Well, I don't think I was looking for an answer so much as opinions and perspective. You guys have a good lot of both
I don't get much clear thinking from my social circle so I depend on you people for sound advice. My wife thinks that life isn't worth living if you have to give up anything (she cooks a lot of pasta and potato-based things with way too much fat and salt) and my 81 year old mother called yesterday, worried that I was becoming anorexic. Anorexic? 187 pounds?!? To each their own I guess but I'm learning to be selfish, cook my own meals and take criticism with a virtual grain of salt.
My doctor is actually pretty approachable when it comes to self-management of health issues but I don't know how much stock he puts in the advice of my Diabetes Education nurse and nutritionist - they both want me to eat more and start meds to offset the extra carbs. This just doesn't make sense to me. If my doc tells me I've done or am doing damage to my organs, I would start the meds otherwise I'm going to continue with my plan.
Thanks for the feedback Lanie & Jeannie
P.S. Gumdrops are a good food group aren't they? What about the orange ones -- they must be good for you?
(well, it was worth a try
Post Edited (TVEditor) : 10/3/2008 12:34:32 PM (GMT-6)
Well, you know, Chris, you hit on an important point: meal times with the family. I'm the principal cook, especially during the week, and I prepare for everyone, so when it's the kind of meal where everything is separate, like meat, vegetables, salad, etc. it's fairly easy because I just don't eat the starch for that meal. We have a lot of rice in different ways in this house and I don't eat that anymore, but I'll eat all the other food. The problem would be if the rice dish is like a pilaf (all combined), so I kept some chicken or whatever out for me and saute up some peppers, broccoli or something to eat while they eat the rice dish. I tended to stop making pasta which they also love, so if I make it now, I set some sauce aside and put it on zucchini noodles for me and the rest of them eat the pasta meal. It didn't take long to get into the swing of this actually. It's getting to be soup and stew season and I have to admit that potatoes were a good ingredient but I will make a smaller pot of soup, for example, without them for me. Fortunately they also like the cream of .... soups and that's easy to make for us all to eat.
I'm really comfortable eating this way and, as you said, unless the body organs are getting damaged and/or I can't control the blood sugar, I'm just fine without the meds.