Wise Food Choice? Half a Sandwich, Instead of a Whole

I love sandwiches, they are a holdover from my childhood. A good sandwich makes me happy. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve added to my sandwich mix. I love to add veggies like sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, and spinach to my turkey or roast beef sandwiches. Peanut butter, a bit of honey, sprinkled with chia seeds is tasty, sweet and healthy treat. A hummus wrap loaded with roasted veggies not only tastes good, but it makes me feel all sorts of healthy.

Benefits of eating half a sandwhich

Here’s the thing: Because I have diabetes, and because I’m a person who is truly trying to eat healthy, diabetes or not, I’m always trying to keep an eye on my carb intake; sandwiches can be loaded with carbs. Which means that most of the time, I make it a point to ONLY EAT HALF of my sandwich and or wrap?

Yep, I’ve found that if I only eat half of my sandwich I accomplish several things, all of them good:

  • Eating half of my sandwich makes me feel full without making me feel uncomfortable full. And also, I don’t feel like I need to take a nap afterwards
  • Eating half doesn’t make me feel like I’m denying myself tasty or comforting food
  • Eating half means I’m controlling and keeping an eye on my carbs without feeling hungry after I eat
  • Eating half my sandwich usually means that my afternoon blood sugars (if it’s my lunch), or my evening blood sugars (if I have a sandwich for dinner), are better than if I ate the whole thing
  • And this last one is purely about saving time and energy, because I’m eating 1/2 my sandwich I have another meal already made and good to go.
    • And yes, there have been times when I’ve eaten the other half of my dinner sandwich at breakfast, who says you can’t eat 1/2 a turkey a sweet pepper sandwich for breakfast?