The people who live with diabetes have no choice but to eat well, or lose their health and possible their limbs. It's that serious.
Today I set out to make a breakfast that falls within guidelines and would be satisfying. I have one.
Spicy Sausage bowl
4 ounces of spicy sausage, breakfast or chorizo.
1 cup pinto beans
Fry sausage and drain fat, add in the beans, when the beans are hot add in seasoning to taste. Slide two eggs on top and cover with a lid for about 2 minutes until eggs are poached. With a spatula carefully lift the bean egg mix and place in bowls. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with 1/2 cup grapes per person.
With coffee and milk this comes to just under 40 grams of carb per serving. 532 very satisfying calories. With carbs as 29% of the meal it all worked.
The BEST part. It tasted delicious.
You can have a BLT, you just have to watch your fat for the rest of the day. 28 grams of carbohydrate, but mayo and bacon do add in the fat. It was a wonderful lunch.
Really good tomatoes make all the difference.
While I have done well thus far there are a few things I can see I will have to watch. I have had two pork products, neither lean and not enough fiber. However my carb intake is what it should be, not too little and not too much and I feel more satisfied than I have previously.
My snack while working was 1/2 cup of Jambalaya, loaded with chicken (and sausage) my ratio stayed fine as did my total carbohydrate intake of under 15 grams for a snack. However is was my THIRD cured meat of the day. My blood sugar will be fine but all these cured meats are connected to colon cancer and I have to cut back.
I made a phone call to a friend at 8:00 and got an impromptu dinner invite. The moment I finished work I ran over. Delicious food, but what do you do if you are served a carb heavy meal by friend?
Thus far I had consumed 79 grams of carbohydrate for the day. And I was presented with a delicious bowl of Israeli cous cous with tofu, carrot, radish, and kale on a bed of lettuce, garnished with fresh fennel. How did I do?
By eating the vegetables and only 1/2 cup of the cous cous I added a slight 30 grams of carbohydrate to my day. I kept my carbs at 34%. Then dessert was offered. A very small piece of chocolate (I passed on the sorbet at 25 grams per serving) I added 7 more grams of carb to my day, within reason but it was time to stop.
I clearly still have work to do. I kept my carbohydrate at an appropriate level but I made a few other mistakes, my nutrition was low as were my calories at 1,323.
I want to encourage diabetics to share recipes that taste great and work for you.
Tomorrow is another day.