[Sca-cooks] Diabetic needs - was: Minor rant

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Thu May 10 15:15:58 PDT 2012

I applaud you both. I have my own needs, and as I do during Lent (when I 
have no animal products on my plate) I take care of them myself. When my 
kids were little I figured it was my responsibility to deal with and 
always kept some nuts and dried fruit in the feast basket, just in case.

I would never dream of throwing a hissy fit (which I have seen happen) 
over such things. Whatever happened to being gracious and quietly making 
other arrangements?


On 5/10/2012 1:19 PM, wheezul at canby.com wrote:
>> I espouse what may not be the most popular opinion regarding making
>> allowances for dietary needs, but I think I need to speak up.
>> I am a diabetic.  The world does not change its ways for me, nor do I ask
>> it to.  It is up to me to find out if I can partake of a feast.  I do not
>> feel it fair to ask a cook who is preparing food for 150+ people on a
>> limited budget and likely already dealing with the various allergy- and
>> sensitivity-related requests from the Head Table and/or populace regarding
>> onions, garlic, ginger, aged cheese, mushrooms, nuts, certain grains,
>> shellfish, and so on, to make a special portion for me and my needs.  If
>> the cook is willing to do so, God bless them, but I do not ask it.
>> Yes, certain foods can be destructive to some people.  Carbs are my enemy,
>> and not just in a from-the-lips-to-the-hips way.
>> Sometimes I can eat only a few dishes at a feast, in which case I bring my
>> own food to fill the gaps.  Sometimes I have to miss out on the feast
>> altogether.  It happens.  I deal.
>> Talana
>> Who in her real-life job assists university students with special dietary
>> needs on a daily basis
> I'm in agreement here.  I am on a sodium controlled diet and it's up to me
> to make sure that if I'm at a feast that I am prepared with food for
> myself.  I like it ever so much better there is an 'eat off board' option
> for feasting, and I can come prepared with the things that would allow me
> to feel like I'm also in 'feast mode' rather than create fuss and bother,
> and looking like I have a problem.
> Katherine
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