Well this past week went rather well. Overall I did nicely with my meals and my foods choices but I confess, when I was tired and weary, meals were the last things I wanted to plan. Fortunately for me, I learned long ago with the Atkins diet that planning meals out ahead of time is key to success. I figure it's pretty much the same with my current need to eat well and right.
One of the tools I was given at the hospital was an illustration of The Plate Method. I found one online to share:
3-4 ounces of protein, 1/2 cup starch or starchy vegetables, up to 3 cups of non-starchy vegetables, 1 medium fruit (or 1/2 cup starch or 1 slice of bread) and 1 cup milk (or another 1/2 cup of starch or bread). It is recommended that I have three milk servings daily. This is something I've not yet worked my way into but I am trying to get in two daily.
This has been the most helpful of things in laying out a meal plan as well as serving myself portions. You might notice it varies from the U.S. Government 'plate' which divides the plate into four sections, with 1 fruit on 1/4 of the plate. I think the diabetic plan promotes eating more vegetables. It is truly about finding the balance of carbs plus fat plus protein to balance the body's production of sugar.
I spent some time this morning going over my recipe notebook. I dumped tons of untried recipes, or those which would obviously not be a good choice for me. I kept a few tried and true recipes that I felt could be altered to be more friendly to my current eating plan. And I did keep the very few dessert recipes I have used over and over again. I might not be able to make them often but they will be nice for family days. I'll eventually build up a few friendlier recipes for occasional treats.
I don't care to eat eggs every morning and I confess that was the mainstay at the hospital. I am trying to balance that with eggs every other morning and cheese or peanut butter toast or turkey sausage on other mornings.
For suppers I've been craving soups and I've indulged myself. John prefers sandwiches which is fine by me. Now and then I'll have a sandwich but I'm happiest with soup.
So what's on the menu for next week? I've a turkey in the crock pot as I write and that will lead off the menu.
Sliced Turkey, Stir Fried Green Beans and Peppers, Wild Rice
I kind of want to go to church but not sure I'm up to that yet. It's the drive combined with the length and the long walks (the place is huge). I'll cook the rice before we go then reheat in the microwave when we get home...or just cook it fresh if we stay home and tune in to the live feed instead.
BBQ Chicken, Potatoes Au Gratin, Tossed Salad
I just remembered that when Sam and Amie were little, they always asked for Potatoes All Rotten...Doesn't sound in the least tasty does it? But it was so sweetly funny back then! I won't be making my potatoes super cheesy as I want to balance the fat in the dish, but I find I'm craving potassium (bananas and potatoes are great sources, and potatoes also pack a wallop of Vitamin C). I've got a homemade sauce to go over the chicken which is lower in sugar than commercial.
Cubed Steak Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato, Chips, Fruit cup
I like to saute the steaks rather than fry them. It makes a delicious sandwich. I've got some lovely sour dough bread and it's lower in carbs than two slices of regular loaf bread despite being slightly larger than an average piece of bread. Typically I cut a piece in half which makes a nice sandwich. Yes, I did choose chips to go with this meal. I will buy a 1 ounce bag and therefore limit myself.
Baked Italian Sausages with peppers and onions, Potato Salad, Coleslaw
I will limit the mayo in my portions of slaw and potato salad...Or I might get fancy and do a sort of Jamie Oliver type dish with tomatoes and potatoes included in the pan of sausages. I'll see how it goes the day I prepare that dish. I'll cook extra sausage and John can have a sandwich for his supper one night.
Turkey A La King, leftover Wild Rice, Steamed Broccoli
Turkey a la king is a good way to give John the feeling of having his favorite creamed turkey with the addition of lots of vegetables. It's delicious and economical as it stretches the meat a good deal if you've a family to feed.
Turkey Salad and Fruit Plates with Whole Wheat Crackers
Again, my portion of salad will have less mayonnaise than John's. I hope at this point to have an apple or grapes in the house to put on the plates, all served on a bed of lettuce.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Turkey Club Sandwich
I expect to have this meal alone, so I planned soup first. I expect to be about done with turkey at this point and will put any remaining in the freezer with some broth over it. That is meant to keep it moist and flavored during the freezing.
Plans for This Week
We have two appointments this coming week:
Get the car serviced
Intake as a new patient at doctor's office for me
John will work two days. I thought I might do very small projects:
Sort out the house drawer of clothes in my dresser
Get my underthings folded properly and neatly.
I'll also see about straightening the linen chest
There are some place mats with candle wax that I'd like to get back into the dining linen drawer.
For the rest I'll just piddle about doing a little here and resting a bit there.