As you may know, I am an avid movie-goer, I love going to the cinema and immerse myself in a good movie! The comfy seats, the sound quality the giant screen and of course the popcorn! At least that was a huge enjoyment before I got diagnosed. Don’t get me wrong, diabetics can eat everything and there is no need to abstain from food you really love. However, I find popcorn during a movie particularly challenging and here is why:
- The speed at which you eat is unpredictable due to the exciting movie
- I like to mix sweet and salty popcorn and god knows how many carbs that is! By the way, how many grams of popcorn are in one medium sized bag? And is a medium sized bag always the same size everywhere?
- Sharing food makes carb counting challenging
- Checking glucose during the movie is awkward
- Not feeling hypos during a movie because it’s exciting
- Having a CGM beep during the movie (I really don’t want to inconvenience anyone but excuse me, I’m almost dying #dramaqueen)
So, because I don’t want to be high for two hours and not notice and I don’t want to be low and not notice. I also don’t want to use my fCGM during the movies because the light is really bright and annoying. I just want to watch my movie and have some peace of mind. But I still want to snack!
So, here is what I do: I take my own food to the movies. I know you’re not supposed to, but as long as cinemas don’t cater to my dietary (low carb) need, I feel comfortable bending the rules to protect my own health. They could very well use a scale to measure the popcorn or offer salted popcorn or sell smaller pre-packaged portions, but because they don’t I don’t feel bad about bringing my own blood sugar friendly and predictable food that doesn’t cause me to hypo during a movie. I mean, from a moral standpoint, what’s more important, the cinema owner’s profit from one bag of popcorn or my health? To be very drastic: if I lose my eyesight from too many hypers, the cinema will not make profit from it, quite the contrary 😀 so it’s really their best interest that I bring my own stuff.
Back to the topic at hand: What kind of foods are then good to take into the movies?
Anything that you know the total carb count of, it should ideally be small, not make much noise when eating and last but not least, it should be yum! So here are the things I like to take with me:
- Cheesecubes or babybel
- Walnuts, cashews, peanuts, macadamia nuts
- Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
- Vegetable chips
- Berries in a small container
- Beef jerky
- Olives (not in a jar, obviously)
Bonus tip: I also like testing if the coke that they gave me is actually diet coke, preferable before the movie starts.