Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dreamfields Pasta --- I'm in heaven!

If you haven't tried Dreamfields Pasta, I highly recommend going out today and buying it. This is the best pasta I've tried so far. In fact I am now buying it from Amazon - they have great prices when you purchase the cases. First, I went to my local market and bought just 1 of each variety. They have spaghetti, linguini, rotini, penne, elbow, lasagne, angel hair. They don't have farfalle (bow ties). The cool thing about this pasta? It's only 5 sugar impacting carbs per serving! I know that's hard to believe but it's true. It is delicious. My hubby says he can't tell the difference from regular pasta.... and he's a pasta fiend!

This is truly the answer if you are missing out on pasta.

BTW - my reading have been great - lost 20 pounds and my average BS is 103 for 60 days. I go for my A1C in July and I'm hoping to surprise the doc.

have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Atkins bars

love these bars - especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter. Found the best price for these is Sam's Club. I made a haul the last time I went they had several varieties and they also have the best deal on the Atkins vanilla shakes (which I also LOVE).

Every week my blood sugar is getting better. I've been watching carbs and continuing the exercise and my weekly average just keeps going down. I did have a spike this morning - not quite sure what happenned but it was a little higher all day - not super high just higher than it's been. I woke up this morning with a sore neck and shoulders. Being new to checking my BS I wonder if that has anything to do with higher readings. Is it like your blood pressure, when you are in pain your blood pressure can be higher. Not sure. If anyone knows about that please share :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

end of another week...

It's been a hectic week so I haven't had time to post. For my blood sugar it's been a great week. My 14 day average is 98 and my 30 day is 103 - I've been checking at random times about 2-3 times a day so hopefully I'm going to knock the socks off my Dr when I have my next A1C test in July. I've also lost about 10 pounds which is a great benefit of this new way of eating.

It's going to be a great sunny weekend in California and I plan to be in the pool for most of it.

Everyone have a great weekend!

Friday, May 7, 2010

TGIF!! what a week....

so glad it's Friday what a week! I'm off on Monday and celebrating with Mom on Sunday for Mother's day.

My BS has been under control all week and my 7-day average is 98 from the samples I've taken at random times throughout the week. Hopefully that will translate to a lower A1C in July. I just have to keep it up.

Rough night last night though. I've been feeling just great, but last night I felt crummy and my blood pressure was what I consider high - my BS was normal but just felt like crap and so didn't sleep well at all. You ever have one of those nights where you think you can hear yourself breathing and it just doesn't seem right? I think I was getting paranoid and stressing myself out. This morning I feel a little better and my BP is pretty much back to normal -- I just have to keep reminding myself that God is in control, not me. I think I'm doing such a great job, but I let myself forget to give God the credit and I forget to just lean on him when I'm struggling. It's so easy to do.... and so easy to forget :)

Well - everyone have a great day and a wonderful Mother's day weekend. I'll check back in probably Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kellogg's Fiber Plus bars

This is another great way to get more fiber into your diet and if you are watching fat, too. These bars are delicious - the Chocolatey Peanut Butter bar is 130 Cal, 5g fat, 24 carb, but you get to subtract 9g fiber for a net carb of 15 which is pretty good for a morning or afternoon snack.

I like to rotate my fruits and this week I bought a bag of mandarin oranges. They are fabulous. My husband calls them tangerines, but I said they don't have the "tang" that's in tangerines. I guess we will have to wait until the end of the year when hopefully we have a good crop of tangerines :) and he can taste the difference. Another perk of living in California is the citrus. We have 2 grapefruit trees, a navel orange, avocado, tangerine and two lemon trees. So most of the year I have fresh fruit without having to go to the store. My mom and dad have apples, peaches, blood oranges, lemons and lots of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans).

I also have a garden for fresh vegies. Can't wait until the tomatoes are ready to pick. I'm also growing peppers, onions, swiss chard, lettuce and lots of herbs. We have this huge rosemary bush that my hubby calls his retirement fund... have you seen the price of fresh herbs at the store? We probably could retire if we set up a

well - back to work. have a great day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

7 day average...

According to my meter, my 7-day average is 98. How totally cool is that?

I'm fixing my turkey Spaghetti tonight for dinner. I use Jenny 0 ground turkey breast and hot italian sausage. I actually substituted this for the beef and pork sausage a few years ago and we actually prefer the turkey -- which is hard to believe, but it's just so darn good! I add lots of vegies to my sauce, too...onions, peppers and depending on the season zuchinni or yellow squash and mushrooms, so there's lots of fiber in addition to the tomatoes. I make marinara sauce a lot during the summer when I've got lots of fresh vegies:) I'm using the Barilla plus pasta, which is pretty good. My hubby doesn't care for the whole wheat pasta, I'm not a big fan either, so the Barilla plus is a good compromise.

When I have a little more time I'll share the recipe for my sauce :)

have a great day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

back to work...

It's Monday and back to work - still managed to get my treadmill and exercise in today though and after exercise after lunch reading was 74. Last night I kind of splurged over my calorie intake. I was good on carbs and fat but just consumed too many calories.

So - I went to Calorie King and figured out how much exercise it would take to get me back on track before I went to bed. Turns out I just needed to do 35 minutes of moderate exercise to burn off the calories. So, while I watched The Celebrity Apprentice, I did 40 minutes on my exercise bike at about 15 mph.

I actually felt good after I finished and didn't go to bed feeling guilty for eating too much :) Go Brett on the Apprentice, he dodged another bullet. Hopefully he's getting better in the real world.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

That's more like it........

Hooray - my blood sugar was 89 this morning! and after lunch it was 77. We went for a bike ride before lunch down to the store for some of those yummy 80 calorie Sara Lee hot dog buns. Hubby grilled the dogs for lunch and then we went for our first swim of the season (heated up the pool this morning) One of the perks of living in California :)

Tonight we are having flank steak fajitas - I've got the steak marinating and Mike will be firing up the grill again. I'm fixing home-made refried beans (recipe courtesy of my friend Liz). Once you've done this yourself you would never go back to the store-bought canned refried beans. If you have time soak the dry pinto beans and cook them first. If not, a can of pinto beans will do just fine.

Home-Made Refried Beans
(serves 2)
1 can pinto beans (be sure to rinse off,drain and add water back in can)
1/4 onion (sliced thin)
1/4 bell pepper (any color will do - or jalapeno if you like it spicy)
olive oil or canola (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
2% grated cheese (I like the Mexican blend)
Seasonings (I use a little salt, pepper and if I have it Fajita seasoning and a little chili powder - this is all to taste)

Saute onion and sliced bell pepper in enough oil to cover bottom of pan until onion is translucent. Add can of beans with water and bring to a boil. Add in your seasonings and simmer for a few minutes and then get your potato masher and start mashing the beans. Once you get them mashed up pretty good, simmer until they are reduced to the consistency you like. I add in the cheese near the end or you can just top it off with the cheese (I like to blend part of the cheese in and then at the end top off with the rest).

enjoy :)

Friday, April 30, 2010

back to the drawing board....

the low-carb version of my pineapple cake was a flop so it's back to the drawing board. I may just try substituting the splenda for the sugar and move on from there. Live and learn :)

In the meantime another great day though for my blood sugar.

everyone have a great weekend.

Trying a new recipe today.....

Hi everyone - OMG - my fasting BS was 105 this morning. Thanks to exercise and watching my portions and carbs. This really does work and I feel good! I don't feel deprived at all and my hubby is loving the dinners.

Last week we had a potluck at church where everyone was supposed to bring dessert for an Auction to raise money for the Summer Camp fund and I made a Pineapple Bundt Cake. It was the first time I had used the recipe and it was very easy, however, it called for a can of crushed pineapple. Well, I didn't have crushed pineapple but I had a can of pineapple chunks. Since it was 9pm and I didn't want to go to the store, I just poured it in my food processor and made my own crushed pineapple. (which by the way, came out great - if you are ever in a similar situation, this works). Anyway, when it came time to pour the pineapple into the batter, I just dumped it in and began mixing and suddenly thought "how big was that can of pineapple supposed to be?" I rushed over to the recipe and discovered it was supposed to be an 8 oz can --I had just added 20 oz! So now what do I do? Everyone says baking is a science and there is usually no wiggle room on a recipe - especially cakes. I decided what the heck - I'm going with it and poured the batter in the bundt pan and hoped for the best.

I peeked in the oven a couple of times during baking and it was rising and looked ok. When I pulled it out of the oven it still looked good and after cooling for 10 minutes I took it out of the pan. So far, so good. But since this was for an auction I couldn't exactly sample it without anyone knowing so I decided to let it rest over night before glazing.

Next morning I made the glaze and drizzled it over the cake - my hubby said it looked great to him so I wrapped it up and took it to church along with my lasagne.

When it came time for the auction, the first desert was a strawberry cheescake and it went for $60. The next few desserts came in between $15 and $65 and I started to get nervous. Everyone was sharing their desserts with the folks at their tables as the auction went on.

What if someone paid a lot for my cake and cut into it and it was all gummy? I leaned over to my hubby and whispered - "honey, you've got to get that cake back so bid on it". So when it came up for bid, the first bid was $15, my hubby raised it to $20 and the bidding went back and forth until it got to $35 and he finally won the bid.

When we got the cake back to the table, I finally cut into it and it looked beautiful inside! It was probably about the best pineapple cake I've ever had. It was moist and full of pineapple pieces. Everyone loved it! Of course, my hubby wasn't exactly thrilled that he had paid $35 for the cake he brought with him ;)

So - today I'm experimenting with a low-carb version of this recipe and if it comes out I'll post the recipe for all. According to the Splenda website you can make a Splenda glaze using splenda and cornstarch - so now it's just a matter of getting the cake mix correct. I'm going to try Bob's Red Mill Low-carb baking mix to substitute for the flour. I'll let you know the outcome :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

now that's what I'm talking about.....

Just did my 2 hour post lunch reading and it's 80. That included my 20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 on my recumbent bike. Life is good :)

Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar (2 net carbs)

ok - even if I were not counting carbs I would LOVE this bar! It's super good - chocolate & peanut butter - what's not to like. If you haven't tried them yet, I highly recommend for a great snack. here's the nutritional facts:
Serving size 1 bar
Calories 240
Total Fat: 12g - Sat Fat 6g - Trans Fat 0g - Cholesterol <5g - sodium 220mg - Potassium 230mg - Total Carb 22g - Dietary Fiber 10g - Sugars 1g - Sugar Alcohols 0g - Protein 18g
totally awesome.

My BS this morning was 122 this morning - still pretty good for me :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wii-Fit Plus and Sugar Free Low carb Chocolate Ice cream recipe

did I mention how much I love the Wii-Fit? Today I added my cat, Casey. What a great way to weigh your pet. This system is just too darn smart. My hubby and I both have profiles in the system so it asks who is going to be helping Casey weigh first. Then you just step on the board and it subtracts Casey's weight from mine and voila - Casey weighs 10.5 pounds. love it :)

Yesterday my Wii-fit age was 35... today, because I couldn't figure out the darn body check exercise I'm 57! I did lose 1.5 pounds though from yesterday so it's all good :)

Fasting blood sugar was 118 this morning. I totally rock! My 2 hr post lunch was 77.

Today I found a terrific homemade ice cream recipe that is super delicious. My ice cream machine makes 1 quart - the recipe was for 1 gallon so I just altered it for 1 quart.

If you like chocolate ice cream this is fabulous.
Sugar Free - low carb Chocolate Ice Cream
1 package Cook to Serve Jello sugar free fat free Chocolate pudding
1 can 2% Reduced Fat Carnation evaporated milk
4 Splenda Packettes
2 tsp Vanilla extract
2% Milk

combine pudding mix, evaporated milk and splenda in saucepan over medium heat until it begins to thicken. Using a hand mixer whisk any lumps until smooth. Cool and refrigerate mixture overnight.

Add vanilla and stir then add to freezer bucket, add enough 2% milk to your freezer fill line and stir until blended.
Freeze according to your ice cream machine manufacturer directions.
ENJOY! No one will believe it's sugar free :)
If my calculations are correct, I believe this is about 3 carbs for 1/2 cup serving (about 1/10 of the recipe).

Later all...........

CK is King

A few years ago I came across a website called Calorie King and purchased their software "Nutrition and Exercise manager" which I love. You can download a free trial of the software if you are interested. I get no endorsement $'s, I'm just a fan. I've had subscriptions to Weight Watchers on line (on and off again over the years) and that worked for tracking points, however, if you want to track everything...Calories, Carbs, Fat, Sugar, Protein, Fiber, Calcium, Sat Fat, Sodium, etc., Calorie King is a great choice. They have a membership for $12 a month or a special going on right now where you can get 12 months for the price of 6. You can try the on-line program for 7 days free.

CK also has all kinds of on-line tools and resources for members, even your own blog, community forums and most of all education on everything about nutrition. I believe there is a Windows Mobile version, too. I have a Palm Treo so I also purchased the Palm version so I can sync it up with my laptop.

There is a huge on-line database for most popular restaurant chains and it keeps growing and you can download that frequently to your laptop if you use the software version and you can sync it up with your phone. Between my laptop and my phone I can stay up to date with tracking my intake and carb count. Since I'm also trying to lose weight, I can watch my fat and calorie, too.

whether you use the on-line diary or you purchase the software CK really can help you stay on target. They will recommend daily targets or you can adjust them yourself based on what your doctor recommends. You will set a weekly check-in and CK will send you a reminder to your e-mail each week. For the check-in you can track not only your weight, but your measurements and you can make a journal entry. I'm using the journal to log my BS readings, too. BTW - yippee! my BS this morning was 118. It is steadily going down each day so watching my carbs and getting more exercise in is really making a difference!

Ok - so gotta run and get back to work have a great day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I guess I'm a type 2...........

So, I went in for my annual exam and of course we did all the lab work. I wasn't surprised to hear that my A1C was 6.7 and my fasting BG was 157. Last year my my fasting glucose was 140. There is no history of diabetes in my family, however, I am "overweight" so I'll admit it, I was scared last year. I immediately went out and bought every book I could find on Amazon for Diabetes and started watching carbs. I was already doing about 40 minutes of exercise Monday through Friday. Twenty minutes on the treadmill and twenty on a stationary bicycle, so I just added some aerobics to that. After a couple of months my results were good my fasting BG was 112. My doctor said everything was fine. So I continued for a while on the low carb and exercise but, of course, since my lab work was fine, I started to drift back to my old eating habits and so, as I said, I'm not surprised to find myself with high blood sugar again.

Fortunately, I still have all the books and information at my "fingertips" lol. I'm back to watching those carbs and after 1 week, I've lost 4 pounds and my weekly average reading is 120, which is right on target.

Last year when I was being good, we purchased the WII gaming system and I started using WII-Fit. Love it, love it, love it! It's like having your own personal trainer. If I had only kept it up, I might have avoided my current situation. For Christmas last year I bought the new Wii-Fit Plus, however, I had never even opened the package until last week. WiiFit Plus is terrific. There are a lot of additional features and new exercises and games. This is really a great way to add some fun to your exercise and keep track of your progress. It's great for the family and if you're like me you can put a password on your information so no one can see your info like your weight...which my husband of 25 years still doesn't know ;)

Well, I'm off to breakfast now, Special K with berries and Lite Soy milk and back to work.