I hope this isn’t too touchy or personal of a topic…I know some people have pretty strong opinions about carbs and various ways of eating. I’m just curious to learn how others feel about eating and nutrition as it relates to how they manage diabetes. I want to eat well and nourish my body properly. I want to feel good, have energy, manage my blood sugar well and avoid complications. I generally stick to pretty nutritionally sound meals, minimal processed stuff, plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, etc. But I also love ice cream and pizza, and miss snacking on milk duds and twizzler nibs from my pre-T1D days.
I started out with diabetes by lowering my carb intake some, cutting down on snacking and things that seem like “junk food”, and feeling like I was really on a roll. As time has gone by, I’ve relaxed my eating habits significantly as I’ve gotten better at blousing properly for what I’m eating and getting decent blood sugar results.
I’m eating more carbs (still less than i once did), have gained a few pounds, and I’m slipping into habits like eating Blue Bunny ice cream pops on a nightly basis, when honestly, they aren’t even all that good. I boredom-ate a packet of peanut butter/cheese crackers yesterday and one cracker in, I realized I totally wasn’t hungry, and they were kinda stale, but I had to finish them anyway because I’d bloused for them But it got me to thinking that some crummy peanut butter crackers really aren’t “better” for me nutritionally than ice cream or pumpkin bread, so why not just use those carbs/calories on something like that that I can really appreciate and enjoy?? Yet in my head, ice cream SOUNDS like a treat, whereas peanut butter crackers are just peanut butter crackers.
I love that the attitude on this forum is one of “unlimitedness.” I want to feel unlimited and feel like I can find a way to eat what I want and what my body needs, but I also need to not use that mindset as an excuse to eat the wrong things on a very regular basis (unlimited shouldn’t necessarily mean I eat like half a loaf of pumpkin bread in a couple days, should it?, The rest is hiding in the freezer where it can’t tempt me)
I guess I’m not sure if there’s even a question in here anywhere. I’m just feeling discouraged and wondering if finding the right balance is sometimes as hard for others as it has been for me lately? Maybe most people don’t spend this much time thinking about it, but it’s been on my mind…