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Old 01-09-2017, 19:36   #1
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Sometimes we get so focused on big challenges and goals that we forget to celebrate the little wins. Those little baby steps that give a little win can add up to big wins over time.

One of my challenges is my love of food, especially really good food. Since my diagnosis, I have often felt deprived because I truly miss some of the foods I used to love. When my kids were young I cooked a lot, but now that they are grown and gone, it has really just become a chore and I just make simple things that can be made REALLY fast.

This afternoon, I was sitting here craving a bacon cheeseburger - not just any bacon cheeseburger, but like the best one ever. I thought of a few restaurants where I could go to get one, but I knew it would open me up to some other cravings, so decided to set out to make it myself.

First, I fried up some high quality bacon, leaving the grease in the pan, then I went to work on the ground sirloin hamburger patty, including all my favorite spices, that have been neglected far too long. When it was nearly ready, I added the bacon on top, and covered it with a slice of baby swiss cheese from the deli. I put it all in a huge fresh (crisp) lettuce leaf, along with a slice of fresh onion, and a bit of mayonnaise and mustard. I set it up on a nice plate, with a cloth napkin and poured a glass of unsweet tea.

OH MY GOSH!

It was beyond yummy, and in no way did I feel deprived. Yes, it is likely more calories than I should have in one sitting, but the carbs were within reason, and it didn't jump my blood sugar out of range. More importantly, I actually enjoyed the process of cooking for myself and taking the time to make it enjoyable.

LITTLE WIN!

How about you? What is your little win for today?

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Old 01-11-2017, 01:30   #2
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Last night I made up a crock pot full of Anasazi beans. Let them cool down all night on the kitchen counter and then divided them up into 3 bowls this morning, 2 went into the freezer and 1 went into the fridge. Had about a 3/4 cup serving for supper tonight and it had no impact on my BG. I say that, I didn't test one hour after eating but did test at two hours and there was a 3 mg/dL difference with my pre-meal reading. Cooling/freezing them is supposed to retrograde the starch in them. That is making it resistant starch, resistant to digestion. Not getting them too warm when time to eat them keeps the starch resistant. It doesn't usually do that good, so I am calling that a win for today.

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My little win for the day...

I found some supplements (that I was running low on) on a great sale. Buy one get one FREE! I like free.

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Over the Holidays I was reminded by a family member of a meal my Mom and Grandmother used to make from time to time during the winter. It was a form of sausage that would be fried for breakfast or used for making various items that require a good sausage. It had an amazing flavor that is attributed to the fat used to make it.

If you ask your butcher or any place where beef is processed you will find that they do collect the "Kidney Suet" which is the fat found on a cow around the kidneys and the Tenderloin! This fat has an 'exceptional' flavor regardless of how you may use it. I was able to buy 5lbs. of it for $6.00. Take your favorite sausage recipe and lean meat mix with 1/2 has much of this Suet, we used a meat grinder to mix it! Add what ever spices you like, mix well and fry it up.....you will be amazed at the flavor profile of this stuff......You can fry eggs, or use it to cook whatever you like....it is a fat you do not want to miss.......Ideal for us LCHF folks....

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I was on a cruise for Chrismas/New Years and I did not cheat or eat anything to bring my blood glucose high. Only ate about 30 grams of carbs a day and actually lost 2 pounds on the cruise and still had a lot to eat and had a great time

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If you ask your butcher or any place where beef is processed you will find that they do collect the "Kidney Suet" which is the fat found on a cow around the kidneys and the Tenderloin! This fat has an 'exceptional' flavor regardless of how you may use it.
A good example of that and what more people may be familiar with is in Prime Rib. If you've ever had prime rib that had that big hunk of fat towards the tip that was so tasty and melted in your mouth like cotton candy, that's considered kidney fat.

My dad was a butcher and one of his favorite things to do was take a beef and pork roast and cook them in the same roaster. The pork made the beef taste better which I'm sure is why that cheese burger tasted so good!

Another thing you can do with that left over bacon grease is use it to make pop corn, yummy.

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My little win for today is discovering how many different ways I can use cauliflower crumbles. Since I tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to cooking, Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley is my new best friend! With 5 carbs per cup (3 net carbs) I can easily make a meal out of these in a gazillion different ways.

Okay, not quite a gazillion, but a lot!

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My little win for today is discovering how many different ways I can use cauliflower crumbles. Since I tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to cooking, Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley is my new best friend! With 5 carbs per cup (3 net carbs) I can easily make a meal out of these in a gazillion different ways.

Okay, not quite a gazillion, but a lot!
I just looked at what they have now and I think I love you!!!!!

there are a few things that green giant is doing that will help me

THANKS FOR POSTING THIS!!!

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I just looked at what they have now and I think I love you!!!!!

there are a few things that green giant is doing that will help me

THANKS FOR POSTING THIS!!!
I might try to save a list of all the different variations I doing with this. So far, Faux Fried Rice is a favorite of mine, but I also like to fry them more crisp for a Faux Hash-browns as a side for eggs and bacon.

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That's great, Cricket. I'm on the prowl for easy/lazy. It's silly that I can buy a whole cauliflower and look at it for days until it starts taking on a mottled grey ... my version of watching paint dry!

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