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I hope they do air the show, but it might be wise to reassess some of it. When my husband's nephew, who is a Type 1 diabetic, was in school, he would get very depressed sometimes that he couldn't have very much of the things the other kids had during parties at school. He had coped with diabetes since he was 3, so it wasn't new to him, but he still felt the unfairness. He could eat a few things, not frosting but a little of the cake, but he paid for it by not getting to eat anything else that day - in other words, undergoing hunger. Often, his mother would make an angelfood or cake using an artificial sweetner so he wouldn't feel left out. But he was still "different" and this left him depressed sometimes. I can see that a newly diagnosed boy like in the show might really "feel the pain" at a birthday party. I would hope the show would also put in a few informational bits, like what is diabetes, do you catch it from someone else, that sort of thing, so those watching would understand that anyone can get diabetes, although it might not be type 1, and the reasons why.

The key to all of this, is the T1 vs T2 problem. I have not seen much evidence of it here on this board, but on others, its an ugly confrontation :)

Since a T2 has no real way to balance BG's, strict diet is imperative, but generally, and I use the term generally to make sure no one misunderstands, a T1 who knows his meds and insulin, can eat pretty much whatever they want, if they are willing to calculate, and medicate for that food. I am not a T1, so I can only observe and learn from what I read, but a T1 can have frosting on their cake, if they are savvy enough to know how to use their insulin to keep things under control.

Now Richard would know so much more than I would, so I hope he has something to say, and that I have not started a flame war here :) Not everyone is going to be able to do it, but the tools are there to allow a T1 to eat like a normal person with regards to some foods that a T2 simply cannot go near.

This I learned from reading such groups, and also from two families I know quite well where Dad and all the kids are T1. Mom goes nuts :) but she is the one who tells me about how things work for them. They don't normally indulge, but that with work and pre-planning, they all eat the kind of food I can only fondly remember.

One more time, I am not saying a T1 can just "go to town" but in an odd kind of way, they seem to have more leeway in their diet, than a T2, which from my observations, makes T2's kind of envious, and T1's kind of upset because they don't really go overboard with what they eat either, and its not as easy as it may sound, to manage.

I was born and raised in New Jersey, and of all the things I miss living here in the west now, pizza is at the top. My daughter, not two weeks before I was dx'd, said she was planning a trip for both of us to visit NJ so she could see where I grew up, and maybe learn why I am, the way that I am, :) and she also wants to have what I have always called, real pizza. I told her it would be fun, but then came the blood test failure....

Well, we can go, but I doubt I will make it out of there without breaking down and eating the pizza, and probably not just one slice :) I wouldn't want to be a T1, but if I was, my understanding is that I could use my insulin tools and eat the pizza without wacking my BG numbers too badly, if I knew what I was doing, and if I didn't go overboard with it.

I will now tip toe back to my day, and hope I said things properly, and offended no one.

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No problem John. Lol! The problem with modern day insulins is that large doses cause weight gain. If I ate desserts, pizza, Mexican food, Chinese food and junk food I wanted I would have to take 10 times as much insulin as I do. I would be obese in a few months time. I eat pizza about 4 times per year. I buy the thin crust pizza at Pizza Hut and eat 3 slices. That is 66 carbs.
Thanks Richard. I surely do understand that you cannot just sit down and eat whatever, whenever, however much you want. No one wants to be in your shoes. Its just an observation I have made that often T1 and t2 don't get along well in discussions because of the T1 ability to control BG with the insulin. Glad it came out inoffensively, as that is sure how I wanted it to sound :)

3 slices of thin crust is only 66 carbs? I did not know that. I may have to give it a try, start with two, and see what happens.

I still haven't found any pepperidge farm bread tho. That bums me out. I did learn that two slices of Sara Lee whole grain at certain times of the day are kind of okay for me, if I eat it just before I take one of my walks during the day. I'll take what I can get :)

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John, do you own a copy of the "Calorie King"? It includes listings of all chain restaurants like Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Ruby Tuesdays, Red Lobster, etc. It gives calories, carbs, fats, etc for the things served at thos and many other restaurants. You can also use the index to look up almost every food we eat and get tge same info for what you eat at home. I keep one at home and another in my car for eating out.
I have the software, which is a terrific tool that helps me a lot. Don't own the book tho. Guess I ought to have it in the glove box. Nothing impresses the ladies more than pulling over and figuring out what I can eat, on a first date <g>

I noticed that Papa Murphy's is on there, which is a "take and bake" place, so tomorrow I think I may give one of their thin crusts a try. It used to be a favorite place when my kids lived with me. I bet I could get at least one or two of them to come visit, if I promised them pizza!

Shoot, I may even have a diet soda, just this once. Not sure I can eat pizza with a dr. pepper. Water just doesn't do the job.

On the other hand, if I get started in that direction, it might be hard to get back on track. This is what almost happened at halloween. I was helping a friend, and his wife kept insisting that a mini milky way wouldn't hurt me, and she is right. The "hurt" would be like an alcoholic taking just one drink, and then trying to stop. I quit candy and junk food absolutely cold after a lifetime of 'anytime I wanted" so I am not sure what will happen if I fall off the wagon for just a tiny taste.

Guess I may find out and will let everyone know <shrug>

Thanks Richard. Didn't know there was a book I could carry with me.

John
 
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