Eating While Abroad with Diabetes

Posted by sean on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:37 in


While changing his Pod in the dark due to electricity issues in Kyrgyzstan, Sean talks about the how the OmniPod has
helped him keep an active lifestyle and manage his diabetes while on his adventures.

In the days leading up to our experience at a traditional Kyrgyz village, I found myself a little bit nervous. I’d been sick with a cold for over three days and I was still recovering. My main concern was how I would deal with the food and my diabetes. There was no menu to order from—we ate what the family would cook for us. As someone who has a sensitive stomach (who had a horrible case of food poisoning in the Cook Islands two years ago that scarred me!) and diabetes, I’m always hyper-aware of foods. And in a place like Kyrgyzstan, I wasn’t about to take any chances.

So how did I handle the situation? I relied on a jar of peanut butter we brought along, protein bars, and the Kyrgyz tradition of bread and tea that was provided at every meal. Although the water quality isn’t good in the country, they boil water and drink a lot of hot drinks like tea to sustain a decent water intake. Although I wouldn’t call my diet “varied” on the trip, I made it through our village experience—and the entire trip—without any issues.

Overall, this experience taught me that in a lot of cases, there’s no need to fear the unknown if you’ve prepared yourself with options (protein bars, etc.) and if you stay true to what you know. I avoided meats when possible and I ate a lot of bread and rice—foods that I knew would sustain me and would be easy on my stomach (however, would boost my blood sugars – so I was ready to bolus!). And, whenever something inside me felt “off” about a food, I would listen to my intuition and avoid it. So far, those methods have served me well!