DIABETES — It’s Complicated…

Thursday, March 24, 2016

…but, I’m using my BRAIN!  You know, to sort things out, organize my diabetic needs, in the interest of good health.  In my prior post, I spoke about responsibility.  Sleep habits, healthy foods, and exercise, fall into that category and MUST be a priority in my life and, I  accept complete responsibility for each sector.  This really IS the way to good diabetes management and great glucose levels.

I walked this morning — first thing.  Ugh. I hated every minute, but I did it; NO CHOICE.

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Started WALKING — again!

Food planning, I’ve FINALLY accepted it is imperative to avoid “slips.” I went shopping today with lunch and dinner menus a priority.  My freezer is chock full of chicken and fish, so my basket was filled mostly with vegetables and fruits.

Breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day for me. Why? Chocolate chip pancakes, waffles, of course!  Either would be my choice. This is the ONE MEAL that is a problem for me, and it’s not a new dilemma. I’m allergic to eggs, so there’s that. I like most foods, but my issue is the consistency of some of them — cottage cheese, for example, oatmeal, yogurt, anything mushy or gushy — I just can’t get them down.  What to do? Any suggestions? The “most important meal of the day” (or so THEY say) is the one that I can’t seem to resolve. HELP! PLEASE, I’m pleading with you! 

 

Regarding organization, new recipes are vital for me to keep interested in food preparation;  I’ve been scouting the Internet for different ones.  I’ll share of my T2D epicurean delights, as I make them  🙂  Variety is the spice of life!

I’m determined and dedicated to use my BRAIN to carve out my path to successful diabetes management!

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About my BREAKFAST DILEMMA, seriously, if you have any ideas, I’d be thrilled to hear them.  THANKS!!!

Blood Sugar = 86        Weight = 148

 

 

LOL! Winter? Spring? What to eat?

Monday, March 21, 2016

In my post from last night, I told you about my fears for my daffodils.  I was pretty sure what the effect the snow would have on them.  😦   We got about 2 1/2″ of the white stuff; so, not too bad.

THIS was MY vision of Spring, 2016.

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FIRST DAY OF SPRING, 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Mother Nature’s vision…

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SECOND DAY OF SPRING, 2016!

Oh, Mother Nature, you have some sense of humor!  

 

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Yesterday, I mentioned that salads don’t do it for me in the winter, they just don’t. Here’s my  COMMITMENT  for today:  IF the temperatures live up to the predictions — 50’s, 60’s for the rest of the week — This T2D WILL dive back into my salads!

P R O M I S E!

 

 

 

 

 

Blood Sugar:   111     Weight:   147.4 lbs.     (Thinking my scale must be broken. NO WAY did I lose that much wait in one day!  Will give it a couple of days — to bask in the “denial,” then I’ll buy a new one).    😦

Not looking too happy, but the snow IS melting!  ^ ^ ^ ^   🙂

 

 

Fishing Anyone…?

I threw a fishing line into my freezer and came out with a beautiful piece of salmon.  🙂  Topped with my fave Penzey Spice, “Sunny in Paris,” I paired it with green beans and sliced grape tomatoes with a tad of grated parmigiana cheese.  IMG_2397For dessert (and to stifle my craving), Sugar Free Pudding, chocolate with a dollop of fat-free whipped cream.  My go-to dessert is usually sugar-free Jello, but I’m in the mood (CRAVING!) for chocolate. Come hell or high water, I’m not going to cheat, so pudding it is!

Just my opinion, but the “Cook and Serve” S/F Pudding far surpasses the instant pudding. It takes a few extra minutes, but the after-taste is eliminated, and it’s fabulous warm.  Yummy! Be careful while shopping — S/F is the BLUE box.

JELLO -- Sugar-free  and Cook and Serve, Sugar=free pudding. (BLUE box)
JELLO — Sugar-free
and Cook and Serve, Sugar=free pudding.
(BLUE box)

I’ve found that when I have a strong craving, if I can wait 15 or 20 minutes, it usually passes. Sometimes that amount of time can be torture, so I try to have something “diabetes appropriate” that can fill the bill.  For me, that’s usually either chocolate Sugar-Free Pudding or S/F Jello.  Adding cut up pieces of an apple to the Jello gives me a dessert that’s filling, delicious, and has the crunch that we often look for. There are lots of options — be creative!

Hey, GO FISHING!    🙂

HAPPY “ALMOST” 4th of JULY!

Written:  July 3, 2015

It’s BARBECUE season in the northeast — FINALLY!  That long, dark, frigid, icy winter is behind us.  The sun is out and so far, so good, in terms of the heat index.  We’ve been really lucky! (Best not to say it out loud.)   🙂

This is a great season for diabetics.  Yes, there are a lot of parties, but grilled food can’t be beat. Of course, the fresh fruits and veggies are abundant and delicious!  We know that we can keep our blood sugar levels under control by skipping the carbs.  A fresh, juicy burger, is still a fresh, juicy burger, whether it sits atop a roll or not.  A slice of tomato and/or red onion on top? Mmmm. Add a salad of greens with red and yellow peppers scattered about, and I’m good to go. For dessert, a small serving of mouth-watering, colorful, cut-up fruit is perfect.

Skinless chicken and fresh fish hot off the grill, are a welcome change of pace. I like to add my (Penzey) herbs and spices Sunny Paris and Tuscan Sunset are my faves, with Chesapeake Bay for the fish.  What a difference a shake or two of these delectable additions can make to plain ol’ chicken or fish. Your guests will delight in your creativity.

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Fresh Veggies

DON’T LEAVE OUT THE VEGGIES — rows and rows of them laid out on the fiery grill. What could be better than hot, grilled peppers — red, yellow, and green? Slices of fresh green and yellow zucchini, and rows of sliced onions and tomatoes with those deep, dark grill lines — tell me that doesn’t make your mouth water. Seriously, they’re really good! I was never much of a “vegetable person,” until I tried them hot off the grill. A whole new world was opened to me with the first bite. What better way to keep your blood sugar in line? Healthy and delicious.

Enjoy the 4th, folks, and keep that A1C right where it belongs  —  D   O  W  N!!!

                                 

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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