Bummed and hungry

5 02 2008

In my quest to do better, I’ve implemented a couple of the things I set out to do.

I did an overnight basal test and that looks accurate. I might want to do another one just to confirm.

I “pre-bolus” (bolus about 15 minutes or so before eating) for lunch during the week since I eat those at a very regular time. This has definitely lowered my lunch post-prandial, so I think I will keep it up.

Regarding weight loss (which seems to be all the rage in the Diabetes OC), that’s still slow going. I have actually lost 2 pounds, which surprised me, but that could just be water, happened to have food in my stomach, holding Lucy vs. having GiR hold her, etc. I don’t see 2 pounds as anything to write home about. I’ll be excited when all 10 pounds are gone.

I did cut out snacks from the vending machine and replaced them with pre-measured bags of cashews. However, I can only eat so many cashews. I am frakking sick of them.

I just CANNOT get my daily carb count to be any lower than 150. 150 is pushing it as it is. 18 for breakfast, around 50 for lunch, around 50 for dinner, then about 20 for various snacks (See above re: cashews). That’s 138 without even thinking.

Relatedly: I feel hungry all the time. Like right now. My stomach is growling so bad and I just want to distract with some Doritos. But that’s another 30g carb that’s not in my daily allowance. What do I do?

Also, GiR will not buy or prepare meat for dinner. The question is always “pasta, noodles, or rice”? I mean, the meals will have some meat and plenty of vegetables, but I’m talking about real meat. Like chicken, a slab of beef, fish fillets, ANYTHING. It’s pretty hard to stay under 150 g carbs when my meals mostly consist of pasta.

I have the sinking feeling that all these problems are related. It’s hard to stay feeling “full” when most of my food is straight carbs with little or no protein. It’s hard to stay under 150g carbs if most of the food is carby. It’s hard to eat non-carby food when that’s all there is.

To do: Talk to GiR about incorporating more meat and low-carb meals into the budget/lifestyle. Suck it up and buy/prepare said meals myself.


Carb game ANSWERS

29 11 2007

Well, I only got one reply, but I thought I’d post the carb game answers anyway, for everyone’s benefit.

Chicken – 0
Cheese stick – 1
Broccoli – 6
Milk – 11.4
Carrots – 12.3
Apple juice – 14
Premium vanilla ice cream – 16
Apple – 17.3
Fat-free no sugar added vanilla ice cream – 20
Dr. Pepper – 27
Big ‘n’ Tasty – 37
Barilla spaghetti – 38
Dreamfields spaghetti – 42
Medium fry – 46.9
Blueberry bagel – 69
Pop tarts – 74

There are a few things I’d like to point out.

  1. The Dr. Pepper amount was quoted for 1 cup.  That’s only 8 ounces.  A whole can (12 ounces) would be around 40 g carbs.  Just for a beverage. Yikes!
  2. The fat-free no sugar added ice cream has more carbs per serving than premium ice cream.  My thought?  Don’t bother; just get the real stuff.  Or, just get Low Carb Breyer’s.  It is the win.
  3. Dreamfields (which is supposedly lower impact carbs) has more total carbs than regular Barilla.  I have yet to figure out if the lower impact carbs are worth the price, so for now I say skip it.  Bernard says differently though.

Carb game

26 11 2007

When I was in college, one of the jobs I had was as a Peer Health Educator. So, when I found out I had diabetes, I decided to give a presentation about it. One of the games I had was this carb game. I made flash cards with pictures of the food on the front and a description and serving size on the back. They had to line up the food in order of least carbs to most carbs, then I pulled out an answer sheet to see how well they did. I thought it was a great way to show the different amounts of carbs in various foods. I still have the game tucked away somewhere, but I thought it would be fun to do an online version. =)

Below are a various foods, listed with the serving amount I used for the calculation. First person to post the correct order from lowest to highest amount of carbs gets a virtual completely carb-free cookie! lol I will create a new post with the answers (along with the actual carb count) once someone wins. Good luck! (Note: all numbers are verified via CalorieKing, but no cheating, people =P)

apple apple, 1 cup chopped

Langer apple juice Langer 100% apple juice, 1 cup

Dr. Pepper Dr. Pepper, 1 cup

milk 2% milk, 1 cup

string cheese string cheese (mozzarella and cheddar swirl), 1 stick

Barilla spaghetti Barilla spaghetti, 2 oz dry

Dreamfields spaghetti Dreamfields spaghetti, 2 oz dry

Blue Bunny premium vanilla Blue Bunny premium vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup

Blue Bunny fat free no sugar added vanilla ice cream Blue Bunny fat free no sugar added vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup

poptarts frosted strawberry Pop-Tarts, 2 pastries

Panera blueberry bagel Panera blueberry bagel, 1 bagel

broccoli broccoli, 1 cup chopped

carrots carrots, 1 cup chopped

Big n Tasty McDonald’s Big n Tasty (with mayo, no cheese), 1 sandwich

McDonald’s medium fry McDonald’s fries, medium

chicken breast chicken breast (meat only, roasted), 1 cup

Sushi questions

27 08 2007

Tonight I will be going out to dinner with GiR and 3 of his friends for some birthday celebrations. The restaurant chosen is a Japanese place that mostly serves sushi. I have eaten sushi before, but it was a loooong time ago (early on in diabetes diagnosis). Now that I have Lucy, I should be able to handle this, but I don’t know how.

How am I supposed to estimate carbs? I checked Calorie King, so I have a general idea (around 7g per thingy). But, I have no idea how much or what I’ll end up eating. Do I guess the amount of carbs I’ll eat (say, 50), and dial in an extended bolus for that amount? I’m tempted to just skip the whole sushi stuff and just get a salad or something, but I don’t want my fear of how to bolus to get in the way of eating unusual foods.

Any great tips for bolusing for sushi?