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A Breakfast Believer!

Whether weight loss is your game or managing your diabetes (or both), you have heard, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” at least once.  Most of us actually heard this at some point growing up or in the process of growing up our own family.  Back then it had to do with being at our best during the school day and hopefully having our brain function optimally.  These days, it has more to do with trying to jump start a metabolism that has decided to enjoy early retirement or trying to bring down a fasting blood glucose number that seems to peak first thing in the morning.

Breakfast.  Just the word conjures visions of french toast, banana nut pancakes, bacon, sausage links, biscuits, gravy, piggies in the blanket….. mmmmmmmmmm! For a weight loss crusader or a diabetic defender, these visions will stay just that….. visions.  As a faithful follower of Weight Watchers, I know that you can treat yourself to these every once in awhile, especially if you manage your allotted daily points in a way that allows it.  However, as a diabetic there is a question as to the definition of “once in awhile” and as for this diabetic….. treating myself once just creates a vicious craving that I would rather be without!  And, bottomline, although those breakfast choices are once-in-awhile options, breakfast is not.  Breakfast should be an everyday occurrence for an endless list of reasons; after all, it is the most important meal of the day!

Breakfast.  Just the word conjures a steady stream of excuses…… I don’t like to eat in the morning, I don’t have time to eat in the mornings, I am not hungry in the mornings, nixing breakfast helps cut 1/3 of the day’s calories, yada yada yada.  When I first started Weight Watchers in 2005 I was one of those I-don’t-like-to-eat-in-the-morning people.  After a few months I became very frustrated with losing an average of less than 1 pound a week.  My group leader re-addressed the topic of breakfast and its effects on weight loss with me. I decided, heck, if I could figure out how to enjoy exercise, I could figure out how to enjoy breakfast!  My new routine became ½ cup of original Fiber One cereal mixed into a 98% fat free Yoplait yogurt, 1 small banana and a large glass of water.  Within a month or so of adding breakfast to my day, my average weekly weight loss increased to 1.5lbs a week.  I became a Breakfast Believer!

So, my ½ cup of original Fiber One cereal mixed into a 98% fat free Yoplait yogurt, 1 small banana and a large glass of water became my daily breakfast.  The only part that varied was the flavor of yogurt. For 3 years – over 1,000 days that included a pregnancy – this was my Old Faithful of breakfasts.  When I received my diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in October 2009, I was left utterly dumbfounded.  Yes, Old Faithful was healthy; yes, it had contributed greatly to my weight loss (93 lbs) and to my efforts to maintain my loss; yes, it seemed responsible for keeping my “plumbing” in good order; however, in an instant, the arrival of diabetes turned my old friend to a new foe!

This value of this breakfast had been quantified for years as “3 points.”  This is fantastic in a Weight Watchers World.  Now, it was quantified as “65g carbohydrates.”  This is known as one big fat no-no in a type 2 diabetes world.  Every diabetic is different and their blood sugar responds to different foods at different times of the day.  I tried everything.  I tried Fiber One and water, yogurt and water, Fiber One and the banana, the banana and water….. you get my drift.  My blood sugar was just not on board with any of the combinations.  Now I was stuck.  I needed to lose 80 lbs, so I knew I needed to eat breakfast.  My mornings are CRAZY trying to get myself ready for work and my 2 year old ready for school.  I needed an new Old Faithful.  It needed to be delicious, fast, low carb AND low points.  How’s that for high maintenance??

Two fellow Weight Watchers turned me on to Egg Beaters.  Now, I had eaten them before and I loved them.  The key to this “turn on” was that they let me in on a little secret……. THEY CAN BE MICROWAVED!  Who knew?  Microwaved egg substitute out of a carton gave rise to my current Old Faithful.  Not only is it “5 points” and “18g carbs (11 net)”…… it can be prepared in less than 4 minutes and yes, I have timed it on multiple occasions!  The punch line – my blood glucose is routinely 120ish 2 hours after my 1st bite. I take the ingredients for the week to work every Monday morning so that i am never left empty handed and tempted to just wait it out until lunch.

A Breakfast Believer’s Breakfast Burrito – 5 Weight Watchers Points, 18g carbs/7g fiber

1/2 c Egg Beaters

1 Mission low carb small flour tortilla

1 Tbsp salsa

1/4 c Weight Watchers shredded cheese

1/2 small or 1/4 large avocado, sliced

Microwave bow of Egg Beaters for 2 minutes, stirring about every 30 seconds.  While microwaving eggs, place tortilla on plate and put cheese on tortilla.  When eggs are finished put on top of cheese.  Top eggs with salsa and sliced avocado. Breakfast Bliss!

Whether we are hustling ourselves to work or hustling children to school, breakfast is just an easy thing to miss.  However, once you experience the impact the most important meal of the day can have on your weight loss efforts or how the right breakfast may help decrease your blood glucose faster than skipping a morning meal, you  too, will be a breakfast believer!

Do you have an Old Faithful?  I would love to hear what made you a Breakfast Believer!

The Dishing Diabetic

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This Isn’t the Spinach Your Mom Made You

Thursdays start with a fasting glucose reading and a visit to the scale.  Thursdays end with our new absolute favorite dinner – shrimp/mushroom/spinach wraps.  So, no matter how each Thursday begins, it ends with a truly decadent meal that is both diet friendly and blood glucose friendly.

This particular Thursday began with mixed reviews.  My fasting glucose was 131……better that in the 140’s, but still much too high. Last night’s activities included exercise and a meal well within my carb limits.  So, I will just keep plugging along in my quest to maintain daily fasting blood glucose levels that are endocrinologist approved.  Now, the visit to the scale is not as cut and dry.  How do I categorize a .2 lb gain?  Where as it is definitely not a loss….. is it really a gain?  Isn’t it really more in the realm of “maintaining”?  And, where as losing is more desirable than maintaining, I will take maintaining over gaining any day of the week…… or should I say any weigh day of the week?!?!?  There is a catch though….. this is the 3rd Thursday in a row of this so called maintaining.  This my fellow BWWD2’s (Busy Women With Diatabetes 2), is what I call a plateau.  Give me a mountain, give me a mole hill, just Puh-LEASE, no plateaus!!  I have got to find the edge of this thing so that I can resume my weight loss descent.  This week I am throwing everything I have at this plateau – exercise, strict adherence to my Weight Watchers points, consistent consumption of water and….. PRAYER!  If this doesn’t work, someone please, build me a ladder!

Onto the good stuff….. our new absolute most favorite meal! Shrimp/Mushroom/Spinach Wraps (makes 4 servings; 1 serving=2 small wraps. 1 serving = 7 points on Weight Watchers and approx. 20 net carbs)

8 small Mission Burrito Carb Balance Flour Tortillas

1 lb shrimp, peeled

2 cartons sliced baby portobello mushrooms

2 6oz. bags of baby spinach

4 Tbsp. Golding Farms Creamy Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette (Wal-mart & Sam’s Club)

1 1/3 c. Weight Watchers shredded cheese

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

Toss mushrooms in large bowl with 2 Tbsp. dressing and 1/8 tsp. ground pepper.  In a separate bowl, toss peeled shrimp in 1 Tbsp. dressing and 1/8 tsp. ground pepper.  In a large skillet, cook the mushrooms, drain and set aside.    In the same skillet, cook the spinach right to the point of throughly wilted, but not completely “soggy”, drain & set aside.  You can put the spinach in the same bowl with the mushrooms.  In the same skillet, cook the shrimp.  When the shrimp are thoroughly cooked, add the mushrooms, spinach and 1 Tbsp. of dressing back to the skillet with the shrimp Warm entire mixture all the way through.

Place 2 tortillas on each plate.  Put 1/6 c. cheese on each tortilla and spoon 1/8 of the shrimp mixture onto each tortilla.  Wrap the tortillas around the mixture.  ENJOY every savory bite!

Allergic to shellfish?  Try this recipe with chicken!!  Mmmm Mmmm GOOOOOOD!

Happy Friday, everyone!

The Dishing Diabetic


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