Teen Topic 44:  Are you given guidelines for amount and type of food you may eat daily? How would you feel if you were restricted in your diet? (for example:  limited snacks, or low carb)

Cole (age 16)
I’m really not that restricted in my diet, unless I’m actually on a diet. I think it would be pretty awful if I was forced to be on any sort of restricted diet though. Not only would that make me hate myself and my illness, I would probably resent whoever made me do it. By not being allowed to eat what I want, when I want, it would be like my family was telling me that I couldn’t be a normal, real person ever again, just because it’s a little more difficult to handle it at times.

Claire (age 17)
I have no restrictions on my diet or food I can eat, as long as I dose for it I can eat it. If I did have food restrictions I might lose my mind, because food is my favorite.

Jessica (age 20)
My parents have always lived by the philosophy “Child first, diabetic second” and so I have never been limited in my diet and never told I couldn’t eat a certain food I wanted because of my diabetes. Additionally, I was given options so if I wanted cake I needed a shot or I could have an apple and no shot. So I always had the choice of what I wanted to eat and I think this helped shape the way I live today as well as being in good control. Because if not for this lifestyle and method I feel I would have “rebelled” more in terms of sneaking food or not bolusing. I don’t think anyone should be restricted in their diet because we are people with diabetes, not a diabetic person and we can easily correct for whatever carbs we consume.

Erin (age 17)
I am given guidelines on the amount of caloric intake I should have and exchanges daily. However how closely I follow that depends on the day. I was stricter about following dietary guidelines when I was first diagnosed, but then I felt, “Why can’t I eat when I’m hungry? Why do I have wait till next scheduled time I can eat?”

Mercedes (age 16)
I personally don’t have any eating restrictions, and I would definitely not want any. If I did I would feel like I’m not “normal”.

Laura (age 17)
When I was first diagnosed I was restricted, but now I just sort of eat what I want, when I want. I don’t think I would mind a restriction too much, because it’d be healthy for me. I have really no self control when it comes to managing my diet by myself.

Ashley B. (age 15)
The only restrictions I have when it comes to eating is that if I’ve been high for a long time, I can’t have anything with carbs to eat.

Andrew (age 14)
My parents don’t limit the amount of food I’m allowed to eat because I’m growing and need that food, the only thing I have to remember in order to eat as much as I do is to manage my blood sugar well. As for a limit to my diet, personally I wouldn’t like that. If someone came up to me and said that I couldn’t eat a hot dog for example I think it would just add to the feelings of restriction around being a diabetic.

Skylyn (age 16)
I don’t really have any guidelines to the foods that I eat every day. Just gotta bolus for anything I eat. I wouldn’t like having restrictions to what I can and can’t eat. I don’t eat all the time or anything but if I was only allowed to eat low carb foods, I don’t think I could do it. Because you know – Ice Cream!

Jordan (age 18)
When I was first diagnosed the doctor wanted me to eat a specific number of carbs at specific times during the day.  This was terrible. I was never hungry for the right amount of carbs at the right time, and I’d always be starving at a time when they said only 15 carbs, so my mom talked to the doctor and we started carb counting so that I could eat whatever I wanted and then bolus for that.   That’s all I have done for 9 years now.  I would not want to be limited, because I play a lot of sports and I am always hungry.  I think if my parents tried to tell me I could only eat a small amount of carbs I’d be really angry and would probably go buy my own food when they weren’t around.  Having diabetes is bad enough, don’t make me hate something else about it.

Cameron (age 17)
I don’t have any guidelines. The only thing my parents tell me is to bolus whenever I eat something. I wouldn’t like my diet being restricted because I really enjoy eating food

Lexi (age 16)
 I would hate being restricted on my diet unless I wanted to eat only certain things. If someone tries telling me I can’t eat a cupcake because of my diabetes, they will be given the death stare!

Nick (age 20)
I don’t really have any hard rules when it comes to food, other than no regular soda, but that’s self imposed. Diet soda just tastes better after all the years of drinking it. If I was given rules about my food, I probably wouldn’t be too happy. I know how different foods affect my body and how to handle it.

Ashley C. (age 14)
I don’t really have any restrictions to the amount of food I eat. If I was restricted to a diet it would make me feel like I was on a weight loss plan and like I was letting diabetes control my life.

Julia (age 14)
I’ve never been limited on what I can or can’t eat because of diabetes. I’ve always said I can eat whatever I want and it doesn’t matter if I’m diabetic or not. If I were put on I diet because of diabetes I wouldn’t like it at all. It would feel like a restriction and diabetes isn’t a restriction


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