Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spread the love

I didn’t make it.  I simply failed to find the time to participate in DBlog Week this year and it’s weighing heavily on my mind.  There are too many times in our lives when we have the opportunity to feel remorse or regret.  It’s such a waste of time, but we do it anyway.  Beating myself up about it surely doesn’t do anyone any good.  It’s just like that with diabetes management; we sometimes slip or goof or splurge and then feel badly about it.  Stop that!  We’re human.

For the final day of DBlog week we are asked to highlight some awesome blogs that we read or bloggers whom we admire.  Hey, I can do that!  One small problem: I also didn’t find time to read many blogs this week.  No matter, Karen provides us with these awesome pages that contain ALL the links to ALL the bloggers who did participate.  So even if you missed out on reading the blogs, you can still do it.  I’m happily providing you with the links here.  Read them in your spare time. 

Day 2: We, The Undersigned - Tuesday 5/14

There were also two wildcard options:

Although I didn’t read too many blogs this week (but I eventually will), I’d like to give a shout-out to two D friends who managed to post every day despite obstacles like two jobs or previously slim posts.  My hat is off to Bob and  Bea!  Two wonderful D peeps who blog about their lives with type 2 diabetes. And finally, a HUGE thank you to Karen for all your hard work putting this week together.  You're awesome!

Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 2: We the undersigned

Day 2: We the undersigned

Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) - get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?

We, the people who want healthy lives, are demanding that our government stand up to the lobbyists and huge companies that produce processed foods and insist that they come clean.  We demand that they be honest with their packaging, labeling and ingredient lists.  We want healthier food!

There will be no more hiding of unhealthy ingredients; relabeling something to hide that it contains trans fats or sugars or mass amounts of sodium.
There will be no more tweaking of the recipe to find the “bliss point”; that magic combination of fat, salt and sugar that makes food so irresistible.

Give us REAL FOOD!  Quit playing with our palates so that we will continue to crave those foods which are bad for our bodies and fail to nourish us properly.

Our society does not tolerate dealers of illicit drugs nor do we allow tobacco companies to advertise to children.  However, we seem to be just fine with having our food supply tampered with.  We’re ok with unhealthy foods being thrust at our children on a daily basis.  We think that it’s “ok” that a serving size of Coke has grown from 7 oz. in 1955 to a Supersized 42 oz. today.

Enough!  Yes, people should be responsible and make good choices.  However, when the foods we are eating are designed to keep us wanting more and more, we are doomed to fail.  Please sign this petition and add your name to the list of people who want better food, not just for themselves, but for the generations to follow.  We deserve better health.

Read other great blogs on this subject here