I'm a Picky Eater!

By YaYaSkidz Latest Reply 2010-08-30 18:38:37 -0500
Started 2010-08-29 13:24:36 -0500

Its not that I won't eat anything — that's my problem, I'd eat anything if I could. But I can't — so I don't. But there I sat at the PSR Brunch (parish school of religion, I teach Sunday School). And sure enough I was picking apart the food. I can eat that, I can't eat this. Scrape, cut, toss, snip, pick and choose. If I'm at a restaurant I can choose and order and ask for what I don't want. But at this kind of event I'm in trouble. Let's walk the brunch buffet, shall we? First are the casseroles. Hmmmm. Looks good, WHAT IS IN THERE??? Rule # 3, don't put it in your mouth if you don't know what's in it. Next are the muffins — nope, those are HUGE and a carb attack. Yikes. Poppy seed! Run for your life. Next the big bowl of fruit. Nature's candy and sugar sugar sugar. Ahhhhh, some sweet soul has provided a lettuce salad. Yippeee! Bingo! I'm in! There is only unlabeled dressing bowls so eat it plain but I can eat salad. And last are the dessert casseroles — apple crisp and peach gooey something and darn if some sweet church lady baked cherry cobbler. Walk, girl, walk. I pick up a chicken wrap because they are small and look like there isn't much dressing or mystery ingredients and back to my table. There, I dissect the wrap and eat what I can, have some plain-Jane salad and chat. I eat no carb/lo carb so my carbs are in the wrap and the tomatoes on the salad. I have gastroparesis and so my portion sizes meet my 300 cal a meal/snack limit and I just looked REALLY strange to anyone watching me eat.

I may look strange at a pot luck but hey, I'm diabetic - I'm a Picky Eater.

7 replies

theladyiscrazy 2010-08-30 16:44:30 -0500 Report

I have to be very careful at "potlucks" etc. We have life threatening food allergies. So, it isn't uncommon for us to not attend those for that very reason. Now, I do attend a few events that I know the menu and can easily avoid certain foods (whether due to allergies or diabetes).

YaYaSkidz 2010-08-30 18:36:16 -0500 Report

I love pot lucks because they are casual and "family" and fun and I like all that. I hate the thought of diabetes closing that door. So I pick!

RAYT721 2010-08-30 16:32:32 -0500 Report

I am not really picky… I am insane. I very rarely eat anything at potlucks other that what I bring because in a lot of cases I don't know the people well enough to know their cleanliness or chosen ingredients. I am obsessed with my hand-washing, food washing, utensils, cooking temperatures and everything else so unless an item is store bought or made by myself or someone that I know well, I pretty much avoid most entrees and all desserts. I will always contribute to the potlucks and often get compliments but I kinda keep a low profile when eating and always send emailed thank you notes for everyone's hard work and participation.

Gemm 2010-08-30 15:34:08 -0500 Report

I do sooooo know what you mean about picking things apart when you eat at those kinds of events. I do the same thing. I also have some food allergies to work around and here in the south it is really hard to eat anywhere unless I can do a salad buffet that they don't drown things in black pepper ( I love it but it hates me) and living in the strawberry capital of TN it is hard too cause everyone expects you to eat all their strawberry concoctions (again - I love they hate) — especially every Spring when they have the Strawberry Festival and the recipe contest that goes along with it — hey I've won some pretty nice stuff there since I moved here - just can't touch them bare-handed or eat them. Family functions are also rough and I get harassed there all the time for picking things apart - love fried chicken but don't care for all the skin and the pepper in the coating so I pick it all off. Generally at those things we take a variety of dishes so I can pretty much stick with things we've taken but there are times when we can't or by the time I get there they are gone so I have to settle for whatever's left.

When I get a chance I'll have to post some of my own creations for y'all to try that use Splenda instead of sugar. My husband has even come up with a couple things that I'll have to find out how he does. One is his own take on the Lemon Icebox Pie that is absolutely delicious and he does a strawberry version that even I can eat cause he uses unsweetened koolaid as the flavoring. I'm just not sure how to calculate all the nutrition, carb etc for them that y'all have posted with them, especially per serving ones.

Oh we are also working on a sugar-free diabetic BBQ sauce and some other things. We both love to cook and play around with recipes and ideas. In fact I'm in the process of making a file on my computer of all my sugar-free recipes to send to a friend so once I do maybe I can list some here for y'all to try.

Hugs and good luck with the "pickies" lol


YaYaSkidz 2010-08-30 18:38:37 -0500 Report

I Would LOVE to see some recipes from you. My husband loves BBQ and I so feel left out of that taste. You cook 'em and we'll all carb count 'em. lol

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