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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

A Tough Diabetes Day

Not all days are good when dealing with diabetes and trying to lower blood glucose levels without medications.


I sometimes get the impression that I am talking into the wind and do not have anyone with a sympathetic ear to talk to about diabetes, food, going hungry and nothing to eat.

How can people who do not have diabetes understand and appreciate the emotions one goes through when hunger hits, and all there is to eat is that rabbit food again?

Last night, a case in point. Dinner came and went. Time for a snack, and I opened the fridge. What stared back at me? Those damn carrot sticks. My wife came in, gently pushed me aside and took the last piece of chocolate cake.

To Medicate or Not Medicate

I have made the decision not to medicate to control my glucose levels. That is my decision, and each must decide for themselves. But that does not make the emotional stress any less easy; it challenges me to whether I hold to my decision or not.

Last night, I held to my decision; I did not reach for anything else to eat, and probably most importantly, I did not blame anyone else.

What is the Solution?

The solution all comes down to diet. Over the past few days, I have been experimenting with different bread recipes and have yet to be successful. And this is one thing we do with our clients at; we experiment with different foods. There are 1000’s of “experts,” all professing to have the magic potion, pill or diet. There is no such thing; each person’s body reacts differently, which is where can help.

We work with each client to find the diet and diabetes treatment program that works for you.

Where am I With My Diet?

My diabetes diet has been pretty lean. Fish, chicken, vegetables, salad, and that has been it. I am getting close to adding red meat and fat, which will seem like winning the lottery.

Some may suggest the “lean machine” diabetes diet is pretty dire, but due to extenuating circumstances, I had to roll my diabetes diet back. It has helped, among other things, to lower my blood glucose levels to an average of 8.1. I cannot complain about that.

How to Solve the Hunger Pains

I think about the 6.75 million people in Canada who go hungry every night – an increase of almost 1 million in one year. I will hold my comments about Trudeau traipsing around the world, $6,000 per night hotel rooms, and handing out money like there is no tomorrow, all while about 20% of our Canadian population goes hungry each night.

I think about my priorities, the things that are most important to me: my family. I may “suffer,” but I want a better quality of life living with diabetes for me and them too.

And, as a last resort, I reach for those carrot sticks.

What Do I Eat?

What do I eat? The list is short.

  • Any white meat – chicken or fish, cooked in several ways.

  • Vegetables - cooked and in salads, but hold back on the carrots.

  • Leafy Greens – lettuce, kale, cabbage.

  • Egg whites.

  • Bread – with no wheat products – I am pretty adept at making bread with Almond Flour, Flax Seed, Wheat Germ and Psyllium, but I am experimenting with increasing amounts of unprepared whole wheat flour.

  • I make my own yogurt, so I know what goes into it.

  • Fruit – most fruit is out because of the natural sugars, which tend to send my blood glucose levels into the stratosphere.

  • Dessert – Yogurt with a little artificial sweetener and, surprisingly, cheesecake.

The list is short, and I look forward to the day I can add a little red meat – what a treat that will be! Bottom Line I have my good days and my bad. My emotions get tied up in what I can or cannot eat, and sometimes there is just what seems like, nothing to eat. But I take a step back and think; rather than getting mad at my own decisions, I take that energy and find something new to eat.

In my journey to have a better quality of life living with diabetes, I can make my own decisions – and I need to live with them, just like everyone does. No one is holding my feet to the fire; I am doing this to myself.

Why not look at how your diabetes life is going? The frustrations you may face, and the food you can or cannot eat, and call on us at to help. Give us a call today. Our contact information is as close as our website.

Best wishes from all of us at

www.damndiabetes. Ca

Wayne Drury was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes more than one year ago. He quickly discovered there was scant diabetes information providing a roadmap to a better quality of life living with diabetes.

With his passion for learning, helping and providing Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trust (E-A-T) to the diabetes community, Damndiabetes began. A boutique firm in Vancouver, they live and breathe the consequences of treating diabetes daily. If you wish help with your diabetes management, are frustrated and have nowhere to turn, call on and experience their EAT today.

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