Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 19 The Diabetic Food Stamp Project

Human beings do not eat nutrients they eat food...Mary Catherine Bateson

Which is why I am doing what I do.

We all want delicious meals, of course we want them to be healthy but if a nutritionist tell you ...'You need more B12' you are going to ask...'but what do I eat?'

I take the information and turn it into recipes and by living as a diabetic on this strict budget I am learning how bloody difficult it is and at the same time finding ways to make it work.

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I wanted food fast this morning. Not so fast I would go to McDonald's (There is one steps from my building on Lenox) but badly enough to Throw dumplings in water, skip coffee and chow down on 8 dumplings before 8 a.m.

I saved the 'dumpling water' for soup but downed those dumplings in record time. After all I have 6.52 to eat on today. A fortune by my recent standards.

8 dumplings 1.60
29 grams of carbohydrate

It was close to noon before I ate again. I am not sure if this is a late snack or a lunch, but I took a small red potato, grated it, squeezed out the water and fried it in goose fat and had it along with coffee and an orange.

Coffee .10
Orange .25
Potato .21
Total .56
Carbs 38 grams

I get e mail every day asking about my weight loss. I have dropped about two pounds.

At my workouts before this diet I tended to do about an hour of cardio activity, I reduced it to 20 minutes. I walk a decent amount but still find that I am less active as I have less energy. Were I at my normal activity level I would have lost more weight.

In addition I purposely over ate in December and put on a few pounds. I tend to eat so healthfully it was painful for me to over eat too often.

I had steak for lunch. I enjoyed it as much as I would have a ribeye a month ago. I purchased 3 dollars worth of thinly pounded cube steak. It was on sale this week along with 2 lbs of onions for .99. I counted until I found a bag with 10 onions so I could keep my costs at a dime each. 

Then I followed it with my leftover cheese free pizza from the other night. Well balanced, no, delicious yes.

Steak 1.00
Pizza Leftover Free
Carbs 43 grams

I then decided that I had to make prosciutto. If purchased the price per pound can be daunting, but made at home it becomes significantly cheaper. I bought a small bit of pork shoulder for 4.00.

I made a mix of kosher salt with just a fraction of sodium nitrate, added in some herbs and hot pepper and coated my meat.

I then covered it and left it in the refrigerator to begin curing. I will need to rotate and add more salt every few days until it is firm and ready for aging. As the water goes out of the meat and the salt goes in it will lose about 1/3 of it's weight.

That done, I went and worked out.

I had a very good dinner finishing off most of the gai lan by stir frying it with the remaining beef. Used the remaining two dollars worth of meat and Seventy Five Cents worth of Gai Lan

I did a Ma Po marinade on the beef. Vegetarians take note Ma Po is a common preparation for tofu and vegetables in Chinese restaurants, it is however made with a beef base. I took some of the seasonings, Sezchaun Pepper, ginger, fermented soybeans, garlic etc and marinated the beef.

With the Gai Lan and an onion I served it over a scant 1/2 cup of rice. I only ate half of the beef/veg mix as I wanted more rice if I was to eat the remainder so I will have another meal of it.

Beef 1.00
Gai Lan .38
Iced tea .03
Onion .10
Rice .08
Total 1.59
Carbs 44 grams

...and yet my eating was not done.

I am now on the cheaper butter, the 2.00 a pound butter. I did butter if...what would be the point otherwise. I consider organic popcorn to be a butter delivery system.

Popcorn .19
Butter .20
Iced tea .03
Total .42
Carbs 31 grams

For the day I was pushing the carbs, and the fat. I just can't feel satisfied without them on this budget.

Calories 1,819
Total 5.17

I must admit to not planning the additional dollar's worth of food well.

The more hungry I am the more I seem to grab and satisfy rather than engage in a more planned day as I did at the beginning of the month.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now you know what it is really like. After a couple of weeks of trying and trying, most give into too much rice and fat cause a hunger.