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Diabetics and Parties Should Mix

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Today, we went to a friend’s house for the birthday of their young daughter.  Although we are friendly, we never told them that I had diabetes.  However, my wife did call up earlier to ask what they were serving, because I was on a “special” diet.  They said that they had taken out some chicken and will put a piece or two aside for me in case we arrived late.  Although they were serving the chicken anyway, it was still a nice thought.  However, I really did not think about the big picture.


Grilled chicken is on my menu.  However, that is just the protein, what about all of the other food types?  I did eat a half of a hamburger bun as my starch/carb – but I did not think about the vegetables, fruits, etc.  It was a kid’s birthday party and a regular BBQ with chicken, burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and cole slaw.  As I said I had the chicken and half a bun (no, it was not wheat or grain), but the salads were made with tons of mayo and probably sugar, so I had a quarter cup of potato salad.  For desert, they had a birthday cake, but once again, I could not eat that, so luckily, we brought a banana for my daughter, which we shared.  I was upset at myself afterwards for going “off” my diet, although I did the best I could and mad that I did not think ahead and bring a cooler for myself with some food “just in case.”


Well, you live and learned.  My lessons learned today are as follows: (1) If possible, try to get a detailed list of the food being served and if they say “salad” – it may not be greens; (2) Bring extra food “just in case” I cannot eat what is on the menu; and (3) If they are good friends, tell them in advance that I am diabetic and hopefully they will accommodate.


I was starving when we got home. Luckily, I took out some steaks from the freezer that morning and was able to cook them up when we got home.  I cooked my steak with a little bit of Worcestershire and BBQ sauce with a dash of Montreal Pepper Seasoning.  I fried up some onions (I used a spray of PAM instead of oil) and fresh mushrooms, which I mixed with a drop of BBQ sauce and a dash of black pepper and lemon.  I also made fresh corn on the cob (which I had a ˝ a stalk), a large bowl of salad (w/ lite Ranch dressing) and a piece of Pita bread.  Although I only had about 8 oz. of steak (pre-cooked), it filled me up – although I really wanted to eat another 8 or 16 ounces of the steak and leave the salad in the fridge.  But I have to be good.


PS: I hope my back is feeling better so I can begin exercising again.  I do not know if you have ever had back pain – but it affects every thing you do – walking, running, jumping, even sitting.  However, I am going to walk for 30 minutes tonight regardless.  I am looking into getting an indoor exercise machine like a treadmill or a stationary bicycle. I’ll tell you in a few weeks what I decide to purchase.

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