Thursday, October 19, 2006

13 Things no longer on the menu

I was racking my brain today trying to work out what to write for my Thursday Thirteen. I thought about telling you about my favourite TV shows over the years, or the thirteen characters from my works in progress. But then I thought about what has been occupying for the last couple of days...and even since the diagnosis in May.

My partner has diabetes. And it's not just typical adult onset diabetes. He has a lot of complications to go with it, so yesterday I was summoned to see the specialist and he gave us the bad news. Very directly, straight to the point. It seems that my partner's body cannot cope with sugar at all. Now he had cut out a lot of the refined sugars and stopped drinking soft drinks but now we've been told that we have to go low-carb and exercise, exercise exercise. If he doesn't lose the stomach, he is f***ed!

So here are 13 things no longer (or rarely) on the menu:

1. Bread
2. Potato
3. Pasta
4. Sweet potato
5. Pizza
6. Tortillas
7. Biscuits
8. Corn cobs
9. Fruit (in excess)
10. Fruit juice (in excess)
11. Chips
12. Sausage rolls
13. Hamburgers

Shopping took twice the time tonight, and I bought less than half the normal groceries. It takes a long time to get around the store when you are reading all the labels.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


Chaotic Mom said...

Hey, take the doc seriously. My father-in-law didn't, and he's suffering now from diabetes, too. Good news is with good monitoring and medical care, he's doing better than we had expected he'd do. ;)

I've posted 13 Scenes from My Chaotic Life, today. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

My mom is currently dealing with not having exercised as the doctors told her. Her body doesn't produce insulin so she injects it several times a day. Now she has all the complications that come with being diabetic and not addressing health issues as they arise.

Good luck with the new diet. The first few days are the worst.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your partner's diabetes. Good luck with the new diet.

For exercise, as a group fitness instructor, my advice is this: find something that you enjoy doing together. Exercise can be a lot of fun - they key is to find something that you enjoy doing, so that you want to exercise and it becomes a part of your day that you look forward to.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

great list. i need hubby to be better at this since he diabetic..we would both be thinner

Diane said...

Thanks for your comments. The hardest thing is going to be when he's away and has to make sure he has healthy food choices on the run. But he has to take responsibility for that himself, I can't be with him every minute of the day. We now have a George Foreman grill, and will be eating lots of salads and stirfrys.

Anonymous said...

I have a medical condition too - not fun at all

id like to talk to you about it but you have no contact details