One of the people I admire the most in the diabetes community is Ginger Vieira. She manages to transmit her enthusiasm in everything that she does, and as a diabetes coach, she helps many people to manage their diabetes and live a happy, healthy life. From Ginger I’ve learned not to let diabetes defeat me, and she’s also a great example to follow when taking care of my body and mind. And her most recent book, Emotional Eating with Diabetes, can be added to my list of favorites. I’m glad I finally took the time to read it.
In Emotional Eating with Diabetes, Ginger explains how we sabotage ourselves when it comes to food, which is detrimental for our diabetes management. I’ve always known I have a very weird and complex relationship with food, and it has always been my emotional escape. I eat when I’m sad, bored, angry, etc. Nothing to do? Go to the fridge. Nervous about something? Go to the fridge. For a while I completely forgot to think about food for what it is, nourishment.
In a very short, very easy to read book, Ginger starts by discussing how we develop this love-hate relationship with food and how, for people with diabetes, food becomes a double-edged sword. Then she goes on to share hers and other people’s experiences and thoughts, and finally she gives easy to follow pointers to work with food to help our bodies, not to destroy them.
Emotional Eating with Diabetes was like a godsend to me. I’ve struggled with this issue for as long as I can remember and the guilt I’ve carried on my shoulders has made every aspect of my life more difficult than it should be. The good thing is that now I’m more aware of it, and you know what they say… knowing your have a problem is the first step. And I may have taken the first step, but Ginger’s book is certainly going to be my companion on the road.
If you’re currently struggling with balancing food and diabetes, I recommend you take a look at Ginger’s book. It will not take you a long time to read, and you’ll be grateful you did.