I have to admit, I have been listening/watching lots of “stuff” about today’s inaugural events. The other day I saw the chef chosen for the inaugural luncheon interviewed on television.
Nice chap. However, as a diabetic I was listening to the ingredients used in preparing the dinner. Yes, I realize President Obama is not a diabetic. However, my blood sugar skyrocketed just listening. There was virtually nothing that did not have some extra form of sugar piled on or in it. It was hardly a low glycemic index meal much less a low carb meal! The redeeming feature, I suppose, was the vegetable medley – at least there was something green.
The menu consisted of:
· Seafood stew with a puffed pastry top
· Duck with cherry chutney/pheasant with wild rice stuffing
· Molasses whipped sweet potato
· Winter vegetables (asparagus, carrots, brussel sprouts and wax beans)
· Cinnamon apple sponge cake and sweet cream glaze
There were carbs, carbs and more carbs. I do not think I ever eat that much food or that many carbs in a two-day period, much less in one luncheon. Consider the flour for the rue and the puffed pastry on the stew, the cherry chutney, the wild rice, and the molasses and sweet potato. I will give the chef leeway on the dessert … they are supposed to be sugar laden.
I guess it is a good thing I am not a Washington insider. I would have been very hungry since I could not even have eaten the protein (covered in cherry chutney). However, considering the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, could the crew who chose the luncheon menu and ingredients think about the sugar/carbohydrate quantity for a minute or two? There were 200 invited guests. I guarantee some of them are diabetics and not necessarily insulin dependent (to “cover” the carbs). It is an epidemic after all; Washington cannot possibly be immune to the event.
I also guarantee most people would never say anything or ask if there is an alternative. People tend to get embarrassed in their own families (much less a State event) and either eat all the sugar laden food or skip the meal entirely. In either case, there are consequences to pay, minimally, for the rest of the day.
I also know some people still maintain diabetics can eat anything as long as they count carbs and inject insulin. I do not believe that. The timing never works. There is always a low and a high or both. The Russian roulette game of large volumes of insulin is just too difficult.
In addition, many do not attempt to maintain a tight glucose level so they may not care about their blood sugar as I do. Many just say, “It is only one day.” That has just never been my philosophy. That is not to say I am a “miss good two shoes,” it is just that I have paid the price in earlier years and I am not willing to pay the price any longer. The advent of glucose monitors provides some sort of “in your face” reminder of the consequences.
Therefore, I ask the new administration and their chefs to please be more cognizant of the example being set in the White House. If we, as a country, are going to put a stop to the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, it cannot be a bottom up event. It needs to start at the top. Please … less sugar clad foods, fewer carbs, more healthy and heavens, smaller meals!
Doris J. Dickson