My diabetes blog

When I began my move to eat zero sugar 9 days ago, I had no idea how much sugar was being surreptitiously added to my diet. I had no idea that my sudden intolerance to starchy food might be a warning sign for diabetes, I had no idea that the cheap ready meals I was eating in the evenings were going to contribute to making me so unwell.

I’ve been doing a little research online and note that fructosee: sugar from fruit, takes longer to digest and is mostly considered better for you than sugar. I’ve also discovered that starchy food is a problem for people with diabetes. So far I’m told I’m high risk and don’t have it but if that is true then why did I have to cut bread, pizza and potatoes out of my diet a year ago because I was convinced they were causing my stomach to swell up?

Over the past 9 days I’ve discovered that there is sugar in almost every food I’ve been eating. How did this happen? There is sugar in Pom Bears, the snack alternative to crisps I’ve eaten occasionally and am convinced I’ve checked the ingredients of before and not seen sugar. There is sugar in the tub of cold pea soup I thought was healthier than  the tinned tomato soup I used to eat for lunch on Sundays.

I eat it anyway and feel sick. I’m now sure I can taste the sugar I didn’t notice before.

This is difficult.

I can honestly say I’ve resisted my birthday chocolates, and I’ve not knowingly eaten sugar, but I am now aware that I have eaten sugar unwittingly at least twice today.

Bye for now,

Happy Easter


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.

4 thoughts on “My diabetes blog

  1. Yup. I remember chick peas. I used to eat healthy food. I was also teetotal for 9 years – gave up alcohol aged 18 years. Now I drink a couple of times a year. Alcohol can be high in sugar too can’t it? If I could turn back time….maybe not…😀

  2. The food industry doesn’t help us to stay healthy – they just use the ingredients that allow them lots of profit and that make us want to eat more…like sugar! My mother was a diabetic and my brother became one too (both type two) but my brother has managed to get his very much under control by his diet. Good luck! I hope you succeed. 🙂 You’re doing it at the right time, before the damage sets in. (I’m married to a vegetarian, so our diet has high amounts of veggies, pulses, beans, nuts and a reasonable amount of fruit. We cook Mediterranean style food.)

    1. Thanks for your kind words.. Believe it or not, I was a vegetarian for 7 years. My partner and I used to cook all kinds of yummy food like tofu and vegetarian mince, for our children. We began this because of the beef scare in the nineties. One of these children (now 20 years), has never eaten beef….my problems have arisen out of poverty since my divorce, attempting to keep my private home and probably, I am sure, because I am a woman.., low pay, even when in a management role….

      1. I haven’t eaten beef since the CJD scare either and I don’t miss it. it’s bad that so much of the healthier foods can be expensive, while the unhealthy ones seems cheap. (But we use a lot of things like tinned chick peas, which can be cheap and are great for all sorts of things – like curry!) The being a woman/low pay thing is so unfair!!

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