Not sure if that’s the correct title, maybe it should be “Rage over supposed diabetic food limitations”
So, I belong to a food/recipe group on the social media site formerly known as Facebook. Its a smattering of types, from grandma recipes to chefs. Its fun. Anyway, someone posted yesterday asking for any killer diabetic dessert recipes for Thanksgiving. This one woman (who’s apparently an expert, because she vaguely remembers someone telling her about diabetes) starts on about what diabetics can/can’t eat. “Can’t eat fruit, peanut butter, or dairy.” “Can eat cranberry bread, strawberry shortcake, and sugar-free pineapple lush cake” (I had to look that one up. Its apparently pure chemicals).
I read this yesterday, and I’m STILL enraged about it. To the point that I want to find this woman, and shake her a bit. I politely corrected her, and posted some recipes. But I’m still muttering under my breath about it. Someone else suggested Halo Top bars, which is a good idea, except if I went to Thanksgiving and saw all this pie and yumminess, and I was offered Halo Top, I would probably become homicidal.
Yes, I will get to the point soon. I understand that this rage is something I should deal with, but I really don’t want to! I know where it stems from (at diagnosis, being told that I didn’t need to bolus for meals, but had to keep my BG between 80 and 150; every job since then making me prove that I’m “normal” by ignoring my body’s needs; every time a dr says, “oh, such and such is caused by diabetes” … oh really, diabetes causes cubital tunnel syndrome, bone spurs, and memory loss ?!?). Did I eat Halo Top and drink Glucerna? Yes, and I’m still angry about it!
I try to just let these things go, and this isn’t a poor-me whining rant, its a why the #%&&$_ do I let others off the hook when they make sweeping generalizations?
And l also feel protective of newbies I meet, and don’t want others to feel like they have to hide, or eat cardboard, so I politely correct people, just in case a fellow warrior should get misled by what others think of their disease.
Yes, low carb diet is good, but not everyone can do it. I certainly can’t, not without severe depression. Confession: after dx, before getting humalog script, whenever I was thinking that maybe none of it was worth it, I would sneak out and eat ice cream, then not eat for days, hoping that it would “even itself out”. God, I was a mess!
Ok, rant over. Time for tacos and ice cream. (With proper bolus).