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Old 10-16-2014, 23:15   #11
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The assumptions can be kind of weird. Some make sense. My mother in law bought us one of those machines that makes a frozen dessert from bananas, kind of like frozen yogurt. We sadly had to tell her that bananas are far too starchy. "But they're fruit!"

We also can have issues with relatives who only see us on special occasions making assumptions about what we eat. I have given up most of my carb "cheats", but darnit on Christmas I'm having a (small) piece of tourtiere (meat and potato pie) and of the once a year homemade cheesecake! Once a year we will have one fresh cob of corn at a meal. A guest might think "Oh they can eat corn!" Uh no.

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One of the lessons I finally learned is, I've gotta be extra strict with myself on those special occasions -- especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Otherwise, I confuse family and friends (many of whom are also Type 2) far too much for anybody's good, plus I get to reap the well-earned consequences throughout the year.

And yes, that is a severe bummer ... but the penalties, both for me and for the non-observant Type 2s I know, ain't worth it.

(Please Note: The above is not intended to apply to everybody. Each of us has our own sets of family and friends.)

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I think what gets me are all the people shoving food in my face and telling me "you can have a little"... and yes, I can, but why would I have a small piece of that crap cake and deal with the aftermath (especially those carb cravings)? If I'm going to make exceptions, I want to to be on my terms and worth it.

Otherwise, I'm doomed to fastings back over 100 (I've been enjoying the 70's and 80's), cravings, Metformin's Revenge, and for what? So I could have a tiny piece of nasty too-sweet grocery-store cake? With co-workers?

I've been given to a sharp smile and a "No, I can't." No-argument response.

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Oh, I love that, too ... especially when every single person takes a turn to offer me some cake!

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My own doctor said my philosophy with diabetes is that it's ok to have some apple pie once in a while. I told him, that's like telling an alcoholic it's ok to have a drink once in a while.

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You know, I don't mind the pressure. I'm barely tempted by cake or Carby things anymore. I crave more of my own foods and allowable veggies (really have to watch that) and treats. What gets to me are the disapproving looks and sentiments of my diabetic family--something akin to loathing--because of my choice to not have gourmet pizza or chocolate cake or sugary coffees or sweet drinks or wheat or potatoes or rice or pies or, or, or, or, or... Yeah... That's a tough one. Addicts can be vicious, judgmental, and cruel.

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Yup. The random, kindly-meant offer from somebody who has no reason to know (or remember) doesn't get to me at all ... as long as they don't push.

Temptation doesn't bother me, either. I guess it's the idea of someone knowingly pushing a diabetic at all that smarts ... especially when it's someone close, and even more when that someone needs to watch it, themselves.

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I don't mind people forgetting and repeatedly offering me foods I choose not to eat - I certainly don't remember all of their idiosyncrasies, why should they remember mine? And, if they give me dirty looks ... well, what I don't notice I don't care about.

The people who know me may not remember what I eat, but they remember if they attempt to argue they risk a twenty minute lecture with cited research and long, elaborate explanations about how bodies process foods. Fear of that keeps 'em quiet!

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My mother-in-law thought she was being so kind to buy some sugar free ice cream. I looked at the label and it had 17 carbs for 1/2 cup. I told her nicely that I couldn't eat it. She threw a fit that she went way out of her way to get me ice cream I could eat. I explained to her that the carbs were too high and it would make my sugar spike. She looked at me like I was a martian.

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With mainstream medicine and media telling everybody that diabetics can eat everything ... it's no wonder if we run through gauntlets of tempters, doubters and the downright hostile.

My in-laws are mostly OK ... unless they've been to the doctor recently, at which point we slide back to Square One.

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