Celebrating Yourself and Your Diabetes?

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Some things about diabetes are NOT wonderful, BUT…you CAN celebrate everything you have done to manage your diabetes.

I wrote about justifying what you eat last week. It is really important, I think, to also celebrate what you have accomplished. Or for that matter, simply remembering that having diabetes still leaves you room to celebrate. You may or may not be where you and your medical team want you to be, but are you on your way to that goal? Are you looking at your progress and pushing forward or finding assistance in reaching your goals and overcoming your obstacles? Then find a reason to celebrate your progress and determination.

Celebrating is not just about food, or should I say not JUST about the food. This is my birthday month. Why should I settle for only one day? When I hit the milestones (21, 25, 30….31 1/2, etc.) I spent a year in celebrating or mourning. The date and year is a TOTAL secret. Ok, If you can keep a secret, 21 + more than just a few. I plan to celebrate my advanced age in style. It is not just about what foods I will eat, but where I will eat them and who I choose to eat them with. Being a chef, I usually don’t lack much in the way of dinner companions.

The simplest of foods can be made more attractive to you by how they are served. Paper plates are out except for my lunch. We sit down to dinner every night with flowers ($3.99 from the “stupidmarket”) on the table, candles (as inexpensive as I can find), and music. In our house it is classical or jazz. Without getting silly with dots of sauce strategically placed on the plate, I try and make the plate look pretty and happily full. I haven’t dressed up for dinner in eons. We sit around in comfortable clothes. Dinner, every dinner, is a celebration of what we have and what I can do with what we have. If only I could slow down. Years of restaurant work have made me a fast eater. There was and is never enough time for the staff to eat.

I am not only celebrating my continued good health and progress in managing my diabetes, but I am celebrating the fact that more people are reading articles and using recipes to help themselves to get to a better place, Food as love is part of my tradition. Sharing food ideas with you is my way of giving back to the world.

When I was diagnosed in 2008, I knew that I was not alone, at least in the sense that there are millions and millions of others with diabetes, including my brother and sister. But I felt alone in where to go and what to do in terms of managing my diabetes, rather than having my diabetes manage me.

Like so many of us, we are afraid of the consequences of diabetes. Some of us are frozen in place not being able to move off the spot. Others ignore it and go on as before. Most of us seek out ways to make it easier and more pleasurable to live with our diabetes. It is those of you that are going online, not only to read what I have to say but to see what other people with diabetes are thinking and feeling. It is thrilling to see that there is an un-named community of people out there willing to share their experiences, concerns, accomplishments, and yes recipes with the rest of us.

So thank you all for the support you show me and others.

Enjoy, be happy, be Healthy, BE DECADENT.-w!

Source: Ward Alper, The Decadent Diabetic