I was browsing through the camera roll on my phone recently and came across this picture. It’s from a breakfast we had at the casino on an overnight trip we took during Christmas break. I had shared it on Facebook at the time, with a comment about how I needed a small village to come help me eat it. I wasn’t kidding either. That pancake was bigger than my head!
I think I also joked about being glad I had a full reservoir of insulin in my pump, because I’d probably need it all to bolus for this monster pancake. But of course, in reality I’d never eat that whole pancake. I wouldn’t even eat half. And we always end up doing a lot of walking at the casino and I’m always fighting lows, so it was the perfect time to indulge in some (but not all) of that pancake.
Which gets me thinking. As a person with diabetes, I know I shouldn’t eat a pancake twice the size of my head. It just wouldn’t be healthy. But you know what? NOBODY should eat a pancake that big. It isn’t healthy for anyone. And the more I think about it, the more I believe a restaurant shouldn’t even be serving pancakes that big. Now I’m not blaming restaurants for any obesity epidemics or anything like that. Nobody forces food down our throats and just because it’s put in front of us doesn’t mean we have to eat it. But this pancake bothers me because when I look at it I see a huge waste of food. The morning that pancake was served to us, similar ones were served to a table of teenage boys next to us. Even they could not eat the whole thing. That says something to me.
As a person with diabetes, I know what is healthy for me to eat and what isn’t so good. Sometimes I make good food choices and sometimes I don’t. I believe those rules should also apply to people without diabetes. Know what is healthy and what isn’t, try to make the right choices, but don’t beat yourself up for indulgences here and there. But restaurants? Please don’t serve portions sizes that are so unbelievably huge . . . . because that’s just a waste of food and I find that shameful.
Diabetes or not, it really is much too much.