Monday, September 17, 2007

Your favorite food?

Last weekend I was having dinner with friends, and one of them asked me what my favorite food was........speechless.......

I thought about it, and I was not able to come up with a food that blew my mind away.....I just do not have an extreme likeness for food. I eat, don't get me wrong, and I like what I eat - but I never get intense cravings or desires for anything specific.

I think this all stems back to being a child with diabetes. Food was not fun, food was medicine. 

This was back in the mid 1980's and there was no such thing as MDI's or pumps (where I was living). I took my Toronto and Lente insulin in the morning and headed off to school for the day. My mother has specific foods stashed to be eaten at specific times. No flexibility, end of story. (and no testing during the day, did not even take a meter to school! I freak if I leave home now without a meter!! Could not do it!!!) 

Food was not a choice for me, it was part of my medical day by day plan.

My opinion of food stayed this way for a long time, when I moved out of home I moved into residence at university. I ate and it was social. All of my friends would go up to the meal hall together and we would hang out, and eat. Other then that, I would eat when I was low.....when I moved out on my own, I had no interest in preparing meals and planning food. I was on MDI's and I became a grazer! I would eat here and there when I was hungry, and there was no structure. Because of the MDI's, I was able to pull this off with no issues - and of course my BGL's stayed fine with the smaller meals.

Now I sit, several years later, trying to fix my bad habits. Once I started using an insulin pump, I was amazed the freedom away from food. If I did not want to eat, I did not have to. This was a very freeing experience that I can not say enough good things about. Amazing.....but it allowed me to have busy days where I would go from morning to evening without eating! People say "You need to eat, you are diabetic" and I think to myself  "No I don't, my sugar level is fine and holding fine".....but I know for my BODY I need to eat!!

So this is my constant struggle with food. I could easily survive as I am, grazing throughout the day.....It is 10am, I have not had breakfast yet, but I am not hungry. There is nothing I want to eat, I would rather not eat, but I know I should, and I will - and then start my day. No structured meals today but I will grab things from time to time because I know my body needs fuel...

For the record, I am searching for a favorite food......maybe a 3-starch, 2-protein, 2 fruit, 2 milk and 1 fat based meal :)


Marina Martin said...

I empathize. I put an alarm that goes off every three hours on my Blackberry, reminding me to eat. I don't always listen to it, but it usually prevents me from not eating for 12 hours without realizing it and then being light-headed come evening.

Sandra said...

I don't have a favorite food maybe it's genetic! Nothing that I wake up in the night for...but I have a few that certainly rank up there as things that I like to eat (but probably shouldn't, LOL).