your cheese crust and almond flour wraps.

Type1Lou 2015-04-01 09:53:48 -0500 Report

You are so right…I remember watching my Dad deal with his diabetes in the 1960's and he had much fewer options, both in foods and treatments. I just replenished my supply of Almond Flour via WalMart and find it is a good substitute for flour or breadcrumbs in recipes…with some experimentation. Need to make an apron for you that has "Jibber Jabber Test Kitchen" on it!

Pegsy 2015-04-02 12:59:30 -0500 Report

When using the almond flour in place of bread crumbs, do you add anything to it? I would very much like to try this. Especially for meatloaf.

Type1Lou 2015-04-02 13:40:38 -0500 Report

I've started to substitute at least one half of the bread crumbs with a combo of flax seed meal and almond flour…it all depends on the texture you want to achieve. I've used 100% almond flour instead of breadcrumbs when "breading" fish with excellent results.