Friday, May 15, 2015

Diabetes Blog Week - Foods on Friday

"Taking a cue from Adam Brown's recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way."

Food.  Always a hot topic, especially for diabetics.  I was looking back at some of my old blood sugar logs from 2009 and I couldn't believe the numbers I was seeing, coupled with carbohydrate grams up the wazoo.  I was eating 200-300 carbs a day, I'm sure, and my blood sugars were constantly in the 200s, 300s, 400s, and some were too high for my glucometer to register.  It was suicidal.  No wonder I felt so awful all the time.  It was a lost cause.

Until I became a LCHF advocate.

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Sadly, I've gotten some unhelpful/uneducated responses to my low carb diet approach, like, "If you're not eating carbs, I don't know what you're eating!"

Um, foods without carbs!  My meals nowadays are not only filling but they taste great, too. 

*gasp*  Foods can taste great without carbs?! 

You betcha!

Not only that, but I also have a tremendous amount of energy!  Has anyone connected the dots yet?  It's really a vicious cycle...

Carbs make you gain weight...weight gain makes you feel lethargic...
Cut the carbs, lose weight, and get your energy back!
Anyway, onto the foods I eat.  Here's what a typical day looks like:

1 of the following for Breakfast:
Hard-boiled eggs, topped with white cheddar cheese seasoning
Scrambled eggs with cheese (with melted butter)
1 cup low carb Fage Greek yogurt (9g carbs per cup), topped with pecans or sometimes raspberries

1 of the following for Lunch/Brunch: (If I wake up too late for breakfast and combine the meal with lunch)
Meat rolls (deli sliced roast beef in a slice of Havarti cheese)  I usually have 2-3 of these...4 if I'm really hungry.  
Salad with shredded lettuce, pickles, black olives, tomato, roast beef shavings, shredded cheddar cheese, vinegar, and oil

1 of the following for Dinner:  
Scrambled eggs with cheese (if I'm lazy or want something quick and easy)
Lemon chicken, baked or stove-top cooked with lemon juice, onion powder, dill weed
Italian chicken, baked with Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder
Salmon, baked with lemon juice, onion powder, dill weed, and butter
Steak, grilled or baked with red wine vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning (dipped in A1, of course)
Crockpot Ranch Cheddar Chicken - chicken made in the crockpot with Ranch dressing mix, mustard powder, salt, pepper, water, and topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese

I almost always have the meat portion with broccoli cooked with butter

Snacks & desserts:
Strawberries & raspberries
Cheese sticks
Pecans (one of my new favorite munchies - 20g fat, 4g carbs, and 3g protein per 1/4 cup [roughly a handful])
Luigi's Italian Ice cup (20g carbs)
Low carb peanut butter cookie made with peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, stevia, butter
Low carb gluten-free cheesecake made with cream cheese, stevia, eggs, vanilla

Water with fresh lemon squeezed into it
Silk's Unsweetened AlmondCoconut milk blend (less than 1g carb per cup!)

You can find some of these recipes on my household blog, if you are interested. 


Kelley said...

Your meals all sound amazing to me! I've never been able to give up carbs but I definitely love foods on the LCHF meal plan too!

Rachel said...

Thank you, Kelley! I need to look into the LCHF meal plan! I've just sort of been winging it and making the yummy foods my Mom taught me how to make. :)