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Carbs: Call me, maybe

Some people seem to have the ability to use food as another tool in their diabetes toolbox. They know how to manipulate their dietary components with scientific precision, allowing them to build their meals into exactly what they need for any given situation.

I am not one of these people

I have food issues. My food issues are the single-most troublesome area of my diabetes (and weight) management. I don't know whether to blame my diabetes, and its disconnected relationship to natural hunger, or if I would have food issues even without diabetes.

I eat almost entirely carbohydrates

I am grossed out by meat. I'm bothered by the texture of it and the thoughts of what happened between farm and plate. Grosses me right out. You might ask if I consider myself a vegetarian? Well, I don't really know how to answer that. I don't eat a lot of veggies either. Or fruits. So what's left? Carbohydrates.

If labels are required, I guess I'm a carbohydratatarian

Great, right? Of all foods I could be so stuck on, it just had to be carbohydrates? Why couldn't I love protein?

Facing my carbohydrate problem head-on

My heavy carbohydrate diet causes me all sorts of trouble with my diabetes management. You might think it would be easy to change. If I'm receiving negative feedback from my food choices so often, why is it so hard to change? I'm not sure. I think there is a lot of emotional and mental baggage involved with food, and I'm wrapped up good and deep in that baggage. And maybe my dislike of meat is just that strong.

But food is such an important part of diabetes management. With the help of some smart and resourceful friends, I'm slowly taking steps to demystify my food issues. I've just started a book called Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic (thanks to a recommendation from Molly at Dam Diabetes). It has been an enjoyable read so far, but it's way too early to tell if it can help at all. I've also been working to be a bit more brave in trying new things.

This food stuff is slow and frustrating work, and often makes me feel like a silly kid. But I know I need to work on this area of my life if I'm going to continue to live well with diabetes.

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Comments:

karend1 says:

9 August 2012 at 3:29 pm

Oh man, I cannot imagine what I would eat if I did not like meat and of course I love, love carbs, but lately I feel awful if bloodsugar is not in range, so that has helped me to minimize my carb intake, but it still sucks that we always have to think and react to what goes in our mouth and then of course to correct our lows what else carbs!!!!

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