A Diabetes Rebellion: An Excerpt from The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes

More A Sweet Life Aug 2, 2011, 1:58 pm

Editor’s note: We’re very excited to share with you a wonderful excerpt from Amy Stockwell Mercer’s new book, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes.   

From Chapter 4: Eating Disorders and Body Image

The dining hall of my boarding school was in the same building as the basketball court, locker rooms, and the athletic department, and the stench of sweat-soaked equipment always mingled with the spaghetti sauce and garlic bread from the kitchen. One night, during the fall of my sophomore year, I stood in the line for dinner behind Kate, a girl from New York City. She turned around and asked if I wanted to study biology with her that night. I was thrilled because she was popular. She was rich, beautiful, and always surrounded by a group of friends. I remember watching her fill her plate with noodles and meat sauce and thought, maybe just this once, taking a ladle full of the “forbidden noodles.”

I followed her to her table and then we sat down to eat spaghetti. When she went back for seconds, I was surprised, but followed her again. I’d had diabetes for only a year, but I knew spaghetti was on the “bad list” of foods at 42 grams of carbs per serving. But it tasted so good that I ate every drop of the thick tom

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