My somewhat inchoate diet and my new fitbit badge.
I have type 2 diabetes and though I’ve been able to hold my current weight without gaining, my blood sugar has been slowly creeping upwards so I’ve been ramping up my diet strategy yet again. I’m probably on version 42 of my diet (and a long ways to go) and I feel like by the time I get to version 100 there will be nothing left I can actually eat except maybe an avocado and celery both of which i want to like but currently find yucky.
Here are a couple of tricks I’ve learned recently to help eat healthier. In the past, I’ve used these square containers like in the images below for two turkey sandwiches – one for lunch and one for supper. I can’t consume two sandwiches in one meal and control my blood sugar or weight. Even though I get pretty hungry throughout the day by just eating one sandwich I’ve learned that I have to get used to being hungry.
Instead of putting the turkey meat on bread, I put it in a salad and fill the sandwich container with salad. Ingredients I typically use in the salad are lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, sweet onion and green onion, green pepper, two jalapeno slices (finely chopped), broccoli, cauliflower (both of which i cut up fairly small so it’s not big chunks), green or black olives, dill pickle slices, banana pepper rings, and a little bit of shredded cheese. I put a small amount of salad dressing in a small container and keep it in the cooler with a salad. I generally put black pepper on it when i prepare it but don’t salt it ahead of time or it’ll turn the lettuce to mush because salt leaches the moisture out of veggies in a short amount of time. The green olives, banana peppers, and sliced dills from a jar typically have a lot of salt so I find that I don’t have to add more salt with those and those don’t turn the salad to mush.
I also like to experiment with other dry seasonings such as McCormick’s salad supreme or even Cajun spices such as Tony Cachere’s or Zatarain’s sometimes to keep from getting so bored with salads. If the lettuce is pretty fresh I have been able to get away with preparing the salad in the container the night before but I usually prepare it the morning if I’m going to have it for lunch. Since it can be a bit time consuming I try to have all the ingredients washed and chopped in containers in the fridge so I just have to combine them in the morning.
There are a lot of other ways to make a salad including using sliced or chopped boiled eggs or other sandwich meats. Or if you’re worried about processed sandwich meats, I like boiling split chicken breast with seasonings and pulling the meat from the bone and putting it in a container in the fridge. It can then be used as a topping on a salad, in chicken salad, chicken pasta, chicken chilli, chicken pizza, or home made chicken soup just to name a few. Boiled chicken if done right can be very tasty and healthier than fried (but if you have fried chicken leftovers you can pull the meat from the bone on it and use it in same recipes i mentioned above). I’ll post the seasonings and some other tricks I use for boiled chicken in another post.
Cashews in moderation from what I’ve read have a beneficial affect on blood sugar so I’ve been taking those in my lunch. They can be eat as a snack or put in the salad. I’ve also been eating a lot of oranges lately so I’m not sure if that’s why I haven’t caught the cold or flu bugs that everyone else keeps getting but I’m sure the vitamin C helps. The halo brand oranges are easy to peel and they’re pretty tiny so just right for peeling at my office cube without making a mess.
I’ve experimented with a lot of containers for salads to take them to work and eat at lunch but the square plastic container above seems to work pretty good so far. I’ve also thought about glass mason jars. With the mason jars you put salad dressing on the bottom and then when you’re ready to eat it just pour it into a bowl. You can find the book below on Amazon and other places.
Well good luck if you are trying to eat healthier and/or lose weight. It’s a constant struggle for me but I’ve lost around 40lbs with many more to go but I’m getting there slowly but surely. 🙂