Sometimes bounces back at you!
I usually try not to pull that card too often, but sometimes it is just an easy out for something. The timing of it was actually pretty funny. Yesterday morning I was sitting at my computer reading some blogs that I follow. I was reading David Edelman’s post on Diabetes Daily, The Sugar Myths, when someone knocked on my door.
After I picked the dog up so he didn’t run off, I opened the door and two guys were standing there. One of the guys pointed to their truck in the parking lot and asked if I was familiar with Schwan’s. If you are not familiar with Schwan’s, they have a big yellow truck that drives around delivering food. When I was a kid, my aunt used to always buy ice cream from them so I grew up knowing who they were.
That is when I decided to pull the “I am diabetic” card and said I couldn’t eat their stuff because of being diabetic. Yes, I know I can eat that stuff and I also would have been really ticked if the diabetes police had been standing there telling me I couldn’t eat it. I didn’t want to be rude and it was the first thing that popped into my head. There are a lot of things I can’t eat because of gastroparesis, but I doubt the guy had ever heard the word gastroparesis before.
Unfortunately, not wanting to be rude didn’t last very long. He came back with “we have a lot of sugar free foods.” This is where I wished I had a little hidden camera running. My response to them having sugar free foods was, “sugar free foods are crap.” It just kind of came out because that is what I was thinking while reading David’s article. The look on his face was priceless and I wished I had been able to take a pic of it!
I personally hate sugar free foods – they cause too many stomach issues for me. One of my aunts used to always buy me sugar free stuff every year for Christmas. She was someone that would get insulted if you tried to explain to her so it just ended up in the trash. A lot of times, “sugar free’ also has to be “fat free” (heaven forbid a diabetic actually have sugar or fat) and it has more carbs than the stuff with real sugar.
In retrospect, I know that using diabetes as an excuse wasn’t good because we work so hard to try and dispel myths of what we can and can’t eat. I have never had anyone knock on my door trying to sell me food before like that and he caught me off guard. In the future, I will just tell them I have food allergies, which I do. That is something that they would hopefully understand. I really doubt that Schwan’s will be knocking on my door anytime in the near future. They probably have me labeled “crazy diabetic woman thinks sugar free foods are crap.”