“Choose Wisely”

Thursday, September 22, 2016

“Choose wisely” were

…words my parents repeated on a regular basis to each of their four children. They were talking about our friends and my father managed to get his point across, usually with a simple phrase or two — and that look over his glasses. Oooooo,  that deep, penetrating, look. There was no mistaking his intent. This man was serious!

The value of friendship was second only to that of family, in the heart and minds of my parents. They taught us well and the message was incessant, particularly during those important teenage years. There’s one phrase (among many) that stands out in my mind. “Kathy, water seeks its own level.”  My dad would say it (in that tone), then pause, look me straight in the eye, turn and walk away, leaving me to contemplate what he’d just said. I knew, the “friend” I’d brought home that day had been given the “stamp of disapproval.”  No argument, no criticism. But, the point was always made, and  it was clear.  Do the right thing — choose wisely.  Mom and dad were right; their instincts good. We learned early on the difference between friends and acquaintances. As a result of their guidance, the four of us have always had excellent friends and we’ve had them for a long time.  My parents were outstanding role models — they’d tell us, “To HAVE a good friend, you need to BE a good friend.” Those words served each of us well.

WHY ARE YOU DISCUSSING FRIENDSHIP, you ask?  Because the people with whom we break bread can be as important as the morsels that pass through our lips. I, for one, need all the help I can get in managing my T2D, and I do look to my friends for support — I admit it.

For the purpose of this T2D blog, I’ll be integrating the choice of foods, along with those with whom we share it.

A few days ago, I met some friends for lunch — this can be a nightmare OR sheer heaven for me, depending on where we decide to “dine.” I made the choice this time and we went to The Wild Fig — Mediterranean Grill. Why was that my choice?  (GRILL is the operative word, and helpful to diabetics.)  The menu is enormous (see link) and filled with a multitude of healthy choices.  

The grilled veggies were mouthwatering,  IMG_4432complimented the stuffed fish, AND did great things for my blood sugar. The entree I chose included two portions of stuffed flounder. One selection on the menu was filled with crabmeat and another with spinach and feta — a friend and I shared, so we had one of each! (Is this becoming a tradition, Gerry?)  My confession: French fries (it’s an addiction, I know). BUT, in the name of justification, we split those too, so we each had some fries and some grilled vegetables. My A1C will be happy. NO dessert — it was a beautiful thing.

“Choosing wisely” is easy in this restaurant and, selecting this group of friends was a wise decision. I’m blessed. These ” Ladies Who Lunch” are no less than divine!  We share a strong belief in the “Sisterhood,” and this group is as supportive as it gets. ❤

Tell me — What could be better than sharing a delicious, healthy lunch and wonderful conversation with a delightful group of friends?

Bottom line = monitor those morsels carefully to keep your numbers at a healthy level  and — just as carefully — choose your friends wisely!   🙂   There will be no regrets!

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Thank you ladies, and WELCOME to our newest member!   

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I Ate the Fish, Before the Fish Ate Me!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

It’s 4:45 p.m. — so far, so good. I’d call this day a success.

Walked ( a short one, I admit) first thing this morning, then moved on to an appropriate breakfast. Still need to try an egg white omelet. I have a sensitivity to eggs — they make me sick. Someone told me that, if you’re allergic to eggs, it’s really the yolk that’s getting to you. I need a day that’s not planned, so that I’ll be home and can give it a shot. I’ll do it. The protein will serve me well and I can add veggies.

For today, breakfast and lunch were good. 1/2 an apple was the snack between breakfast and lunch. I’m having an early dinner, as I have to go out by 6:30. So swordfish it is!

I’m cooking it in my trusty grill pan, as we “speak.” LOVE my grill pan! I sprayed a little olive oil on the pan, plopped that sucker in, added a squeeze of lemon and some Chesapeake Bay Seafood seasoning, and let it do its thing on a low flame for a bit.

Have you ever experimented with herbs and spices? Great fun. Penzey Spices is where I get mine. The place is amazing, and you can get them online too. I went to the store once with a friend, and got addicted to the place. They just have SO MUCH, and the salespeople know everything there is to know about their products. They make great gifts, too. I bought some for my sister-in-law, and now she buys from their catalog. Yep, she’s hooked. She’s a wonderful cook, and loves the variety they have. I digress — have to check on the fish.

Added some more of those sumptuous ingredients listed above, flipped it, and it’s grilling slowly. Almost ready. Gazing into the pan now, there’s no guilt about my rage yesterday. I guess it’s easier to be one with my fish not staring into his eyes.

It’s ready, and so am I. My swordfish is sharing the plate (Portion control = I use luncheon-sized plates) with a small, naked (no butter or sour cream) baked potato with a squeeze of lemon, a serving of carrots and string beans.

Yep — so far, so good. Hope you enjoy your healthy meal as much as I am.

Bon appetite!
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