Saturday, May 5, 2012

Living as Diabetic with a busy life

I was out of bed for about 5 minutes when the phone rang. While on the phone I managed to sip a cup of chicken noodle soup (20 grams of carb) which I will call a snack since breakfast came hours later.

I was off with a friend and back starving. 100% whole wheat toast with a little cream cheese and salmon comprised the first part of my meal. A sliced tomato with some Saint Andre composed the second. Of course my coffee with goat milk. My actual breakfast contained 35 grams of carbohydrate. I've moved off of cured meats and back to cheese and fish as my primary source of protein.

I just can't get with that chicken breast that appears all over my diet plan.

I am not sure if it was lunch or a snack but I thought I should have a bit of something before heading out. I had a little bit of haddock in the freezer and I covered it in bread crumbs and baked it. My 1 oz. of bread crumbs was 20 grams of carb but after brushing the fish with mustard and coating it about half of them were left on the plate, so it was an okay choice.

I thought I would be fine as I went about my day taking care of business. I was not. I got hungry, that serious hunger one gets that means blood sugar is sinking. While out shopping (for someone else's meal)I had to eat. I popped in the closest place and got a falafel sandwich. I asked for a whole wheat pita, they had none so I decided as a precaution to eat 1/2 the bread.

It had yogurt sauce, lettuce, onion, tomato and the taste was designed to make me swoon. With half the bread it was 34 grams of carbohydrate. I did okay.

After preparing a meal for others and leaving the host to pretend he had cooked it himself I got home determined to make a better showing i the vegetable department.

I love vegetables with rice...rice being my delivery food and I love them with pasta. My other favorite way to eat them is by themselves. Italian antipasti style with olive oil and may be some garlic. Even though it was Chinese broccoli I did it Italian style and had a huge serving as a starter, more than two cups worth. Delicious. The broccoli alone provided 8 grams of carbohydrate.

Before I had my spontaneous Chinese food last night I had prepared lamb shoulder. I made in the slow cooker with cumin, wine and a small onion. The juice from the lamb could not be wasted, so delicious...gravy and potatoes were out...what if I used that stock to make a risotto...1/4 cup uncooked would give me 36 carbs, the onion was small and I would only eat half of it....I checked my charts and carefully measured out 1/4 cup of Italian rice. I cooked slowly savoring my carb feast to come. I finely chopped 1/2 the lamb and added it in finishing the risotto with 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese;Incredible.

With my wine and chocolate it came to 48 grams of carbohydrate.
1,868 calories.


Anonymous said...

I have been living with diabetes for 3 years. Truth told, I am so bored with my food I go way off my plan sometimes, and once:Hospital. I forgot how much I loved lamb and what I want to know is why dieticians never put things like lamb on the menu. Like they have a fear of food with flavor. What's up with that?

Karl Wilder, Chef said...

Because diet is so personal I think there may be a fear of 'non standard' American foods. I have also notice that they avoid ethnic foods and flavors. It takes a lot of work to compose a recipe that meets the requirements and tastes wonderful. If you have been reading you know that I am struggling with it and I am a chef.

Mirabai said...

Ethnic cuisine for diabetics. That would make a good cookbook . . .

Anonymous said...

Maybe you can help me. I have a son who is 5 years old and a type 2 diabetic.

He will only eat things like Macaroni and cheese, or chicken fingers. He loves McDonald's and ice cream which I know are not good for him but if I don't feed him what he wants he cries. I don't want him to starve. He already cries every time I have to give him a shot.

Do you know any healthy foods kids like as much as what they already like?

Anonymous said...

Wow, Anonymous--who's the parent, you or your son?
I know it's hard to hear him cry, but it's your job to keep him healthy, and you know those foods won't do it. If you're reading this blog from the start, you can see that such foods can be treats, but not regular. It's up to you to bit the bullet.He'll cry more because he's used to getting what he wants, but it won't go on forever. Seriously, when he's hungry enough he will eat. Your job is hard, but no one else can do it. Steel yourself, and keep reading here for great ideas. Cheryl