In the Philippines, there are so many celebrations like fiestas or feasts of Patron Saints. Many of them are observed during the dry season months of May and June when children/students are on vacation from schools.
During these celebrations, there are so much food offered to the guests. Many of our relatives prepare food for us, and for their other guests. Just like today, we went to our siblings houses to “bond” with them. The fiesta of St. Isodore, the Farmer (San Isidro) will be tomorrow, May 15, but they prepared food for us because many of our relatives have offices/works tomorrow, it being a Monday.
My husband and I were laughing as my older sister invited us to eat lunch. There were so much food, like big crabs cooked in coconut milk, shrimps with chili and butter, fish, pork barbecue, chicken, watermelon, and other fruits.
We just ate a shrimp, a slice of chicken and a crab’s claw, then a very small amount of rice. Then a small slice of watermelon. There was also a big can of native ice cream, with lots of cheese and jackfruit flavor. They enjoyed eating the ice cream, so I was tempted to have a scoop, just to taste it. But after that, I felt guilty, thinking that my blood sugar could rise above the normal level.
Aside from drinking a lot of water, I will walk for some 30 minutes tomorrow to “burn” the excess sugar!
Do you have such an experience when you cannot refuse to partake of the food, but you are worrying about your health? It takes a lot of discipline or self-control to refuse such offers.
It is really hard to be so concerned about health. But it is good to be cautious than suffer the consequences. Though I am not yet diabetic, I am keeping my sugar level below the borderline to be healthy and I do not want to take synthetic drugs or drug maintenance for some lifestyle diseases like diabetes.