A Major Change to My Travel Habits

Nope, I’m not pregnant.

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to try all the different cuisines and cocktails at my destination.

And take photos of everything, of course.

matchbox happy hour

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city island lobster house


But I’ve been dealing with some autoimmune issues lately.  In my last appointment with my doctor, he notice signs that I may have an onset of *type 1* diabetes in the future.  I don’t have it yet–since it would be autoimmune related, my body would have to do some damage to the organ before that happened–but I have markers that I might get it.

Why am I telling you all this?

My doctor told me studies have shown a correlation between people with similar issues to me eating a restricted diet and losing weight with never actually having type 1 diabetes show up.  (I accept this is correlation and not necessarily causation–it could be that people willing to go on special diets are more likely to take care of themselves.  But I don’t want this issue, so I’ll do whatever I need to do).

So he told me to cut sugars and most carbs from my diet.




A definite no-no.

Most of the foods I’ve eaten while traveling (and most of the foods offered in first class experiences and lounges!) are carb and sugar heavy.

But this isn’t a post to whine about it, but to talk about a little bit of a change to the blog.

Instead of eating all the things when traveling, I’m going to have to be very careful, so I won’t be able to tell you how the full array of things tastes.

I may post more about where I find better options than other places.

For a blog exclusively geared towards eating while on a special diet, I totally recommend Gluten-Free Jet Set’s blog.

For me, it may take me a little while to adjust to what I can and can’t eat.  I’ve been erring on the side of caution just in case, but as I learn more, I hopefully won’t just be eating a handful of babybells as my go to meal 😉

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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  1. Iolaire McFadden

    As a person on dialysis (due to lupus active in the early 1990’s) I follow the I Hate Dialysis forum http://ihatedialysis.com/forum/ (But I don’t hate dialysis, I find it manageable), on that forum there are a few users who promote the vegetarian diet as a reason they have prolonged their kidney life, kristina is one of those people. I would think this same type of kidney friendly diet would be diabetic (or pre diabetic) friendly:

    Some of those posts might interest as you research your options, for example the third post here is from Kristina who talks about her experiences:

    Good luck.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      Thank you so much for the resources!

      What I have is basically a cousin to lupus, so I really appreciate you sharing your experience.

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