The Banana-Stub Stopper

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, there was something in particular that really surprised and bothered me—bananas...or lack thereof.  Suddenly I was no longer supposed to eat a whole banana, instead I was only to consume about one third. Hold on, stop right there. This was a bunch of injustice! I learned that eating a whole medium-sized banana, which had about 27 grams of carbohydrates, was a huge no-go in the world of diabetes management in the 80s.

This banana restriction may seem trivial, but to me, it was quite tragic. How was I going to bring a banana to school? Nobody else had to put their banana inside a baggy or tiny Tupperware. And nobody else pulled out an awkward stub of a banana at the lunch table. In fact, I didn’t even want to bring my banana stub to school.

Fortunately, things have changed since I was first diagnosed. These days, if I really want to eat a whole banana, I bolus accordingly. But I’m proud to say that now I choose a banana stub over a whole banana. I’m okay with my stub.

What surprised you when you or a family member was adjusting to diabetes? Comment below and tell us.

Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.


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