The Food Struggle

“One more helpin’ of what I’ve been havin’ – I’m takin’ my turn on the sin wagon.” Sin WagonDixie Chicks


So for those of you who are unaware, I have Type 2 Diabetes. I was diagnosed in September 2014. Diabetes is such a rapidly growing problem that you would think it wouldn’t make me feel any different from anyone else and that since it’s a growing disease I wouldn’t even feel differently about having it…but I do.

One would assume that since there’s a growing number of people who have this, there would be more accommodations made. I mean, I’ve seen more, “Gluten Free!” products now than I ever have before. In fact I could actually stock my whole kitchen with gluten-free products and be completely satisfied. Did you know that only 1% of Americans have Coeliac Disease (taken from From the American Diabetes Associate website, in 2012, 9.3% of Americans had Diabetes. Try finding sugar-free products (and not just cookies that still use white flour) as compared to gluten-free in stores. There are far less of those products. Also, just because it says “sugar-free” on the package doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t ingredients in it that turn to sugar quickly in the body. Really, sugar-free products are not really sugar-free. So there’s a bit of frustration with that on my end but when you get down to it: if you exercise, eat healthy natural foods (i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole wheat breads) you’ll be fine if you’re a person with Type 2 Diabetes, or someone who doesn’t have Coeliac Disease. It’s limiting but it’s what you have to do in order to fight, “the struggle” lol.

Anyway, I do feel different having it but luckily that difference isn’t prevalent all the time. Usually I am only aware of it when it’s time to eat or when I’m with other people eating. For example: if I’m at a restaurant with my friends eating, there’s very few items on the menu I can actually consume. So while everyone else’s struggle is to choose between the many items they like, my struggle is trying to find SOMETHING that I can actually consume whether I like it or not. Now I know what you’re thinking, “#FirstWorldProblems”, but this is a part of my life and it’s a struggle in this society filled with sugar products EVERYWHERE! Fortunately, as time has passed, I have become accustomed to eating the way I do and going without the things I like. Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t cheat once in a while. The other night at the college’s Employee Appreciation Dinner, there sat a delicious, juicy brownie sitting neatly on a white plate. The visual of this was so overwhelming that I sat for an hour and watched that brownie. During dinner I had made up my mind I would eat that brownie and enjoy it. Well, I did. And as you might have expected it was quite delicious! I paid for it too. I became quite sleepy and the next day I felt a craving for sugar. THAT’S HOW ADDICTIVE SUGAR IS!

So, because of my food limitations, it worries me about what my diet will be when I leave for the trip. When we are traveling we will be eating out a bit. We have a plan to have a cooler with food for the journey home but what about while we’re in California and Washington? Being in those places makes me worry more because I LOVE experiencing new foods and eating at good restaurants. Even though I have major will power when it comes to food now, I am scared that I will end up ruining myself in some way. *laughs* It’s kind of like the reoccurring dream I have about every 2 months: I end up smoking ONE cigarette and then it turns into a full carton! *For those that are unfamiliar, I smoked for 14 years but have since quit and have now been smoke free for 5 years*

I’m pretty sure I can stay focused but what are some things I can tell myself, or things I can do to prevent getting on the food wagon of sin while on vacation?

6 thoughts on “The Food Struggle

  1. ~Just have a big bowl of “Homemade Nanner Puddin”. ~as they say in Scotland,” Hauld yir Wheesht and jist gie oan wi it “.


  2. Regarding the prevalence of gluten free food options, take a look at the socioeconomic status of most who choose to be gluten free and then look at the socioeconomic status of folks with diabetes… Sad.

    I think if you can have some things planned out ahead of time in case you go somewhere and are overwhelmed by the choices on a menu, and don’t be afraid to say you have special dietary considerations and ask the restaurant if they can prepare you a lean protein without the cream sauce, or whatever. As for your cooler, you have full control over that and just keep it stocked with the things you can eat. Maybe when you find restaurants that have something that fits your diet, order the large portion and eat half then and save the other half for lunch the next day since you might not know what your next day’s lunch options will be? I think just the fact that you are thinking about it means you will do as good a job as you can with it. Stay optimistic!


  3. I always worry about this kind of stuff on the road because I stick to a pretty strict diet. I really like things that you don’t have to refrigerate like apples and almond butter (no sugar added), nuts, homemade beef jerky, veggie chips, homemade trail mix (I don’t put M&Ms in it) and tuna snack packs. I also really like Amazon for ordering stuff you can’t find in stores. They have these packets of all-natural lemon powder that you add to water to make it have a flavor ( I also like Quest bars, they don’t have any sugar in them and they chocolate brownie if you heat it for 10 seconds tastes like a legit brownie.–Pack/dp/B00FY2HWB4/ref=sr_1_19?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1429634591&sr=1-19&keywords=protein+bar+diabetic Good luck lady!


    1. Oh wow Melanie that’s awesome! Thanks for that tip! I’m gonna check out those links. I think that would really help all the time but mostly when touring cities like San Francisco etc. 🙂


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