Diabetes Blog Week, Day 5: My Day in Food, Wildcard. Some people track every bite they eat, some might not remember at lunch time what they had for breakfast or if they even had breakfast. For one day, document everything you or your loved one with diabetes eats and drinks. The good, the bad, the ugly, the proud, the ashamed, the...whatever. We promise not to judge!
I was diagnosed with diabetes 15 years ago. One of the first steps was meeting with a dietitian. At the time, we came up with a meal plan with a specific amount of carbohydrates for each meal and snack. Diabetes was new to my hubs and me so I was very strict with the plan. I stuck to the carb amounts in attempt to keep my blood sugar at a steady level. I painstakingly ate the same exact thing so many days in a row that my hubs couldn't let me do it anymore. He went to my favorite restaurants and collected menus and looked up my faves' nutritional information.
All of this added to the fact that I am the pickiest eater (ever) and I have an interesting relationship with food. I should also let you know that I am a vegetarian (I eat dairy for protein). This has caused confusion over the years so I have resorted to telling people, "I don't eat anything with a heartbeat." I have baffled many over the years as I have declined fish ("Not even lobster?") and appetizerss like the St. Louis favorite toasted ravioli ("Not even beef?"). Or how about the famous, "Can't you just take the pepperoni off?" No, it is sitting in a puddle of pepperoni juice.
Anyhoo, I wanted to share a few things about my life with food before posting today's meals. Even though I am picky, I am actually a pretty boring eater.
And, yes, I am one of these types....
Breakfast: Protein shake made with milk and chocolate protein powder. Dee-lish. I usually drink this on my way to school. I use milk instead of water for added protein.
Snack: My midmorning snack consisted of almonds. Plain, NO SALT (I loathe salt, yuck). High in protein and full of those "good" fats you hear about. Unfortunately, the serving size was tiny, but almonds offer a lot of flavor and they are surprisingly filling (even though the plastic container looks pathetically empty when I put my 1/8 cup in there!).
Lunch: I love vegetables. For this meal, I was happy with tomatoes (enter vegetable/fruit debate here), carrots and broccoli. For protein, I eat 1/2 of a protein bar. My favorite flavor is Cookies 'N Cream. I always cut the bar in half so I'm not tempted to eat the whole thing (while it is "healthy," the entire bar is 270 calories). Half of the tasty bar fills me when eaten with a salad and it tastes so good that it satisfies my sweet dessert craving.
Mid-afternoon snack: I went with a Greek cherry on the bottom yogurt.
Dinner: I was naughty. Today was my last day of school and now I am officially on summer vaca. It was a busy week and with my son's baseball game this evening, I knew the fam and I would most likely eat out. I was good today with balancing...I ate well all day knowing that dinner would be a treat. The kiddos chose IHOP. I had a cheese omelette and 2 pancakes. The Heiterts are big fans of breakfast for dinner.
Drinks: Lots o' water and lots o' diet soda, something I affectionately refer to as SWEET NECTAR.
So, that's it in a nutshell. As I am getting older, I pay more attention to calories. Years ago, I could eat and eat, as long as I kept running. Well, folks, after the big 4-0 I have noticed that this idea has caught up with me. I try not to be my habitual-eating self and only eat when I am actually hungry.
Today was a good eating day, but eating to treat a low blood sugar is another story....