Friday, May 15, 2015

#DBlogWeek Day 5 - Food

Welcome to the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week!  This is my first year participating as I've just started my DBlog.

Today's Topic:  Write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way. 

According to Shakespeare, "Unquiet Meals Make Ill Digestions" (from The Comedy Of Errors).

And Virginia Wolf wrote (in A Room of One's Own) "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  I say, "Define well."

Let's start this food post by telling you that I've never been a low carb eater even though "they" recommend that for diabetics.  I'm too much in love with my potatoes, my rice, my pasta, my high carb fruits and veggies, and my chocolate to lower my intake in any way.

Breakfast today will be a Chobani Flip (Tropical Escape flavor).

I really like these but since I got my Dexcom this week I'm seeing a pretty big blood sugar spike after breakfast.  I may need to go back to another favorite which is a Kind bar and a hard boiled egg.

Lunch today is different as we will be going out to dinner.  We cut back on lunch so we can eat 'naughty' later.  I'll be having a Kind Popped Bar (Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt) and an apple.

Normally lunch is a sandwich (on a "healthy" grain bread) of either cold cuts (nitrate free), cheese, or peanut butter.  To add something crunchy I've been using carrots or peppers in place of potato chips.  And there is always a piece of fruit to finish it out.

Dinner?  Tonight it will be at our favorite Mexican restaurant (we've been going so long that we are friends with the owners).  This will include chips and salsa as well as margaritas.  I can't plan for an actual meal because they have so many things to choose from plus a menu with rotating specials.  I'll pick something on the fly.

When not dining out we truly mix it up for dinners.  One day we may eat grilled or baked fish.  Another could be some dish made with chicken breasts (I'm always trying new recipes to spice things up).  How about meatloaf occasionally?  One quick favorite is sausages on the grill from Applegate Farms or AmyLu (lots of yummy ones to choose from).  We also like Trader Joe's ravioli topped with some olive oil and shredded parmesan cheese.  Or, I'll make some homemade soups on the weekends to use for weekday dinners.  Unless it's a pasta dish, we always have some sort of veggie.  Broccoli is Angry's very favorite so that's usually the one.  Sometimes we are 'naughty' and eat frozen pizza.  Can you say "lazy days?"

Dinner rarely goes without some sort of dessert.  We tend to go for some good chocolate.  As Erma Bombeck said, “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” 

Snacks are not something I plan for.  If I'm starving I'll grab some almonds or cashews or a piece of cheese to tide me over.

Certainly not perfection but we do try to 'behave' most of the time.  HA!

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  1. Same here, Liz. Never been a lower carb kind of guy... until recently. I don't know -- it's probably mostly motivated by my need to eliminate some of my gut. But trying to tone down carbs (not cut out completely). It's a continuing work in progress, but a number of times I've said, "This beer has the most carbs of anything I'm eating for dinner." That's nice. Oh yes, and beer is a menu group, right?! Yep, thought so. :)

  2. Beer is a menu group? You are right - YES it is. If I had to give one thing (or many things) up, beer would not be it. Never. :-)

  3. Those Chobani Flips are really a huge number of carbs and foods like that just don't work for me at breakfast. I start with 1/2 cup of 2% Fage Greek Yogurt, toss in some blueberries and raspberries, some nuts, and maybe a bit of splenda and bolus for about 14g of carb depending on how many berries. Quite tasty but a little bit more work. I would do better with a Chobani Flip in the afternoon when BG likes to behave better.

    I am a pariah to you true beer lovers because I drink Mich Ultra....

  4. I usually just enjoy myself when going out for dinner too. Diabetes shouldn't stop you from enjoying your food. Though I think you would be better off starting your day with something healthier like multigrain toast and/or the boiled egg as you said. The yoghurt has a lot of sugar in it. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Haha, I love the Bombeck quote! I usually do dessert with dinner as well :)