What's for food?

By OMG-T2 Latest Reply 2010-03-16 13:13:10 -0500
Started 2010-02-15 15:14:09 -0600

Normally I would ask "What's for dinner?", but since everyone here is scattered all over the place, I thought I'd just ask in general. What's everyone eating, or going to be eating in the next few hours?

As it's just after 2 PM here where I am, I have to think about what I'm having for dinner tonight. So, I guess my dinner will be as follows:

1 baked skinless chicken leg quarter with a side of sweet potato fries and sauteed zucchini. I may have a tiny smattering of barbecue sauce diluted with balsamic vinegar on the chicken, for extra zip! I will wash the meal down with my usual 32 oz. of Sweet & Low sweetened iced tea.

Later in the evening, before bedtime, I will probably indulge my latest addiction and have a Pure Protein bar…the 50g size. I cut the bars up into about 16 pieces and savor each piece!

That's as far as I can possibly go with this for now…I never know what I am going to have for breakfast until I have to deal with it.

Hopefully, someone will post something amazing and I will be inspired to try it instead, so please, let's hear it!

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OMG-T2 2010-03-16 13:13:10 -0500 Report

OK, so tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and I am a sucker for the classic American spin on this celebration. I LOVE all the stuff I grew up eating for dinner on this day…the corned beef, cabbage, champ or colcannon, and Irish soda bread. Yum!

Of course, while I plan to cook some of the usual fare, I totally freaked out over the champ/colcannon and soda bread thing since I don't choose to eat white potatoes or heavily carb-laden bread. I'm subbing cauliflower mock mashed potatoes for the champ/colcannon, but am at a loss for the ideal substitute for real Irish soda bread. One of my friends suggested that I go ahead and have a small sliver of the real thing and I reacted so badly you would have thought that she'd asked me to eat an entire cheesecake! LOL!

Now, on a completely rational level I don't think that a teensy little sliver of Irish soda bread is going to hurt too, too much - particularly countered with the protein in corned beef, or the lack of carbs elsewhere in the dinner, but my issue is that I will be completely conscious of my decision to eat "normal" bread, and I'm having the worst time reconciling this. Ultimately, I guess I should just NOT eat the stuff because I've been really good about avoiding bad things - for the most part. Unless I can find a good recipe for a low carb type of soda bread…though, the recipes I've seen so far ask for ingredients that would be nearly as hard for me to locate around here as it would be to get my paws on some weapons-grade plutonium! Actually, with my proximity to Los Alamos, I could probably get the plutonium easier!

I know that I have to deal with these issues everyday, but when something as wonderful as St. Patrick's Day and the food I've always enjoyed on that day comes up so soon after all the changes I'm making, I find myself on the horns of a dilemma! DANG!

BIRDY 2010-03-11 12:07:31 -0600 Report

breakfast : feta cheese , green&black olives , jam (no sugar added.sweetened with apple puree) , 2 slice bread
lunch : bulgur wheat , pea stew, yoghurt
dinner : steamed solmon , broccoli , bulgur weat , green salad , red cabbage salad , 1 slice bread

OMG-T2 2010-03-11 12:29:57 -0600 Report


Your meal choices sound great! I never thought about having a breakfast of feta cheese and olives…and two slices of bread would probably kill me at this point in my little ol' diabetic evolution, LOL!

I am about to have lunch in 5 minutes or so, and it will be one small, skinless chicken quarter (leg and thigh), baked with Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute and a small bowl of cole slaw (from Kirla's recipe).

Breakfast was one hard boiled egg, one slice of whole wheat bread with 1/2 teaspoon of butter, two prunes and hot tea.

I think dinner might be grilled chicken breast with baked sweet potato, snap peas and more cole slaw for "dessert"! Yum!

BIRDY 2010-03-11 12:52:54 -0600 Report

thank you , that is the basic breakfast here.In summer time we also add tomato & cucumber&green pepper…
But honestly your choices sound great too :)

Kira_xo 2010-02-23 14:42:03 -0600 Report

Since my husband is going underway… I decided I'd let him pick the dinner of his choice tonight. I'm pretty sure he will want to go out to some where like Smoky Bones for a burger. But, I think I will get something along the lines of chicken tonight.

Kirla 2010-02-16 01:06:05 -0600 Report


This is what I eat most days. Its how I got my A1C from 14.1 to 5.9 in about 4 months.

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal. I now test approximately 1 hour after each meal and stopped eating foods that spike my blood sugar more than 30-40 points.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, soda, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw.

I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. I drink 2 cups after the protein drink, 2 ½ cups while driving to work, 2 ½ cups at lunch, 2 ½ cups on the way home, will drink 2 cups after supper and will sometimes drink 2 cups before going to bed.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal.

When I wake up in the morning I test my blood sugar and drink a low carb protein powder drink mix. I used to use homemade soymilk to mix with the protein powder. I now use homemade almond or walnut milk. The nut milks are a lot easier to make. I only stopped using soymilk because of the time it takes to make it. Nut milks can be made a lot quicker and you don’t need to boil a lot of water. Just soak ½ cup of nuts in a bowl of water for several hours. Drain, rinse, and blend with 3 ½ -4 cups of water in a blender. Strain and drink. Makes about a quart. Last for 3-5 days.

I eat about 1oz of sunflower seeds or peanuts for a mid morning snack along with the sugar free Equate Fiber Therapy supplement.

At lunch I eat 1 oz of tuna fish mixed with a little mayonnaise. I used to just eat it out of a small container. Recently I found some low carb wraps and use a small piece with the tuna fish. 13 grams of wrap, about ¼ piece. Before I eat the tuna I have 2-3 oz’s of stir-fried vegetables. (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Cabbage, Onion, Garlic or any combination of these). I used to eat my channa dal in a separate bowl. I now mix the vegetable with the channa dal. It’s a perfect mix together. Lately I have been making sloppy joes out of ground turkey. I use 2-3 oz’s of it with about 20 grams of salsa topped with a little cheese. I add about a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to both the sloppy joe and channa dal. Mix it with a little hot sauce. Sometimes I will eat leftover chicken or beef. About 2-3 oz’s. Right after the tuna I eat a small piece of chocolate soy cake. Tastes great. 2-3 oz’s per serving. Last I will eat 1 oz of peanuts or sunflower seeds. I then take 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 3000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50. I take this with 20 oz’s of water.

For supper I eat 3 oz’s of salad. I use a low carb dressing and add about 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. I used to add some olive oil but lately have not added it to my salad. I will then eat a chicken breast or 2-3 oz’s of the sloppy joe mix or either a bocca burger or vegetable patty. Once in awhile may have a little beef or pork. I eat the burger or patty on a plate. No bread. Just pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. I cut it with a knife and fork.

In the evening I now will drink a few Low carb beers or a little wine before going to bed. I don’t recommend drinking alcohol if on medications or taking insulin. It’s a side benefit of not taking meds. I have found that I can eat a little more carbs when drinking alcohol than with out it. I will eat 1-2 serving of almonds. Lately have been eating lumpia. Either cheese or pork lumpia. Sometimes will eat a serving of soy crisps with French onion dip. I try and not eat too much at night.

When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 85. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 110. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has gone over 100, once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6. Got my latest results on 1/19/10 5.4


OMG-T2 2010-02-23 12:56:22 -0600 Report

Kirla —

OK, color me impressed! I REALLY enjoyed reading about your results via diet. You weren't at all vague about all the details…I think that's awesome!

I am trying to do things similarly, and have cut most carbs out of my diet, with the exception of whole grains - which I don't eat to excess anyway.

I just had a visit with my PA last week and my BS numbers are not looking as good as we would like, which caused my PA to introduce Actos into my regimen, and I am praying that it helps, because I don't know that I have it in me to take MORE and more meds. I am working on the dietary aspect constantly as well…your ideas are very like my own, and what you eat sounds doable to me. I am going to incorporate some of your ideas into my diet, and am particularly interested in your homemade cole slaw recipe, if you'd care to share it!

Thanks for your input here…really excellent information, and definitely impressive numbers/results!

Kirla 2010-02-23 17:42:53 -0600 Report


I found out, by testing my blood sugar before and after I eat, what spikes my blood sugar. I wish I could eat whole grains, but they too spike my blood sugar. Some people can eat whole grains with no problem.

I believe that drinking 8+ glasses of water a day. Just water, has helped me control my blood sugar. I find that when I’m off work for a few days, my blood sugars will start to creep up a little and I realize that I haven’t been drinking my water. When working, I got a routine that I follow and I drink lots of water. When not working my routine isn’t that good. My schedule is off. I only drink about half the water I drink when working.

The second thing I believe that has helped me just as much as drinking lots of water is eating low carb vegetables. After being diagnosed I started to eat broccoli cauliflower and coleslaw every day. I also eat a salad almost every day at supper. I noticed if I go a few days without my vegetables my blood sugar starts to creep up.

The third thing that’s helped me a lot is testing the food I eat. That’s how I decide if a food is ok or not. Here is a link to someone I respect a lot. I think the info is excellent. I recommend you explore this whole site. But read the section on testing. As much as you can. http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/tes...

Since I posted my reply above, I started a blog. The first page you already read. I have posted 2 more pages. If you like, you can read them here. http://kirla.wordpress.com/recipes-3/ This page I posted links to my recipes. I’m not sure if they work, but you can click them (there in green text.) if you like.

I posted this page yesterday. http://kirla.wordpress.com/when-diagnosed/

I just started writting my blog a couple of days ago. Not sure what I’m doing yet. I hope to make it better as time goes by.

My coleslaw recipe is real simple. I like it. You can change and add things if you want. That’s what’s great about making your own food. You can do it your way. Coleslaw doesn’t spike my blood sugar. At least my recipe doesn’t.

Small Cabbage 1.5 - 2 lbs
1/4 Cup Carrots
1 tablespoon splenda
5 Tablespoons Apple cider Vinegar
1 cup Mayonnaise

Shred Cabbage & Grate Carrots and mix in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, Splenda & Vinegar. Mix thoroughly. Set aside in the refrigerator for about 1 - 2 hours.

If you like my site you can subscribe and when I add a page or post, you will get an e-mail.

Good luck

dietcherry 2010-03-11 12:07:17 -0600 Report

You are such an inspiration, Kevin! I mostly eat healthy; my problem is not sweets, but just junk food in general. I love dairy (milk, cheese, SF ice cream) but am trying to rein it in as very fattening! Thanks again for your suggestion about protein powder-tremendous help! Renee :)

OMG-T2 2010-03-11 12:22:06 -0600 Report

Yes, Kirla, I have been eating your version of cole slaw for the past couple of days and I LOVE it! It's almost like KFC's slaw (to me anyway), and I enjoy it with whichever proteins I am consuming. I am just so happy that there's a tasty alternative to the same ol' salads that I get sick of eating!

I appreciate that you posted the recipe here, I didn't clue in about your blog before I asked that you post the recipe, so thanks for that! I am going to try your TVP recipes as well. The TVP "oatmeal" seems particularly intriguing!

Kirla 2010-03-11 18:10:11 -0600 Report

The coleslaw is simple and easy to make. I like it. Right after being diagnosed I started to eat coleslaw once or twice a day. I didn’t put any sugar in it and it was eatable. Then after about 2-3 months I bought some splenda. A coworker used it and said it was good. I had a coupon for it at BJS so I bought a bag. When I added it to my coleslaw I was shocked how well it came out. I’m glad you like it. Most of my recipes you can add a little more of this or a little less of that. I have to experiment a little to get them right.

I just started the blog a few weeks ago. I changed some things with the recipes because no one clicked on the links. So I changed the way I add recipes. I think it worked out better. I plan on adding more pages and more recipes when time permits. I also plan on making some more changes to it. It’s a work in progress.

I ate the TVP oatmeal for several months. When I found the protein drink, I started to eat it at lunch. I didn’t think it was that bad. My mother hated it. Well after several months of eating it, I was starting to get a little bit tried of it. So I started to look for ways to use it other than the TVP oatmeal.

I couldn’t find any recipes that I liked or was looking for. It’s mostly used as a meat substitute. Then one day I got the idea to grind it and use it like flour. That’s when I made my first cake. TVP absorbs lots of liquid. As when I modified a recipe I found I had to add more liquid than the recipes called for. So far I’ve made a spice cake. It’s the same as the carrot cake less the carrots. The chocolate cake is great also. Over the holidays I made pumpkin cake. I didn’t care for the pumpkin cake too much but my mother and sister loved it. The cakes are a lot better than the oatmeal. I have had several people try them and everyone liked them. Sometimes I find I have to add more milk and sometimes I add a little to much milk and the cakes come out real moist. No matter what they still taste great to me.

Last week my 50 lb bag of soy flour arrived. I got it real cheap but had to buy 50 lbs. I use the soy flour for making pumpkin pies. I replace the regular flour with soy flour and replace the sugar with splenda. My whole family loved them. My sister made a pumpkin pie also and everyone said my pie tasted better. A couple of weeks ago I ran out of soy flour and Wal-Mart were I bought it doesn’t sell it anymore. I plan on making the cakes with soy flour instead of the TVP. Will post on my blood how they come out. Soy flour is a lot cheaper than the TVP.

I think I better stop writing a book and get into the kitchen. I almost forgot I ran out of cake today and am supposed to bake one tonight.

Thanks for letting me know about the coleslaw.

Kirla 2010-03-11 18:08:40 -0600 Report


I too had to give up junk food. I used to like chips of all kinds with dip. I also used to like to eat crackers at night for a snack. I had to give it all up. Junk foods are full of carbs. Loaded. I recently found that I could eat soy crisps with a low carb dip. I found that most dips are low carb. I just limit it to 2/3 serving (20 grams) of the crisps.

The mornings are the hardest time of the day to control my blood sugar. I found the protein drinks do a good job of stabilizing my blood sugar. I usually have sunflower seeds 30 grams) for a mid morning snack and it seems to help prevent the liver dumps.

The only dairy I eat is low carb cheese. I have to watch how much I eat because of the calories and saturated fat. But it’s nice to have a small piece. I don’t use milk anymore I use the walnut or almond milks which I like.

Thanks for the encouragement.

cc9 2010-02-16 00:23:42 -0600 Report

as it is chinese new year, tonight i will be serving a platter of lean meat, lots of vegs all cooked at the table in chicken broth, with dipping sauces and chicken flavoured rice. its called mongolian hot pot, a DIY eat and cook similar to korean BBQ.

dietcherry 2010-03-11 12:01:32 -0600 Report

Yum, c! Happy New Year, although a little late!

I had salad for dinner last night with lots of veggies; for brunch today had chicken chili; for dinner, will have another salad and probably some SF pudding (banana cream)! I snack on pumpernickel pretzels, jalapeno pepper cheese, and vienna sausages.

JulieC 2010-02-15 19:30:00 -0600 Report

Breakfast..1 scrambled egg in butter, 1 small peice of toast with butter and honey, 4oz orange juice.

snack..weight watchers rasberry/choclote yogert

Lunch…2 peices of ham rolled up, a melba toast thingy with cream cheese, and a peice of choclote from my husbands valentine heart.

snack…1half of a protein bar.

Supper…mixed veg, and a grilled boneless chicken breast with spegettisause and parmasan cheese.Which I shared with the dog.

BS was 90 and 107 tested 2x today, New Meds dont let me eat much..lost about 20lbs in a month or so allready.

Hey Skip! is that good? Im tring to eat very low carbs..but I know I have to have some.

Harlen 2010-02-15 17:34:55 -0600 Report

Brakfest 2 eggs Baken one pice toast
freesh veg diet pepsi
Hamberger spiced, green beens and salad
45 gm carbs for the day BS 80 to 102
Life is good
Best wishes

SkipT 2010-02-15 17:17:01 -0600 Report

Breakfast was 2 eggs cooked in butter with two strips of bacon and coffee sweetened with stevia and lightened with heavy cream.

Lunch was a small mixed salad, two links of italian sausage cooked with tomatoes and green peppers and mozzarella cheese and washed down with a raspberry seltzer water.

Dinner was 4 oz of pork roast with coconut curry sauce,
and brussel sprouts. A cup of decaf coffee sweetened with stevia and lightened with heavy cream. A square of
Lindt 86% dark chocolate for dessert.

JulieC 2010-02-15 19:20:56 -0600 Report

Will you come to my house and cook for me? LOL I just had dinner..and Im hungry again from reading what you eat. LOL