On Tue, 17 Aug 2010 03:45:35 -0400, Orlando Enrique Fiol
<[email protected]> wrote:
>Hi all. Over the past few months, I'm beginning to come to terms with my pre-
>diabetes and have arrived at a number of troubling realizations. As I survey
>many of the usenet diabetes support groups, I find few foodies or people for
>whom food takes on largely aesthetic and cultural meanings. These folks seem to
>eat on the basis of science and health.
Sounds a little like myself. For many years my priority was nutrition
and health. Nowadays I combine the former with what I guess you could
call 'foodie' food It can be done, although maybe not for
everything. For example, I made Sauerbraten the other night for the
g/f's birthday - nothing 'bad' in there for either of us (she is also
I'm sensitive to most grains and avoid them as much as possible (with
the occasional transgression). I also low carb - or at least I did for
years - these days I find no need to be obsessive about it. My
lifestyle in recent years seems to be working well for me and now I
find I can get away with eating potatoes, for example. But I still try
to limit such things to a degree.
> In one exchange, I found myself talking
>to someone who never eats socially, who never goes to gatherings with the
>express purpose of sharing food. Being totally blind, food is a huge source of
>pleasure and human connection in my life.
>How can I bridge the gap between what my body needs to eat and what I enjoy as
I find that I can manage to modify most recipes enough to make them
suitable for my dietary needs without really compromising the finished
>How do many of you strike this balance? If you're low-carbing and
>your friends want to go out for dim sum or French pastries, how do you tag
>along without feeling excluded?
In such a case, I guess if you cannot eat something 'good' for you -
you either have to give it a miss or simply eat those dim sums or
pastries. Sorry I don't have a solution for this one :\
>Also, how do the aesthetics of portion control,
>weighing and measuring intersect in your lives with spontaneity and sheer
>pleasure in food? I look forward to some lively discussions.
I don't find portion control is an issue for me in any way.