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Harlen
By Harlen Latest Reply 2011-03-22 18:37:14 -0500
Started 2010-06-08 00:06:38 -0500

Hello all
You know we all work hard to keep the blood sugars in line.
I have seen a lot of be accountable for what we do and I like to think we do for the most part
We know what we need to do and how but do we really do it all the time?????
I for one don't lol I try but I just cant do it all the time I get mean and grumpy when I stick to just what I can have so I cheat from time to time .And you know what? It makes me feel better, more like a person .
I don't do all the right things all the time .I know what to do and how to do it but I need to live too
Being on insulin I can cover for what I eat so my blood sugar dose not go way up.
Has any one had to fight this too?
I am a chef and love to eat good food lol
Working on being a better diabetic is a life long job, god I hate it, but that is my lot so I will keep at it.
Best wishes
Harlen


84 replies

Brooklynsgram
Brooklynsgram 2011-03-22 18:22:43 -0500 Report

My biggest cheating problem is the middle of the night. Not sure if I am really aware at the time of what I am doing but see the evidence the next morning. Usually It's when I get up to go to the bathroom (which is frequently) I end up in the kitchen with a PB&J or some other sandwhich,pretzels, etc. then wonder why I am not losing weight and my bs are high in the am. Anybody else do this? Also do you ever feel like you cant get full? Like you can/do eat anything and everything around? Any advice. suggestions and support welcome!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-03-22 18:34:17 -0500 Report

Hello
Have you tried drinking a glass of water with fiber all ?
It works for me
Best wishes
Harlen

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-03-21 13:07:21 -0500 Report

I agree with you Harlan, we all need to cheat once in a while. If we try to stick to a single diet all the time we will go crazy. I try to compensate for cheating when ever I can. It's alway just a little slip here and there. You say your a chef, well I work for a molasses company and we make all kinds of syrups, pancake and waffle syrups, molasses cookies and the like. So I know what it's like to slip. I have a wife and family and friends that try to keep me on track. It's tough being a diabetic, but we need to keep on trying day in and day out.

krystalm
krystalm 2011-03-20 11:58:22 -0500 Report

personally i think we all cheat on it sometimes. its hard to walk in a grocery store and see all the wonderful sweets and carbs and not get them. i read online that diabetics actually will crave sweets due to a vitamin deficiency. cant remember the name of it but it started with a c. and you know the old say "we want what we know we cant have" is true. I am CNA and i know better too, but sometimes its hard to resist especially if people around you are eating them.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-03-20 20:52:08 -0500 Report

And it is so good to be bad lol lol
I keep working on it and I will never stop working on it
So just keep working on it
Best wishes
Harlen

sacdp29
sacdp29 2010-06-20 07:50:12 -0500 Report

Hi, I am Susan and am pretty new here.
When I was first diagnosed Type 2, last year, I ate so good and was on Metformin. I lost 30 lbs. and my A1C was at right level, sugar levels were good. By January of this year I was told that I could go off Metformin and just keep watching my food intake. But in the past 4 months, I've gotten alittle lax on my "good " eating. I gained alittle of my weight back. I want to beat up on myself because I was doing so well. My doctor did tell me that I may go off my "diet" and not to get too upset. Its hard. I've had lots of stress going on. Since I stopped smoking and I don't drink alcohol hardly at all, my stress reliever is eating.
But I get ice-cream with no added sugar, I buy "Murray" brand cookies (no sugar). I use Splenda in my iced tea.
So I've got some things I can eat if I just need a taste of sweet.
But I think if we don't cheat alittle, we would go crazy…lol
Well, I've rambling so I'll close.

Swbtab03
Swbtab03 2011-03-21 14:06:03 -0500 Report

Susan might I suggest you look into a local dietician class for diabetics, to be a little more educated on some items your choosing, Murray cookies just because it has no sugar does not mean its okay to eat, look at the carbs in it, it is packed with something else to make it taste better. My instructor told me it was the worst cookie for us to eat vs. a real one. Look at the cartons of ice cream next time you shop no sugar added/then the real stuff you will find some of the real stuff actually has a few less carbs in it. We all can eat what we want in life as long as it is in moderation, even though a 1/2 cup of ice cream is a real tiny portion for any of us lol. Or only allowed to eat 2 chocolate chip cookies. As my doctor put it to me go ahead cheat have high numbers die slower, have too low of numbers then die quicker. Keep numbers in line and live longer. As I will admit I have moments myself- any type of bread is my poison.

TrishaG
TrishaG 2010-06-17 22:15:58 -0500 Report

Hi, Harlen…I am new to Diabetic Connect..so hopefully I don't mess this up. I found out through my dr. that its okay to cheat from time to time. The toughest part for me is when my blood sugar goes up and stays up and I can't figure out why. I get so frustrated that I want to "give" a reason. Which is just undermining my goal to grow old, with all my body parts, not be on dialysis, and be able to see my children walk down the aisle and hold my grandchildren. My dr. says its a tough goal but that we can make it. I just have a hard time remembering my goal during those unexplainable highs.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-18 21:39:44 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I hear you
Sometimes my BS will go up if I dont eat as much as I need ie. from working outside a lot or working out sometimes even after a long walk
best wishes
Harlen

Daskylinegal
Daskylinegal 2010-06-17 13:12:10 -0500 Report

LoL..I remember the days when we had to urinate in a vial..lol..now a days they say those readings were not accurate. Ughhh!! I don't enjoy pricking my fingers & I do it 8 or more times a day. I use to take insulin shots & thank goodness I am now on the insulin pump. I use to take 7-8 horrible shots a day. Take care of yourself, make sure you take your sugar readings, you don't want to go through the stuff you may go through if your sugars are out of control.
God Speed~~

Siddhartha
Siddhartha 2010-06-16 15:25:41 -0500 Report

my relation with carbs almost feels like an addiction. i can really jones for a big bowl of rigatoni! i try to make room in my life for pleasure zone eating. learning how to temper the desire to binge out on the weak points. its a whole new way of life for sure…but not an impossible one.

peace

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-17 12:06:06 -0500 Report

You are right it is a need like you I just know I can have some but not a lot and I must give up something els so as to not take in to menny carbs.
Best wishes
Harlen

Penguinlover
Penguinlover 2010-06-13 14:06:32 -0500 Report

Hey…OMG! I feel the same way. I am an RN and I know what diabetes does to the body. The problem I am having is that I can't seem to take of myself. I know what I should do but I just can't get my head around it. I go in spurts where I am almost compulsive about my sugars and then get burned out and stop checking all together. I miss my food. I miss my carbs. I miss my old life. I was diagnosed when I was 29 as a Type 2 diabetic and then at age 47, told that I was really a Type 1. I grew up around homemade this and homemade that. I love my sweets! I worry about what damage has been done to my body but can't seem to care enough to take of myself. What is wrong with me??? Can anyone help me get my act together with all of this stuff? I feel totally alone in this battle for health.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-14 22:48:27 -0500 Report

I feel you.
My wife is a RN and if I slip just a little she bites me lol
I try to just take it one day at a time its the only way I can do it .
I love to eat and I love to cook so as you know I am so doinked lol
One of the things I do do is know that I am the only me there is and if I dont take care of me who will?
Best wishes
Harlen

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-06-18 23:00:52 -0500 Report

LOL… I am a nursing student and I get the shame on your finger nad a smile from my one professor when he knows I am doing something I am not suppose to. I always get told being a nursing student I should know better… I get a laugh but I also know… Hi my name is Becca and I like to cheat on my diabetes sometimes! Seriously, while it may not be so good that we do this, at least we can admit and be honest about doing this.

jozielynne
jozielynne 2010-06-16 10:58:34 -0500 Report

Hey girl! I can totally relate! I was also diagnosed at age 29 but it was definitely Type 1 from the beginning…my sugars were almost comatose level…over 700! The doctors said I was in a walking coma, whatever that means…I guess just that I had an EXTREMELY hard time waking up and then STAYING awake! But…I grew up on a farm…everything was homemade and fattening, with of course lots and lots of sweets…cookies, cakes, brownies, rolls…you name it, we had it. So I do love to eat and especially desserts…I wish so much I could LOSE that craving!!! And most of the time, (I'm ashamed to admit) I just pretend that I'm not diabetic, so I eat what I want, and then "shoot up" to cover the enormous amount of sugar I just inhaled!! And yes, I too worry very much about my health…in fact I already have heart disease & had a quadruple bypass at the young age of 46!!! All caused by my diabetes, as I have no family history of heart disease at all. So now, of course I'm just waiting for what else is going to go wrong with my body…it's so depressing and discouraging and I can't seem to get MOTIVATED to actually DO something about it…like maybe some EXERCISE!!!! Such a small and simple thing to help and I can't seem to get started…I know we are not alone, but it definitely feels like it, doesn't it????

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-03-21 12:57:03 -0500 Report

Your "walking coma" reference reminded me of when I was diagnosed T1 in 1980 with a BS of 700 and had been deathly sick for months; the ER Dr. simply told my Mom he didnt know how I was still alive! :)

HarmonyStarr
HarmonyStarr 2010-06-11 18:59:23 -0500 Report

I don't think it's possible to be perfect all the time. There's always a point at which, no matter how much you try, you're going to eat something that's not on your eating plan or what have you. I don't think it's cheating if you're a little imperfect once in a while. As long as you do the best you can, there's no fault to be found. :)

Kirla
Kirla 2010-06-11 09:10:56 -0500 Report

Harlen

I don’t have to cheat. I eat pancakes, waffles, cakes, pies and ice cream all the time. I control my blood sugar with diet only.

Last year I bought 25 pounds of TVP to make TVP oatmeal. After several months, I was getting tired of TVP oatmeal and still had like 20 pounds of it left. I looked all over the Internet for recipes to use the stuff. Only thing I found was using it as a meat substitute.

Since I was looking to make other things with it, I got to thinking about grinding it down to flour and use it to make cakes. My first cake I grinded it in a blender. Then made a cake out of it. It came out pretty good. Making the cake with TVP, low carb soymilk or nut milk and splenda, I was able to get the carb count to less than 6 grams per serving. I now make carrot and chocolate cake every week and have a small piece for lunch everyday. Its been great. I also made a pumpkin cake that was pretty good also.

Last Thanksgiving, I was thinking of making a pumpkin pie. I was going to use a nut crust or maybe a crust less pie. I had some soy flour I bought to make something. I never got around to making what I wanted with it. I got to thinking of using it to make the crust. I just replaced the flour with soy flour and use splenda for sugar and it came out great. My family thinks it taste great. My sister made one with real flour and sugar and they liked my pie better than the real one.

Several months ago I bought 50 lbs of soy flour and about 15 large cans of pumpkin and have been making pumpkin pie every other month. The cans make 2 pies and I have to use it up, so when I make pumpkin pie I eat a piece at lunch and dinner. Good news, I found that whipped cream in the can only has one carb per serving. Its great.

After making like ten pies I still had 49 pounds left. I have been thinking of making low carb pancakes and waffles for some time. So several weeks ago I started to make pancakes and waffles. Their low carb and taste great. I put some sugar free maple syrup or sugar free jam on them and they’re wonderful. Yesterday I bought 6 different kinds of sugar free jam. I have been eating a pancake every morning.

Several months ago I joined Fast Track to Fat Loss. They sell a protein powder and make ice cream and other treats out of it. They want $35.00 for a 3 lb container. I buy a 5 lb bag of EAS Whey Protein powder at BJS for $28.00. Last year I bought a small ice cream maker and now I make a low carb high protein ice cream. I eat about one cup a day. Its been great.

Last week I made some soy noodles. I got my pasta machine out of the attic. I tried some a few days ago and it needs some work. I just put some margarine and salt on them and they weren’t too good. Yesterday at Save A Lot I found some spaghetti sauce that is only 4 net carbs per ½ cup serving. I boiled a cup of the soy noodles and put the sauce with hot sauce and grated cheese on them and they tasted pretty good. Got some experimenting to do.

Last night I had a bowl of salad, a waffle, soy noodles and my Greek yogurt ice cream. The noodles were a lot more than I thought. I figured my blood sugar was going to go threw the roof. I was expecting it to spike somewhere between 130 and 160. My before supper reading was 84. A little over an hour it was 93. Was happy to learn that the soy noodles had little effect on my blood sugar.

I have a recipe for low carb bread. So far bread and potatoes I can’t eat. I found a low carb wrap. But it’s not like having a piece of toast. So hopefully soon I will be experimenting with baking bread soon. I hope it comes out good.

Instead of giving up the foods I like, I have been trying to figure out how to make what I like low carb. So far I think I’m doing good. All the food I make above doesn’t spike my blood sugar. I can eat a pretty big serving and hardly a rise in blood sugar. I limit the amount I eat due to calories not how it affects my blood sugar. I still got like 48 lbs of soy flour left. So soon I will be making something else low carb that I currently can’t have.

Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/recipes-3/

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-11 18:46:56 -0500 Report

way cool for you
I wish it was that EZ for me
Best wishes
Harlen

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-12 20:53:37 -0500 Report

It can be that EZ for you, too, Harlen. You just need to make up your mind that you won't cheat on the wrong things anymore. Think of it as a challenge and go after it, my friend.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-13 09:44:33 -0500 Report

I got to much on my plate to do that at this time so I am taking it one day at a time
best wishes
Harlen

SusanEL
SusanEL 2010-06-12 18:28:08 -0500 Report

Awesome job Kevin! You should write a cookbook. I'm going to try some of your suggestions and see how I do. Potatoes and bread are a big trigger for my bs too. :-( And I love both of them unfortunately. I am hoping the soy flour will do the trick and will have to find a substitute for the potatoes all the way around I guess. Thanks for the info!
Good wishes
Susan

Kirla
Kirla 2010-06-12 20:03:05 -0500 Report

Susan

I found this site for low carb bread. Go threw the book until you find the recipes. I haven’t tried them yet. Still got a few ingredients to find.

Anyway they have several recipes for low card bread. You can’t use soy flour for making bread. You have to mix it with some other flour. Something to do with the yeast.

http://books.google.com/books?id=SGo_EtW2ueAC...

I heard some people can eat red or sweet potatoes. I haven’t tried them yet, but figure someday will try them.

Kevin

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-12 20:51:27 -0500 Report

I think that's great, Kevin. The bottom line is that you're not cheating and eating sugar and fats. You're making healthy recipes for yourself and probably also saving a bunch of money in the bargain. None of it is junk food or fast food. It's all healthy and I'll bet would be given a high mark by any registered dietician out there. That's real talent. I agree with SusanEL. Do a cookbook and count me in as a customer! At least, put some of your recipes on here so we can learn, too.

Diane987
Diane987 2010-06-10 21:57:21 -0500 Report

I used to eat things off my diet plan at least once a week when I took insulin. I always believed it was a side effect of the insulin to make you crave the things we should not have. Never saw that sticker on the side of my insulin bottle though.

Now that I take Byetta, I haven't gone off diet at all. It really curbs your appetite. My only problem is that I also taste test things when I cook but I am usually cooking during the wait period for Byetta. Inject, wait 1/2 - 1 hour before eating. I am adjusting to it however.

My Dad was on dialysis for over 11 years before he died in 2005. He used to cheat with those sugar coated, orange flavored jellied slices. He would eat them on the way to dialysis. His reasoning was that they were going to clean his blood out anyway so it didn't matter.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-10 22:31:12 -0500 Report

I love them too but havent had any in years .
My mom passed away from not tacking care of her diabetis
So I know what can happen if you dont take care of it
Best wishes
Harlen

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-10 20:52:14 -0500 Report

Hi, Harlen
I know what you mean. I love good food, but I've also seen my ex-husband, who always cheated on his diet, go from a fairly healthy one even though he's T1, to a man who's lost one leg up to the knee and now has had his other foot removed, and spends his days in a wheelchair. He and I keep in touch with each other. That's how I know.
But, you see, Harlen, the problem with frequent cheating is that you are cheating yourself, because even though you take your insulin, the poison in the form of sugars is still in your system and soon you'll find yourself needing more and more insulin and getting less and less "bang for your buck" from it and in the meantime the sugars will attack your health. Don't do as a lot of people do and think as long as they keep taking their insulin or meds everything will be OK.
So, please think about it this way. Insulin doesn't keep you healthy. It just keeps your blood in a "forced range". A good diet and exercise plan is the thing that will keep you healthy.
I think of it this way, even though I love good food. How does a fabulous dessert, for instance, stack up against keeping my legs underneath me? The way I feel is there's no comparison. I'll forgo the dessert, etc. just so I can keep my legs and my freedom.

bhyson1204
bhyson1204 2010-06-10 18:41:09 -0500 Report

i love food just as much as anyone if not more. My weakness is junk food. As we all know junk food has a lot of carbs in it. Im not from a very skinny family and we know how to eat. When i was first diagnosed, i was on a very strict diet of 45 carbs at meals and 1 15 carb snack. I was so miserable all the time and i was so hungry and being a kid i felt like a complete outsider watching my family get to have everything i wanted. Now that i am on the pump and take insulin to carb ratios I feel like im not cheating myself. i honestly dont think that we cheat when we eat carbs or sugar, we need them to live right? So as long as we do it in moderation and not eat like chocolate covered donuts for every meal then I say We aren't CHEATING we are LIVING.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-10 22:26:56 -0500 Report

You got my vote
I like the way you think lol
I am still stuck on a low carb meals
Being T2 if I take in more then 45 a day I use a LOT of insulin
best wishes
Harlen

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-06-09 21:58:40 -0500 Report

Anybody besides me notice that "treat" and "cheat" both end in "EAT"? LOL So I just eat, never treat or cheat…OK, bad logic, but I just had to try it out on all of you. Thanks, Harlan for starting the discussion.

Danni-the-diabetic
Danni-the-diabetic 2010-06-09 20:52:27 -0500 Report

Hey Harlen, yep! I'm a cheater, cheater pumpkin eater. Maybe not pumpkins, but lately my cheat is cereals. I've been eating cereal for sometimes lunch and dinner too, not everyday but close to it. That's been my cheat for the past two weeks.

:)Danni

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-10 14:46:14 -0500 Report

There it is we all have a little week spot thats got to be scrached from time to time lol
Best wishes
Harlen

Richard157
Richard157 2010-06-09 16:25:02 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed in 1945 at the age of 6, my parents were told to never let me eat sugar. There was no other rule to follow. So I ate everything that did not have sugar. I ate hundreds of carbs every day, but no sugar. That was not cheating because it was not against the rules.

It was in the late 1980s that I found I should eat low carb. My BG improved very much, but eating was not as much fun. I stopped cereals, white bread, and cut down on my pasta and potatoes. I felt I was following the newer rules very well, and not cheating. Then I joined these diabetes websites in 2006 and that opened up a whole new world. My doctors have never been very open with me and I found so many things on the diabetes websites that I had not known. Now I realize i can eat anything I want provided I do it in a way that it does not bother my control. If I want a chocolate bar then I leave off my pasta or potato at a meal and substitute the candy. I match carbs when I do that. My BG stays steady, so I am not cheating. I have all of my favorite foods, but not all in the same day. Lol! I use cup measures and eat only a half cup of potatoes or pasta. The only bread I eat is low carb oatmeal bread (8 carbs per slice). I will admit that using insulin makes it easy to compensate for the things I eat. This thread was intended for Type 1's too, right Harlen? I am going to have two cups of watermelon chunks this evening. That is only 22 carbs and one of my favorite snacks.

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The following part of my discussion may be disturbing! Proceed with caution!!!

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I bought a bag of nacho Doritos this week. Terrible stuff, but delicious! I eat a couple of handfuls in the evening, but I do not swallow. I chew and chew and chew and then discard the material into a zip-lock sandwich bag. I am very careful and very little goes into my stomach. It does not affect my BG or my weight and it completely satisfies my craving for doritos, potato chips, pop corn, and other foods. Swallowing is not the pleasure derived from these foods, it is the taste while chewing that is so satisfying. So why swallow and raise the BG and gain weight??? I do not feel I am cheating when I do this, but if I swallowed I would be cheating.

Now, are you thoroughly disgusted with me? Are you going to ask Tom to ban me? Lol!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-09 19:17:04 -0500 Report

Well that is just an image I am going to suffer with for the rest of my life. LOL. As long as you don't chew them like a cow, I can live with that. I don't know that I could have that much discipline.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-10 14:44:05 -0500 Report

lol
It seams that you have a comitment prob there Rich
If your going to be bad just be bad lol comit too it own it lol
Best wishes
Harlen

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-06-08 20:52:54 -0500 Report

My name is Ray and I'm a cheater.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-08 21:37:00 -0500 Report

Hi Ray
Welcome to cheaters
We are a famly and we stick together

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-06-09 08:37:33 -0500 Report

RAYT721 and Harlen, you two make make quite a pair!!!LOL!!! Is there a chapter called Diabetic Cheaters Anonymous? We'll start one!

SusanEL
SusanEL 2010-06-12 18:32:54 -0500 Report

Hi my name is Susan and I am a cheater too! My bad… but dang it tastes good. lol But with a lot of work I am trying to break that bad habit.

petals
petals 2010-06-08 11:39:12 -0500 Report

I cheat sometimes myself, and I don't feel bad about either! I just eat it in small portions not the whole dang thing!! Any way you only get to live once, so breaking a few rules every now and again don't matter that much. Just don't do it every day!!

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-08 12:09:17 -0500 Report

Thank you
A man got to eat lol
I dont eat the hole pie anymore lol just a small pice lol
Hareln

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-08 09:31:01 -0500 Report

I think the mentality of "cheating" should be eliminated. We CAN have any food we want, but there is a price to pay. If we are willing to pay the price, then eat what you like.

Now, I am not saying to pay the price with bad control. What I mean is that if you want a piece of cake, don't eat the bread at dinner. If you want that extra scoop of pasta, skip the fruit salad. There are ways to balance it out. For me, my nemesis is corn, and if I am going to have it, I have to eliminate almost all carbs from that meal. Is my corn on the cob worth a bunless hamburger, sometimes it is.

The other thing is that there are some very satisfying substitutes that we can feel good about. Like Skip said, when you get off the "addiction" to certain foods, you will find you don't miss them at all. I recall when I was craving a breakfast sandwich at McDonalds. I have pretty much sworn off all fast foods, but we were on the road and it just sounded so good. It tasted horrible! The same for diet soda. I grew up on those and they were great! Ha, now that I don't drink them anymore, I can't stand the taste. So there are many things we train ourselves to crave, that once we stop eating them, our bodies are so happy.

Antique-Dave
Antique-Dave 2010-06-10 09:37:24 -0500 Report

I also think that the term cheating is a bad one, it sets us up to think that if you cheat, you're a bad diabetic, cheating illicits guilt, probably some stress. I do believe in choices, and yes I make those choices of do I have a little potato or a half a english muffin, it's not cheating its a choice.

ccritch
ccritch 2010-06-08 08:35:12 -0500 Report

Hi,

I know exactly what you mean I grew up with Chef's in my household and that is why I gotta have my bread!

I want to cheat so bad and when I see Jon and Mia eating cake or my favorite Hot fudge Sundae with peanuts and I can't eat it. It is not fair then I turn into Shrek! :F

I think we have all been there. I feel it is ok to cheat from time to time, we should not deprive ourselves but not take advantage of the situation either. We know when to stop and it is up to us to make sure it is a once in a while snacking.

Harlen what do you cook? My dad was a chef for 30 years before he died, his specialty was Mediterranian and Spanish Cuisine. Oh my gosh he could make a mean soup out of scraps!

God Bless

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-08 12:00:33 -0500 Report

Meats and soups are my thing I can cook meat anyway you like in lol
the other stone I love to cook and eat lol
I AM GOING TO DIE
LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
Thanks for your responce
Best wishes
Harlen

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-06-08 08:26:21 -0500 Report

A world where you have to deprive yourself every single day is not a world worth living in. I admire the people who can stay on the straight and narrow every day. I know that I am not one of them. I just try to limit my "treats" to extra small bites. I do the three bite rule, the first and last bite of a favorite dish always tastes the best so, I just eat three bites. Instead of depriving yourself, if you give yourself permission to indulge once in a great while I, at least, find it easier to stay on a limited eating plan the rest of the time. And as Harlen pointed out, if you do take insulin, it's a little bit easier to regulate your BS if you do end up cheating a little.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-08 11:50:04 -0500 Report

Thank you
thats so cool I like it, three bight rule
now for me I try to only eat a little of the things that I am not to have lol
I have a big bite lol

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-06-08 07:48:06 -0500 Report

Hey Harlen, i totally agree with you. i think most do cheat on some foods, i do on rare occasion eat some things i know i am not suppose to have. lord i do hate it but i know i will keep it in check because i need to see my grandchildren and hold them love them watch them grow up.
Alan

gregsteele
gregsteele 2010-06-08 07:47:30 -0500 Report

I know what you mean Harlen i try to do it right but sometimes i just cant take it so i cheat and then cover with a unit or two i know this is wrong but it sure helps me when the stress level gets to high love to all GREG

SkipT
SkipT 2010-06-08 06:51:12 -0500 Report

My wife says that I have an iron will. Four years ago I went cold turkey the day I was diagnosed. I haven't touched a piece of anything that isn't on my eating program. Don't even miss it. I cook also; and I cook stuff that I don't eat since other people can have it. My wife now does the taste testing for me. I think that what helps me get through any temptation at all is that I look at the particular food and ask myself, is it really worth the problems it may create down the road. It never is.

ccritch
ccritch 2010-06-08 08:37:32 -0500 Report

Hi Skip

Thumps up for you. That is awesome! I wish I had that kind of will power. I am a slacker at times i must admit. But I am doing so much better and watching my p's and Q'.

Thanks :D

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-08 11:40:23 -0500 Report

You are my god ,you must walk on water, I just cant do it I am week.
Keep up the great work Skip
Thank you

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-12 15:26:57 -0500 Report

That's how I look at cheating, Skip. Is it really worth it? My answer now is always no.
It took me awhile to get there, of course, but now that I'm there I'll never go back to that other time of cheating and filling my face with junk food and fast food.
For those who didn't know, it took me awhile after I got the D news in 2003. I didn't want to accept it and continued eating whatever I wanted. But, when you see things happen to people that you really care about and you begin to ask yourself, is a Burger King really that important? Is an ice cream really that important? The answer is, of course, it isn't.
And as hard as it seems to some people out there, I'm really happy with my diet. I don't miss any of those sugary, fatty foods anymore.
So, if that makes me unusual (Harlen called you a god, Skip, who must walk on water), well, so be it. But I really enjoy eating well now. The food is great and I like finding and making new recipes.
But most of all, I enjoy feeling good about myself, feeling good that I CAN DO this. Plus, I'm glad that I can have a really good, enjoyable, fun-filled life without junk food, without sweets, and without fatty, unhealthy foods.

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