Thinking about “sweet” in terms of diabetes reminds me that I’ve actually never had much of a sweet tooth. I’ve always preferred savory foods and never drank soda or juice, being more of a water, coffee, and wine girl. Sure, I’ll have an occasional nice dessert or bake cookies once in a while but that’s it; at least that was it until I got diabetes. In fact, irony abounds as I consume far more sweets and simple sugars with diabetes than I did without it. Why? Sigh…to treat lows.
When you’re on insulin to survive, blood sugar becomes a constant balancing act. You can’t ever take insulin or sugar out of your body to balance the scales, so you’re left to find balance by only adding more. It doesn’t matter if you’re not hungry or just ate a huge meal; if you’re blood sugar is low, you have to eat more. That means in any given day I tack on calories via consumption of glucose tabs, juice boxes, or candies. Sometimes, if I’m home I get to treat lows with actual fruit…but it doesn’t travel well and the other options have a smaller footprint for when you’re not actually hungry. Life with diabetes: how I miss my more “sugar-free” days.
This post is one in a series for the National Diabetes Month of November. Kerri from sixuntilme.com initiated the Photo-a-Day idea and prompts and lots of other diabetes bloggers have chosen to follow suite.