Monday, May 11, 2009
Don't Bring a Diabetic to a Buffet
'Don't Bring a Diabetic to a Buffet" - It's going to be my book title. I thought of it this morning at the buffet. It's not that I don't want to be at a buffet, it's not that I don't adore food.. It's simply like putting a child in a toy store and saying, "now don't touch anything.. only the playing cards and marbles, avoid the electronic gadgets and toy race cars!"
I experienced buffets as a diabetic on my cruise in April. Of course we all know how that turned out the first time, and I didn't plan on crying over a dumb buffet ever again. But crying was one thing I committed to not do but feeling a tad bit sad about buffets wasn't something I could ignore. It makes you realize how much a human can really eat, beyond feeling full. I can recall eating say 3-4 slices of pizza and now eat 1-2 slices and become super full. I look at everything I piled on my plate before having diabetes and think two things, unhealthy and wow that's so much.
Buffets of course are a free for all. You grab your tray and pile the plates with massive amounts of food, not any kind of food but the best kind of food that you only wish you could eat all at once, pizza, potatoes, cookies, brownies, bacon, waffles, ice cream, you name it, a buffet has it. The reason I would name my book, Don't Bring a Diabetic to a Buffet is because the whole saying doesn't only relate to a diabetic at a buffet, but a diabetic in life. It's a challenge in a buffet, and that sounds so strange but really, it's hard to watch people eat what they want and not think of the consequences.
It's hard to know that you can't eat all those cookies, cinnamon buns, ice cream, potatoes, pizza slices.. in one sitting. Even though our bodies, diabetic or not have a hard time dealing with that amount of food intake, it's hard to know it's really going to hurt you if you try to push the limits like everyone around you.
I am happy that I have that wall that I have to stop at in a way, because it's better for my body, but I will be honest, don't bring a diabetic to a buffet.