Since I live in South Korea, I fly to and from the U.S. at least once a year. Knowing that (a) airline food sucks, and (b) special-request meals are usually less-terrible, I took the opportunity to order diabetic meals the last time I went back to visit my family.
My trip was last-minute, so I wasn’t able to get diabetic meals on the way to America. They require like 48 hours notice or something. I had to settle for diabetic meals on the way back only. So, in this before-and-after, we’ll look at two meals I had on Korean Air.
Meal #1: Blood sugar reading before eating: 122
This was on a plane. I have no idea what time it was, but suffice it to say I had been doing a lot of sitting around.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 150
This reading was about an hour after I finished eating. The meal was fish with broccoli, carrots, and potatoes (!), a side of grilled chicken, and a little cantaloupe. Why they put potatoes in a diabetic meal is a mystery.
But 122 → 150 ain’t bad at all! I was surprised. And as you can see, I ate basically everything. So this meal was a success. I had some faith in the diabetic airline meal.
Meal #2: Blood sugar reading before eating: 116
So, once again, I was on a plane. Sitting on my ass.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 247
What in sam hell??!! This meal was chicken with rice and vegetables, some fruit, and a small cup of orange juice. I waited an hour before checking blood sugar, as usual.
Honestly, I had a feeling this one was going to be bad for the blood sugar because of the rice. But I ate it all in the name of science!
And my blood sugar went super high. Whatever confidence I had in Korean Air’s “diabetic” meal planning was instantly shattered.
So I guess my airline diabetic meal experiment was a wash.
One of the meals was just fine despite the inclusion of potatoes. The other meal was a disaster, no doubt due to the rice. WTF, Korean Air!!!!
I’ll try this again the next time I get on a plane. It’ll be super fun!