2015 Diabetes Blog Week Day 5 – Foods on Friday


2015 Diabetes Blog Week

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.

First off, I am a firm believer in the existence of the diabetic diet.  If it didn’t exist, I’d gladly gobble up an ice cream sundae.  Or I would fix me some of the peachy pork made with a jar of the peach preserves, yum.  And then watch my BG levels skyrocket.  Of course I won’t do anything of the sort.  Just saying.

Furthermore, I don’t believe that one can eat themselves to diabetes; in other words, developing diabetes from eating too many sweets is a common misconception.   Ditto for the sedentary lifestyle and being overweight that is highly subjective.  Thin people get diabetes, too.  There is no standard definition for thin, says Everyday Health website.   Besides, weight isn’t the only contributing factor; this has to be in your genes.

That being said, I am a stickler for the healthy diet.

My breakfast usually consists of a hot cereal, usually oatmeal because it’s easy to cook.        Hot cereal topped with banansNo need to stir it, just fill your favorite small pot with one part of oats to 1.5 – 2 parts of water, set on the lowest heat and let it go.  This is exactly what I do while in the meantime checking my BG, making my bed, reading a few emails, and then I stop by the oatmeal.  Likely it’s ready.  A few raisins sprinkled atop of it and a cup of sugar-free tea completes the meal.

Variations:  non-frosted corn flakes with milk | cream of wheat | eggs.

Snack #1.  1 cup of blueberries mixed with a few teaspoons of a plain lowfat yogurt.

Lunch.  Usually a sandwich with some cold cuts and cheese, wash down with a cup of fat-free milk.

Variations:  peanut butter sandwich with whole-wheat toasted bread.  A serving size of the peanut butter is, are you ready?  2 tablespoons.  Love it.

Snack #2.  A cup of fat-free cottage cheese topped with craisins (dried cranberries).

Variation:  a smoothie made of half an apple, half a banana and a few grapes or a strawberry.  Banana gives the whole thing a nice texture. Use less water, and you have a variation of an apple sauce; adding more water will get you a smoothie.

Supper.  A bowl of my favorite vegetable soup, then either chicken breast or a pork chop with a steamed vegetable.

Bedtime Snack.  2 squares of graham crackers and a cup of cold milk.  I like cold milk.

The above schedule works if I stay home all day.  However if I go out to for a shopping etc, I’d assemble a few snacks to munch on every once in a while, and will likely skip the lunch.  Sugar-less granola bars are great for munching on while on the road.

On to the recipes now.


Vegetable Soup
INGREDIENTS:
1 small potato, carrots, celery, yellow cooking onions. Sometimes I omit the potato altogether.
Optional:  cabbage, broccoli stems, sweet peas with pods, zucchini squash, spinach or kale, barley cereal, a sprinkle of oats for the texture.

Everything is chopped up or sliced, however you like it.  Last time I hand-cut them in a near julienne-type; it worked.

Pour enough water to cover and then some, set on low to medium heat and let it cook happily on its own.  You can of course set it on the higher heat and watch closely.  It’s entirely up to you.  Enjoy.


Peachy Pork
It’s good with the western style ribs or any cut of pork or even chicken breast.  I used to make this a lot in my pre-diabetes days and loved it, especially served on a bed of mashed potatoes that I miss dearly just as well.  It’s good for freezing, too.  I like cooking in batches and store them in the freezer, so for a while I don’t have to cook at all.  Cooking is not one of my favorite pastimes.

INGREDIENTS:
– pork or chicken, cut up in the bite-size pieces or whatever size pieces you’d like;
– taco seasoning – enough to coat your meat;
– 16oz jar of tomato salsa (it’s low in carbs, I double checked)
– a few tablespoons of the sugar-free peach preserves.  I don’t really like the taste of a sugar-free variation so am still on a quest for a suitable substitute.  Or maybe I’ll omit the preserves altogether and see how it tastes without them.

Coat your pork or chicken in the taco seasoning and brown on all sides.  Then simmer in a mixture of water and some sugar-free substitute of the regular peach preserves.  I wonder if this works with the things like Splenda.  It’ll cost, though.
I still miss this one


I’ve written this post as a participant in Diabetes Blog Week 2015. Follow #DBlogWeek on
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6 Responses to 2015 Diabetes Blog Week Day 5 – Foods on Friday

  1. cookiesnchem says:

    Yummy! Those meals look excellent 🙂

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  2. Thanks for your kind words

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  3. chattykerry says:

    That looks like a very well balanced diet. I eat oatmeal every day and avocado (not together!).

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  4. Tried finding a link so I could follow your blogging posts. My mom had type 2 diabetes like you have. Good news is that she managed to beat it! So it is not a hopeless like the multiple sclerosis I have.

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  5. Thanks for the comment. I take it your mom’s diabetes is under control, but I don’t think she’s cured. Maybe a remission at best. I blogged about this back in June: https://comeinsitdown.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/diabetes-in-hibernating-mode/

    I believe there should be a Follow link in the post. And sorry to hear about your Multiple Sclerosis. Hang in there.

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