The possibility of GREAT Diabetes-Compatible eating (or from eweee to ahh with a flick of your mind!!!)

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Life and eating doesn’t always make sense.

The other day I was enjoying a ham salad sandwich for lunch. It was only the third ham salad sandwiches I had ever made. I love ham and cheese sandwiches. I love mustard and mayonnaise on my ham & cheese sandwiches. I love chomping into celery. So why did I never make ham salad before? I make tuna salad, chicken salad, and egg salad all the time. I make them simple (on low carbohydrate breads). I make them fancy (inside tomatoes or on slivers of toasted lavash). Why not ham salad? Over the years, I have seen ham salad in deli cases. For no good reason what so ever, I deemed it: not to be eaten or considered. As I thoroughly enjoyed this sandwich, I had to wonder why I or anybody would decide something was not good to eat without ever trying it. Even more, with restrictions in my diet, why would I decide to eliminate a dish that works for my carbohydrate budget and intentionally decide not to eat it? Sometimes, eating choices don’t make sense.

All kinds of folks don’t like stuff. That is perfect.

I know hundreds of people that won’t eat:

Fish-mushrooms- eggplant-broccoli- eggs-….

Cool, if they don’t like the flavor, texture, concept (“mushrooms are fungi”) smell, as long as they don’t like it because they have tried it at least once and found it unacceptable.

Please remember I don’t like lima beans. It is not from lack of trying. My grandmother seldom made fresh vegetables because in Austria-Hungary where she grew up, they were in short supply and very expensive. My ancestors were poor. But even if they had funds, they had never been exposed too much in the way of fresh foods. No local market at the end of their street. They relied on meat, chicken, dried beans and root vegetables for a good part of their protein and “vegetable’ budget. When Bella came to the United States, she brought her mother and her mom’s methods of cooking with her. My mother was raised with her mother’s recipes and personal preferences. It is what they knew. The end result was I got fed lima beans. While I don’t enjoy VERY spicy foods, the dullness and the texture of lima beans never sat well with me. So, I feel it is fair after years of trying, to eliminate them from my diet.

How to explain my thinking that the ham salad was not edible?

Let me use my friend Linda as an example. She loves blue cheeses, onions, artichokes, and parmesan cheese. When I told her that one of my favorite stuffings for pork and chicken was an artichoke and blue cheese mixture, she all but went green. Each item separate on a plate was wonderful to her, but combined, she could not get her mind or her tastebuds around it. I don’t force anybody to eat anything, so I have never made the dish for her. I have made it hundreds and hundreds of times and it is always met with a very positive response. No many of you will say: “I love chocolate and I love potatoes but not together”. Give me a break folks. Lots of people like chocolate dipped potato chips, I don’t.

A few months ago, a recipe of mine was featured here on Diabetes Support. It was my zucchini and tomato sautee. Thousands of people like and shared the recipe on Facebook. There was one comment that made me chuckle:

“Oh great, two food items that make me gag”

I guess you can’t win. The point of that recipe, and all recipes is as much to give you an idea of a different approach to creating a new dish as it is a map to a new taste.

ENJOY!!! Be happy, be healthy, be creative, keep your eyes and mind open and BE DECADENT! –w!

Source:Ward Alper, The Decadent Diabetic