Day 23, 24, 25, 26: 45g Carbohydrate Meals

Day 23: Saturday. A rainy day at home. Cleaning, getting my bike ready for spring, paying my taxes and signing up for health insurance. (woo!)

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: 2 Fried Eggs over medium, 1/2 Avocado + 1/2 Tomato diced, 1 1/2 C Grilled Sweet Potatoes (45g carbohydrate)

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: 4 ounces Roasted Pork Loin, steamed Asparagus, 1 C Strawberries (12g carbohydrate), 1 Clementine (10g carbohydrate) and 2 C Broccoli and Cheese Soup (20g carbohydrate)

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: 2 C Southwestern Chili with Beef, 1 – 2″ Square Cornbread. 

Day 24: Monday. Work and then dinner with the host family.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: I was in a hurry. 2 Scrambled Eggs over medium and 2 Pears (44g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: 1 Large Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, and Shredded Carrots. 1 Orange (15g carbohydrate), 2 C Southwestern Chili leftovers (30g carbohdyrate), Water and Herbal Tea.

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: Roasted Chicken, Dandelion Greens with Green Onions, Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg and Balsamic Vinegar, Steamed Carrots with Nutmeg and Butter, 3/4 C Stuffing (45g carbohydrate). 

Day 25: Tuesday. Work in the city and then going to a market research event for a diabetic meter company. Talking to homeless people on the street.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: I know… you think I’m gross. But in my defense, I was in a hurry. This is a cold peice of homemade Pizza with Olives, Ham, and Mozzarella (20g carbohydrate), 1 Egg over easy, 1 C leftover Steamed Baby Carrots with Butter and Nutmeg, and 1 Pear (22g carbohydrate)

Drug Rep Lunch for Diabetics Lunch: This is the prettiest salad I think I’ve ever eaten. It’s a shame I couldn’t take more time to photograph it. (I was in the lunchroom of my new work… I didn’t want them to feel uncomfortable). Lots of little peices to this one: 1 Large Salad with Red Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Mandarin Oranges (5g carbohydrate), and Blueberries (5g carbohydrate), 1/8 Pita (4g carbohydrate), 2 Tbsp Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (2g carbohyrate),  1 1/3 C Chicken Salad with a few Raisins (7g carbohydrate), 2/3 C mixed Fruit (15g carbohdyrate), 1 Eggplant Bruchetta (10g carbohdyrate).

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And…

Baby Carrots

Dinner: 3 – 2″ Sandwiches from Subway (the food offered by the market research group) (45g carbohydrate) and 1 C Baby Carrots. 

Day 26: Wednesday. A great day of work, making dinner for the host family in less than 30 minutes. 3 mile run in the warm weather and a smile on my face.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: Another failed photo. Actually it was a failed breakfast too. This is 1 Habenero Tortilla (20g carbohdyrate) with Guacamole, Cheese, Scrambled Eggs and Lettuce, 1- 2″ square cornbread (15g carbohdyrate), 1 Clementine (10g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: Load up your sandwich with Veggies! 2 Slices WW Bread (30g carbohydrate), 4-6 ounces Turkey, 2 slices Provolone Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, and Honey Mustard Dressing. 1 C Vegetable Soup (15g carbohydrate)

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: 1 Mediterranean Turkey Burger, 2/3 C Grilled Sweet Potatoes (22g carbohydrate), Grilled Asparagus, 2/3 Apple Salad (25g carbohydrate).

Day 18, 19, 20, 21, 22: 45g Carbohydrate Meals

Sometimes it overwhelms me how many pictures I need to post. My phone is literally FULL of pictures depicting food that I’ve eaten in the past 20 days.

Day 18: Monday. The day I found out my mother would be arriving by plane the next day. I spent the rest of the night cleaning my room and being excited about her arrival.

Diabetic Breakfast

 

Breakfast:1/2 C dry oats (30g carbohydrate), 1 C water, 1/2 C Milk (6g carbohydrate), 2 tsp Butter, 2 tsp Sugar (10g carbohydrate), 2 Fried Eggs, 1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes. 

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: My coworkers make fun of me for these sandwiches… and I must admit… it is a little hard to open my mouth that wide. 2 slices Wheat Bread (30g carbohydrate), 1 1/2C Chicken Salad with Raisins (15g carbohydrate), Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumbers

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: This is a foreign concoction to me. But, I must admit, it was very tasty. Chicken Thighs, skinless with Curry, Coconut Milk, and Olives over a bed of 1C Cous Cous (45g carbohydrate).

Day 19: Tuesday. Work, a quick dinner with Andrew, and picking up my MOMMA from the airport. 

Quick Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: 1/2 C Fiber One Cereal (11g carbohydrate), 1/2 C Maple Mini Wheats (25g carbohydrate), 1 C milk (12g carbohydrate), 1/2 C raw Almonds.

Diabetic Lunch Options

 

A few too many carbohydrates, so I had to leave this…

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Lunch: 1/2 Chicken sandwich from Cosi (28g carbohydrate), Small Signature Salad from Cosi (45g carbohydrates – 30g left in the form of dried craisins and grapes), Carrots, Balsamic Vinegarette.

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: 1 C Pasta with Red Sauce (45g carbohydrate), 4 ounces Chicken Breast with Marinara and Cheese over a bed of Spinach, 1 C Broccoli, 1 C Squash, Tomato and Onion. 

Day 20: Wednesday. MY 28TH BIRTHDAY! A half day at work, then fun in the city with my mom and a Mexican themed dinner party with my friends and family. Afterwards, ping pong and dance party in the basement. Sooooo much fun!

HEalthy Breakfast Options for Diabetics

Breakfast: 1/2 12″ Wheat Tortilla (20g carbohydrate), 1 scrambled Egg, 4 ounces of Ham, 1/2 Medium Apple (11g carbohydrate), an d 1 C Milk (12g carbohydrate)

Lunch options for people with diabetes

Lunch: 1 Habenero Tortilla (22g carbohydrate), Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Zucchini, Grilled Steak Kabob pieces (leftovers), 1 Medium Apple (22g carbohydrate).

BDay Dinner

Dinner: I admit. I did a terrible job photographing my delicious HAPPY BIRTHDAY meal; AND, I didn’t take a photo of the homemade Guacamole and 5 Tortilla chips (10g carbohydrate) I had BEFORE this huge plate of food. 3/4 C Grilled Sweet Potatoes (25g carbohydrate), Romaine Lettuce, 1/2 C corn and beans combined (15g carbohydrate), Grilled Red Bell Peppers and Onions, Cheese and 6 ounces Grilled Chicken. 

Day 21: Thursday. Quick breakfast with my mom, then work for 12 hours. Lunch with my geeks and drinks friends (to which I was late and requested that they order something for me – exciting, I know!). Professional diabetes meeting at a restaurant with very poor lighting for taking food pictures… sorry.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: Whole Wheat Tortilla (38g carbohydrate), Roasted Peppers and Onions,1/2 Avocado, Lettuce, 3 ounces Grilled Chicken, 1/2 Chopped Tomato, and 1/3 C Roasted Corn (10g Carbohydrate).

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Lunch: Arugula, 3/4 C Navy Bean (22g carbohydrate), and Bread (20g carbohydrate) Salad. Cheese and Prosciutto.

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Dinner: This was at a Diabetes Educator meeting. Another terrible job photographing my food. BUT, to my defense, I was in a poorly lit room with only enough room for one plate. 2 C Caesar Salad, 1 Bread with Hummus (10g carbohydrate), 2/3 C Pesto Tomato Pasta (30g carbohydrate), Portabella Mushrooms with Brown Gravy and Mozzarella Cheese, 3 slices Grilled Zucchini. 

Day 22: Friday. Working during the day, then an Improv Show in the city with Neil.

Breakfast for Diabetic

Breakfast: 3 Clementines (45g carbohydrate), 1/2 Avocado, 2 Fried Eggs, 2-3 ounces Pork Loin (leftover).

Diabetes MealPlan

Lunch: 1 C Noodles (45g carbohydrate), Zucchini, Tomato Sauce, Onion, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes and Mozzarella, 1/2 Avocado, Carrots, Red Bell Pepper, and 4 Cucumbers. (I was really hungry this day).

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: I told you I was hungry…. This is a salad + leftovers. Chicken Thigh with 2/3 C Cous Cous (30g carbohydrate). Spinach with Balsamic Vinegar Dressing, 1/4 C Pistachios, 1 C Strawberries (12g carbohydrate).

 

A Lenten Story: Love is not a “Feeling”

You know, there’s a lot of things people will like about you… until they don’t.

55I have struggled with the tendency of my generation and the generation before and after mine to only love when it’s convenient for them. They identify love as a feeling or as a way to happiness, but it’s not.

Love is a decision. It’s a choice. It’s a two way street.

There are a lot of things I can love that may never love me back. I’m not hurt by that. It’s part of life. That being said, it’s the most amazing feeling when love is returned. The two people who choose to love continuously feed each other what we’ve been starving for and life seems good. Life even seems hopeful. But even in the midst of these good feelings, we can get nervous – what if that feeling could be stripped away? What if it’s depends on me doing everything right? What if I make the wrong move or did the wrong thing? What if there is a part of me that is not loveable?

That’s a problem. It won’t ever be perfectly fixed, but it can be significantly helped.

Are you making people nervous?

Sometimes I find that “love” is being taken away from me because the “feelings have changed.”  Feelings are subject to change at any given moment. If love were a feeling (alone), I would be terrified of it. If love were a feeling, I would tell you “Monogamy is a joke. Life is about flitting from one flower to the next and taking what nectar you can before the opening closes up and the opportunity is over.”

But, we’re not flowers. A flower does not have it’s own willpower. Likewise, a hummingbird is different in the fact that they have limited amounts of discernment and introspection.

Humans are called to be different. Nature has equipped us to be different.

Why aren’t we acting differently?

It’s funny how timid we are about love. We don’t want to give it out to the wrong people or at the wrong time. We don’t want to seem needy or attached. But, isn’t that all just crap???

As I understand it, we don’t have any promises for tomorrow. We have today. One of the biggest teachings of Christianity is to love God and love each other. It’s that simple.

The popular Corinthians 13 verses that are read at most weddings end with these words, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

We’re not kids anymore. When the end of life comes… when the world is finished… when all things are revealed and simple…when no more mysteries remain… three things will go on: hope, faith, and love – and the greatest of these is love.

Do you get it?

These are the things in life that are ETERNAL. They go beyond our existence here and now and live on forever. So, if that’s true… why are we avoiding eternal treasure???? 

Feelings are great. They have their place in life. But, you don’t get through 55 years of marriage on “feeling” alone.

Love is about making a choice to try to see the good in each other. To love is to be willing to experience the pain of letting one another down and forgiving them afterwards. It’s about not leaving when things get tough. It’s about giving second chances and fiftieth chances. It’s about serving one another. It’s about sacrifice. It’s about showing the other person you value them by being intentional during your time together. It’s about accepting a person for what they are currently while helping them to achieve what they could be in the future.

You can love better.

It’s going to take practice. It’s going to take a partner. Sometimes, it might even take a coach.

But you can do it.

And that investment… is going to go ON.. and ON… and ON. Even after your last breath in this world is finished… hope, faith, and love remain – and the greatest of these is love.

Day 14, 15, 16, 17: 45g Carbohydrate Meals

The Embarrassing “Hold on, I’ve Got to Take a Picture of my Food” Days Continue…

Sometimes, it can seem a little odd to people that I want to take a picture of my food before I eat it, but what is really weird is when  take a picture of the scraps left on my plate. THAT really gets people thinking… What is this girl up to?

The things I do for you… :)

Day 14: Quick! What can I make for breakfast and bring for lunch?

Breakfast: In a hurry and needing to rush out the door. 2 slices WW Bread (40g carbohydrate), 4 ounces of Ham, 1 fried Egg, and 1 slice Mozzarella Cheese.

Lunch: Making use of leftovers! 2 C Chicken and Eggplant Curry with Sweet Potato (30g carbohydrate), 3/4 C fresh Pineapple (15g carbohydrate).

Dinner: A dinner prepared for me by my host mom. Asked to portion my own bowl and passed up the bread to add veggies instead. 3 C Ham and Bean Soup (45g carbohydrate), 1 C Zucchini raw, 1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes, 1/2 C baby Carrots.

Day 15: A long day at work – but oh so much fun!

Breakfast: Making use of leftovers! 1 C Butternut Squash Risotto (45g carbohydrate), 2 fried Eggs, 1/2 Avocado sliced, and 1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes.

Diabetic Lunch

Meals you can eat in the car

Lunch: Eating on the go! While driving actually… Uh oh. Turkey and Hummus Wrap with Spinach (30g carbohydrate), 1 String Cheese, 1/2 Avocado, and 1 1/4 C fresh Strawberries (15g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Dinner

Dinner: Bought at a grocery store down the street from my new office. Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan, Lemon, 4 ounces of grilled Chicken, 1/2 C Croutons (8g carbohydrate), Caesar Salad Dressing, 1 Pumpernickel Roll (20g carbohydrate), Butter, 1 1/4 C fresh Blueberries (20g carbohydrate).

Day 16: A day off, exploring Philly, and a date with Andrew.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: A Wrap consisting of: 1 Spinach Tortilla (26g carbohydrate), 1/4 C Hummus (5g carbohydrate), 2 Scrambled Eggs, 1 Slice Cheese, and 2 C spinach raw – cooked down to 1 cup. 3/4 Medium Apple (15g carbohydrate)

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: Stopping for lunch and a reading break at a cute restaurant in Philly. I had no idea what I ordered at the time… 10 thin slices of Pear (7g carbohydrate), 2 small slices of WW Bread (20g carbohydrate), Arugula, Cheese, Fig Preserves (15g carbohydrate), Honey Mustard Dressing.

Devils Alley

Dinner: Eating out with Andrew, his brother, and brother’s girlfriend. I wish I would have ordered what she ordered because she got a whole head of broccoli as her side. Roasted Chicken with Cajun Rub, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows on top (45g carbohydrate), and Grilled Vegetables.

Day 17: A day hanging out with the dudes.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: A joint effort by me and Andrew. He says, “Brussel Sprouts for Breakfast???” But then he loved it. Ants on a log x 4 (15g carbohydrate for the raisins), Roasted Brussel Sprouts, 1 Soft Boiled Egg, 1 C Butternut Squash with Crumble Topping (30g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Lunch in the Park

Lunch: This is our packed lunch for our “Saturday slacklining in the park.” 3/4 C Pineapple (15g carbohydrate), 2 slices High Fiber Bread (30g Carbohydrate), 1/2 C Almonds, 1 C carrots.

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Dinner: I know… the picture is not beautiful. This is what happens when you go out to eat with three “dudes.” Girl food isn’t really an option. So, at this “guy bar” I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with spinach, marinara, and mozzarella cheese (70g carbohydrate for the whole thing, but I left some of the bread on my plate for 45g carbohydrate). The waitress asked me if I wanted “Chips or Fries?” I asked if there were any other options – this is what YOU might have to do if you go to a dude bar. She informed me broccoli was also an option. You see what I chose to eat… and what I left behind.

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SUNDAY: Weird food and Bananas Everywhere.

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Breakfast: I’ve had some weird breakfasts before, but this one tops them all. I’m almost ashamed to post it. I’m big on being able to “eat anything” for breakfast – not just the standard “breakfast foods.” This particular morning, I was running behind and wanted to reheat something with protein to pair with my cereal. Well here it is.. 2 C Corned Beef and Cabbage with 1/2 C High Fiber Cereal (11g carbohydrate) 2/3 C Shredded Wheat (30g carbohydrate) and 1/2 C Milk (6g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: Salad with Cucumber, Tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, Carrots, Balsamic Vinegar and Oil dressing. Turkey and Bacon Sandwich with Lettuce, Tomato, and Honey Mustard on two slices WW Bread (30g carbohydrate).

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Sunday Snack: This thing is called a “Banana Whip.” Its a raw dessert consisting of “whipped frozen bananas” topped with raw cashews, vanilla beans, dates, and chia seeds. I asked the guy how many bananas he put in this little cup and he said THREE! So, I only ate a little over a third for 40g carbohydrate. Waaaaaay too many carbohydrate for a snack – but remember it was my Sunday, so I was being lenient.

Dinner

Dinner: A very exciting meal of Peanut Steak Kabobs, Zucchini Kabobs and Garbonzo bean tortillas (made from Garbonzo Bean Flour with only 1/2 the carbs of regular flour). I ate 2 Steak kabobs, 1 Zucchini kabob, and 3 Garbanzo Tortillas (24g carbohydrate – 8g each). I saved some carbohydrates for the Banana Tart (Bananas, butter, cinnamon and puff pastry) below. I don’t count it as dessert because there was no added sugar besides the banana. 1 Slice Banana Tart (About 2/3 the size pictured below – 30g carbohydrate)

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Whew! That kind of catches me up… but I’ll have to post another big one later this week. I’m sure…

Day 10, 11, 12: 45g Carbohydrate Meals

The 40 Days of 45 gram Carbohydrate Challenge Continues…

I definitely have some interesting meals for you here. Lots of special occasions…. celebrating a new morning, new marriage, and new jobs!

Day 10: This was an interesting day. I made breakfast and lunch for me and Andrew. Then we went to a big fancy wedding with TONS of food. I ate pretty well on 45g of carbohydrate, but I did have to leave some food on the plate and skip dessert (apple dumpling with ice cream). 

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: 1 Cooked Pear (30g carbohydrate), Spinach and Beet Greens with Cranberry White Balsamic Vinegar, 1/2 vegetarian “sausage” link (5g carbohydrate) and 1/3 C cooked Potatoes (10g carbohydrate) with Green Onions.

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: Smoked Pork Chop (I accidently burned it a little on the edges… whoops), 1 C Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction (5g carb for reduction), and 1 1/2 C Butternut Squash with Crumble Topping (40g Carbohydrate).

Dinner: Several courses listed below. Andrew and I attended a very fancy wedding. I was a little embarrased to be taking pictures of my food, but I did it for you… so enjoy. :)Appetizers

Appetizer – Raw Vegetables, Meat Skewer, Mushroom Crossaint (5g carb), 2 Crackers and Cheese (5g carb)

Salad and Roll

Salad and Bread – Caesar Salad (5g carbohydrate) and 1/2 of a dinner roll (15g carbohydrate) with butter… I gave Andrew the other half.

Wedding Food

Dinner – Chicken Breast lightly breaded (5g carbohydrate), Carrots, Asparagus, and 1/3 C Risotto (15g carbohydrate) … I left the rest of the risotto on my plate uneaten (see below)

Risotto - left on plate

SUNDAY: I got up, made breakfast, headed to church, ate lunch with Andrew, and then we went “food shopping” and came back with lots of new goodies to eat for dinner.

Vegetarian Breakfast

A little closer view of the vegetarian sausage, potatoes and spinach…

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: 2/3 C Butternut Squash with Oatmeal Crumble Topping (20g Carbohydrate), Sausage/Potato/Spinach Stirfry (10g carbohydrate) and 1 small slice homemade Bread (15g carbohydrate) with butter.

Corner Foodery

Lunch: Two six-inch hoagies (Andrew and I got two different sandwiches and traded half of each): 1) Eggplant, Mushroom, Roasted Bell Pepper and Mozzerella (saved for later) 2) Turkey, Spinach, Marinara (45g of carbohydrate), plus Chips (that I did not eat) and a Pickle!

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Dinner: I forgot to take a picture of my actual plate, but this is what we ate… 3 slices of homemade pizza with thin crust (45g carbohydrate)- this is a Pesto Shrimp and Goat Cheese Pizza. Andrew made it, very yummy.

Day 11: I was running late for breakfast, ate lunch at the hospital (provided by a drug rep – note what I did to fill up and not go over my carb limit), and St. Patrick’s Day dinner at home with my host family.

Pizza Breakfast

Breakfast: 2 slices of Vegetarian (cheese-less) Pizza (30g carbohydrate) and 1 medium pear (not pictured for 20g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: This meal was brought in by a drug rep from a restaurant called “Cosi.” They were really good – but there can be some difficulty calculating carbs here. I had two half sandwiches (the Hummus Vegetarian and the Turkey and Brie with Honey Mustard) – which would normally be 28g carbohydrate EACH… but I tore off half of the bread for each one and left it on my plate.

2 sandwiches with half bread (28g carbohydrate), 2-3 C Salad with Blue Cheese, Pistachios and Pears (15g carbohydrate).

Diabetic Meals

Plus… I had some of this…

Carbohydrate Content

Dinner: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, and 2 peices of Potato (10g Carbohydrate) with Irish Soda Bread (40g Carbohydrate).

Day 12: My first day at the new job. A very early breakfast with Andrew and then I headed off to my new office in downtown Philly (!!!). It was great. They actually had food delivered there, but I had already packed my lunch – so I ate in my office. Later, I went out to eat with Andrew at a pub called “Good Dog.” Notice what I did with that meal as well.

Diabetic Breakfast

Breakfast: 1 WW English Muffin (25g Carbohydrate), Eggs with Vegetarian Sausage (5g carbohydrate),Cheese and Peppers, 1 1/4 C Strawberries (15g carbohydrate)

Diabetic Lunch

Lunch: Roasted Turkey, Spinach, Hummus, and Mustard Sandwich with one slice of Mozzerella Cheese and 2 slices of Whole Wheat Bread (38g carbohydrate), 3/4 C Strawberries (10g carbohydrate) and 3/4 C Baby Carrots.

Good Dog Burger

Dinner: “Good Dog Burger” Hamburger with Cheese and Carmelized Onions on a Brioche Bun (45g carbohydrates), Arugula Salad with light oil and vinegar dressing. (Not the most heart healthy choice… but you can have it every once and awhile….)

That catches us up for a little bit. More meals to come… I just keep eating… and eating… and eating…  :)

Day 8-9: 45g Carbohydrate Meals

Today was a very exciting day.

For the past two or three days, I’ve really been off my game. I wondered what was wrong with me. In my head I was: fat, crying, with no friends, a bad attitude, and a boyfriend who would probably break up with me at any second.

None of those things are logical. But, I didn’t know that at the time.

Anyways, I was beginning to think I was in the “pit of despair” until… I realized things (hormones) were about to start looking up. For anyone not familiar with the female hormone cycle, please educate yourself here.

the-estrogen-progesterone-wave

Now let’s get to business. My meals for the past two days…

Day 8: I was running a little behind for work, so I ended up making a non-traditional breakfast (really.. does it matter what KIND of food you have as long as you “break-your-fast?”). I met Andrew for lunch at Whole Foods. Dinner was a masterpiece made by Sherry – my host mom. (I swear, I am really getting into soups this winter. They are the perfect way to start out a meal).

Breakfast

Diabetic Breakfast

I told  you I was in a hurry. This is a Herbed Turkey and Cream Cheese Sandwich on two small slices of Homemade Bread (40g carbohydrate), Baby Carrots, and a handful of Cherry Tomatoes.

Lunch

45g carbohydrate meals

This picture could be a little hard to decipher. What you’re looking at is the “Plate Method.” 1/2 my tray is full of a non-starchy vegetable (Garlic Tahini Kale Salad), 1/4 my tray is a lean protein (Curry Chicken Salad – 15g carbohydrate for a few dried apricots), and 1/4 of my tray is a carbohydrate (1 1/3 C Butter Bean Salad with Eggplant and Roasted Red Peppers – 30g carbohydrate).

Dinner

Non-carbohydrate soup

A beautiful bowl of Sherry’s homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup. I did ask ingredients (broccoli, carrots, chicken stock, onion, butter, and a little bit of sour cream…. none of those ingredients have carbs. So I counted it as FREE!)

45g carbohydrate dinner

This is 1/2 C Butternut Squash Risotto (30g carbohydrate), 2/3 C Asparagus, 1 oven Baked Chicken Thigh with Light Breading – 10g carbohydrate. It can also be described as “delicious.”

Day 9: Early rising at 5:30a with some quality letter writing time. Breakfast, work, lunch with the co-workers, and coming home to blog before Andrew arrives to pick me up for our date. Who knows what I’m having for dinner… it’s not quite time for that yet.

Breakfast

45g carbohydrate breakfast

I know that looks like milk up there… but it isn’t. 1 C Kefir (11g carbohydrate), 1 C Roasted Beet Soup (10g), 1 High Fiber English Muffin (20g carbohydrate),  1 T Light Cream Cheese, 1 Fried Egg with fresh thyme, 1 slice Herbed Turkey Breast.

Lunch

45g carbohydrate lunch ideas

Leftovers from the night before… 1 C cubed Butternut Squash (15g carbohydrate), Asparagus, 1 oven baked Chicken Thigh (10g carbohydrate), 1 1/2 C Cream of Broccoli Soup, 1 Medium Apple (22g carbohydrate).

Dinner

 ???? Mystery ????

(I’ll fill you in on this one later. )

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Day 6-7 of 45g Carbohydrate Meals

These are the rules for 40 days. Each day, three meals, 45g carbohydrate each. No snacking.

Day 6: Started off great, went to work, and then attempted a challenging meal at Andrew’s apartment, shattered an entire bottle of red wine by accident and about had a melt down. Let’s just say I was calling this beautiful beet soup “Sarah’s Stupid Soup” for awhile. But, the only thing that’s stupid about this soup is how ridiculously good it is to eat. Now that it’s a new day, I am in LOVE with this soup.

Breakfast

Breakfast ideas

1 High Fiber English Muffin (22g carbohydrate), 1/2 Banana (15g carbohydrate), 2 Tbsp Almond Butter, 1 Orange “Cutie” (8g carbohydrate), 2 fried Eggs with fresh thyme.

Lunch

What to eat at work

I’m not too proud to eat the same thing twice! These are the lovely beef pot roast leftovers. 4-6 ounces Beef, 1 C Sugar Snap Peas, 1 1/2 C Mixed Roasted Vegetables (onions, carrots, sweet potato, white potato, mushrooms, leeks – 40g carbohydrate), 1 Small “Cutie” Orange (8g carbohydrate).

Dinner

Half Eaten Dinner

Really. This picture is hideous. But, that’s what I get for getting so flustered with this meal. I was almost completely finished with my plate when I realized I forgot to take a picture and I had no extra ingredients to restage. Luckily, Andrew eats much slower than me and this is his half eaten plate – which was very similar to what I consumed.

1 1/2 C Roasted Beet Soup (10g carbohydrate), 3/4 C Acorn Squash (12g carbohdyrate), 1 small slice of Homemade Honey Oat Bread (25g carbohydrate), Spinach, 6 ounces Ahi Tuna Steak, Water.

Day 7: I was in a hurry to get to work and left with only a few things to hold me over. Rather than set myself up for failure, I used my lunch break to eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Breakfast is the worst meal to skip because it sets the hunger tone for the rest of the day (for me…). Afterwards, I stopped by the store to pick up a few things to make dinner. I was told to “make something amazing with these eggplants.” What’s more amazing than eggplant curry??

Breakfast

Diabetic Breakfast in Hospital

Like I said, I left the house with an odd assortment of food: Beet soup, wheat bread, and almond butter. I decided to spend the three dollars and splurge on a hospital made ham and cheese omelet to go with it.

Ham and Cheese Omelet with diced Tomatoes, 1 large slice homemade bread (40g carbohydrate), 1 Tbsp Almond Butter, Water.

Lunch

Beet Soup

1 1/2 C Roasted Beet Soup (10g carbohydrate), 1 medium slice Homemade Honey Oat Bread (35g carbohydrate), Butter, Water.  Missing a protein… so I also ate these when I got back to the office. They count for something!

Almonds in hand

1 Handful of Nuts (Almonds, to be specific)

Dinner

Diabetic Dinner Ideas

1/2 C Lentils (15g carbohydrate with 14 grams of fiber subtracted!), Eggplant and Chicken Curry (15g carbohydrate) and 3/4 C fresh Pineapple (15g carbohydrate).

Day 2-5 of 45g carb meals

Day 2 through 5 – Unique Meal Circumstances

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Andrew and I left for a mini-vacation to Vermont this past Thursday. I didn’t bring my laptop with me to post, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t taking pictures of my 45 gram carbohydrate meals.

Inside these pictures, there are some “challenge meals.” Over and over, I hear from my patients how they couldn’t eat well because they were on the road traveling. Or, they couldn’t help having that hot dog because they were stuck in the baseball stadium. Not to mention, the more common fiasco of trouble following a diabetic diet when celebrating a special occasion at a restaurant (and worrying about getting enough to eat!).

So, pay attention students. Learn from the master. (wink)

Day 2: Sarah wakes up early to be at work by 6:15a for a full day at work in order to get off early at 2:15p, hop in the Jeep with Andrew, and drive 6hours to a Bed and Breakfast in Vermont.

Breakfast

Diabetic Breakfast

2 scrambled Eggs, one handful of Arugula, 1 Tomato chopped, 1 handful Carrots, 1 High Fiber English Muffin (22g carbohydrate) with 1 tsp Butter, and 3 small “Cutie” Oranges (24g carbohydrate).

Lunch

Diabetic Lunch

2 Slices High Fiber WW Bread (26g carbohydrate), 6 ounces Pulled Pork, 1 handful Arugula -cooked, 2 Tbsp Goat Cheese, 1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes, 3/4 C raw Snap Peas, 2 small “Cutie” Oranges (16g carbohydrate), 2 Strawberries (6g carbohydrate)

Dinner

Travel Food

This meal was eaten in the car from containers on my lap. It was impossible to show each portion…. 1 Sandwich: Herbed Deli Turkey sandwich with Goat Cheese, Spinach, and 2 slices High Fiber WW Bread (26g carbohydrate), 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, 1 handful of sugar snap peas, 1 small handful of cashews eaten with 1 handful of carrot “chips,” 1/2 Cara Cara Orange (15g carbohydrate).

Proof I was eating in the car…

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Day 3: Sarah wakes up at a Bed and Breakfast with no idea what they might be serving (although she did request something with eggs the night before), leaves for the mountain for a full day of skiing, gets back, takes a nap, and gets ready for a fancy dinner with Andrew at a nice restaurant.

Breakfast

Diabetic Breakfast

This is food from our bed and breakfast. He almost gave me too few carbs the first day. I had to ask for the toast. Omelet with ham, onion, mushroom, tomatoes, and cheese; 1 slice toast – cut in half (15g carbohydrate), 1 C mixed berries and melon (15g carbohydrate), 1/2 Banana sliced (15g carbohydrate), hot mint tea with no sweetener.

Lunch

What to eat when Skiing

Water, Snap Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, 3/4 C Carrots, 1/3 C Cashews and Almonds, 1 Herbed Turkey Sandwich with Goat Cheese, Spinach and 2 slices High Fiber WW Bread (26g carbohydrate).

Dinner

Counting Carbs at Restaurants

This is from the Downtown Grocery – a great place to eat in Ludlow, VT. Andrew and I split the Cara Cara and Beet Salad with Cheese (10g carbohydrate) and the Roasted Acorn Squash with toasted Mushroom Soup (15g of carbohydrate). Then I ordered the Ribeye with creamed Spinach and Lincoln Log Potatoes (20g carbohydrate). Mmmm!!!!! So yummy.

Day 4: Almost the exact same situation as day 3: Bed and Breakfast mystery breakfast, lunch on the mountain, and dinner date.

Breakfast

Andrie Rose Breakfast

Ham and Potato Frittata (I estimated about a 1/2 C potatoes = 15g carbohydrate), 1 slice toast (15g carbohydrate), and 1 C mixed fruit (15g carbohydrate). Unsweetened Hot Apple Cinnamon Tea to drink.

Lunch

Ski Lunches

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (45g carbohydrate) from a hut on the mountain, Spinach, 3/4 C Carrots, 1/2 C Almonds and Cashews, 1 handful Cherry Tomatoes, 1 handful sugar snap peas. Hot Tea to drink.

Dinner

Diabetic Fine Dining

Andrew and I split a soup, salad, and entree between the two of us. We had some kind of Salad with Blue Cheese, Avocados, and a few slices of Pear (5g carbohydrate), 1/2 wheat roll (15g carbohydrate), 1C lentil spinach soup (15g carbohydrate), Pork Shoulder, Green Beans, 2 spears of Asparagus, and 1/4 C of mashed Herb Sweet Potatoes (10g carbohydrate) and 1/4 C Parsnips.

SUNDAY: This is my day of rest. I think everyone should get one day off per week. Although, you should note that it’s not a day to completely blow it. I was not AS STRICT on this day, but I definitely DIDN’T blow it with something huge like a DQ Blizzard for 140g carbohydrate.

Breakfast – (not pictured) Bed and Breakfast decided to make pancakes, cereal, milk, juice and fresh fruit as a breakfast option. That’s a lot of carbohydrates. I skipped the cereal, milk, juice, and fresh fruit. I ate 1 1/3 6 inch pancakes (30g carbohydrate) and used about 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (15g carbohydrates). I left hungry, went upstairs to my room and snacked on some nuts.

the hatchery Ludlow, VT

Lunch – Southwestern Chicken Sandwich at the Hatchery (Ludlow, VT). Two slices Sourdough Bread (30g carbohydrate), Chicken Breast, Salsa, Cheese, and sliced Avocado. 5-6 Lays Chips (8g carbohyrate -I normally would not even touch these, blame the pancakes for making me feel desperate).

Snacks on the Road- Almonds, Cashews, 1/2 Cara Cara Orange (10g carbohydrate), 1 slice of Andrew’s homemade Banana Bread (30g carbohydrate)

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Dinner – Roasted Chicken (reheated) with Pesto, 1 C Roasted Potatoes with Pesto, Spinach, and Parmesan (30g carbohydrate), 1 1/2 C cooked Sugar Snap Peas, 1/2 a Pear for dessert (15g carbohydrate)

Day 5: Breakfast with Andrew, leaving for work, forgetting cell phone at home, returning home during lunch break and reheating leftovers, Dinner with host family (menu decided by host mom who has very little knowledge on carbohydrate counting).

Breakfast

Diabetic Breakfast Ideas

A very delicious meal made by myself and Andrew. 1 WW English Muffin (25g carbohydrate), Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pesto, 1/2 Banana sliced (15g carbohydrate) and 1/2 of a small Orange “Cutie” (4g carbohydrate)

Lunch

Diabetic Lunch Ideas

4 ounces Beef Pot Roast, 1 C Sugar Snap Peas, 1/2 C Roasted Potatoes (15g carbohydrate), 1/2 C Roasted Onions, Carrots, and Mushrooms, 1 slice High Fiber Bread (13g carbohydrate), 1/2 C Grapes (15g carbohydrate)

Dinner

Diabetic Pasta Dinner

Note: This meal was not planned or made by me, but it was FOR me. Sometimes you’re going to be in a situation where you “do what you can to get by and be polite to your host”. This is one of those times. I chose to allot my carbohydrate like so:  2/3 C Noodles (30g carbohydrate), 1 1/2 C tomato sauce (unsweetened), 1 sausage, 3 C salad with Cheese, Pecans, and Berries (15g carbohydrate)

Forty Days of 45 grams of Carbohydrate/Meal

Happy Ash Wednesday!

I’m supposed to be going to bed right now because I have a really busy day tomorrow. You know just a normal day… going to Vermont (a place on my bucket list for the past 10 years) with Andrew for the weekend. (!!!) No big deal. (Totally a big deal!)

BUT, regardless of my plans for tomorrow, I just couldn’t go to bed without talking to you fine people.

Today is the beginning of lent. Some of you may practice lent and some of you may not. It really doesn’t matter. During the lenten holiday (40 days of preparation before Easter), I decided I would start a fun project for the blog.

Forty days of 45g carbohydrate meals!

Forty-five grams of carbohydrate is what I recommend to most of my female patients with diabetes. It’s a great way to control your blood sugars and lose about 10% of your excess weight. So, everyday I’ll be practicing what I preach and taking photos of my plates. A lot of people would be surprised to see how much food it can be (or how little depending on the situation). I won’t make any exceptions. If I’m out to eat with friends, at a party, or cooking at home – I vow to stick to 45 grams of carbohydrate. This could get interesting…. :)

I plan to post a fair number of them. If you’d like to copy-cat my meals – feel free!

Here’s our first day of meals…

Day 1: Forty Days of 45g Carbohydrate Meals

Breakfast – cooked at home

Diabetic Breakfast

2 scrambled Eggs, 2 C fresh Strawberries (25g), 1 High fiber English Muffin (20g), 2 Tbsp Almond Butter, Water to drink

Lunch – purchased from hospital cafeteria

Diabetic Lunch

2 slices Whole Wheat Bread (30g), 4-6 ounces shaved Chicken, Provolone Cheese, 2-3 pieces of Lettuce, 4 slices Tomato, 6 slices of Cucumber, 2 Tbsp Honey Mustard dressing (3g), and 1 small Orange (15g), Water to drink

Dinner – prepared by friend

Diabetic Dinner

6-8 oz Raspberry Chicken Breast (10g), 1/2 C Couscous and Peas (20g), Spring Greens with Plums and Maple Balsamic dressing (15g), Water to drink

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Curry

As a blog writer, you should know that I also enjoy blog reading.

One of my favorite blogs is by a girl named Joy. Her blog is called “Joy the Baker,” but she does waaaay more than just bake. She’s like a mentor to me – even though she probably doesn’t even know I’m reading. (Seriously. I must get better about commenting.)

Anyways, I was catching up on some of my favorites when I saw this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cumin. Immediately, I emailed Andrew (my happiest kitchen helper) that we needed to make this soup ASAP. Of course, he agreed.

You see, Joy takes perfect pictures. They always look so good I have no choice but to commit. But, I didn’t know what I was committing to… Everything happened so quickly – I’m embarrassed to say I hadn’t even looked at the recipe before the making day.

So, I intended to make this soup, but in the process of making Joy’s soup something wonderful happened. I realized that the soup was more than just “with Cumin.” It was a soup “with Cumin and Curry.”

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS??!?! It opened up a whole new flavor palate! I love curry the most when it includes citrus, coconut, and cilantro. So, I adapted the recipe.

Here’s the Beetingheart’s version of an already great soup! (Thanks Joy!)

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Curry

Curry Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Heads of Cauliflower
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Fresh Lemon
  • 4 C Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 6 ounces Coconut Milk
  • Cilantro

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the cauliflower into medium size pieces and lay flat on a roasting pan (or a cookie sheet with raised edges).
  2. Drizzle olive oil and spices over cauliflower and roast with the 1/2 lemon for 25 minutes. Once finished, squeeze the lemon juice over the top of the roasted cauliflower.
  3. Multitasking – While the cauliflower is roasting, cook the onion in a pan with 1 tbsp of butter until soft. Remove from heat.
  4. Bring chicken stock to boil and add roasted cauliflower, cooked onions, and remainder of butter (2 T). Gently boil over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a food processor/blender/or immersion tool to blend cauliflower to a somewhat smooth consistency. Return soup to pan.
  6. Add the coconut milk to desired consistency. Stir.
  7. Top with Cilantro and serve.

Along with this beautiful recipe, I recommend Curried Coconut Spinach as a side dish.

Recipe: Curried Coconut Spinach

Cooked Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 C Fresh Spinach
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder

Directions:

  1. Heat pan with oil. Add fresh spinach and toss.
  2. Let heat until spinach is halfway cooked.
  3. Add coconut milk and top with curry powder.
  4. Serve immediately.

A Note to the Diabetics: This is a very low carb soup. I would estimate 2 Cups as 15g of carbohydrate. The spinach is also considered a non-carb. Therefore, this is the perfect meal to have bread, fruit or dessert in order to reach your carbohydrate budget (45-60g of carbohydrates per meal).

I’m pretty sure this is a meal that would help turn those hands yellow… Exciting!!!