Food has always been my kryptonite and as a diabetic that is paramount to a death sentence, so my solution to the food problem is to avoid the temptations by removing it and staying as far away as possible. My biggest culprit is unhealthy snacks packed with carbs and sweets that give me highs just thinking about it.

I have managed to eliminate the simple carbs from my diet and have been proud of my self lately for being able to go into my refrigerator and grab an apple instead of the box of cookies because it simply wasn't there anymore but that definitely changed last night when I went to my first Christmas party since started on this path for the diabetes management solutions project

Now when I arrived at the party being thrown by one of my friends, I kinda explained to her that I was not gonna eat any foods that had carbs, since most of the meals were made from simple carbs and I just wasn't taking the risk. She is a good friend so she knows that I am diabetic and I assumed she understood why.

At first I was early and helping out a bit so I was distracted and meanwhile Instead of a snack I just went ahead and got myself a bowl of beans which was part of a recipe she was making and that was able to hold me for while but boy did things get worse when the other guests started arriving and she had to put out all the other foods.

Temptation is a tough thing to overcome I have to say, all the Jedi Mind tricks in the world would not get me to stare away from all the pastries that were laid out. It might have been easier if I would have been able to step away but since her's is a small apartment, I just could not escape the aroma and every corner I ran to hide still had the food in the line of sight so Ignoring it was Impossible.

It was Two Hours later, and my mind was busy telling me how just one piece would not kill me, I just could not take it any more and I reached for one piece and then another and then another, and by then it was surely too late so another wouldn't kill me.

By the time my succumbing to this temptation was over, I had thrown away everything I had worked so hard to build up in the last couple of weeks and the guilt started gnawing at me, I swear for a minute I considered sticking fingers down my throat.

Tomorrow at the gym, I will work all this off, I kept telling myself over and over again, the rationale of someone with nothing left to explain himself and this was all before dinner.

There is something about being the only guy in the room full of females that makes you look like a wuss when someone announces that you are on a diet.

Now I am 5'9” and 200 pounds so it is not as if I look like I need to be on a diet in the first place but my friend took it upon herself to announce to everyone during dinner how I was on a diet that consisted of me not eating carbs and for A weird reason every guy at this party was in another room at this particular moment.

All the stares and side glances was by no means going to help my situation and my hasty I am a diabetic speech especially since I had just wolfed down enough carbs to give an elephant a case of the highs came out lamer than the WMD debate.

I could only manage a stammer about how certain foods especially carbs are hazardous for a diabetic but I could see the wow factor I usually get from my diabetes stories had escaped from the room like an inflating balloon.

As I crank away on the bike this morning for the extra hour, I can't help but wonder about how last night was a text book metaphor for the whole Apple, Adam, Eve and the snake thing.

The consequences of Temptations, and even though I am not overly religious or anything, I cant help but wonder however that if Adam had just strangled that snake maybe I wouldn't be here paddling last night's uneventful not the my finest hour events out of my mind.

Its a new day however and all I can do is pick myself back up on that saddle after getting knocked down.

so here goes the merry go round that is the diabetes management solutions project and hopefully this time it will stick.
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Ronald Gregory is a blogger for the poor diabetic blog. The diabetes management solutions Is a 30 day project on Improving the A1C levels below 7% which is the recommended levels for every diabetic. Follow his journey on this project and maybe it can help you in yours.
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Comment by Barbara Campbell on December 28, 2009 at 5:06pm
Oh, my friend, I read your post and unfortunately, related COMPLETELY with it. My problem has been my husband's traveling. I'm fine when he's home, feeling like the cuisine conquerer, but usually the first night of his business trip I taste, this and try just a bit of that and before I know it my BG is 400 and I can't get it back down. It's almost like an out-of-body experience, I see this woman eating this food and I'm screaming, don't eat THAT! But, she sticks it right in her mouth anyways! AAAGH
The only solution I've come up with for eating at parties, etc. I talk to the host/hostess ahead of time and let them know that I'm dying to try this new recipe (or 2). . I bring my own food, they feel like they're getting a treat and I don't feel so left out.
Hopefully someone will come up with a plan to tame that woman that eats the food in my house! ha ha Until then, we keep holding each other up and pushing forward. I also do like your comment of: it's a new day however and all I can do is pick myself back up on that saddle after getting knocked down. That's it Sir, Knight! The jousting match is not quite over. . get back up there, and attack again! Good luck!
Comment by Kathyann on December 28, 2009 at 7:25pm
Between Christmas goodies and going out to restaurants I've had to lecture myself over and over. Why did you eat that? Where is your meal plan? I only hope come January 1 that I will be back in my right mind again.
Comment by Ronnie Gregory M on December 29, 2009 at 7:58am
@kathyann..... do I smell a new year resolution in the works..
@barbara cambell.....Sometimes when we are out of our comfort zone things just spiral out of control, when I am at home with my routine I can manage but its when I step out that things start going crazy sometimes I feel that I should stay away from socializing completely but cant do that either. Its funny I had told my friend that I was gonna make something but she wouldn't hear of it, everyone thinks coz I am a single guy that I cant come up with something other than chips and beer....lol. am at the point where I am thinking of hosting some dinner parties just to showcase my culinary skills..
Comment by David Scott on December 30, 2009 at 6:01am
I am a type one diabetic and I was stopping through Kansas City for business and stopped at a Subway Restaurant for lunch. I saw the guy taking out all of the bread out of the Sub for the guy in front of me. I asked him what he was doing and he said that they just launched a diabetic Menu. He told me that http://www.subwayscoopit.com/ has everything about this new wonderful menu for diabetics. Please tell everyone about this its seems like a very amazing opportunity for diabetics to have more choices in their diet.
Happy Holidays!
Comment by Ronnie Gregory M on December 30, 2009 at 8:56am
@ david.

I see what subway is trying to do but to me carbs are carbs and I tend to shy from them as much as I can at subway I prefer using the bowl Instead and getting everything in the sandwich except the bread.
Comment by David Scott on December 30, 2009 at 9:51am
I totally understand, every diabetic has different tastes, but I feel we should spread the word to all of our friends in the diabetes community. I told my endocrinologist and mynutritionist and both of them thought it was a great idea.

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