Given the thousands of diet books, gyms, gadgets, etc to help people live a healthier life, we can all admit that it takes a whole lot of work to stick with healthy choices. I tried to make this blog positive and provide tips on dealing with diabetes, but the fact of the matter is that it’s hard on me and my family quite often. I’m not dealing with just diet changes, I’m dealing with an illness that requires lifestyle changes. It’s much different because I can’t just “cheat” on an off day. I don’t get an off day.
Things started to get a bit hard for me around Christmas time. We made healthy meals, but then New Years came around and my birthday was next; all reminders of things I can’t have. My husband got me this incredible low carb cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. It was the only thing he could find in the entire city of San Francisco that was low sugar plus sugar substitute. This really frustrates me because we have a diabetes epidemic in this country and yet there is only 1 place that can accommodate diabetics? This is the reason many diabetics give up on their diet and rely solely on insulin, or don’t then end up hospitalized. What a shame.
Anyway, around my birthday we had a few very stressful weeks due to my pregnancy and all I wanted was comfort food. For me that would be sweet plantains with white rice and carne asada with a warm French baguette right out of the oven with some butter on it. Well, Diabetes wouldn’t have it. It doesn’t care about my stress level. In fact, it is known that stress levels can raise glucose. Sigh. Not only can I not have my comfort food, I must have something ultra light to counter the glucose high due to my stress level.
This is the reason there are long lulls on this blog. Our society is centered on food for just about any occasion and that means thinking about my diabetes all the time. It can be overwhelming and I rather not spend more time thinking about it than I already have to. I’ll try to remain as strong as I can through this journey and hope you can too.
I recently ran into This is what happens to your brain when you give up sugar and highly recommend you take a few minutes to read it; it gave me the energy to write this post. It was a reminder that I’m not addicted to sugar anymore. I’ve already been through the withdrawal period. What I’m going through now is a psychological withdrawal, not physiological. I will not fall prey to sugar again, even if I don’t have diabetes after pregnancy, I plan to continue being intentional about sugar consumption. I’ve been through too much to throw it all away.
Hopefully I can continue to update this blog with more tips and recipes and help anyone out there dealing with diabetes.