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Most common thing . . . take a calculated (but huge) bolus and then go out for a totally outrageous dinner -- Lots of sushi, or pizza, or whatever.
I don't really take "D vacations" though I do occasionally eat a food I normally don't have. What I do instead is make sure my life outside of D is full and satisfying and that I treat myself well on a regular basis, enjoying the foods I eat so I don't feel deprived. I have regular little (non-food) treats, like fun shopping, reading in the hammock (got a few months yet for that one!) or bigger ones like planning a trip. To me all the things that give me pleasure are counteracting the daily grind of D which is a different way of accomplishing the same thing.
beautiful answer, Zoe. I couldnt agree more. The more we fill our lives with the things we enjoy and absorb us, the more manageable the thought of living with diabetes. i think taking the time to really find out what we need to feel good about our lives is key. like with everything in life: all the chores and things that annoy us are so much easier to just get over and done with when we have something to look forward to that day.
Hehe, vacation is not an option and resistance is futile.
I follow Zoe's plan of sticking to compliance (food & exercise) almost every day.
My idea of a D vacation is to take a break from testing/recording my BGL, maybe for a weekend or often when I travel. I still eat healthy & exercise, but not testing is a nice break. (I'm T2, not on insulin, so its easy for me to keep my BGL in a normal range.)
My mini vacations are from things like housework or chores, or maybe on a rainy day (I'm retired) I'll stay in my cozy bed and read a book, or on a sunny day I'll lay on the lawn and watch the clouds or spend extra time doing something fun. Things like that give me a positive boost. I don't want to encourage a psychological need for things that do me harm. As a diabetic, that would be food my body can't handle, especially food that makes me want more of it. There's no "vacation" from that.
Well put, Jan!
I'll check my BG less often during a day--3 times instead of 7. That's what I do most often. Of course that's easier to do with T2. I'm religious about the 3 though.
But I'll admit to also having days when I eat things I don't normally. On those days I still try to keep the portions small. So I get the taste and texture, but not so much the carbs and calories.
The big thing for me is to slow down and not inhale my food, so I'll "play" with my food. I get a tactile experience without necessarily eating everything on the plate.
Recently I had a warm biscuit with butter for the first time in I don't know when. I put it on a plate and ate it with a fork as if it was cake. Pushing it around the plate and smelling the melted butter was half the enjoyment.
omg, i know! yesterday i had to fast to get my bloods done and had had a couple of glasses of wine the night before. when i got out i was at 78 and had a 45 minute cycle home so i went to a cafe and got some breakfast there, no bolus necessary. i never get bfast out as its all so carby. but i got a bit of baguette with proscuitto (typical spanish brekkie) and olive oil and tomato. it used to be my favourite thing to eat before D. anyway i started eating it as a normal person would, with the toppings on the bread, but after a bite i took all the ham and tomato off the bread to just savour the bread with olive oil. it was really goooood bread, all crusty and lovely. it took me ages to eat and i must have looked a complete nutter in there, slowly chewing on this bread looking wistful...
Since I starting taking my D seriously I have not even thought about a vacation. I have the same attitude about D as I did about being smoke free, "You Can Never Go Back". Since food has always been a problem I try to always be in control of what I eat. I do sometimes fail and when I do I don't beat myself up to much.
This idea of a D vacation intrigues. I guess I could plan an occasional failure in my menu or I could think nothing about my D other than the necessary bolus calculations.
id be goin to the endo all the time like that!
wish we could take real d vacations, and leave it at D kennel, yeah ill be back in tw weeks, just keep this for me..
i take d vacations when i cycle at the weekends when i do lots of sport. a couple of friends and i ride to towns nearby or do some beautiful trails and i eat everything in my path-the hours of cycling allow me to eat EVERYTHING! there is more testing on those days, but all worth it for potato, garbanzos and , cheesecake and sugar cookies sold by convent nuns...
even after eating loads, my bg is excellent. long days of exercise makes a massive difference for me.