Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank You 2010

I started this blog a year ago.
I wanted to keep a visual diary of what I was eating, hoping that it would teach me a thing or two.
It did.
When I started I wanted to post a photo of every single thing i ate, and talk about each meal.
I no longer think that is important.
Throughout this process i have learned a lot about myself, my habits, and about diabetes in general.
Sometimes I wish I could remove my sense of taste and just be a robot when it comes to eating.
However i have learned that even still, Diabetes is not an exact science, and I would still have fluctuating numbers.
Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I just ate whatever i wanted, whenever I wanted.
Sometimes i am glad to have Diabetes as an excuse because I don't want to eat that dessert, or have that extra portion.
Other times I eat it anyway, and then have to live with the guilt.

I have realized that i am a food addict, and there is really no difference between that and any other addiction.
It is all the same.

The good news is that in this past year I have worked out harder then ever before.
I have been more conscience of what I was eating then ever before.
I have made some poor decisions, but I have also made some great ones.
I have lost a little bit of weight, and I still plan on losing more.
I have done so well that my Doctor has taken me off of insulin, and there is potential for her to also lower my current medication upon my next Doctor's visit.
Overall i am doing pretty good.
and it keeps getting better.

This is the time of year that everyone makes New Year's Resolutions.
Two years ago i stopped cooking Bacon at home, and last year I quit going through Drive Thru's.
I was successful at both of those, however this year I am not going to set anything in stone.
I can say that i will try to cut back on the french fries and potato chips, also cut back on the desserts.
I have already began to make arrangements to cook more of my own food at the house and limit my dining out.
I will continue to occasionally blog, wether it be about a delicious meal I ate or prepared, or a diabetes related update.

I thank you all for reading this.
It has been very helpful to me.
I wish you all a happy 2011, may we all have delicious food!
I feel that I need to post one final photo, so here it is, my final meal of the year.
a salad of mixed greens with cranberry goat cheese, walnuts, sliced apples and grilled chicken.

See you next year!
Diabetes can be delicious!

love, Loc

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Latest Doctor's appointment

So it was time again for my annual physical, which was also my latest diabetes follow up checking my Hemoglobin A1C.
My last appointment was 3-4 months ago, when my doctor reported that my A1C was 6.0. She told me that was great for a diabetic. At that time she removed me from insulin. This was my first appointment with no insulin. I took in my blood sugar log where some of my numbers were as high as 137 and some in the low 70's.
Would my overall numbers be low enough to not only keep me off of insulin, but possibly even lower my medication?
Turns out to be pretty good news.
My A1C was 6.3.
It did rise a little, but that is being insulin free.
It is also the lowest it has been (without insulin) for the last several appointments, and i also think it is the lowest it has been since I have been diagnosed a "diabetic". She did not lower my current medication that i take, but i feel that if I can keep my numbers the same (or even lower) that she might reduce my pills next time.
Deborah (my Doctor) was pleased and so am I.
I still need to continue to eat right and exercise more.
and i definitely still want to get down another ten pounds or so.
I have had people commenting lately that they can see i have lost weight.
I might not see it a whole lot, but it is still very encouraging to hear.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

the Next Day...

Ok, so eating pretty good overall has been doing me pretty well and has resulted in pretty decent morning readings.
Well, let me tell you about yesterday...
I knew that I was going to be dining out, and I decided early in the day, that i was going to order what i wanted, but try not to go crazy with portions.
Nicole and I were out running errands and ended up at Julie's Waterfront for lunch. I decided to get a Cheese Burger, and I knew that i could get Hush Puppies as my side. I haven't had more then one Hush Puppy at a time in years. I ate every bite!
Ok, so then what would I make for dinner before work? I went through the fridge and looked for things that I needed to "use up" and had a little Mexican Rice from the previous day and a Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla.
Then after a night at work, a group of us went to see Addison at Bananas. Once again, I decided to just order what I wanted, but not to go too crazy (By too crazy I mean ordering an appetizer in addition to my meal) I had one of my tried and trues from their menu - B.L.T. and Potato chips. They do make one of the most delicious B.L.T.'s - Green Tomatoes and thick, thick Bread. Mmmmm!
I cleaned my plate.
Fast Forward to 8 hours later.
In previous Bananas nights I have experimented and there have been times when i have tried to eat "Healthy" and have salads with cucumbers and avocados resulting in a surprisingly HIGH blood sugar, and then other times when I have ordered "Delicious" and may have been on the Shared Appetizer/ Fried and Heavy side and had a LOWER blood sugar.
I realize that Fasting Sugars also include Exercise, Good sleep, Portion control, Mood, and a little Luck of the Draw, in addition to Diet,so.....
This morning when i took my reading what would it be?

The previous day with all Home Prepared meals it was 110, would this one after Dining Out be even higher?
102! hooray!
was this because of portion control? and only eating 3 meals? is that a good thing to do or a bad thing?
Is it Ok to have a Potato chip? a Hush Puppy? a piece of Bacon?
I always hear "Everything in Moderation"
For today I will be happy that my morning results are so good! It is a day without stress for wondering why it is so high or so low. It is a day where I am not going to over-think every bite that I took yesterday (something that I often do) It is a day that I will truly thank God for giving me a little bit of peace. A day that I need a little more often. A day that i hope to have often, yet a day that I will try to not be too hard on myself if i cannot achieve such great results tomorrow. a True day of Thanksgiving!

since Thanksgiving

Since Thanksgiving, my fasting sugars have been a little better.
I have been better with exercising, better with portion control and better with food choices.
My morning readings have been 103, 114, 113, 77, 98, 97, and 100.

Yesterday I actually had a day where I did not eat out at all, and prepared my own food at the house.
I started the day with a breakfast of scrambled eggs with tomatoes and parsley (no cheese necessary) home fried potatoes and onions, and a piece of toast with jelly (and only one piece, as much as I could have eaten 4 or 5, i found that one piece sustained)

Lately I have been having little "low sugar" fits in the mid afternoon, so to try to prevent that I had a bowl of popcorn in the middle of the day with cinnamon and curry powder.

Then before work I baked some Spiced Chicken Breasts, and had it with sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Mexican Rice.

Then after work I had a salad with Avocado, Celery, Diced Chicken from earlier and a little Bleu Cheese.


Morning sugar was 110.
slightly elevated from the previous days, but still right in range.

Friday, November 26, 2010


It has been a while since I have blogged. As I look at the blood sugar log that i keep i realize that it has been over three weeks.
The previous post mentions a 108, well that is the lowest that it has been for quite some time.... I see mostly numbers in the 120's and also a 131, a 134, and a 137.
In the big picture, these numbers are still OK for me. I remember a few years ago, prior to any medication I once had a blood sugar of almost 400. So although i try not to beat myself up if my high is 137, I still need to remember to try to keep them right around 100.
My Doctor says that anything between 80 and 120 is good and should be my goal, so I am going to strive to keep it within those parameters. My next Doctor's appointment is in about three weeks. This will be the first time I have been in since she took me off of insulin.
What will my results be?
Will she be pleased with my A1C test numbers?
Will she lower my pill medication?
Will she need to increase it?
All I can do between now and then is try to keep my numbers as low as possible.
Now, All i have talked about is how high my numbers have been, and that is true until about five days ago.
Over this period I have been trying several different approaches... No Carbs Before Bed at Night, Calorie Counting, Not dining out, etc.
All results were jumping all over the place, and were inconsistent.
I have often found this to be true and it can be frustrating.
However over the past few days, much to Mark's encouragement, I have eaten much smaller portions of healthier, lighter food before bed and have had the following fasting blood sugars...
108, 104, 77 94
a much more desirable range!
and then we come to yesterday... THANKSGIVING!
You all know how bad that Holiday can be. Easily a reading in the 200's!
and I had several different Thanksgivings to attend!
First there was the one at my parents house, then a stop by Patrick's house, and finally one at my house with a few co-workers.
My goal was to try everything, which i did, but to pretty much just get a small taste of each dish.
My parents was simple, and food wise I did good. Dessert wise I had a piece of the Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie that i had made and the Panna Cotta that Mark had made. I could have had a smaller amount of each, but I still did pretty good.
Patrick's house was just an Antipasto platter (Thank God) where I probably tasted a little too much cheese, but still showed restraint.
Then came my house, I had made a second Chocolate Pecan Pie (so i didn't have to try it again this time) and a Baked Brie and some Paula Deen Sausage Balls (both of which i just nibbled on) The guests however brought all sorts of things... Roasted pork and root vegetables, Mac and cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Deviled eggs, Scalloped Potatoes, Meatballs, Strawberry/ Lemon Cake, a mystery Brownie/ Angel Food Cake, and Brownie bites.
Oh Lord, I must apply self control!
I enjoyed a small portion of everything, really just one paper plate full, but still... how would by blood sugar in the morning be?
The foods were all so rich and caloric.
The goal....anywhere between 80 and 120.
The fasting sugar... 116.
Mission accomplished.
Next keep it BELOW 120 for the next three weeks until my Doctor's appointment.
Most likely i will not make a blog entry every single day, but I will keep you all in the loop.
Thank You

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Goblin Market

I have been referred by a couple of different people that if I had the chance I should visit The Goblin Market in Mt. Dora, FL.
well after hearing about this place and wanting to try it for about 3 years, i finally had the chance earlier this week.
It is a charming little place, tucked back in one of the nooks and crannies of the very quaint downtown Mt. Dora, and upon entering I knew that it was somewhere special.
Very charming, and informative staff, very nice and interesting atmosphere, and most importantly... The Food!

I started with fried green tomatoes - fresh green tomato, sliced thin and lightly breaded. layered with goat & cream cheese. finished with a tomatillo-bacon drizzle. It was delicious and decadent!

My entree was sunflower seed crusted chicken milanese - sauteed breast of chicken with a fine sunflower seed crust over capellini. with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato, asparagus & scallion. finished with a pesto herb cream sauce. Extremely delicious and flavorful and rich. (I had to take half of it home with me) It was also accompanied by a fresh garden salad.

and then for dessert Mark and I split a Banana and Chocolate Cheesecake.

I loved the whole experience. I had heard that it was a little on the pricey side, however for the two of us (Mark also had an appetizer and an appetizer-entree) the bill was $73 which i felt was very reasonable for a special occasion, especially when you take in to account how great the atmosphere, service, and quality of the food was.
and just as a side note, they also have a really nice bathroom!


So the next night I found myself at Banana's diner for the second night in a row.
This time i was going to find the healthiest thing on the menu.
I knew that my blood sugar would be lower, and i would prove that it is OK to eat out after work, providing that I make the right choices!
Sadly there weren't really any "healthy" choices on the menu, it is a diner and all.
However it wasn't very busy, so I felt it was Ok to custom order something and I knew the chef would have no problem with it.
I told them I wanted diced Avocado, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes with a Grilled Chicken Breast. Bleu Cheese Dressing on the side.
They gave me exactly what i wanted and it was Delicious!
So proud of how "good" I was being!

But much to my dismay, the next morning's sugar was once again 117.
Burger and Onion Rings or Vegetables and Chicken?
Does it matter? I might as well get the Burger!
At least that is how i felt. I know that i still did the right thing, and that Blood sugar is more then just one meal - it can be effected by Stress, Exercise, the Mood I'm in, etc....

The following 2 sugars were 108, and 115.
I still want them a little lower.
I did have an amazing meal in Mt. Dora the day before yesterday, that will be in the next blog, it deserves a whole blog of its own!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Banana's Diner

Clearly I did not do what I said i would in my last post!
Last night after work, a group of us went to Banana's Diner.
I had the Greek Burger with onion rings!
Food revue - extremely Delicious!
Diabetes revue - not so good.
Carbs = High Morning Sugars
The day before, a salad was 87
Today, Burger and Onion rings, 117
I am pleased that it didn't jump above range, but still!
My goal should be right around 100.
It's simple math
i'm gonna work on it

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Middle East Market

I just think that this picture of my food from the Middle East Market is so delicious that it deserves a post!

Also, since my last post my sugars have been 93, 103, 105, 122 (Yikes they are creeping up again!) so then last night i decided to just have a salad before bed - and no carbs - and guess what? This morning's sugar was 87.
Hmmm - No (or small amounts) of carbs + smaller meals = lower blood sugars
I wonder if i try that again tonight if it will be the same tomorrow.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mediterranean Fried Cauliflower

OK, i have had several requests to give out some recipes, now I need to start out by saying that I am in no way a chef or a dietician and as far as any recipes that I may give, although this is a blog about diabetes, these recipes may or not actually be diabetic friendly.
But i will say that they are delicious!
So today I made some of my fried Cauliflower. It is something that i don't make very often, but when I do I wonder why i don't make it more often.
Start with a head of Cauliflower and chop it up into fairly small pieces.
I fry it in a deep cast iron skillet in vegetable oil, in about 3 batches, as to not crowd the pot too much, and after each batch is fried to a light brown, i drain well in a Strainer and then dump into a large bowl.
Chop 2 Roma tomatoes into a fine dice and half a bunch of finely chopped fresh parsley and add them in and stir.
That's all there is to it. It can be served warm, but is just as good at room temperature. I also like to take Tahini Paste and thin it out with water and serve it as a sauce with the dish.
Today along with the Cauliflower I served some Falafel (that I made from a mix) and the rest of the hummus that I had made two days ago.
Since my last post my blood sugars have been 118, 115, 93 and today was 88.
I guess I'm doing OK!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nachos and Collards

One post on Facebook and I went from 14 followers to 19. Thank you for the interest!
For those of you that are new, I would like to say that I go through phases of blogging every day, to phases of blogging just once a week, or just when i have eaten something interesting or photo-worthy.
I also think you all should know that my Doctor would like for my fasting blood sugar to be between 80 and 120.
She had me taking insulin for about 10 months, however in the past few months, partially due to me eating better and exercising more, she has taken me off of insulin and i am currently just on pills.

Now to yesterday's food.
I'm trying to save money these days, so I went through my fridge and pantry and realized that i had several things I could make with only purchasing a couple of ingredients. Mark came over and we went to the store and then we came home and i made Nachos. They were Delicious! I cooked the ground beef, layered them with the chips, cheese and salsa, and put them under the broiler. Very satisfying!

The plan was to go to Yoga, however we might have fallen asleep and missed it.
So instead we put on a huge pot of Collard Greens, and each did a half hour on the treadmill while they cooked down. I also through in a few rounds of bonus crunches, before I dove in to the big bowl of steaming Greens.
Also delicious!

Then before bed I had a bowl of Cereal.
So when I woke up today i had a headache and I felt that my sugar might be a little too low.
It was.
I probably should have eaten a little more throughout the day, especially with the cardio.
I suppose it is better to be a little too low, then a little too high. But in the past when it has been on the low side is when i have had a little "fit"

Today will be better!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a Day in Lakeland

Yesterday I was with addison holding an event in Lakeland.
I knew that I would be dining out all day and was worried for my blood sugar.
My previous few days have been 124, 109, 105, 103. I have been lowering them slowly and have been pleased with the progress, trying not to eat too many carbs before bed. I recently re-watched a Diabetes + Food DVD, and have been trying to eat a salad as my last meal of the day, and it has been working!
So, now that I am going to be eating out, and knowing that I crave delicious food, and also knowing that i do not always make the smartest choices when I am out of town.... Was I going to blow what I had been doing for the last three days?

So we started out by going to Arby's, no photo, but I had a regular beef and cheddar with the hashbrown potato like products. I figured that i would stay within the combo (No additional Add On items) and I did not UPSIZE anything! I figured that it was my first meal of the day, and my carbs should be eaten early in the day, since i would be active and hopefully the carbs would be "burned up" for energy!

Then about 3-4 hours later a group of us went out for a late lunch at Nana's Kitchen. It is a wonderful little greasy spoon/ country cookin' type of place that I had dined at a couple of other times when i was in the area! I knew that i was going to eat greasy food for the rest of the day, so i figured that i would start sharing my food with the group, that way i still got to taste what i wanted, but would not be consuming as many calories. I started out by ordering the Fried Green Tomatoes - Delicious! I ate about half of the plate and shared the rest! Then for my entree I had the Country Fried Steak with white gravy, with Corn, Collard Greens and Fried Cornbread! I ate every bite!!!!! On the flip side, sharing works both ways, Addison had ordered the Pineapple Upside Down PIE! I wanted it, but didn't want to commit to a whole piece, so I just had a generous bite of hers! Sharing rules!

Then after our event, on the way back to Orlando was the usual stop at Denny's.
They have this thing on the $4 menu which is amazing. Its a grilled cheese sandwich, but in the middle of the ooey gooey cheese lies four fried Mozzarella Sticks. It comes with fries and Marinara sauce. Jeff and I both wanted it, so we ordered one and split it, this way I got half of the sandwich and about a third of the fries, enough to satisfy my craving for it, but not all of the calories or carbs. Then for my entree i ordered the Chipotle Grilled Chicken and for my sides I chose sauteed spinach with bacon and pico and green beans. I got a little green vegetable in and didn't lose the flavor. Then finally Desiree and I (we are both diabetic) split a piece of Pecan Pie!!!!

I felt like I had eaten extremely delicious food all day long, but I still did manage to consume lots of grease, bad carbs, and empty calories. However I tried my best to cut portions and spread my eating out of several sittings.
Would I have blown it?
Or did I do OK?

Much to my excitement when I took my morning reading it was 93!
The lowest I have had in 16 days!
See, Diabetes Can Be Delicious!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Homemade Gnocchi

So this past week I have tried to cook at home more.
Lets start with the photos....
First we have a Chicken and Asparagus Casserole that i made.....
Next we have homemade Gnocchi that Mark and I made together served here with a homemade Alfredo Sauce and Fried Sage Leaves....
Extremely DELICIOUS!!!!
and then a Shepherd's Pie that I made earlier tonight!
Delicious! It would have been better if I had used Ground Beef, instead of leftover Roast Beef, but I was trying to use up what I already had in the house.
In the past week, i have only had one day where I didn't work out, every other day it has been Yoga, Workout with Lynn, or Treadmill at the house.
My recent blood sugars have been 106, 112, 124 (above range, but not too high), 111, 112, and 112.
I would like to get them down a little, but overall i am pleased.
I have still dined out some, but am trying to eat at home more often then before, both to save money and to get into cooking again!
Life is good!

Friday, October 8, 2010

My Birthday!

What a great day!
Mark planned everything.
We started out with lunch at Shiraz Grill out by Sea World.
We started with Makmur, Eggplant sautéed with tomatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic and spices and then for my entree I had Chicken Soltani, Combination of charbroiled, marinated thin-cut chicken breast and a skewer of seasoned ground chicken served with
charbroiled tomato and basmati rice topped with saffron. There were also a couple of desserts that we shared, Bastani, House Specialty Ice Cream flavored with saffron, rosewater and pistachio nuts and Faloodeh, Cooked Stratch Rice Noodle flavored with rosewater and mixed with simple syrup.
Everything was delicious and i brought home a box of leftovers.

Then back to my house for a nap (What a great birthday!)

Then for dinner we went to the Willow Tree Cafe.
We started with two orders of Spatzel with Rahm Sauce, delicious!
Then I ordered the Rahm Schnitzel (Pork) with Heaven and earth (Mashed Potatoes with Apples) and Potato Pancakes!
We also had some chocolate dipped Rum Balls for dessert!
Once again, another box of leftovers, so i shouldn't need to dine out this weekend very much!

I thank Mark for a wonderful, delicious birthday!!!!

Oh and by the way, Fasting Sugar was 109, i'm getting back on track!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Brown Butter Sauce

So yesterday for lunch I made butternut squash ravoli in a brown butter sauce with walnuts, basil and shaved parmesan.
It was delicious!
Brown Butter Sauce is really just melted butter, which has a lot of fat, and is probably not the healthiest.
That combined with the rest of the days eating which also contained the other piece of Coke-A-Cola cake from my fridge and some Chicken and salad made for a morning blood sugar of 131, the highest it has been since I was taken off of Insulin.
Not good! The first time i have been out of range.
I have been working out great, but I need to eat better.
It was my birthday today, so i will be easy on myself.
tomorrow i will be easy on myself as well, but after that I had better shape up!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chicken Cordon Bleu

So I have been enjoying cooking and preparing my own food for the last few days.
Yesterday my parents were coming to town and wanted me to cook for them, and I decided to make all of my favorites...
Chicken Cordon Bleu, which turned out to be the best that I have ever made, I somehow managed to roll it up tightly and efficiently and for the first time the cheese didn't ooze out of the Chicken!
I also made a rich hollandaise sauce to go on top which was quite buttery and lemony.
Along side were roasted Carrots, Parsnips and Onions with Thyme and Dill, and my favorite "Go To" Salad with Walnuts, Sunflower seeds, Dried Cranberries, Apples and Bleu Cheese.
Delicious! Everyone was satisfied and everyone cleaned their plates.

Then came Dessert!
I remember from around third or fourth grade going over to Keith Fields house, and his mother had made a Coke-A-Cola Cake!
Well a few years back I was at a Cracker Barrel and they had it as the Dessert Special, I ordered it and it took me back all of those years.
So, I looked on line and found a recipe and decided to make it for myself.
My god is it sinful or what?
Of course it is made with Coke-A-Cola, tons of Sugar and Butter, and is extremely Ooey Gooey and Fudge Like!
I cut a small piece for myself and thoroughly enjoyed it, then I immediately packaged up most of the remaining to send home with my parents. Addison i saved a piece for you so don't you worry! I have to get it out of the house or I will continue to eat it.

However all things in moderation seems to be working, because the fasting blood sugar was 89!
I am pleased!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cooking at home

So in the past few weeks, due to lack of an available kitchen to cook in, I have been eating out quite a bit.
Although now for both health reasons and financial reasons Mark and I have decided to limit our dining out, and I'm going to try to cook more at the house.
I love cooking, grocery shopping, meal planning and ultimately saving a few dollars, so why not?
Plus this way when I do go out to eat I will appreciate it that much more.
Yesterday Mark came over and we went shopping together, and then cooked!

a mixture of ground beef, onions, red peppers, cous cous, herbs and spices filled our tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and carrots, along with a salad of spring mix topped with mandarin orange segments, cranberries and a homeade dressing that was sweet and delicious. Very satisfying and we felt good about what we had eaten.

Followed by a short walk around the neighborhood.

There are plenty of leftovers and a variety of things to eat in the fridge.

and the fasting blood sugar was 103.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thank God I have Water!

Sorry that it has been a minute since I have made a blog.
Due to leaks under my house I have had no running water at my house for the last three weeks.
How did this effect my diabetes?
Well, I have been staying at different peoples houses, hotel rooms, showering here and there when I can...
So I figured that with not cooking and eating out a lot, that my blood sugars would have been higher.
However.... I have managed to stay in the 80 - 120 range! Often at the higher end of that range, but still pretty good.
Water is now working, Thank God, and I have a fully functional kitchen again, i plan on doing lots of cooking for a while.

I did manage to dine out with addison yesterday while we were out running errands.
Pho 88
I started with Bì, Thịt Nướng, hoặc Bò Nướng Cuốn (2) Shredded Pork Skin, Grilled Pork, or Grilled Beef Rolls
and then had Gà Chiên Bột sauce Thái (Spicy Honey Chicken) Crispy boneless chicken lightly battered with broccoli, onion, and bell pepper sautéed in tangy honey sauce

Delicious as always, and their food always photographs so beautifully!
Today the fasting blood sugar was 89!
I am very pleased!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Carmela's in Longwood

So, I am on a bit of a blogging hiatus.
But I will tell you that I have been doing excellent!
My blood sugars have been in range.
and I am feeling pretty good.
I want to use this posting to shift away from the diabetes a little and focus on the food.
Yesterday Nicole and I were coming back from Lake Mary and stopped for lunch at Carmelas.
I have been eyeing it for a couple of years now, but have never stopped.
It was pretty delicious!
Our starter was the Hand Made Mozzarella which is made fresh daily, and is served with tomatoes, red peppers, basil and olive oil with balsamic on the side.
Then I asked our server what her favorite pasta dish was and I went with that.
Penne Pasta, Fresh grilled Chicken and Mushrooms in a pink sauce.
a great choice.
Health wise I did OK, I only ate half and took the rest home and ate it before work.
a couple of snacks at work, but no heavy meal after, and my fasting sugar was 84.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Eating at home

As most of you know I LOVE to go out to eat!
Over the last three days however, i have decided to avoid restaurants to see how my blood sugars are when I eat my own food.
The first photo is from when I went to dinner at my friend Marc Begeal's house. He prepared a roast pork, rice, tostones and avocado.
Extremely delicious!
Other then that i have made Nachos, Pasta, Salads, etc...
I have tried to eat a decent breakfast, and have limited my late night eating to small portions.

It has payed off....

The last three morning blood sugars....


Just where they should be!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thursday, September 2nd

I tried to eat pretty healthy today.....
Breakfast... Cereal, Honeydew, Cheese and Figs
Lunch... Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers instead of fries
Dinner... Grilled Cheese sandwich and Tomato Soup

Fasting Sugar.... 88

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1st

Yesterday was a trip out of town to St. Augustine.
I hadn't been there in years, and I had looked up a restaurant that i wanted to try.
It is called the Present Moment Cafe and is raw and organic.
I had Creamy White Truffle Pesto Pasta – $11
Fresh zucchini pasta tossed with our pesto and sun cured tomatoes finished with pine nut
“parmesan”. Served with our spring mix salad.
Then we walked around the city and then headed down A1A and had dinner at Aunt Catfish on the River.
I hadn't been there in years either, and it was just as good as I remembered.
Along with their delicious Salad Bar, Baked Beans, Cheese Grits, Cinnamon Apples and CornBread (as it that weren't enough) I ordered Chicken Shortcake (most of it came home with me in a doggy bag) which was pulled Chicken and Vegetables over cornbread with Hollandaise sauce. Plus the meal also came with a Baked Potato, a Hushpuppy and a Cinnamon Roll.
I know that i will be enjoying the leftovers later today.....

Fasting Blood Sugar.....92.
I'm doing good!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 31st

Out running some errands yesterday, I decided to go to Chick-Fil-A. Normally I order a grilled chicken sandwich combo, and I usually add on some nuggets or something. I decided to do it differently.
I ordered the grilled chicken and fruit salad and an unsweetened iced tea.
My thought was that if it wasn't enough and if I was still hungry then i would order more.....
Surprisingly, It was enough.
and was also quite delicious.
Then in my running around I went to Publix and did some shopping.
Honeydews are currently 2 for $5, so I got a couple of them and when I came home I cubed one of them up so that I will have something to snack on for the next few days.
Then came dinner, which ended up being at Ceviche.
I hadn't been there before but have wanted to go.
It was spanish style Tapas, lots of things were ordered, many of which I wouldn't normally have tried, however I kept my mind open, and tried everything, and had a really filling and delicious experience.
I left feeling content, yet not overly stuffed.
and so this morning's blood sugar.....99.
If my goal is between 80 and 120, then I guess that is just about perfect - right in the middle!