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Attitudes toward restricted diets - your experiences?


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Attitudes toward restricted diets - your experiences?

Vaya Con Carne | Aug 6, 2008 06:45 PM

I'm diabetic, and rather than take tons of meds, I choose to control it through diet whenever possible. This means, quite simply: lots of animal proteins, lots of good fats, no bread, rice, pasta, or sugar. Following those guidelines, I eat a pretty tasty and varied diet.

However, I've found that explaining this to people is often more of a battle than it's worth, particularly WRT asking for restaurant recommendations. I get a lot of "Oh, but you must try the death by chocolate cake!" or "It's really too bad you don't eat bread" or "If you didn't have such special needs (said in scornful tone) it would be easier."

It's not a big deal. Give me something meaty and fresh, that isn't served on top of bread or rice or pasta, and I'm a happy camper. But the fact that I don't do sandwiches, pizza or dessert really seems to get under peoples' skins!

I think of it this way: if a vegetarian - a dietary choice, mind you, not usually a medical necessity - asks for recommendations, rarely are they faced with "It's too bad you don't eat meat."

Why the attitude toward medically necessary diets? Or for that matter, toward food allergies or intolerances? Wondering if others have noticed this problem, or am I just lucky?

Would love to hear your thoughts.

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