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Jul 28, 2014 01:36 PM

Back on the diabetic diet - have to be really strict for now

Help... DH's sugar was 480 on Friday. We've got it down to the 200s already by low-carbing, but obviously we have to be super-strict with our diet. He's starting to get tired of eggs for breakfast already. And he's going back to work tomorrow so I have to pack him a 'snacky' low-carb lunch he can eat on the go. Ideas for breakfast and lunch?

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    1. Wow, that's a wake up call, congrats on already taking control.

      When you say "on the go" do you mean he cannot take a container with utensils and it has to be hand held? Because otherwise, dinner leftovers heated in a thermal thingie are great. So is a big container of salad with a can or pouch of tuna, or some egg or chicken salad, packets of nuts, cheese sticks.

      If he needs something to just hold, try some low carb tortillas from La Tortilla factory or Flatouts or other and make a rolled up wrap with cold cuts, cheese, maybe some grilled veggies and cut in half or into pinwheels for snack style.

      When I eat breakfast, as often as not, it's dinner leftovers. Most diabetics don't manage any carbs at breakfast well, even ones we might tolerate a bit of later in the day. Sometimes it's lamb chops, or small steaks on managers' specials I get at my natural grocery, even, though I'm more of a bruncher.

      I often make two huge pans of roasted ratatouille (which cook down to only several cups). It's great in wraps with cheese and turkey, and also in omelets with our without cheese. So much flavor concentration.

      You could buy some CarbQuik and make and freeze a mostly egg bake (my healthy husband low carbs for prevention and to stay slim) of about 10 extra large eggs and just a couple or few TBS of bake mix with whatever he likes in an omelet (I often made western omelet style). Just take out of the freezer the night before. You could make other savory ones with cheeses, veggies, etc. for lunches or snacks, too.

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      1. re: mcf

        Yes, he has to be able to pick stuff up in his hands to eat it in the car - he drives for a living and spends most of the day in the car going from site to site. He doesn't have time to stop and sit down for lunch. And whatever he takes has to be relatively non-messy because a lot of it ends up on the floor of the car when he's grabbing it from the passenger seat. I usually give him snack bars, cheese crackers etc but they're all way too carby. His bad habit has to be to snack on candy and chips from the gas station instead of eating an actual lunch and obviously he just can't do that any more! Sigh... Actually for now, I don't think he's going to be willing to eat lunch at all - his metformin is hitting him HARD and it's difficult to get him to eat at all. :(

        1. re: Kajikit


          Well, the pinwheels/sliced wraps with no small pieces of anything could really work, and stocking him with nuts and meal replacement low carb muffins.

          And a change of snack bar impulse, habits hard to break, but doable. Hope it all works out.

          1. re: mcf

            Pinwheels are a great idea. What about satay or other skewered things (kebabs, etc.)? I sometimes make breakfast muffins for my DH by lining the holes of a cupcake tin with ham, then filling with eggs/cheese/vegetables and baking - they're very easy to eat out of hand, because the ham forms a kind of "crust."

            Slices of lunch meat and/or cheese wrapped around crudites like celery sticks or even pickles are good, and you can vary the flavors with different condiments (mustards, cream cheese, etc.).

            I like to use pepper halves as "bread" and fill them with tuna, chicken or egg salad, very easy to eat with one hand. Endive leaves work well for this too, as long as the filling is sticky.

            Pork rinds or frico chips (just parmesan cheese, baked or fried until crisp and broken into chips) are great for salty snacks, as are nuts and beef jerky (if you can make it yourself, you can better control the sugar content).

          2. re: Kajikit

            Hard boiled eggs might fit the bill. H has a small, insulated lunch bag that he used for golf...picture a small cube that would (ironically ;) ) hold a six pack perfectly. A cold bottle of water, maybe a hard boiled egg or two. Cheese cubes (H likes a mix of romano and cheddar), pepper strips, tuna stuffed olives, and celery strips satisfy H's salt craving and his need to crunch, and they're healthier for him than his former love, pretzels.

            As mcf wrote, yes to almonds. PB on a lo carb pita is easy to eat/hold. And we also do small Tupperware containers of rolled salami, ham, turkey breast, roast beef, etc.

            GOOD H's first sign of BG in the 400's was a stroke, so I'm glad your H had a milder "wake up" call.

            1. re: Kajikit

              Grab and go almond butter packets by Justin's may be good for his schedule esp in emergencies.

              I also like Flackers flaxseed crackers with cream cheese spread but that might be too messy.

              "Fat bombs" if they can be kept cold enough.

              Maybe bake some oopsie rolls, he can go thru the drive-thru, order a burger without the bun, and transfer to the oopsie roll?

          3. i spend much of the day in and out of my car.

            the egg-bake thing mcf mentions is a staple but i don't use the carb-quick. a dozen beaten eggs, 4 oz cheese and sometimes 4 oz cream or yogurt. 2 bags finely chopped steamed veggies. mix and bake in a 9x13 pan. i get 8 big pieces out of it. you could also bake this in muffin tins.

            deli meat and cheese as roll-ups or wrapped in lettuce.

            mini-meatballs or any kind of left-over meat cut in bite-size pieces.

            cut veggies like cukes, daikon and carrots may help his craving for crunchy.

            1. “The inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes, the specific failure of the prevailing low-fat diets to improve obesity, cardiovascular risk or general health and the persistent reports of some serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications, in combination with the continued success of low-carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome without significant side effects, point to the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines,” Feinman and colleagues said in the study."


              1. I really like cauliflower "bread" sticks and often take them (room temp) with a salad for lunch. No flours at all. They are really unbelievable.

                The photo is some I made for an app tonight with some wine. I am dairy free for the weekend, so I used vegan cheese. But they are best with parm and mozz. Lots of recipes on the internet. I like mine with nutritional yeast and only egg whites. So low fat, low cal, etc. they feel really decadent, but they are just only cauliflower! Pack a dipping sauce and they hit the spot.

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                1. re: sedimental

                  How do you make these? I have tried various cauliflower pizza crusts with varying success but those actually look like a cracker!

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    They are not crisp like cracker. They are really like bread. They are sturdy enough to pick up like a pizza crust (same process really). But here is what I do and haven't had any failures yet.

                    Take a head of raw cauliflower and rice it. Micro until soft (cooked, but not mush). Put it in a clean tea towel and squeeze the bejebus out of it. When you are done wringing it out, it will look like a ball of dough.

                    Then mix in your preferred dried herbs, 1/2 cup or more of preferred cheese, one large or two small egg whites, I add in nutritional yeast for an umami and nutritional boost. Salt and pepper to taste.

                    Flatten it out in a rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick, on a slip at or parchment. Bake at 450 until lightly brown (just shy of 20 minutes) pull out and top with more cheese and broil till bubbly. Let it sit for 5 minutes to cut properly.

                    It is a forgiving process. The baking it is the hardest to judge because the timing depends on how much water you got out of it. I feel it before taking it out, it should feel sturdy and have the top golden.

                    Tip: if you have a vita mix, you can rice the cauliflower by putting pieces of cauliflower in it (half way full) and filling it to the top with water. Allowing the peices to float. Whirrrr it for a few seconds, then drain. Perfect rice sizes, nothing to clean up.