When Hubby was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I got my marching orders: Control his carbs! Yes, indeed, I took those orders seriously. Controlling carbs is what allows a person to enjoy life and most foods. Since he and I enjoy a glass of wine with our dinners, we needed strong strategies to succeed in our pursuit of happiness.
These are my strategies:
1. Provide small snacks between meals that curb the appetite and control his blood sugar.
2. Serve vegetables at every meal. Salads or vegetable soups are always served before a meal. Dressings are homemade.
3. Meals are varied and based on seasonal vegetables. The plate:1/2 vegetables; 1/4 protein; 1/4 starchy vegetable or a grain.
So, here is yesterday's meal plan:
Breakfast: Toasted whole wheat bread topped with sliced tomato, slice of par- broiled bacon, and 1/2 slice of cheese.
Morning snack: Yogurt and blackberries. (picked on our morning walk)
Lunch: Pot roast with cabbages, onions and carrots.
Afternoon snack: 1/4 apple, sliced and served with peanut butter.
Dinner: Salad greens, mint, apples, pumpkin seeds, and oil and vinegar dressing, pot roast meat on the side, and 1/2 glass of cabernet.
Note: I cooked enough pot roast to serve as a main meal and a couple of small meals at another time. The rest of the pot roast will become a beef/vegetable soup for lunch today.
I make enough dressing to last me a couple of meals.
Recipes for an easy salad dressing: Double the recipe if you want enough dressing for a week.
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 T of vinegar ( experiment with different ones)
1 teaspoon of sugar or Splenda
1 T chopped shallot or red onion
In a jar with a screw top, pour everything in and shake. Use a Tablespoon for each serving. Refrigerate the rest. Change vinegar for a new flavor. Use citrus juices and herbs to enhance a certain taste.
We have both lost weight and feel great with this diet. The best part? We are never hungry!
What if we crave a dessert?
We substitute it for the starch in our meal. So, instead of bread, or potatoes, or pasta at any meal, we can choose to have 1/2 cup of ice cream.
The best part for me, the cook? I don't have to cook separate meals!