Fear of Carbs.
Wow that time of year has finally arrived – what will we resolve for the New Year? And thankfully 2014 is over! Would take too many resolutions to sort out the chaos of my life so I imagine it’s best to make small steps.
I’d like to eat better in 2015. Meaning? I’d like to better control my type 2 diabetes. The key seems to be to limit carbs – I think I finally get that it’s carbs that spike my blood sugar levels, not just sugar. But how to go low carb? And how low do I go?
Besides, it’s unnatural! What is curry without rice/chappati/naan? What is Bolognese without the spaghetti? (please keep your “zucchini spaghetti” recipes for someone else). What else but whatever you call bread, can mop up a bowl of soup? My forebears lived on rye bread and pickles.
We break bread – I could go on and on. Smoked salmon and bagels.
I’m genetically engineered to eat bread.
Certainly cutting back on carbs is doable and desirable. I seem to have got that, but am often unsure what on earth I can eat, that I actually want to eat. We all have trouble breaking away from our learned behaviours. (In my case think, “eat bobbele, eat”), but we can relearn.
What I had to get past was that typical marg not butter, lo-cal 60s mentality. My Dad has his first coronary at 40 – back in 1964. You can just imagine. Our house was stripped of butter; we’d hardly ever seen cream. However meat was eaten in gargantuan proportions.
Then I became a pudgy pre-teen and the game was on. I developed extreme fear of fat. Over the years I learnt to cook, I’ve also learnt to eat and by and large I cook from scratch and eat well. I have not succeeded in managing my type 2 diabetes through diet. Apparently I shouldn’t load up on fruit after dinner. That makes me sad – a bunch of grapes is not a family block of chocolate
I think I’m in danger of increasing my fat intake, only reducing my carbs a little and ending up just eating everything and putting on weight.
I seem to be getting better but my big problem is my carb-laden evening meal. I’ve bought the smaller plates, I’m eating half the carbs I was, I’m taking olive leaf oil but I’m still waiting for my Chanukah miracle.
Oh yes, forgot about the donuts and latkes, ….surely God wouldn’t have made carbs if we weren’t meant to eat them?
Any helpful hints greatly appreciated – Have a healthy New Year!