Wake Up Corporate America

RedDog - 14121
By RedDog - 14121 Latest Reply 2009-11-20 19:16:43 -0600
Started 2009-11-20 09:38:35 -0600

Someone needs to tell Corporate America that November is National Diabetes month!!!
Recently I attended a very lovely company holiday party. The expensive, exotic food and drink was the company’s way of saying thank you for a year filled with blood, sweat and tears. Unfortunately, my company assumed everyone would like the boutique soda or expensive bar drinks that had 28 grams of sugar….no diet drinks, except water. While we can’t expect Corporate America to know that almost 8% of the population has diabetes, can’t we at least hope that they would have a few diet sodas for folks that like to watch their sugar in take? OK so water was fine, but when someone commented that “the chocolate desert was to die for” that left a bad taste in my mouth., if they only knew how close to home that really was. I’m not asking for a special plate, just a diet soda and a healthy desert, the holidays are hard enough to resist sugar temptations.

As the holidays rapidly approach I urge everyone to stand up and SHOUT Healthy to your Human Resource Department. There may still be time to influence the menu choices. Wake up Corporate America!!!

10 replies

Harlen 2009-11-20 17:35:04 -0600 Report

Never happen
Just like smokers there was a time long long ago when at every party there was smoking and there was no escape from it noe you cant smoke any where.
food is food and they will never chage it till they are made to do so
best of luck

pmsteve 2009-11-20 15:57:40 -0600 Report

I've been to those kind of gatherings and you're right. They need to be more aware of the "invisible" special needs folk among their employees and associates. I usually take 2 or 3 little tubes of the Crystal Light sugar free water enhancer for those occasions where all I can get to drink is bottled water. As for the desserts… I haven't tasted too many sugar-free desserts that I'd like to eat.

BIRDY 2009-11-20 14:38:26 -0600 Report

I have the same problem at the supermarkets.There are thousands of foods for healthy people but diabetic's department is one shelf only and filling with some chocolates and sweeteners. Even the gluten-free products much more available in spite of diabet is a more common and older problem.

Jeff C - 85571
Jeff C - 85571 2009-11-20 15:26:38 -0600 Report

There is alot of different foods in the Supermarkets that are not labeled as Diabetic friendly but are low fat low carb and very little sugar. It may take you twice as long to do the shopping but if you look closely you can find alot of good food.

hbkunkel 2009-11-20 14:33:42 -0600 Report

The sediments are well spoken here. Most any corporate event I have attended are the same way. I am always glad to at least see the fresh fruit. In many ways, sugar free ingredients could be subsituted and most people sould not even know it! Listen Corporate America. Diabetics have feelings too!

Mart32753 2009-11-20 13:24:28 -0600 Report

If I didn't laugh, I would cry. I went to a national fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association in NYC recently. It was attended by the CEO of the ADA. All the food was high carbohydate and fried. I had to go out for dinner afterwards with my other diabetic friends to get a healty meal. The fact is that non-diabetics don't understand, nor will they ever. Next time I will eat before Iattend such an event.

highlandcitygirl 2009-11-20 10:04:52 -0600 Report

i agree, there should be a choice of healthy and good cakes ,pies and cookies ! by that i mean there are so many "diabetic" dessert recipes out there now, that no one should go without at the holiday times !