Lessons Learned…(B)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Some things take longer than others (note date of my last post).  Sorry about that.

I’ve been involved in extensive dental work (commonly known as torture), since April 20th! From that point on, it’s been difficult to chew so I haven’t been able to eat a whole lot.  Living on soup is not my favorite thing to do and certainly not for a diabetic.  I’ve lost 17 1/2 lbs.  Most people would envy me but, trust me, this is no way to lose weight. I feel like garbage — no appetite and no energy.  My blood sugar is out of whack. My attitude STINKS! 

I decided to try one of those protein drinks that so many people  rave about — HOW DO THEY DRINK THAT CRAP? I tried, gagged, and you don’t want to know the rest of the details. The bottom line is protein drinks are not going to do the trick.

Fruit Smoothies? There was one time when I thought I’d found the answer to my breakfast dilemma — fruit smoothies. When I told my doctor I’d taken 1/2 apple, 1/2 pear, 1/2 banana and some juice with ice cubes. Tossed it into the blender and enjoyed the results. I was so excited! She looked at me like I was on drugs and said, “Why don’t you just mainline sugar?” I swear, I thought this was the answer to my prayer.  🙂  “Would you ever cut up that much fruit and eat it in one sitting?” I thought about it. “No” was my reply. We both had a good laugh about it and that ended my smoothie experience. (This stupidity was early on.)

I’ve gotten a little better with this difficulty in eating.  Fish is easy to eat and a baked


potato is progress. I still can’t get vegetables down, so I’ve been substituting V-8 juice. I do this with the knowledge that it is far from the answer, but it’s something…


This Wednesday, I have to redo some of the dental work

IMG_4427and hopefully this nightmare will be over. [PLEASE, God, I can’t take it anymore.] I’m praying that I’ll be able to chew properly and get back on the food train.


So, what does one do when you’re a diabetic and can’t eat “normally?” Any suggestions?


6 thoughts on “Lessons Learned…(B)

  1. So sorry to hear about this dental nightmare. Here’s a good smoothie recipe:
    1 container plain Greek yogurt or Choban light (7 grams sugar, but then skip berries)
    1/2 frozen banana
    2 frozen or fresh strawberries or use blueberries if you prefer
    1 scoop unflavored protein (I use Biochem 100% Whey Protein)–no sugar

    I hear a scoop of peanut butter tastes good, but that would be too much sugar–
    but Trader Joe’s PB only has 1 gram of sugar and it tastes great


    1. Hi Maria:
      Seriously, does it taste good, or is this a “hold your nose and just do it” smoothie?
      Asking because I have a wicked gag reflex, and to date I haven’t been able to get one down. Ugh. Had more work done today, and it seems to be a BIG improvement. Should be able to eat tomorrow — here’s hoping I can chew!
      Do you believe this??????


    2. Hi Maria! Seriously is this a good-tasting one or a “hold your nose and just do it” one???
      I have a wicked gag reflex which isn’t doing well with poorly tasting drinks. Ugh.
      Had work done today which seems to have helped. Hoping I can chew tomorrow. How pathetic– feel like this conversation should be reserved for a nursing home!!!!! Unbelievable.
      Thanks for the info. –K


  2. Baby food, yes those little jars of veggies, fruits and meals, have saved me more times than I can to admit through dental torture err work, horrible flu and just recently 7 weeks of viral infections, pneumonia and strep throat lost 15 pounds to boot which is not the healthy way to lose, baby food while it doesn’t taste great its natural food pureed, next best thing toss veggies into a blender and puree. It works.


    1. Hi Deb! Happy to see you dropping in.

      You’re a braver woman than I. I just haven’t had the “courage” to stock up on those tiny bottles of nourishment. I have, however, developed a meaningful relationship with my high-powered blender. Getting through this time by pulverizing my veggies.

      Improvement is on its way! At least that’s what I keep telling myself…


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