Friday, April 21, 2006

If you know a diabetic...

...then check out my friend Melissa Cook's new blog. It's kind of a "day in the life of a diabetic" type thing. She found out she was diabetic kind of by a fluke, just over a year ago. She was pulled out of class and sent directly to the ER when the student health center ran a blood test she needed for something else--her blood sugar level was astronomically high and she didn't have any clue. It's been a heck of a year for her, having to alter her lifestyle so drastically and rapidly, and she's been really helpful to my mom and me as we try to live the same way so my mom's hypoglycemia doesn't turn into diabetes and I don't get hypoglycemia. Please pass her blog info on to those you know who might benefit from it--the more the merrier as we look for decent snack alternatives and commiserate about the agony of eating out. :)

This diabetic diet thing has been killing me lately. (Technically the total opposite is true, but you know what I mean.) I really have to bite the bullet and start forcing myself to try foods I haven't liked in the past--hummus, raw red and green peppers, etc. I'm just sooooo sick of the foods I've been eating the last couple months. It's paying off--I am down to 152, which means I've lost over 50 pounds--but I'm almost to the point where I just don't care anymore because the food side of it is so dang hard. I've been letting myself stay hungry way too long lately because I don't want to eat the stuff I have but I can't bring myself to eat the stuff I used to eat because so little of it even sounds good anymore. (A small victory, that--even cereal doesn't satisfy me the way it used to.) So after I finish lunch today, I'm going to go through the list of foods I'm allowed to eat and figure out what I'm willing to try. I'm afraid I'll end up buying stuff and not liking it and it'll go to waste, but I guess I have to take that chance if I'm going to keep this up. Hopefully the thought of setting Abby on the right path with give me the willpower I've been lacking...

3 comments:

lisa said...

I'm so far behind on reading blogs! Argh! When were you diagnosed with diabetes? What foods can you eat? Send me a list. I'm a good cook. I'll come up with some really easy combinations for you if you'd like!

Melissa Cook said...

Alison, thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad that I could offer some help to you and your mom.

Speaking of hummus, if you like spicy stuff- Athenos makes a pretty good Three Pepper hummus. doesn't look to0 appetizing but tastes pretty good on carrots. :)

PixieGirl said...

I am a gastric bypass patient. While it is not at all the same as diabetes, i can not process sugar at all. If you ever want a list of all the best sugar free options, please email me pixiegirl@netscape.com

Amanda