Monday, January 24, 2011
This past weekend I did a pretty good job of keeping up with my food and blood sugars.
Friday my parents came to town and requested that I cook for them. I made Pan Fried Chicken Breasts that had been coated with Parmesan Cheese, along with Roasted Carrots and Onions and a simple Spinach Salad. A squeeze of Lemon over the whole plate left us all satisfied.
Then as I have been doing on nights that I work, I started my FASTING around 5pm and then took my blood sugar at 3am when I am finished at work. I find this easier then trying to get in a 10 hour fast at night. My saturday morning reading... 100 (aka Perfection - remember I am aiming for somewhere between 80 and 120)
Post blood sugar we went to Bananas where I had a salad with a Grilled Chicken Breast. Wow, I guess I don't have to have something battered and deep fried every time I go! then once I got up I went with Ashton and Rafael to try out a new place downtown. Pine 22, a build-your-own-burger place. Once I visit it again and they have their website up and running i will probably do a proper review of it. I was very pleased with my creation - Black Bean Burger on a multi-grain bun with Greek Feta, Lettuce, Sprouts, Tomatoes and Cucumbers! Delicious! I was also pleased with myself that I went for a healthier selection than the usual Bacon and Bleu Cheese covered Beef Burger.
After my work fast - Blood sugar 116. Then I came home to eat Vegetarian Indian Leftovers that I had re created from an episode of the Food Network Star's winner AARTI PARTY! Chickpea and Artichoke Masala, Roasted Root Jumble with Feta Cheese and Indian Summer Stew. A Meatless day, and the next day I felt great...hmmm!
Sunday, a meeting with some friends at Carlucci's. I had the special of the day which was Tortellini with Mushrooms, tomatoes and Alfredo Sauce with a Ceasar Salad for $8.95. Not bad, but probably my least favorite meal of the weekend. However the fasting sugar was 84 (yay) which proves that diabetes Can Be Delicious!
Posted by d at 8:25 AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
First off, this blog entry will have nothing to do with Diabetes and is simply a restaurant review.
As many of you know, here in Orlando we now have two new dining establishments in our community.
I often write restaurant reviews on Urbanspoon, however with both of these particular establishments I don't think it would be fair. I have many friends that work at both of these places, and I don't want to post something that could be biased due to friendships or politics.
So the following information is not about the restaurant's concept, the service, the other times that I have dined at these locations, etc....
This is only about my meals that I ate yesterday, Tues. 1/18/11.
I knew that i was going to dine at each of these restaurants and wanted to just order what I thought looked best on the menu at each place, and then compare the two to see what i did and didn't like. (please keep in mind that I am not suggesting that any of these options are Diabetic Friendly)
Lunch at Mr. Sisters. I had the Gluttonous Build-A-Burger $11.75. You choose between Beef, Ground Turkey or Portobello Mushroom. I chose the Beef, Well Done. My cheese of choice was Muenster, and my 3 toppings were Avocado (even though what actually came on the burger was a generous portion of Guacamole), Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Red Peppers and my Side Item of choice was Sweet Potato Fries. To drink, and Unsweetened Iced Tea at $2.50.
Dinner at Bananas. I had Daddy's Burger $9.95 which has Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon and Carmelized Sweet Onions and your choice of Angus Beef, Turkey Burger, Chicken Breast or Veggie Burger. (When I found out that you could get the Chicken Breast FRIED, I knew that was the proper choice). My Side Item was the Homemade Potato chips and to drink (Surprise, surprise) and Unsweeted Iced Tea (Mango Flavored) $2.75
Now to Grade and Compare these two specific meals.
Presentation goes to Mr. Sisters, the recyclable plates get points and the plating also made a nicer picture.
Portion Size goes to Bananas, The Chicken Breast Spills out of all sides of the bun, where Mr. Sisters was more Bun then Burger.
Quality/ Taste of Sandwich goes to Bananas, The breading on the Chicken was too good, plus there was plenty of Bacon!
Quality/ Taste of Side Item goes to Mr. Sisters, I ate every single Sweet Potato Fry, Where some of the Potato chips were soggy rather then crispy and I left them on my plate.
Quality/ Taste of Beverage goes to Bananas, The Mango Tea tastes Great! The Tea from Mr. Sisters tastes like it comes from a gun.
Price goes to Bananas, $12.70 plus tax, is still cheaper then $14.25 with tax included.
So, on this particular day it goes 2 points Mr. Sisters and 4 points Bananas, Making Bananas the Winner!
I won't pick a favorite. There are good and bad things about both places. The diabetic in me feels that I should eat at Both establishments a little LESS FREQUENTLY! and never both in the same day again. When I do go to them, there are definitely Healthier Choices to be made. When waking today I craved a big salad, and have eaten great today, so as long as I keep them to a minimum, I can occasionally indulge at both Bananas and Mr. Sisters!
Posted by d at 2:49 PM
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The first part of this blog entry is about Delicious food. The second part is about the diabetic FIT I had last night.
Part 1 - So I realize that i have been neglecting posting photos of the food that i eat. That was part of the reason I started blogging in the first place, so here you go. Wednesday, two days ago, i actually remembered to take a picture of everything that i ate that day. Upon waking up i decided to make a big breakfast, something that i really enjoy, but don't always do. I had just enough fresh spinach left to saute' and put in a scramble, which i did with some jarred sun dried tomatoes. My eggs consisted of one egg white and two full eggs, i find that when I do this I feel slightly better about my cholesterol intake. I also put a pinch of curry powder in the mixture. Along with a couple pieces of french bread toast with jelly, i was completely satisfied.
For lunch my parents were in town and they wanted to meet at P.F. Changs. I spent several years thinking that it wasn't very good, but since they always want to go there, I decided to stop ordering the Chicken dishes that i am use to and look at their vegetarian options, and I have found over my last couple of visits that i really enjoy the COCONUT CURRY VEGETABLES Stir-fried mixed vegetables, crispy silken tofu and peanuts in a vegetarian coconut curry sauce. Delicious, and i ate every bite!
Then finally before work i made a salad with Spring mix, a drizzle of Ranch, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts and a sprinkling of Bleu Cheese.
a day of deliciousness.
So Deborah (My Doctor) wants me to fast for 10 hours and then take my sugar. So far, I am finding that on days that i work it is easier to eat dinner around 5pm, then start my fast. i usually work from about 8pm until about 3am, and so if i don't need to eat anything at work, i take my Fasting Sugar Reading at 3am and there is my 10 hours! I am ALWAYS hungry after work and want to eat. I feel that if i were to eat at 3am and then start my fast, then i wouldn't be able to eat again until after 1pm the next day - which is hard for me. So i feel that at least for now this is a good solution.
Also so far in 2011, while i have done my fasts at work they have been pretty good (104, 95, 99, and on this particular day 90), and i am thinking that it is because i have been active during these 10 hour periods. When I just sleep through my fasts they tend to be a little higher.
Part 2 - Now It has been a little while since I have had what i call a FIT (a period where my blood sugar drops a little too low and I get sweaty, shaky, and jittery - eating something, especially a sweet, usually brings my sugar back up to a normal level) Last night at work was the first FIT of the year. I started my "Work Day Fast" at 5pm like i have been doing. In retrospect i probably didn't have enough to eat before I started my fast, which is probably part of the reason it happened. Around midnight (7 hours in, instead of 10) it started. It wasn't that severe, but i knew that if I didn't eat something that it would get worse. I had my Meter with me so I excused my self to the bathroom and took a reading - 75 - Not too low, but still a little below average. I could feel that it was decreasing over time and that I had better eat something. Off to the vending machine for a bag of Peanut M&M's which did the trick and the rest of my shift was perfectly fine. (Sad that a vending machine snack is the answer to my problems, but it was delicious) So we will see how tonight goes. I promise to eat a larger dinner to tide me over through the 10 hours, and i also promise to have a snack with me just in case.
Posted by d at 11:31 AM
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This blog entry is not about Diabetes or Deliciousness.
It is about fulfilling a personal goal.
Towards the end of 2009, i realized that not only was I dining out entirely too much, but I was also eating way too much Fast Food.
I was spending so much time (and money) eating out, and not only that, but i wasn't even eating good food, i was just hitting Drive Thrus at least once a day, sometimes even twice a day.
I knew this had to stop, so i decided to make a goal of taking one whole year and not going through any Drive Thrus at all.
I told myself that it was OK to eat Fast food, but I would have to park, get out of the car, and actually go inside to order.
I felt that the inconvenience of getting out and going in would make my Fast food intake much less often....
and IT WORKED!
Throughout 2010 when I really wanted something, I would have it.
When Wendy's introduced the Bacon and Bleu Burger I simply could not resist! and that's OK.
However now that i look back, I realize that during the course of the year i had Wendy's 4 or 5 times (maybe 6), I had McDonald's probably 4 times, Taco Bell about 4, KFC twice and Chick-Fil-A about 12 times. Now all that added up is 28 Fast Food Dining Experiences for 2010.
Probably about 300 Experiences for 2009.
That is a decrease of over 90%.
Now I am certainly not saying that I have been an angel, and I know for a fact that my Steak-N-Shake numbers have probably tripled from 2009 to 2010.
So it is currently the 5th of January, and since the new year I have DRIVEN THRU at Chick-Fil-A once and McDonald's twice.
My loose goal is to not get my Fast Food intake back up where it was in '09 and to decrease my Steak-N-Shake a little bit.
Maybe I will keep track of how many times I visit each place.
Throughout the year I really didn't miss it.
I still love Chick-Fil-A, and I love a McDouble from McDonald's.
Taco Bell I could do without.
I've never been a Burger King fan.
KFC upon occasion.
Wendy's is good.
Steak-N-Shake I like because I love Bonnie the waitress who works graveyard shift, plus it is right next to 24 hour Wal-Mart for your late night shopping needs.
So it is going to be a challenge, I will let you know how my progress goes.
BUT, I am pleased with my Fast Food 2010!
Posted by d at 8:59 PM