Open communication will help. Explain that you are not going on a diet and you are not going to force your family into meager eating conditions. The eating recommendations for people with diabetes are basically guidelines for healthy eating.
The key is getting your family’s input. No one likes to be forced into doing something they don’t like to do. Your family can also help with your eating plan. For many people, this is the most difficult adjustment to make after being diagnosed with diabetes.
You may want to change some of the foods you eat and when you eat them. It will help you tremendously if the members of your family are willing to accommodate your new plan.
Common Meal Conflicts
- If you’re trying to lose weight, you may need to eat smaller portions of certain foods or to avoid some high-calorie foods that your family enjoys. If sticking with your meal plan gnaws at your willpower, ask your family not to eat these foods in front of you, to have them less often, or to not always keep them in the house.
- Your family may object to eating different food and may resent eating on schedule.
Always remember that eating well for diabetes is not really a special diet, it just means eating sensibly. Whether you have diabetes or not, eating large amounts of sugar, fats, and salt isn’t good for your health.