Fighting the Diabetes ChocolateDemons
Even with testing, diabetes is a guess every day.
This post is dedicated to my friend Carol. I met Carol through my blog and we periodically emaileach other talking about Type 1 diabetes, Medicare, and stuff like that. She doesnt live near me and I dont know if we will ever meet in person. But we share the journey, the joy, and the struggle of women aging with Type 1 diabetes. Thank-you for being part of my life, Carol.
The anguishyou describedin your latest email about chocolate, post-dinner eating, and making bad decisions probably rings true for almost everyone with diabetes. In fact itmight ring true for every human being who has access to potato chips, chocolate, cigarettes, and/or alcohol. Unfortunately for those of us with diabetes, we have BG meters that provide a visual reminderof how often we have failed to live up to our expectations.
I am good at finding temporary solutions to the problem of evening snacking. I long ago gave up hope of ever totally eliminating it. Sometimes I play games that work for a while. For example I package something like Hersheys Kisses in plastic bags of 15g carbs. I put them in the freezer and allow myself 1 bag each evening. That works for a few weeks before I realize that nothing is stopping me from grabbing a second or third bag of chocolate. Then I play around with my digital calendar and add a daily resolution event of No cr*p eating after dinner. When I am successful, I change the color of the event from a boring gray to a pretty color. Its stupid, but once again it works for a couple of weeks. Sometimes I put a big No! sign Continue reading