Eating and Thinking
People who have diabetes think a lot about food. We have to. But do you ever really think about what you are eating? Not what you are going to eat, and not what you can't eat, but the actual food you're ingesting during a meal? This is the idea of "mindful eating," which means eating slowly and savoring each bite. Mindful eating can help you eat less—if you "listen," your stomach will let you know that it's full before you overeat—and it can help you enjoy the time you spend at meals far more than if you're rushing through them.
When we decided to put the word "indulge" on the cover of this special holiday food issue, we were fully aware that we were playing against type. For most people, diabetes doesn't jibe with the concept of indulgence. In fact, some would argue that indulging is part of the problem. But what becomes clear when you look at the recipes created by Food Editor Robyn Webb, MS, LN, for this month's magazine is that we are talking about a very specific kind of indulgence. It's not about overeating or throwing all the rules out the window. It is about mindfully enjoying truly great food, as elegant as anything you'll find on a "regular" menu.
Being mindful can help you with your diabetes in other ways, too. In this month's Reflections essay, Laurie Terrio, RN, BSN, CDE, writes about how she learned to love her logbook. Yes, her meter keeps track of past readings, but the simple act of writing down all her results—not letting them stay hidden in the monitor's memory—gave her far more perspective on her numbers. (You can print out our specially designed logbook pages by clicking here.) When it comes to diabetes, taking the time to think about what we are doing may seem like a luxury, or even an indulgence, but it turns out to be a necessity.