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Old 06-17-2013, 22:45   #11
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I'm just having a hard time finding things to eat that are easy to prepare. I eat a lot of fried bacon, onions and cabbage because I like it and its super easy. But I'm getting tired of it.
I looked at some recipes but I'm wanting something more basic.
I'm just tired. Thanks for being here.
You can have some of the meals that you enjoyed if you'll let yourself become creative. Pull a recipe out of something whose main ingredient isn't a carb and see what substitutions can be made for carb laden ingredients. For example, if you have meatloaf recipe, substitute bread crumbs with crushed pork rinds, go easy on the onions, but load the recipe up with lots of cheese (blue cheese crumbles are my favorite).

People make ice cream or something close to it by substitution. There are lots of comfort foods, search the recipe section, and some don't take anytime at all! I've gotten to making lots of different stuff and my wife will ask me to make some over again because she likes the recipes (she's not diabetic).

One recipe you have to make are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs (PB Fat Bombs in the recipe section)! They are to die for! You just dump the ingredients in a microwavable bowl, heat for about a minute, spoon into a candy mold (I have a silicone mold from Wilton of 24 squares) stick into the freezer until hard, pop them out and use them for candy! I always have them around!

I make a float using RC Cola's Cherry Cola (sweetened with Sucrose or liquid Splenda) dumping at least 3oz of Heavy Whipping Cream (probably 4oz) in a glass of ice and it really tastes like an ice cream float! Great way to get my fat up without a spike. This doesn't take anytime at all to make, just pour and go!

There are two cheesecake recipes that are killer, one takes a little time to prepare, the other is the Atkins crust-less cheese cake and is quicker. My wife asks for this one quite often.

I guess I could go on and on but the reality is that the pull out of the freezer, pull out of the package, pop in the microwave, heat for five minutes, way of eating doesn't work for us diabetics. The creative way of preparing and eating food is a little longer but oh, so much better! I'm lucky, I like to cook, and I rarely follow a recipe to the letter... much more fun to experiment! I hope you can embrace the fun in a bit of cooking... you'll find the rest of the family liking what you come up with and you don't even have to tell them its good for them!

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lots of people have anger when the diagnosis is made along with confusion as they work it out. Anger/mood can be a part of menopause too. Lots of us have anger when we stop smoking...others suffer sadness too.

Meals, I like simple ones too. I love a hamburger patty browned in a skillet with or without onions, with or without gravy made from the juice from the patty w/some dried onions and perhaps a bit of wine, thickened by full cream after being cooked down. A big side of broccoli or cooked yellow squash or both. I try to make enough of the sides for a few days. Or a small steak w/my sides. These are fast and easy and cleanup is fast.

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I love a hamburger patty browned in a skillet with or without onions, with or without gravy made from the juice from the patty w/some dried onions and perhaps a bit of wine, thickened by full cream after being cooked down. A big side of broccoli or cooked yellow squash or both. I try to make enough of the sides for a few days. Or a small steak w/my sides. These are fast and easy and cleanup is fast.
Patdart make me think of something else. Get a crockpot, load it in the morning with a roast, spices, let it cook all day, then open and dig in! It's almost fast food in terms of effort!

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You guys are great. I agree with having to "force" myself to do this. Its just a new way of living and oh how I do not like change. Thank you all!

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Its just a new way of living and oh how I do not like change.
This is good! What a bonus! Once you go through the effort to change, it'll be a lock - you'll never want to change back and be set for life
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I feel like I have stayed angry ever since my parents both died from cancer. Then I had some health issues and then diabetes diagnosis. What I have done is I meditate every day. I am a christian and I also do some gentle yoga. The anger has to leave your body or it will destroy you. I know from personal experience. It will break you down, physically emotionally till there is nothing left but bitterness. I try to look towards a bright side and sometimes it is hard. What I do about meals is I try to fix two or three up at the same time so I dont spend all day in the kitchen. Just reach in fridge grab your meal and then it is over. It is hard. Life isnt easy. I also read my bible, and I have had some low moments. But I tell myself if god leads me to it he will lead me through it, and he has, sometimes he has pulled me kicking and screaming and sometimes he has carried me. Take things one day at a time. find something to relieve the stress. Stress will kill you. Put faith in your higher power. He will help you. Hugs and prayers things get better for you.

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What I do about meals is I try to fix two or three up at the same time so I dont spend all day in the kitchen. Just reach in fridge grab your meal and then it is over.
I do that too - and it really helps. When I'm feeling flush with energy, I'll go on a cooking rampage - fixing huge batches of things for an army, then freezing in portions. I got a freezer for the garage just for this purpose!

Not only do I have ready food, but I build up variety so I don't get (too) bored.

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This is one of my favorites. Steamed cauliflower with sour cream. Better than mashed potatoes!

Oh, and I did a lot of screaming at the devil when I first got diagnosed. And I was pissed off at the doctor, and other people, because they seemed to think that somehow I brought this on myself.

And take comfort that chocolate is high in fat content, and doesn't seem to spike blood sugars. In my experience.

Chocolate also doesn't help too much if you are "crashing" (low), because of the same reason. Orange juice is the best cure for hypoglycemia. Not peanut butter, as some folks think. Peanuts are protein.

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But I tell myself if god leads me to it he will lead me through it, and he has, sometimes he has pulled me kicking and screaming and sometimes he has carried me. Take things one day at a time. find something to relieve the stress. Stress will kill you. Put faith in your higher power. He will help you. Hugs and prayers things get better for you.
This anger I have...it's not normal. I'm not angry all the time. It seems to just hit me. Believe me, I do get angry. I scream. I'm not a screamer so today when I screamed my little dog (Nemo) ran into the kitchen and looked at me. Its funny now but not at the time.

I'm with you on depending on God. He is my strength and comfort. He drags me a lot as I scream and kick...LOL But I am thankful He does.

I will cook up a storm one of these days so I'll have some food handy.
Say, my mother use to fix cucumber salad. Sliced cucumbers, some sliced onions and cream, maybe salt and pepper. Would that be okay to eat?
I'm going to buy me some cream. I can't believe I can eat that fattening cream!

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Nemo I think some anger and frustration after getting a diabetes diagnoses is pretty normal. I know there are plenty of days where I'm just tired of being diabetic and I would like just have a couple of donuts and a coke and then just sit on the couch for a while. But that's not really an option anymore so I just have to deal with it I guess. Early on I was a little bitter about the diagnosis. Oh boy I just developed a life long condition with a strict diet and it makes me confront my needle phobia multiple times a day what fantastic luck.

If the anger thing is really becoming a problem is there someone you can talk to about it?

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