I'm guessing many people can relate to this concept, if not my own specifics:
I will admit to feeling somewhat surprised when someone talks about how hard it is to find things to eat as a PWD trying to limit carbs. I can't help but think, "well, if that was my only consideration, it would be a piece of cake.....ur, I mean a walk in the park! Yeah, I know this is whining, but still. I don't think I'm alone in having more than just the one food issue to contend with, and some of you have medical issues that limit your food choices, where some of mine are just personal choices.
I don't eat low carb, I eat what I call "moderate/low" - under 100 carbs a day. So as I say, that alone, doesn't feel too restrictive to me. But I'm also a vegetarian which is of course a personal choice, but one I feel strongly about. When I realized I was Type 1 and had to limit carbs, I wondered if I would be able to continue as a vegetarian (I ate lots of rice, pasta, beans and cereal before dx). I knew that my health had to come first and I would change if I had to but am happy I've been able to stay a vegetarian, with some time and creativity. But in the eyes of my friends and family, I've definitely used up my quota of food restrictions. Witness a recent conversation with my nephew: The family was meeting at a gourmet Italian restaurant, and he assured me that "they had really good (vegetarian) pizza for you, Zoe" Pizza? Really? But for my omnivore nephew this was a very considerate statement to his vegetarian aunt.
I don't eat sugar...at all. Well except for those pesky glucose tabs, but I consider those medicine. This isn't due to Diabetes but due to an eating disorder and I stopped eating sugar 13 years before my D diagnosis. This one doesn't cause much difficulty though. I'm well past the cravings. And dessert is not a required food group. If I feel at loose ends when others are having dessert, I order an espresso. I don't use any substitute foods because I don't like them.
Then there is my acid reflux. I have my own version of this. I don't have the typical symptoms many of you are familiar with (it's common in middle age). If it were just my (mild) acid reflux symptoms I would ignore it. But my AR combines almost always with my arrhythmia, and that, while not dangerous, is highly unpleasant - rapid and irregular heartbeat, especially at night...yuck! The foods that stimulate the AR, and thus my arrhythmia are citrus fruits and juice, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and sometimes caffeine. I haven't eaten tomato sauce in years. OJ is, obviously, a double no-no, but one I can live without. But tomatoes, peppers and onions seem to come up in just about every recipe I look at, especially lower carb, vegetarian ones! I can get away with a small amount. I eat habaneros in my eggs every morning, but because they are hot, I only need a small amount. Thank goodness, because I love hot food! And sometimes I eat more than a little of the pepper/tomato/onion triumvirate and suffer for it.
So here's an example of the kinds of discordant symphonies my individual food issues lead to: One night I had a bad bout of the AR/ar. Then the next day I went to make a dish I'd shopped for which is Mediterranean roasted vegies with pine nuts and shaved pecorino. Yum! Good and easy to make I'd bought the tomatoes, onions and red and yellow peppers that were part of the vegies and went, "oh no, I don't want to feel like last night!". So I replaced the terrible triumvirate with potatoes...which of course, are higher carb and meant more insulin and I still ended up high. Sigh.
Then there is the fact that I'm a foodie and both that and my ED require that my food be interesting and satisfying - another mandate, if one that is a choice.
So how many of you deal with these dualing food issues and how do you play out your own symphony?