How many times have you heard that? When?

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Usually what I hear is "Can you eat that?" or "Are you allowed to eat that?" It often comes from the (sometimes well-intentioned) diapolice. But it absolutely drives me NUTS.

I hear that at work for the most part. We have pizza every 4 and 8 weeks for different contest we have during the night shift along with potlucks.

I get passed up on pizza along with pot lucks. For some reason I was removed from the email list of being let known of the events. I have learned 5 other diabetics on the night shift have been removed from the list and been kinda cast aside from having pizza and pot lucks. In a way, I feel is a good idea due to put lucks they bring stuff that is high in carbs and sugar.

The diabetics we have formed a group of our own and have our own pot luck during the same time as everyone else. Which I have learned kinda upsets other people. We bring in food that is healthy and nutricious for us.

We have been pushed away when we walk into the break room while others are serving food telling us we can't have it. We just started our own group. We have ours in my office, set up a table, plates and other stuff.

Wow. I have mixed feelings about your story, Chadd. On the one hand, I don't like being treated like a "food leper", being patronized or excluded. I'm a grown up. I can make my own food choices, thank you! On the other hand, I'd appreciate a healthy-food potluck. I guess it would never occur to your Type Zero co-workers to serve healthy food at all the food-related gatherings? ;0)

Nope LaGuitariste...they don't give us a second thought. I have gone to "breakfasts" where all they serve is pastries. Lunches at diners with no choices. I have even asked them what it would cost for some fruit salad. Buy it in the can and I will open it myself.

T0's don't think at all about our diabetes. But do we always think of people with allergies?

Stuff like this goes on all the time.

I had one bad low at work about 4 months ago that scared the living crap out of everyone in the building. Not exeactly sure what happened, but it was enough to get the attention of the upper people in the company.

I was workin and had a low, had alerted a friend at work not feeling well. I had corrected my insulin, blood sugars came back up and then within 60 minutes crashed again. I was shaking inside, wondering around in a daze, could't be corrected or redirected, was in and out of the bathroom feeling sick. Corrected blood sugars. Once those were taken care of had rebounded again into a low once again. Got it corrected and deceided to head home. I was once again in a low again and taken to the er to be monitored.

Since then it seems that everyone treats all the diabetics at work differently

One of the diabetic people we have had brought was a diabetic pizza to the pot luck. Not exactly sure what it was called, but it was like flat bread with colliflour, brocolii and various other items and it was good. Guess who ate it?

Food they always bring is high in carbs, high is sugar - nothing healthy at all. Anything with pot lucks or special outings at work - they will never have diabetic friendly food for the people.

Well, part of it is educating them, I'm afraid. When I cook for a work potluck, I always make something low carb and delicious and make sure that I mention why it's good for me. I'll make a big salad and say, "See, the dressing is vinaigrette on the side and there are no croutons, so this is good for me." Or I'll bake chicken drumettes marinated in lemon, olive oil and minced herbs, and I'll say, "I can have this because it doesn't have the usual sticky-sweet sauces that store-bought chicken wings are coated with."

Sometimes, if I know it's going to be a big company-paid wall-to-wall pizza, soda, chips and cookie fest, I'll make a really yummy meal just for me -- like a mixed vegetable salad with diced chicken and toasted almonds added -- and people will gaze longingly at my food.

Chadd, when we have potlucks at my work I always bring the veggies. That way if there is nothing else I can eat then at least I have something. After a few potlucks people started bringing in healthier dishes and looking forward to my apple walnut blue cheese salads! Healthy eating is contagious.

That's great, Jet, that your contributions have encouraged people to eat healthy!

That reminds me years ago my boyfriend and I were staying for a couple weeks with a young couple with a 3 year old daughter. They were the original junk food junkies, and Niel and I needed a break from the non-stop junk. So we got in the habit of offering to cook to pay them back for their hospitality but also to eat something decent ourselves. Their 3 year old had little experience with fresh vegies and we expected she wouldn't eat them. Well, she ate all the vegies we made and I'm sure it was because her body was starved for the vitamins. She called broccoli "trees" and would say, "would you please make me some more trees?"

I'd be looking forward to your apple walnut blue cheese salad too - sounds great! ;)

People must just know me better than to tell me what to do

My experience is, if anything, quite the opposite. Other than sugar (which I stopped eating long before diabetes) and being a vegetarian for the last ten years, people are more inclined to suggest I can eat things I know I can't, or at any rate would prefer not to. Like when the family was all meeting at a good Italian restaurant and my nephew, well intentioned, said "they have really good pizza for you, Zoe". Meaning, it was vegetarian. They get the vegetarian part but not the carb (diabetes) part.

When I stopped eating sugar 17 years ago I got lots of people saying "well, it really isn't very sweet" - not understanding the concept of no sugar.

Zoe, my experience is the same as yours. Usually, it's people telling me that I should try something I don't care to eat. Was the same when I was vegetarian. The soup is just vegetables, the beef broth doesn't count. It's Thanksgiving, you have to have turkey on a holiday.

When I was a kid eating at someone's house, I had the perfect excuse for not eating what I didn't like. Sorry, my family's kosher & I don't think I'm allowed. No one argues when it's a religious prohibition by saying a little pork won't hurt you. If only PWD had something similar.

Ironically, Gerri, long before I got diabetes I got tired of telling people I didn't eat sugar, and really didn't want to share that I had an eating disorder with strangers. One day at a restaurant when I said no sugar, they said "oh, do you have diabetes?" And I just said "yes". After that I sometimes just said I had diabetes if someone asked why I didn't eat sugar. Yep, it was But they always accepted a "medical condition" as a reason.

The problem though is sugar is the only thing people think they know about diabetics. I even mentioned low carbs once to an RN and she said, "you mean for diabetes?" Well, yeah, carbs are what raise blood sugar so doesn't it stand to reason that the less you eat, the less your blood sugar gets raised?

Maybe we could create an imaginary (and severe) allergy to carbs which is called PWD (which stands for something long and latin). Only insiders would get the joke and everyone else would acquiesce out of fear of our throat closing up in their restaurant/house!




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