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We Share the Love
Today is Cinco de Mayo. Being of Mexican heritage I can say that I have never celebrated the 5th of May except maybe once in my 20s I may have had a Corona with dinner. Who knows.
All of my friends and co-workers want to go out for Mexican food tonight. Tacos, Nachos, Burritos, tortillas, and salsa not to mention the Margaritas. All good stuff, but for me not a very big deal since we tend to eat Mexican food a lot.
AND I LOVE IT!
My wife has unfortunately mastered the art of making taco shells so whenever she makes tacos I eat about a bakers dozen. Okay, that may be exaggerating but I know I can eat at least half of that and it always makes my blood glucose skyrocket hours after eating.
Here is the thing that always pops into my head. Why do I continue to eat things I like when my body pays the price? I basically satisfy my taste buds and in return the rest of my body is punished. Why would I jeopardize my whole self to make one little part of it happy?
But one of the pleasures of life is enjoying a good meal right? And I always read how you can live a normal life with diabetes. But my normal meal is carb filled and fat filled.
My blood glucose machine does not show a person who is living a normal life 3 hours after a yummy Mexican dinner. So what gives?
Is it false to say that we are just like everyone else? Is it wrong to say we can eat whatever we want? I know it is empowering and makes us feel less like we have a disease but the fact remains, we do have a disease.
Maybe if I had some better tools to really see how this stuff affects me then I could retaliate with the proper dosage of insulin at the proper time. I just hate knowing that when I enjoy something so much, diabetes enjoys it too because it gets to do more damage to my body.
So now we have something in common.
Both diabetes and I love Mexican food.
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs. (Read More)