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I came across this article a few days ago and really liked the approach it took to dieting -- and then thought it extended well to many forms of self-care. So many of us felt like our diabetes diagnosis was like getting sentenced. What if we looked at our restrictions as gateways to better health? What if there was an organic way to make better choices?

We’ve been told: Stop eating late at night. Cut out all your favorite foods. You’re lazy if you don’t work out, and God forbid you simply don’t like to cook. You need to control yourself! Send in the self-care apps, trackers, diets and fitness plans that will transform you into a “better” person.

[...] “Self-care” that feels more like prison than a step toward freedom is bound to send you ricocheting blindly back to your old “bad” habits. [...] We don’t need control. We need relief. How we find it is as unique as we are.
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I sometimes get asked:

Can you eat this or that.? My standard answer is I can, but I don't. Couldn't you eat just a little bit? I probably could , but I don't.

To me, food is fuel, I have to eat, but I don't have to eat stuff that's bad for me. If I do, thats a choice I make, it's not a necessity.
 

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I sometimes get asked:

Can you eat this or that.? My standard answer is I can, but I don't.
My default is to say "I can't eat that." But most times I catch myself and say "I don't eat that." I have always been in the "live to eat" camp but concluded that the way I felt after eating an entire piece of birthday cake or a "serving" (ha) of hash browns or home fries just wasn't worth how I'd feel later. If it's the best birthday cake on the planet, I can eat a little of it and derive most of the benefit without the regret. But then it's a choice, not an edict.
 

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The way my mind is wired now, I can actually eat a TASTE of something I used to eat a whole portion of... SB Frappachino? I take a few sips of my wife's. A few M& M's instead of a whole package. A few potato/tortilla chips... etc. I eat a tiny bit of something when I don't know how many carbs it has... or if I do, I simply eat less of it. Unless it's my "carb hit" for the entire day... 😁
 

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I came across this article a few days ago and really liked the approach it took to dieting -- and then thought it extended well to many forms of self-care. So many of us felt like our diabetes diagnosis was like getting sentenced. What if we looked at our restrictions as gateways to better health? What if there was an organic way to make better choices?



What do you think?
I get what you’re trying to say and it works for some people. It does not work for me. My brain and body know better if I say “ I can eat that(fries,bread,brownies) but I rather eat” fill in blank” . When there are fries around , I’d RATHER eat tha than anything 🤣
 

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My brain and body know better if I say “ I can eat that(fries,bread,brownies) but I rather eat” fill in blank” . When there are fries around , I’d RATHER eat tha than anything 🤣
Fries probably was the food I hated most to stop eating. These days if they're really special fries I'll eat one or two and enjoy them. Too often I find after eating them and even after rave reviews from the other people at the table eating those fries that "they're just fries". But I certainly understand foods that are kinda like kryptonite.
 

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The way my mind is wired now, I can actually eat a TASTE of something I used to eat a whole portion of... SB Frappachino? I take a few sips of my wife's. A few M& M's instead of a whole package. A few potato/tortilla chips... etc. I eat a tiny bit of something when I don't know how many carbs it has... or if I do, I simply eat less of it. Unless it's my "carb hit" for the entire day... 😁
I knew a dietician who had a "3 bite rule". She said if you really wanted something just take 3 bites. I know it works for some, but, it didn't work for me as I am more of an all or nothing person.
 

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I sometimes get asked:

Can you eat this or that.? My standard answer is I can, but I don't. Couldn't you eat just a little bit? I probably could , but I don't.

To me, food is fuel, I have to eat, but I don't have to eat stuff that's bad for me. If I do, thats a choice I make, it's not a necessity.
I saw this at just the right time!! expecting friends in town this weekend who will undoubtedly ask "can you eat this?" what a perfect response above! Thanks!
 
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