Day 2 through 5 – Unique Meal Circumstances
Andrew and I left for a mini-vacation to Vermont this past Thursday. I didn’t bring my laptop with me to post, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t taking pictures of my 45 gram carbohydrate meals.
Inside these pictures, there are some “challenge meals.” Over and over, I hear from my patients how they couldn’t eat well because they were on the road traveling. Or, they couldn’t help having that hot dog because they were stuck in the baseball stadium. Not to mention, the more common fiasco of trouble following a diabetic diet when celebrating a special occasion at a restaurant (and worrying about getting enough to eat!).
So, pay attention students. Learn from the master. (wink)
Day 2: Sarah wakes up early to be at work by 6:15a for a full day at work in order to get off early at 2:15p, hop in the Jeep with Andrew, and drive 6hours to a Bed and Breakfast in Vermont.
2 scrambled Eggs, one handful of Arugula, 1 Tomato chopped, 1 handful Carrots, 1 High Fiber English Muffin (22g carbohydrate) with 1 tsp Butter, and 3 small “Cutie” Oranges (24g carbohydrate).
2 Slices High Fiber WW Bread (26g carbohydrate), 6 ounces Pulled Pork, 1 handful Arugula -cooked, 2 Tbsp Goat Cheese, 1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes, 3/4 C raw Snap Peas, 2 small “Cutie” Oranges (16g carbohydrate), 2 Strawberries (6g carbohydrate)
This meal was eaten in the car from containers on my lap. It was impossible to show each portion…. 1 Sandwich: Herbed Deli Turkey sandwich with Goat Cheese, Spinach, and 2 slices High Fiber WW Bread (26g carbohydrate), 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, 1 handful of sugar snap peas, 1 small handful of cashews eaten with 1 handful of carrot “chips,” 1/2 Cara Cara Orange (15g carbohydrate).
Proof I was eating in the car…
Day 3: Sarah wakes up at a Bed and Breakfast with no idea what they might be serving (although she did request something with eggs the night before), leaves for the mountain for a full day of skiing, gets back, takes a nap, and gets ready for a fancy dinner with Andrew at a nice restaurant.
This is food from our bed and breakfast. He almost gave me too few carbs the first day. I had to ask for the toast. Omelet with ham, onion, mushroom, tomatoes, and cheese; 1 slice toast – cut in half (15g carbohydrate), 1 C mixed berries and melon (15g carbohydrate), 1/2 Banana sliced (15g carbohydrate), hot mint tea with no sweetener.
Water, Snap Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, 3/4 C Carrots, 1/3 C Cashews and Almonds, 1 Herbed Turkey Sandwich with Goat Cheese, Spinach and 2 slices High Fiber WW Bread (26g carbohydrate).
This is from the Downtown Grocery – a great place to eat in Ludlow, VT. Andrew and I split the Cara Cara and Beet Salad with Cheese (10g carbohydrate) and the Roasted Acorn Squash with toasted Mushroom Soup (15g of carbohydrate). Then I ordered the Ribeye with creamed Spinach and Lincoln Log Potatoes (20g carbohydrate). Mmmm!!!!! So yummy.
Day 4: Almost the exact same situation as day 3: Bed and Breakfast mystery breakfast, lunch on the mountain, and dinner date.
Ham and Potato Frittata (I estimated about a 1/2 C potatoes = 15g carbohydrate), 1 slice toast (15g carbohydrate), and 1 C mixed fruit (15g carbohydrate). Unsweetened Hot Apple Cinnamon Tea to drink.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (45g carbohydrate) from a hut on the mountain, Spinach, 3/4 C Carrots, 1/2 C Almonds and Cashews, 1 handful Cherry Tomatoes, 1 handful sugar snap peas. Hot Tea to drink.
Andrew and I split a soup, salad, and entree between the two of us. We had some kind of Salad with Blue Cheese, Avocados, and a few slices of Pear (5g carbohydrate), 1/2 wheat roll (15g carbohydrate), 1C lentil spinach soup (15g carbohydrate), Pork Shoulder, Green Beans, 2 spears of Asparagus, and 1/4 C of mashed Herb Sweet Potatoes (10g carbohydrate) and 1/4 C Parsnips.
SUNDAY: This is my day of rest. I think everyone should get one day off per week. Although, you should note that it’s not a day to completely blow it. I was not AS STRICT on this day, but I definitely DIDN’T blow it with something huge like a DQ Blizzard for 140g carbohydrate.
Breakfast – (not pictured) Bed and Breakfast decided to make pancakes, cereal, milk, juice and fresh fruit as a breakfast option. That’s a lot of carbohydrates. I skipped the cereal, milk, juice, and fresh fruit. I ate 1 1/3 6 inch pancakes (30g carbohydrate) and used about 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (15g carbohydrates). I left hungry, went upstairs to my room and snacked on some nuts.
Lunch – Southwestern Chicken Sandwich at the Hatchery (Ludlow, VT). Two slices Sourdough Bread (30g carbohydrate), Chicken Breast, Salsa, Cheese, and sliced Avocado. 5-6 Lays Chips (8g carbohyrate -I normally would not even touch these, blame the pancakes for making me feel desperate).
Snacks on the Road- Almonds, Cashews, 1/2 Cara Cara Orange (10g carbohydrate), 1 slice of Andrew’s homemade Banana Bread (30g carbohydrate)
Dinner – Roasted Chicken (reheated) with Pesto, 1 C Roasted Potatoes with Pesto, Spinach, and Parmesan (30g carbohydrate), 1 1/2 C cooked Sugar Snap Peas, 1/2 a Pear for dessert (15g carbohydrate)
Day 5: Breakfast with Andrew, leaving for work, forgetting cell phone at home, returning home during lunch break and reheating leftovers, Dinner with host family (menu decided by host mom who has very little knowledge on carbohydrate counting).
A very delicious meal made by myself and Andrew. 1 WW English Muffin (25g carbohydrate), Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pesto, 1/2 Banana sliced (15g carbohydrate) and 1/2 of a small Orange “Cutie” (4g carbohydrate)
4 ounces Beef Pot Roast, 1 C Sugar Snap Peas, 1/2 C Roasted Potatoes (15g carbohydrate), 1/2 C Roasted Onions, Carrots, and Mushrooms, 1 slice High Fiber Bread (13g carbohydrate), 1/2 C Grapes (15g carbohydrate)
Note: This meal was not planned or made by me, but it was FOR me. Sometimes you’re going to be in a situation where you “do what you can to get by and be polite to your host”. This is one of those times. I chose to allot my carbohydrate like so: 2/3 C Noodles (30g carbohydrate), 1 1/2 C tomato sauce (unsweetened), 1 sausage, 3 C salad with Cheese, Pecans, and Berries (15g carbohydrate)