Back when I was attempting to do the Atkins diet 10+ years ago, I pretty much didn’t eat anything with carbs in it. It worked really well for losing weight, but after a while, it got harder and harder to do. Because, let’s face it, carbs are tasty.
Now that I have diabetes, I have a somewhat different view of carbs: carbs can kill. Not immediately of course, which is the problem. The main problem for me: my body is not efficient at breaking down sugars in my blood. When it remains high over a period of time, different parts of the body start having issues. I’m sure my high blood pressure, swollen feet, and migraines are all related to it, and they have been much better since I started getting treatment.
But the reality is: swearing off all carbs is next to impossible. First of all, they are everywhere in everything. Second of all, cravings for particularly carby things are sometimes difficult to overcome, especially if you’ve been repeatedly denying yourself.
So, I try and have some once in a while. A small portion to be polite. Often times I find it wasn’t nearly as good as I thought it was going to be. Especially when I see the impact to my blood sugar a couple hours later.
At the end of the day, if I’m going to have something I know isn’t good for me and it doesn’t taste good, what’s the point? But then again, now that I know what the negative impact is and I can even see an indicator of it right away, maybe that’s playing a role in how I feel about how it tastes.
Will I find something really worth it? Not sure but I’m gonna keep trying. Because I already know not trying ultimately results in failure. Now that I know what’s truly at stake, failure is simply not an option.