Can you remember those first couple of months after you received your diagnosis of type II diabetes? Those horrifying moments where you realized your list of “favorite foods I can not have anymore” just got one item longer? I spent most of the first month after my diagnosis feeling like I was in a mine field. Each time hunger would set in, I would launch my “what am I in the mood for?” routine and somehow that list would end up longer. It felt like every time I came up with an option I had not already assigned to this list, it, too, had too many carbs! Pre-diagnosis, I might only have to pass up the 1st 2-3 ideas because they had too many points (Weight Watchers lingo). Post-diagnosis, I found the list of foods I was in the mood for being knocked over like dominos the length of The Great Wall of China. A donut, pizza (even Lean Cuisine pizzas!), cereal with milk, hamburgers, pasta, Subway, po-boys, chips and queso, just chips, french fries, waffle fries, cheese fries, Bahama Buck’s (BEST snow cones ever), Texadelphia (BEST cheese steaks ever), enchiladas, ice cream (Blue Bell – the BEST ever) …….and the list goes on…..
SIDENOTE: before I go any further….. I look at that list and I can’t escape the rediculous notion that IS IT ANY WONDER I have type II diabetes to begin with?? Hmmmmm…..
I digress. It was awful. At least to me it seemed all but devastating. 3 years ago I had happily navigated a 93 lb. weight loss over 18 months with the help of Weight Watchers and exercise. The beauty of this time in my life was that I could eat anything I wanted as long as I minded the points. In addition, there was always a way to take a favorite and “modify” it to make it lower points. The “devastating” realization for me is that you can make high fat foods “low fat”; but, you can rarely make high carb foods “low carb”. I realize I may be opening the floor to debate along the lines of the use of sugar alcohols, etc. There is some debate on the effect of sugar alcohols and how you count them. I personally still get a high blood glucose reading after eating “no sugar added” foods that added sugar alcohols instead sugar (please share your own experiences with me, I always love to learn!). Back to my point, if I wanted to make a high carb food fit in with my new diet I had to eat crustless pizza, bunless hamburgers, chipless salsa, wrapless wraps, … you get my drift.
Well, have I got news for you!! In a moment of titanium nerves mixed with a sheer determination to eat a hamburger WITH A BUN….. I acutally REMOVED an item from my “favorite foods I can not have anymore” list. 2 hours after my hamburger endeavor I had a blood glucose reading of 119!! Can I get a Woo Hoo?!! Fire up the grill, it’s burger time, baby!
Blood Glucose Lovin’ Burgers (9 points, 22g carbs/4g fiber)
1 lb ultra lean ground beef (to season: I mix garlic salt, ground pepper and A-1 steak sauce into the meat) – divide into 4 patties
4 Mrs Bairds 100% Whole Wheat hamburger buns (22g carbs/4g fiber)
sliced tomato, sliced purple onion
1 small avocado
4 slices reduced fat cheese (my fave is pepperjack)
grill or cook patties on the stove top. Spread spicy mustard on top and bottom bun. Then, from bottom up layer: 1/4 avocado sliced, burger patty, 1 slice of cheese, sliced purple onion, top bun.
Take that, list!! As of today, I am a hamburger eating BWWD2 (Busy Woman With Diabetes 2)!
On a serious note…. I refer to the three months between my diagnosis and my follow up appointment as The Greatest Pity Party Ever Thrown. Over this 90 day period I managed to drive my A1c up 1 whole point, much to my wonderful endocrinologist’s dismay. It is my opinion that those of us lucky enough to get a diagnosis early on can get swept away down the river of denial. We get bogged down in the lists, the no-no’s, the frustration, the depression and on top of all of that, the disease is invisible (when it finally becomes visible, it is too late). For me, it was my best friend (Mr. Man) and my hope to be sitting in side-by-side rocking chairs decades from now and my beautiful daughter and wanting to be here to witness every moment of her future that brought the lights up on my pity party. What is your party pooper? I would LOVE to hear what drives you and why you are fighting the good fight!!!!
Enjoy the burgers!!
The Dishing Diabetic