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been reading the halloween candy thread and someone wrote:
< If you like candy, indulge behind his back so he
< doesn't feel he is missing something.>
to which Nancy replied
> I really have to disagree with this statement. If you have
> diabetes, it is a fact of life that non-diabetic folk are going to be
> able to indulge in certain types of food in greater quantity and
> more often.
I agree with Nancy, on one level but the other person as well. As a parent,
I don't think it would be very nice to rip open a three muskateers bar in
front of a diabetic child, while handing the child an apple.."oh here, you
can't have candy, but *I can. Here, you defective person you, take this nice
juicy healthy apple...." which is kinda what my parents did to me....
Parent: You can't have ice cream
ME age 12: then why do we have it in the house?
Parent: no one else in the house is a diabetic
Me age 12: yeah, but *I* am not the one who could stand to LOSE 50 pounds!!!
I sure don't advocate that the parent sneak around and eat the candy...cuz
the minute the kid goes out the front door, there are gonna be 45 bazillion
people out there ripping open candy wrappers with complete and utter lack of
compassion for the poor unfortnate diabetic...The parent MUST teach the trade
offs and how to compensate with the proper amounts of insulin...any parent
who is too lazy to do that is cruel and wrong IN MY OPINION as always, at
least in this day and age of instantaneous bg monitors and humalog.
If you just did't raise your kids around crappy food, that is one thing - i
certainly applaud ellen for her success....wish my parents had done that,
rather than have "forbidden" foods laying about..."do as I say, not as i do"
didn't work for me
ON THE OHER HAND...ya gotta live and you gotta survive...and you have to do
what you need to do! I was recently stage manager for a show here in NYC and
the actors have to eat cake throughout the show..."white cake with pink
icing" per the playwright. For rehearsals, I provided rice cakes, the yucky
plain kind, at the request of the actors who didn't want to get fat. Then
when the show opened, I moved to Angel food, which as we all know is
practically fat free, and better than say, pound cake or even white
cake...Most of the actors were ok with it - the demands of the show,
professionalism blah blah blah, but ONE actor wanted me to try and find a
SUGAR FREE one!! She doesn't "like" sugar....PLEASE....yeah right - that was
NOT in the budget of time or money. So she griped and I ignored her.
In a similar vein, I would bring motivational snacks every once in a while.
having been an actor, I know how welcome a little sweet treat can be just
before curtain, so I'd bring gummy worms, or cookies, and being a nice stage
manager, for a while I tried to find sugar free alternatives for Molly -
pretzels, fruit, nuts...But I can get a box of fruit roll ups for $1.99 and
have enough for 8 people, it isn't as cost effecient to buy fruit or nuts
JUST for her, and this came out of my personal money, not show budget...so
finally I said, hell with it and brought my cheap, sugar laden snacks, which
everyone elsse adored! She CHOSE not to eat sugar - she is not diabetic -
she will have to make her own way in the world, just as I have. Th eonly
difference is that I never had the choice. As a kid and had to take the nice
healthy juicy apple while everyone else had cake...
who hopes she never ever sees another angel food cake
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