With Diabetes, Wanting What You Can Have is Joy!

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My friend Nicole contacted me a couple of weeks ago. We met via this site about a year ago when her boyfriend was diagnosed with Diabetes. Now Nicole has been diagnosed as well. NO…Diabetes is NOT contagious. YOU CANNOT GET DIABETES FROM KISSING!!!

Her boyfriend had a difficult time finding things that he liked to eat that served him in managing his Diabetes. Nicole used my site to find things that interested him and worked for him and that she would enjoy as well. Her latest communication to me was:
“Right now I want a donut but I will have to eat an egg.”

No No, Nicole, if what you, or anybody with Diabetes wants is a donut, the egg may not be the correct substitution. It will leave you longing for what you should not have instead of enjoying what you can have. I am guessing that what she wanted was a donut for breakfast. It is fast, sweet and easy to do a drive thru and get “instant” breakfast. My alternative suggestions might be some cinnamon toast using one of many low carbohydrate breads and cinnamon mixed with the sugar substitute of your choice. You say you have not time to make cinnamon toast. Fine, I get it, how about using my recipe for cinnamon crunch cake and either have a slice of the cake or make six or eight cupcakes from the recipe and keep them in the freezer or your fridge?

Now to be clear, I am in no way knocking an egg breakfast. But if you REALLY want a sweet and fast breakfast, that is not the answer. Wait until your day off and make your eggs into a fantastic spinach omelet or egg cups, or fried eggs. Try that with some coffee or tea with frothed hot milk. Nobody can make it better than you. The “trick” here is making something that has the same sense as what you “think” you really want.

Same is true for the side dishes you crave.

Potatoes are possible in small amounts for some people. For others, it doesn’t work either because of the small amount NOT satisfying them, or just that potatoes, pastas, and rice spike their readings. Each of us has to find the way to make it our own and make it work for us. For me, well seasoned potatoes in a small portion work fine, but pasta and rice do not. I have learned to make riced cauliflower to replace the rice and spaghetti squash to replace the pasta. Anything well flavored, to my palate, works for me. I want the sense of and texture of the food. I too, found it difficult to do this at first. I felt deprived of the “good stuff”. It took a while and now it is simply what I do. What had to happen was getting rid of my ingrained reactions to cauliflower and squash. I like them, well enough but….Now I really enjoy them in all of the many variations we can make.

My friend Tony spent eight weeks in Italy again this summer. He was” kind” enough to send picture after picture of Gelato and of pasta dishes. Sure the pictures made me drool a little. OK, I admit it ….a LOT!!! I realized having spent time in Italy that the pasta dishes and the gelato taste so much better IN ITALY than what we can find here. Drooling is fine. When I go to Italy again, I will deal with it. Here at home, I manage to like what I can do. There are some very good to great ice creams available in my local “stupidmarket”. There are even some pastas made from mung beans and soy , I know, I know, that work very well.

I am dealing with a new kitchen here in my temporary apartment. The counter space is a horror. What I WANT is eggplant parmesan, what I am DOING as a side dish (because it works for my space) is wilted spinach with quickly cooked cherry or grape tomatoes. I bought some green beans the other day and used some of the leftover little tomatoes with them. It was as delicious and pretty and easy as the spinach dish. So, until I get to my new home I am not suffering too much. Hey, life with or without Diabetes has its trials. Make the most of it and…..

ENJOY!!! Be happy, be healthy, be creative, and BE DECADENT! –w