As promised from last weeks WIAW post – here is how I made my burrito bowl:
Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly Burrito Bowl.
First I seasoned 1 Lb. of very lean ground beef with: Salt, Pepper, 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp cumin and 1tsp of chili powder. Then I cooked it until no longer pink.
Next I I put 1oz of Spinach in my bowl as the base & added a serving of the beef.
I topped that with:
1 oz Shredded Mexican Cheese
2 TBSP Cup Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn
1/4 Cup Black Beans
1oz Red Onion
Cilantro + Scallians
Splash of Lime Juice
1oz Avocado (or 2 TBSP Guacamole)
2 TBSP Salsa (I used Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde + Salsa Authentica)
Dab of Sour Cream
My meal total was 450cals/27carbs
I hope you try this. It is so flavorful and tasty. I truly do not miss one single carb from rice, chips or anything else. My husband and I both agree its actually one of our favorite dinners!
I started the day with a trip to the lab to get blood taken for my next doctors appointment. I am actually pretty nervous about this one because I got married in July (woo hoo) then went on my honeymoon for 2 weeks. Lets just say things were crazy during this time and my blood sugars certainly reflected it.
After I was done having blood taken I drank my shake. I am used to eating breakfast around 7am so I was starving by the time I was done! I made a tiramisu protein shake which included this: Vanilla Protein /// 1 cup coffee /// 2TBSP Mascarpone cheese (120cals, 0carbs) /// 1/2tsp Rum extract /// 1/2tsp cinnamon /// Hemp seeds (25cals, 0carb) /// Bee pollen /// Heavy cream (50cals, 0carbs) and a blob of PB on the side.
Lunch – Avocado love <3 need I say more?
Brian and I are finally putting together a grown up bed! Meaning no more 10 year old queen sized mattress and target sheets lo.l We got a kind sized bed, a pillow top, high end sheets and comforter. For the mattress we decided to try Leesa – Its one of those new online brands that people rave about. You can’t try before you buy but according to reviews they are more comfortable than the ones in the store that cost thousands. They come in a tiny box and when you open it they expand. I can’t believe how small the box actually is – look at Robert Moses next to it! I am so excited to use it ? ?
Take a look at my outfit – I am wearing bell bottoms for the first time in YEARS and I love them! I got mine from Express. They run long but I still had to order them online in a long length.
Off to Volleyball – last game of the season
I had a Grey goose and club soda with a lime – my go-to low carb cocktail.
The only damper was a low blood sugar in the middle of the night which made me eat half a banana with about 8 HUGE spoonfuls of peanut butter. I hate middle of the night lows – they make me crazy ?
Hey! I hope your week is going swimmingly! I know that doesn’t even sound like a real word but it is!
I am officially in “fall mode” with all my meals and cooking. Even though today it is about 70 degrees out. It is absolutely gorgeous! Its so nice to have this kind of weather in October. I started out yesterday with a LISS run. LISS is the fancy term for Low Intensity Steady State. I ran for 40 minutes but kept it to more of a run/jog. I started this new workout program that I am loving right now but I want to do it for a few weeks before I write about it.
I started out yesterday with one of my favorite breakfasts of all time: the WAFFLEWICH!
2 Vans Multi-Grain Waffles /// 3 Egg Whites /// 1 Big Slice of Provolone Cheese /// 2 Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Sausages. I love this sandwich – it never gets old for me.
My first snack is my new favorite – I eat it at least 3 times a week. Ricotta /// Unsweetened Coconut Shreds /// Cacao Nibs /// Walnuts //// Grapes
For my lunch this week, I was in the mood for a huge fall salad. This one included: Spinach /// Broccoli Slaw /// Walnuts /// Pumpkin Seeds /// Apples /// grapes /// Shredded Cheddar /// Avocado /// Trader Joe’s Grilled Chicken
My Second snack was a simple one: Blueberries /// Macadamias /// Mozzarella
Dinner was so good I can’t even tell you! Actually i can tell you but I am going to wait until next week.
I call this “No BS Blood Sugar Friday” because these are my exact blood sugars from the day before. The highs, the lows, the good and the bad with no bullsh!t! No going up, down or making up a number to make myself seem like a perfect T1D.
Yesterday I definitely ran low. Lately In the mornings I always kind of have a catch 22 because if I don’t give myself one unit of Humulog my blood sugar goes as high as 190 1.5 hours later. If I do give myself one unit of Humulog it runs as low as 60 (like it did yesterday) I always choose to go with the lower blood sugar. At night it was low because I shopped and then got home and tried on a BUNCH of clothes. We all know that can take a lot (of sugar) out of you! lol
One thing I have to say is low blood sugars don’t bother me as long as they are not below 60, as you can see I was right on the edge. I find that in the 50’s is when I start to get very shaky and have trouble functioning. From 60-80 I definitely feel it but I can kind of ignore it. I guess I try so hard not to go high that when it runs low I am internally a little happy. I am not even sure how low blood sugars effect the body long term because in general people are so hyper-focused on high blood sugar complications.I am going to ask my endocrinologist next time I go.
This shake has fall written all over it. Especially for those of you whose idea of fall doesn’t revolve around pumpkin everything. ?
I myself do love pumpkin but there are so many other fall flavors to enjoy! In this recipe I included my calorie and carb count along with the weight if I weighed the ingredient. I find weighing things to be so much better than eyeing it. I like to be exact! I hope it helps ?
Zucchini Bread Protein Shake Recipe
1 Serving of Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Tera’s) (110cals, 4carbs)
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (40cals, 2carbs)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 TBSP Hemp Seeds (28cals, .5carbs)
1 TBSP Walnuts (8g=50cals, 1carb)
1 TBSP Peanut Butter (95cals, 3carbs)
1 SMALL Frozen Banana (100g=90cals, 23carbs)
1 SMALL Zucchini (120g=20cals, 4carbs)
1-2 Ice Cubes (I only used 1)
TOTAL: 433cals, 37.5carbs
I use a NutriBullet to blend everything up
MMMMMmmmmm so good! Enjoy!!
This morning I got SO ANNOYED – why? Because of this:
My Brand new sheets on my brand new bed had to get a blood stain. I hate blood on my sheets and it always happens! This is a T1D problem that really annoys me! Stupid needles. ? For a while I would get dark sheets and comforters (eggplant purple was my personal favorite) but I just love a beautiful off-white comforter. So I said screw it and went for it. I got this gold/beige color sheets thinking ok these aren’t too light, if blood gets on it you may not notice. Well I noticed lol. I immediately put Oxy stain stick on it and threw it in the wash. I will see later if its gone.
After my sheet debacle I did this workout:
For breakfast I made this recipe from Pintrest with some slight variations (less butter, extra bacon, no parsley) and served it with half a tortilla. Not too bad, not too bad ?
I am loving my lunch this week – I saw that organic carrot, coconut & ginger soup and HAD to buy it. Then I got a random egg salad craving and thought it would be perfect to have with the soup. I served it on a Mikey’s muffin and had some snap peas on the side. I love having something sweet with my lunch and Ghirardelli squares always hit the spot.
Even though I’m not a big “pop” music fan I am really liking this song:
I am super excited to try my new tea’s from DAVIDsTEA. I got my all time favorite flavor: Quangzhou Milk Oolong and tried a new flavor: Spiced Pumpkin
How is your week going? Do you hate blood stains as much as I do?
Last week in my WIAW post I promised a recipe for my Mint Matcha Protein Power Shake – I added the word “Power” to it because my shakes are no joke. I use a lot of ingredients so it takes an extra minute or two to prep BUT you are getting a big dose of nutrient dense awesomeness! Who doesn’t want that? I hope you enjoy ?
Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Shakeology, If you use low crab protein powder can add half a banana for some carbs) (130cals, 14carbs)
Almond Milk // 1 Cup // (50cals, 1carb)
Heavy Cream //1 TBSP // (50cals,0carbs)
Matcha Powder // 2tsp // (20cals, 4carbs)
Cacao Nibs // 6g // (40cals, 2carbs)
Walnuts // 8g // (50cals, 1carb)
Hemp Seed //1TBSP // (50cals, 1carb)
Handful of Mint, Handful of Spinach (10cals, 1carb)
Bee pollen // 1/2tsp // (10cal, 1carb)
Meal Total: 410cals, 25carbs
I love fresh mint, its amazing how much flavor it adds.
Having Monday off and letting loose over Labor day weekend made me feel a little weird when I woke up so I was eager to get right back on track. This was the prefect breakfast to do that and I felt great immediately after I drank it ?
Now I am ready to face the week! Have an awesomely fantastic Tuesday!
I found out I was diabetic 29 years ago. I was 6 years old.
My first memory relating to diabetes was being THIRSTY. It was torture. I would try so hard to sit through class but it was like a thirsty monster took over my body. I walked into my Aunt’s house after school and I can picture exactly what the kitchen looked like. I also remember what I drank – seltzer with orange juice. I was trying something different that day since I drank so much of everything else. Little did I know the next time I would drink orange juice it would be for a diabetic low blood sugar. I was staying at my Aunts because my little brother was just born so she took care of me and my older brother for a couple weeks to help my mom. My Aunt told my Mom something seemed wrong – between my thirst and my weight loss my mother brought me to the doctor.
The next image I have is in my mother’s Thunderbird driving to the hospital – I remember what I said. I asked her if I was ok and she told me I was ok but I may have diabetes. Of course I asked her what it was. I only remember the part when she said I may have to take medication or I may have to take needles. I clearly remember not having a worry in my head because I was so sure I was going to take the pills, certainly not needles. The thought of needles seemed so horrible it couldn’t possibly be true.
I was a healthy kid whose nickname was giggles. I was a bit shy, loved riding my bike and my little pony. I also loved sweets and I HATED needles. In fact it would take 2 nurses to hold me down when I would get one. So, as you can tell I wasn’t a good T1D candidate to say the least. I got to the hospital and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and yes I had to use needles.
Needles were a bumpy start for me. I remember I always used to cry and yell at my mother because I thought she would keep the needle in too long. I didn’t know it was just the sting from the needle coming out – she bought me this spring loaded contraption that would inject the insulin super-fast. I also used something called the Medi-Jector. However, I was a tough kid, not only did I start giving myself my own injections a year later – I was also one of only a few children that were able to go to one of the top diabetic doctors on Long Island. I remember going to meetings, being around other kids with diabetes – the JDRF was my second home. As for the sweets, I was much better than you think a sweet toothed kid would be. I gave them up like I was told and only had them when I had a low blood sugar. In fact I can remember the way it felt when I would eat a cookie – it would take me ½ hour to eat one. Everyone thought it was cute. I was allowed to have one donut every night. I used to wait with my mouth watering at times until I was able to eat it. Those feelings were actually the start of disordered eating but I didn’t know it yet. I didn’t know what a binge was and I didn’t give into my temptations. I honestly didn’t want to at that time. That didn’t come until I was a teen which I will talk about later.
Want to hear something really dramatic? My first low blood sugar – I don’t remember going low I just remember waking up on my bed screaming like I was possessed. My older brother had to run down the block to the neighbor to get juice in the middle of the night. Then they had to shove it down my throat as I kicked and screamed. Speaking of kicking and screaming my poor mother – I would do ANYTHING to not have sugar when I was low including punching her in the face and I am not joking. Every time I think of this the scene from Steel Magnolias pops in my head. It’s amazing how low blood sugars turn you into a crazy person. Then there were the glucagon injections – they used to give me MASSIVE migraines – so bad I can almost feel the pain when I think about it. Whenever I needed to get one I would spend the next day screaming in agony – when I say screaming, I mean screaming – like I was possessed (see a trend forming?) Not only did glucagon cause massive migraines, it also caused me to throw up. So once I got passed constantly ending up in the hospital when I went low (those lights and sirens became an all too normal occurrence) it was uncontrollable vomiting and migraines. Besides all that fun stuff was not being able to walk when I went to low – I used to trip and fall over and over. It was annoying and embarrassing.
Thank god as I got older my body adapted to it. No more falling, now more passing out, migraines, projectile vomiting or punching my mother in the face. Today I just get the usual shakes, sweatiness, blurred vision, nastiness, brain fog and headaches that most of us get.
High blood sugars weren’t as dramatic for me. They made me very nauseous and thirsty. They were mostly just annoying – I remember in camp we had to drink a gallon of water to flush out ketones when we went high. They used to make it into a contest.
I didn’t have any diabetic friends that I hung out with on a regular basis but I did have friends through JDRF, I remember I had “pen pals” and some friends that lived far away that I met through diabetic camp. I got to go one year because Apple and Eve juice sponsored me. I wish I could have gone more but my parents didn’t have the money. That was one of my favorite T1D experiences. I went against my will (like I said I was shy) my parents promised to pick me up after a week – well after that they had to pretty much drag me home! So it wasn’t all bad – I had some good times thanks to T1D! I remember other parents not letting me over the house because they were scarred I would go low. That stuck with me and made me feel very different from other kids – especially when I fainted and chocked at the same time in 4th grade from a low blood sugar. I remember I was so embarrassed. I also would make friends in the hospital. Besides the good and the bad I would say most parent’s had no clue what T1D was and I just kind of did my thing. The same with my family – I don’t think most people really knew what T1D was – they just knew I couldn’t have sugar. This doesn’t bother me at all – when someone tells me they have something till this day I can sympathize but I can’t empathize because I cannot feel what they or feeling.
I want to add something in here. It is the first time I was thankful I did not have something “worse”. When I was little I was in the hospital a lot. I kind of got used to it and would make friends with other kids on the floor. We would do things like sneak around the halls at night to make it fun. One time there was a nice boy who unfortunately couldn’t stop throwing up. Blood. He threw up so much there were no more sheets for the beds. The nurse who became my friend because I would see her all the time – Alice told me he had MS. I remember thinking he was going to die and I was thankful to have T1D. That story never left my heart and even though I wish I didn’t have this –I am happy to be alive.
I switched schools in 5th grade which was probably the worst thing for me because I was very outside my comfort zone. Everyone in my old school knew I had T1D – nobody in the new school knew and I certainly did not want to tell them. I was very impressionable and I was not a leader. I wish I could say I owned my diabetes and was proud of who I was but it was quite the opposite. I hated being different – I wanted to fit in. I used to cringe every single time I had to go to the nurse’s office to test myself. It felt like I was doing the walk of shame every day. This is also when my body issues crept in. I was 5’7 in 8th grade but I couldn’t understand why I wore a size 5 and my friends wore a 0 or a size 1. I was also nerdy, awkward and self-conscious – so I started dieting. This is also the time I started mini-binging – when I would get a low blood sugar I couldn’t control things anymore – I didn’t have that almighty self-control I had when I was little. There was always sugar in the house so I would start eating and couldn’t stop. Between this and dieting I became a full-fledged binger. You can read more about this in my dieting story but for now I will keep it focused on diabetes.
I went on like this throughout my teenage years. Many people didn’t even know I was diabetic. I became less nerdy and people noticed – my new “cool” self started smoking, drinking and other bad things teenaged do. I worked in clubs at night and slept all day – this was all before I was 21. When I was 21 I had my first and only occurrence of ketoacidosis. There’s not much else to say until I was 23 because all I did was binge, treat my body horribly until this time. I even went months without testing my blood sugar (another cringe).
When I was 23 I started to change a bit. This is when I started to develop a passion for organic eating – I started shopping at Trader Joe’s and started attending classes for newly diagnosed T1D’s. I started actually going to the doctor too and I learned about carb counting. At the time I was eating high carb… still had a major eating disorder and it seemed like I never got carb counting right. I guess I just still wasn’t ready at that time. For the next few years I would still try many diets, try to control my blood sugar’s but unfortunately I still had too many demons even though I was trying much harder than before. I changed a lot in my later 20’s. I become more confident and wasn’t as shy as I was when I was younger. As the years progressed my passion for being healthy, traveling and eating well took center stage. I became successful in my career and when I was 31 I met the love of my life. So, this all helped me be more proud of who I was and made a switch go off that made me want to stop abusing myself.
It’s hard to write this without focusing on food – hello Diabetes is all about food. This is where my dieting story and my diabetes story really start to come together in harmony. I had to get passed my disordered eating. I was ready. I read books, when to psychologist’s and started reading A LOT of blogs. I started to realize you can be fit and eat. So first came intuitive eating then eventually I went back to doing what I do best – I started calorie counting and eventually carb counting which led me to low carb living. That my friends is where everything got a little bit better. I now test regularly; I count cals, carbs and have pretty decent A1C’s. I love myself and accept who I am. I have grown from that shy girl to an independent strong woman. I am still learning and I still screw up because life is a journey and diabetes makes everything more challenging. However, when you do something well with diabetes I believe the internal payoff is sweeter (pun intended).
Writing this was hard because I had to re-live the things that make me feel horrible and depressed but I hope to help people with this. This is why I am writing this blog – to show everyone that you can live a healthy life which I do now but also to show that no-one is perfect and everyone has stuff they have been through. So if you are feeling down, different or lonely remember you definitely are not alone. If one day through reading my blog steers someone away from disordered eating, abusing your body or making any of the mistakes I did then I would be fulfilled.
I hope you enjoyed my story – of course this is only part of it because I know the next 30 years will be much more positive and fulfilling. Actually they already are.
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good thanks to a lot of nothingness lol. The past few weekends have been the most uneventful weekends I have had in a long time. I am simply taking in every uneventful moment because the past year of my life was a whirlwind. Between the wedding, vacations, honeymoons, other weddings, a new boat to name a few things… it felt like we never had a moment to ourselves. What happened to the days where we used to binge watch TV all day? lol Honestly, I don’t even want to do that anymore – it makes me feel so lazy. I like a nice in between ?
So Friday after work I had to stop at a few stores and I made this dinner again because I still had 2 scallion pancakes, sauce and even leftover cilantro:
Saturday we had to sit around in the house because our bed frame was delivered. It was coming between 1-4pm and wound up getting there about 4pm on the dot. I did make a grain free lemon cake which did not come out good. I had high hopes & wanted to make it all summer so I’m happy I finally got to it but it was disappointing. Very Dry. I had to leave the house after I started to make it to get more almond flour. I only had about a cup left and I needed 1.5 cups! I was slightly annoyed lol #fail
But our bed looks amazing!! I just need to do something about the exposed mattress. I have a king sized comforter so I don’t know why its so short �?
Saturday night Brian decided to make me dinner and he didn’t skimp! Filet Mignon, bacon + spinach stuffed mushrooms, lobster tail and broccoli rabe. Life was good ?
Sunday we took the boat out. It was pretty cold and windy so we zipped around, took in the ocean and sea air then went out to lunch. We took this boat selfie.
Torani vs. DaVinci Taste Test!
I bought a few DaVinci syrups last year and among them was cookie dough. This year I wanted to buy a pumpkin pie flavored syrup and I didn’t know what brand to go with. So since I was low on cookie dough from DaVinci I bought it from Torani and tried them both to see which made my taste buds happier
It took me a while to decide. I made 2 cups of coffee and added 1.5 TBSP of syrup to each. I kept going back and forth and in the end for me, it was Torani. I am very picky with this stuff. You would think that eating sugar free stuff my whole life would make me used to it. I will take the real sugar version any day if I could. I don’t love fake tastes. DaVinci tastes a little bit more fake – just slightly.
So, do you have a favorite brand and or flavor? What do you make with it? I like to use syrups mostly in smoothies.
I am SOOOOO happy it is Friday! I fully intend to enjoy every moment of this weekend because it turns out next week is going to be another busy one.
This morning started with a 150 blood sugar- better than yesterday but so not where I want to be. Then I did this workout again. I love it – its short, works everything and you get sweaty!
Next I made the best protein shake ever lol. Seriously this is one of my fav’s – and I make a lot of protein shakes. It was sweet, creamy, cake batter awesomeness.
What made it so special? I used Figs to sweeten it instead of the same old banana. I was lucky enough to have some figs left over from a frozen bag I bought from Trader Joe’s a while back. Unfortunately they discontinued them though. However, since it is the season for figs just buy them, wait till they are soft and rip then freeze them. They make your shake so sweet and delicious. It will taste like cake batter. I asked Brian to taste to make sure it wasn’t just me and he agreed – it tastes like cake batter – so yummy! Here is the recipe I used:
Fig Cake Batter Protein Shake
1 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk
1 Scoop Protein Powder (I use Tera’s)
1 TBSP Heavy Cream
2 TBSP Cookie dough Torani syrup (or sweetener of choice, I had this on hand and it gives it more of a desert, cake taste)
1 TBSP Walnuts
1/2 TBSP Chia Seeds
2 Large Figs
My total was: 360cals/29carbs
I also had a huge spoonful of Peanut Butter with it ?