I am a huge foodie. I love food and have always enjoyed trying out new restaurants and different types of cuisine. Ever since I was diagnosed with diabetes though, I have really put that side of me in the back burner. Not knowing the exact carb count of the food and if the sauce on meats or salad vinaigrette will cause a spike always worries me so I have avoided dining out as much as possible. On the few occasions that I have dined out (when I still wasn’t on insulin), it has always been with a lot of fear. Some meals have gone well and others have been total disasters with blood glucose levels going quite high.
The fear of dining out is something I would like to fix. Dining out was a huge part of my life and it is something I should go back to doing more often as it really makes me happy. Now that I have insulin on board, I don’t think I should be as afraid. I would like to be an empowered diabetic and not let my diabetes dictate my whole life. I should get to enjoy myself once in a while.
Today I took my first step towards this goal. My husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We went to our favorite local italian restaurant. I did not order my favorite thing on the menu, which is a delicious eggplant napoletana with pasta cooked in a basil and olive oil sauce (sooo good….my blood sugar is probably rising right now just by thinking about it). However, I did get some delicious fish over a bed of mushrooms and arugula cooked in a lemon vinaigrette. I was even bold enough to eat a bit of dessert (*gasp*). My husband and I shared a flourless chocolate cake. It comes in a tiny teacup (about 8 bites of cake total), which is the perfect portion as it is quite rich. Plus, with only 4 bites to eat it would help me keep my blood sugar in check and not go over the moon. My strategy for the meal was to order one of the entrees that was high protein with a bit of fat (to blunt the spike from the dessert I would eat afterwards) and low carb (the less carbs I eat, the smaller the spike).
I am pleased to say that my blood sugars behaved well and I was not in the stratosphere two hours afterwards. Felt quite proud of myself for being bold and taking the first step towards conquering one of my fears of living with diabetes. Had a good time dining out tonight and I am hoping to become less fearful of food with time. If other diabetics can dine out without fear, so can I.