Did you know that some foods that are called healthy by advertisers and media are anything but healthy? Some foods are loaded with carbs and sugar – sugar called by other names e.g.
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
- Dehydrated Cane Juice
- Evaporated Cane Juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Sorghum or sorghum syrup
We know a lot more now than we did years ago, before the internet was available. Knowing what I know now, in hindsight I feel terrible about my attitude toward my mom’s struggle. It was ignorance really – not knowing anything about what she was going through. Trying to eat right is a real challenge. I remember my mom calling me one day upset because one of her doctors saw her eating yogurt while she was waiting for an appointment. He stormed up to her, snatched it out of her hand, and yelled at her for eating the sugar-filled yogurt. She had no idea that the yogurt she was eating was ‘bad’ because all we ever hear about is how healthy it is to eat yogurt. You almost need a PhD in nutrition to realize some foods called ‘healthy’ are loaded with sugar.
The insulin makes some folks hungry. Although I didn’t complain too much when she would ‘cheat’ on occasion and have a slice of cake at an event or a couple of cookies, I would ask her sometimes, “Should you eat that?” I remember she began saying things like she had to ‘feed’ the insulin. I wonder how she ever got that idea.
What I now know is that it takes education about diabetes, good monitoring and self-control to master living with the condition. It helps when family and friends know more and can assist with compassion – not yelling or belittling, but with understanding because we recognize how hard it is to be strictly eating good, healthy foods just to lose weight. The struggle with cravings is real! Feeling deprived leads to mood swings, binges, etc.
- Learn to recognize all the different names of sugar
- Just because the label says healthy doesn’t automatically mean it is healthy
- Advise with compassion
- Provide alternatives (especially during holidays and celebrations)
by Cyndie Webster Beacham