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Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!
Well, reading all the posts from yesterday about what people do well gave me a lot to think about. With just about every other post I thought, “wow, nice, I wish I did that really well…”.
What stuck out the most for me was something I didn’t catch anyone mentioning and I suppose it’s because many of us people with diabetes struggle with this: Our relationship with food.
I don’t know about yours but even though I eat pretty healthy, my BMI is within healthy range (um, barely), and my blood pressure, lipid profile, thyroid function, and A1c are all within normal healthy ranges, I still feel like the missing piece to my puzzle is predominately my tumultuous relationship with food. I don’t remember having this problem before my diabetes diagnosis so I will blame this largely on diabetes. But also on plain old me. I’ve abused alcohol, painkillers, and food in the past and it’s all partially connected to the way I really long for an easy escape from my feelings about my problems. I’ve done a lot better in the past 6 years and now feel like if I could just grip my food struggles, man would that be nice!
So what is what I need to improve exactly? Well, I’d say…anxious over-eating. You know, the opposite of mindful eating. I do pretty well all month long and then bam, about 10 days before my period I’m a disaster eater. Who cares if I eat too much of something healthy? It’s still going to pack on the pounds, leave me feeling miserable, and negatively impact my blood sugars and health.
So one issue to work on- pms symptoms. A second issue is we don’t have a dinner table. Well we do but it’s one of those high ones and the stools that went with the table all broke over the years (They really don’t make furniture the way they used to, sigh.) Ok, we’ve got one stool left but sitting in it feels like it cuts off my circulation so geez was that a bad purchase or what!? Alright, so I eat standing up most of the time which really helps me eat too quickly. Also, my little ones are the perfect excuse for me to feel like I should really hurry and eat. I ought to just copy exactly how they eat-slow and in the moment.
Let’s not forget diabetes genuinely causes issues in this department. Low and not hungry? Too bad, you sad sap, stuff that mouth full of calorie heavy glucose. High and nauseated because you ate something you were really craving? Aww…you just can’t win can you? lol…Next thing you know food is medicine and food is a drug and food is a vice and a form of punishment and relief and pleasure and arrghhh…
Ok, this post has been seriously helpful. It’s helped me see the light. What’s the point in complaining if one isn’t going to make a plan of action, right?
I talked with my husband and we’re going to focus on saving towards a new table…seeing the impact on our health and what our kids are picking up as habits, we think it qualifies as a priority. Eating with the kids, sitting on the floor, on the ottoman is getting cramped and too messy. Yes, the living room ottoman is our dinner table. Bet you didn’t know that interesting fact about me?
Also, what emotions do I have hidden under the surface relating to food? Why such animosity? Why do I want to simultaneously praise butter in all it’s buttery goodness and strangle it by it’s rectangular, slippery throat? Why do I feel like throwing away all the cutlery in the kitchen in a desperate attempt to alienate food? I will think and meditate on that and get back to you.
So what would you like to improve? Remember there’s no shame! In fact, take this time to identify your “thing”, whatever it is, and work on making it better.
As our D-friend Ginger always says, we are works in progress!