Top 7 Diet Excuses & Solutions
I have been a dietitian for over 13 years now and I think I've heard every possible excuse that prohibits healthy eating and diabetes care. I even had one patient tell me his dog ate his food-glucose records! Most people just say they forgot them at home, but I know they probably haven't been keeping them. So, I'm not here to scold, but rather talk about what you can do so you can stop making excuses once and for all.
1. I only like the "bad" vegetables like corn and potatoes.
This is a common one and many people are disappointed to find out that corn and potatoes contain more carbs than other veggies. So, it's time to expand your horizons and try new vegetables. You might think you hate zucchini, tomatoes, and asparagus, but your taste buds change over the years and you may be surprised to find out that you actually like these foods. An easy way to try these is to drizzle with a little olive oil and seasoning and roast in the oven or throw on the grill. It's quick, easy, and delicious. Check out this easy (and gluten free, for those with celiac disease) recipe for Roasted Asparagus.
2. I forget to take my blood sugar 2 hours after meals.
Post-prandial blood sugar readings can be very helpful and tell you how your blood sugar is doing after meals. You may find that your blood sugar before meals is good, but it spikes after certain meals. Some people say they can't remember to take their blood sugar at this time, but today's high-technology world should make it easier. Many glucose meters have test reminders that you can set to go off at certain times. In addition, almost everyone has a cell phone with an alarm that can be used.
3. I was at a friend's house eating and I was embarrassed to tell them I had diabetes, so I just ate the wrong foods and my blood sugar went really high.
You should not be embarrassed to tell people you have diabetes. Part of dealing with the diagnosis is admitting that you have it and you will probably be surprised how many other people (or their family member) have diabetes too. So, when a friend serves a dessert of apple pie with ice cream and caramel sauce, you could say, "I would love to eat that, but I can't because it's not good for my diabetes." In addition, you can check with the host prior to the party and ask what she will be serving and you can always offer to bring a healthy dish.
4. I thought since I take my diabetes medicine I could eat whatever I wanted.
This is short and simple — being on a diabetes medication does not give you a free pass to eat anything you want. Controlling diabetes often involves a combination of: medication, healthy eating, exercise (and complications of diabetes are real and can happen to anyone with uncontrolled blood glucose levels over time. So, yes, you can enjoy life while also controlling your diabetes, but chances are you, if you're eating a typical American diet, you're going to have to make some changes.
6. I spend so much time taking care of my kids and family, I don't have time left for me.
It is very common for many parents to put themselves last, but this can not happen with diabetes. You will be no good to your family if you don't take care of your diabetes. Your health and diabetes have to be a priority otherwise your health will suffer and this will affect your family over time.
7. I take insulin and cover my carbs and my A1C is good, so I am not very motivated to eat better.
Having a good A1C is excellent for diabetes, but it doesn't mean you should be a junk food junkie and just take the proper amount of insulin. Healthy eating is important for everyone. Remember, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. This means that eating lots of nutritious foods and avoiding processed foods is recommended for everyone with diabetes, no matter what their A1C.
NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.
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