My diabetes avoidance blog – day 8


Well it is day 8 of my low sugar diabetes prevention diet.

It’s the holiday season. It’s also my birthday on Monday so I’m a little concerned I’ll have to eat socially and won’t be able to eat what l like.

Yesterday evening I ate a take out Chinese which my partner bought. I didn’t look at the ingredients. I didn’t sleep well, and I was thirsty.

I also are lots of berries, blueberries, strawberries and grapes.

This morning I skip breakfast. I don’t feel like bread. Several months ago, last summer in fact, I started to cut out bread, pasta, potatoes and pizza almost completely from my diet because my stomach would swell up every time I ate them.

I drink 3 bottles of water. It is unseasonably warm and we are walking. We play beach ball; we’re quite good at this, and today we’re as good as we were last year; we manage two good scores, a record 100 and 118 hits non stop. People usually stop to watch us and today is no different. 

for lunch we have a salad, lettuce, feta cheese and o!ives, followed by crisps; I don’t eat many crisps as they have sugar in them.

In Bournemouth we have a latte. I have stopped adding a small packet (probably a teaspoon of sugar), to my latte, which I used to do 50% of the time.

On the way home I buy two cauliflowers and a small tub of fresh pineapple. I wanted some yogurt drink, but it is 7% sugar so I don’t buy it.

My youngest daughter is staying with us for a few days. When we arrive home after a lovely walk from Sandbanks to Bournemouth, along the beach, which I manage to record on my Strava app, she gives me my present which she has bought herself with her paper round money. I tell her she is my best present. We look at the chocolate together; it is bounty, crunchie, maltesers, and milky bar. We are both shocked to learn that the milky bars are over 50% sugar. She is disappointed that I cannot eat them, but I tell her I am allowed one on day 7, so my next day 7 will be Thursday. I’ll eat one then. At this point I am sincerely wondering whether I will eat them at all. They have lost their appeal. But I don’t tell her this.

My daughter and I cook the cauliflower with cheese. That is all I eat for dinner tonight.

I’ll have apple pie and cream with the rest of the strawberries. My first pudding in 8 days.

Enjoy your break. Stay inspired.

Bye for now,



Published by hermionelaake - Awards-nominated writer and associate editor O:JA&L

Whilst working on long fiction, Laake/Wilds write short stories, poetry, essays and blogs weekly. Laake appeared on Blog Talk Radio in 2016 in an interview across continents with Susan Wingate. Laake is an awards nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013 for the original #MYFRIENDALIEN out on AMAZON BOOKS in 2022. Flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters. Laake has an MA from KU with distinction and a BA in English Literature.

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