Sunday, June 30, 2013

I had a Cheeseburger!!!!

and my blood sugar number was ok! :)
So..... we've been eating out a lot more lately. Even with GD. I just have to be really careful about what I choose to eat. Been testing the waters at California Pizza Kitchen and Outback.
At CPK the other night I had the Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Fettuccine and a Wedge Salad. It's really awesome when restaurants post all of their nutritional information online, in a printable PDF. I can quickly go through and eye-ball what I can and cannot eat. The Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Fettuccine uses mostly zucchini cut into thin strips as the "pasta" part of the dish. It did have some noodles, but not what you might see at the Olive Garden. It was delicious and after a 30-minute walk, my number was 111.
Outback makes it a little harder. You have to create your meal. So I put together two dishes last Tuesday when I had girls night. I knew I could have a 6-ounce steak with mashed potatoes OR a side salad and veggie side dish. Or, I could have  Fresh Tilapia With Pure Lump Crabmeat with a side salad and veggie side dish. I had the  Fresh Tilapia With Pure Lump Crabmeat and it was delicious! And staring me in the face was the bread. Ooooooh the bread looked yummy. Even better? Outback's mobile app is SUPER quick. I was able to look up the bread and can have 1/4 the loaf they put on the table. (Which FYI, is hard to eat only 1/4 the loaf.)
Jason and I went to Outback tonight. I didn't really want steak or fish and decided to look up the nutritional value of the.... Cheeseburger. And it's 46 carbs! So I had the cheeseburger with steamed green beans. I cut 1/2 of the bottom bun off and a little off the top bun. I figure the bun is probably 44 of the 46 carbs on the burger. I maybe shaved off 10 carbs of bun. (I'll take a scale next time... just kidding!). I also ate 1/4 the load of bread (around 11 carbs.) And two hours after dinner, my number was 107!! I am pretty excited. The cheeseburger was good and I didn't think I'd actually get to eat a decent one (that I didn't have to cook) until after the baby was here.
I glanced over at Red Robin's nutritional info. They have one of the worst websites honestly. It's super interactive and annoying to maneuver. However, I can have a cheeseburger there... if I get it without their super carby mayo. (Mayo? Who knew?!) However, the thing I love most at RR is the french fries. I do miss french fries. But it's all worth it. In the end I get to have a healthy baby and great delivery to look forward too -- and just have to deal without french fries for another 8 weeks.
I should add that I have been on my feet most of the day (and weekend.) I finally organized all the baby clothes I own. A lot came from my mom, some I purchased, and um... yea..I guess that's it.... but if Carter's made it, I probably own it. For the 0-3 month category, I own more than 30 onesies! Some of these are going to have to go back for larger sizes or clothes like pants and shirts. I'll wait until after my baby shower when I'll probably get even more onesies and newborn and 0-3 month clothes. I only have two newborn outfits. My mom gave birth to 3 babies - and me and my brother were both over 8 pounds. I would expect the same, except for the GD diagnosis. Now I'll probably be induced early and have a 6 pound baby. And my friends D & K will be running out to buy me a newborn wardrobe from Once Upon a Child.  I have individual pictures of the clothes posted on facebook. I even own doubles of a few items, in different sizes. And I'm pretty sure I'll get a few more doubles at the baby shower. *shrug* Oh well, that's what receipts are for! :)
Off topic - I haven't logged my meals since Friday night. I need to get back to doing that because I have no clue what I had for dinner last night... wait, I'm remebering, leftovers. It's nice to compare my good and bad blood sugar numbers to certain meals to see what caused a high number or good number.

Meal plan this week:
Monday night - Steak. :)
Tuesday night - Sloppy Joes
Wednesday night - Japanese Steakhouse for our 1 year Wedding Anniversary (which is actually Tuesday...)
Thursday - *shrug* It's the 4th. Leftovers? Eat out every meal?
That's as afar as I got with meal planning. :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Some meals are so simple it's stupid.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Chop 1 white or yellow onion into long thin strips
Cut into strips 3-4 peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, Orange)
Cut 2 pounds of chicken (skinless/boneless). Chop each breast into 2 pieces.

Layer in crock pot:

Add on top 1 packet of fajita seasoning mixed with ~1 cup of Chicken Stock or Water.

Let cook on low all day long. Shred the chicken.

And BAM, this is what you have!

Ok, maybe there's some extras in there. Like finding low-carb tortillas (La Tortilla is your best choice) and adding some extras like avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. You can add beans & rice if you wanted, but I didn't want to bother with the extra carbs.
The meal is really simple. I would also recommend this a freezer meal. Pre-chop the onion, peppers, and chicken, add the fajita seasoning and freeze. Then you just have to pick up the extra fixens. And we cheated by buying already shredded lettuce. I don't mind chopping tomatoes, but eh, lettuce.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Weekly what?

My blogs are all over the place now.... so I'm going to try and organize it better.
Schedule & Work Out
So if I'm not at my home (working, sleeping, cleaning) then I will be one of two other places:
Doctor's Office
Hospital (Baby clasess and Ultrasounds)
Maryland Heights Center (Gym & Aquaport)

And that will be my life until the kiddo comes.

I have weekly doctor's appointments on top of my weekly ultrasounds (which start July 12th). I also have baby classes every Thursday evening through the beginning of August.

We have River Walking on Wednesday nights, and I try to squeeze in one or two other nights at the gym with Dave. Lately it's just been one other night. And if I'm not working out with Dave or at Riverwalk or at Baby Class, I have to log 30-40 minutes on the treadmill. It's getting harder too and I have to wear a belly band to support my belly. But the walking is important. It keeps my number down and that's the most important thing I should concentrate on right now.

I just signed up for prenatal yoga. It's on Sunday evenings at 4pm so it won't interfere too much with other things.
Work is getting even harder. I need to get in 2-3 Springfield trips before I'm unable to travel (After August 10th, no travel) and to make up for the 2-3 missed hours a week for doctor appointments and ultrasounds, I'm working almost every day from 6:45am - 5:30pm. (I take lunch to decompress from the computer time..) I guess it's good I don't have to commute far for work.  Every once in a while I wish my doctor would put me on bedest so I could just sleep the rest of my pregnancy. But then I get up and walk around and think "fuck that, I don't want to lay in bed all day."
Had the strangest dream two nights ago. Baby G was born 5 weeks early and was a GIRL!! We didn't have a girl name picked out, and have been calling "her" by "her" boy name for weeks while she's in the womb. She was a very angry baby. I feel like in the dream it was a month later and we still hadn't agreed on her name. Poor baby. Luckily I've had 2 ultrasounds to confirm boy. And I will totally be asking during my other ultrasounds to triple check! I have all these boy clothes!
Random things
My wedding anniversary is next Tuesday!!! I'm looking forward to having next Thursday off. (Though for awhile I was convinced the 4th was on Wednesday.)
We ordered new furniture and it'll be delivered Friday! We sold our other (very large) living room furniture and cleaned the carpeted living room really well. We even rented a rug doctor and went over the carpet twice for a deep clean. I still need to give the kitchen floor a HUGE deep clean.

I made an appointment next Monday for my car to have the timing belt changed. A quick google shows that on a Toyota Highlander that usually while changing the timing belt the dealer or mechanic suggests changing the water pump also since the labor is 98% covered by the timing belt change. Firestone didn't recommend that. And they usually are on top of their game. I do like my Firestone. The guys are nice, they give it to me straight on what is more needed, what is less needed. And they also have done all my maintenance on my Highlander since I bought it. (Richmond and St. Louis.)
Gestational Diabetes
The diet is harder some days. Some days I fail miserably. I had to send Jason to work with the cookies today. I think I ate 10 yesterday. (5 is a serving). And man, I want to chug soda ALL DAY LONG. I miss not passing Quiktrip on the way to work. :(
I also go through some really shitty moments where I am starving. I would kill for a cheeseburger or donut right now. I think this ecard describes my mood most of the time. Especially if I am *waiting* on food at a restaurant or drive thru. They should have a "pregnant" sign to make sure you keep me happy because I am so much more irritable when I'm carrying around 12 extra pounds, all in my abdomen, and am hungry.

Doctor appointment next Tuesday to discuss my latest numbers. They are so-so. It sucks that sometimes I have to eat full-fat/high calorie foods (like ice cream or peanut butter or ranch dressing) in order to meet my carb levels, calorie requirements, and keep my number's in range. A yogurt and string cheese doesn't give me the same fasting number as ice cream and a string cheese. Ice cream actually gives me a better number. It's just so stupid sometimes.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

10 Weeks!!

Even though I am officially 29 weeks... I just don't see myself getting to September. Sometimes I think I'll be lucky to make it halfway through August. I think some of the worry is coming from the fact that things aren't done and there is a lot I want to do and not a lot of empty weekends.

My doctor's appointment was canceled Friday afternoon but I was able to send my glucose numbers to my doctor. I was prescribed Glyburide, a small dose, for at bedtime. This should help my fasting numbers. Most of my breakfast numbers are ok. I have a couple high ones, but it's all a learning experience. All my lunch numbers are fabulous! I have a lot more high dinner hits and need to concentrate on eating wiser, especially when I am outside the house.

I have to be wiser about some snacks too. While I want to eat the entire box of toaster strudels or container of cookies, it's not really a good idea for baby. Tonight's snack was strawberries, sugar free Hershey's syrup, and cool whip. And a cheese stick. I always need to eat protein with a snack. Ice cream & Cheese Stick, Hummus & Cheese Stick, Eggo & Cheese Stick, Cookies & Cheese sticks. 
Because of the GD, I will start weekly ultrasounds at week 32 which is July 12. Week 36 (Aug 9) is a longer US including a growth scan to measure the baby. I could be ready to delivery anytime after this. If I go with my hypothesis of Week 37 - I'm giving birth between August 16th and August 22. And I think August 20th will be it. It's right in between Grandpa's & Melissa's Birthday. Just a guess. Today we joked that Melissa will never get to celebrate her birthday by herself. 
In June 2011 I predicted the Cardinals would win the World Series that year on Thursday October 27th. (Yes, I have the saved screenshot from facebook!) I was one day off, but it's because of a rain delay. I could be totally right on Baby G gracing us with his presence on August 20th. 
Things I want to do:
  • Sleep.
  • Eat a donut.
  • Sleep some more.
Wait, what is this list? Looks like my hopes and dreams.  
Things I need to do:
  • Deep clean kitchen floor. I hope to tackle this next weekend the 28th and 29th. Volunteers are welcome!
  • Paint nursery. (I won't actually do this, but it needs done.)
  • Wash all baby clothes.
  • Wash all diapers.
  • Clean everything. Clean everything again.
  • Get nursery organized. All the furniture is put together and in there, but the closet still needs cleaned out and redone.
Things planned for the summer:
  • Lake trip!  
  • Cardinals Game! We have tickets to a few games.
  • Baby Shower!
  • Shopping! 
I'm working on creating a "chore" chart. It's nothing too complicated, but I hate cleaning and push it off until the house is so dirty that I can turn on the attic fan and it sucks all the dog hair and dust out. (Ok, just kidding....) I think I'm going to divide it up by rooms. If I can dedicate 15 minutes an evening to cleaning one room, Jason won't have to spend two hours on the weekends (after mowing the lawn) vacuuming. Yea, I said that. I don't vacuum, I used to, but I married a man that does it! But I feel bad because it's not hard, I can do it. I just know that he will. So part of this is for me. Because I am more than capable of cleaning. I just need to stop putting it off. So that's the new plan. One room a day, 15 minutes each day. Of course the kitchen will get 5 minutes a day of making sure the dishwasher is emptied/filled and counters are cleaned off.

Got my Highlander in for an oil change. I rolled over 90,000 miles recently. Firestone informed me that my timing belt is the next important thing I need to take care of. Couple things - at least if my timing belt calls it quits, it won't kill my engine like some old cars. But I will be stranded.... and well, it's summer. I'm pregnant. And most of my driving is to Springfield and back. Being stranded on my way to the gym, not a huge deal.... being stranded on a hot summer day while 7 or 8 months pregnant? Yea... that's ok. We'll go ahead and spend the $400 to replace my timing belt. Since I plan to drive the car forever, and the timing belt won't last forever, it will be a good investment.

Tonight was nice... Jason is helping his brother rearrange furniture so Monday and I have been curled up in bed. We watched Mission Impossible 2 (Thanks Amazon Prime) and ate french fries. Just kidding! I had that snack, Monday didn't get any. And no french fries right now. My sister jokes that she always gives Monday french fries. She might, whatever.

Next weekend Jason & his brother are having a HUGE yard sale at their Mom's house. They have a lot of stuff to sell - some of their mom's furniture, and she collected older "antique" pieces, and just all the normal stuff you have when a parent dies and need to clean out their household.  Hopefully they are able to clear it all out so Tim & Crystal can make the house 110% theirs. (So next weekend I get the weekend to myself again.)

On Saturday July 6 Jason has to go to Terracon Bloomington to clean out the office. Him and 4 other coworkers are going up to bring everything back. So I get Saturday to myself! I hope A will be here, but she's still trying to figure out her travel schedule that week.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Now enterting the 3rd trimester!

Only 12 weeks to go! Which seems like 3 months but it's really like 2.5.

Baby G is kicking and very active! He rolls around and responds to his (secret) name. My abs are getting quite a workout from growing a human.

I had some great doctor appointments these past couple days and learned a lot more helpful info about GD. Meeting with the actual OBGYN was the best. I've mostly been seeing residents and since my actual doctor (who I do love) is still on her own maternity leave, I got to finally meet with Dr. W. Who is fabulous! She will actually deliver Baby G and if needed, help with the c-section.

According to the doctor's office, I've only gained 12 pounds so far this pregnancy. And with the controlled diet I shouldn't see much weight gain above that. According to my own chart, and recent weight loss, I've gained 16. I'm cool with that. It's better then the projected 30 had. But I'm not worried - if I gain weight, I gain weight, the baby needs it.

My doctor will not let me go past my due date. So Baby G will make his grand appearance before September 7! If I am able to maintain my sugar levels, then I can go up to my due date. If it's too hard to control with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin, they'll induce me between 38 and 39 weeks. If Baby G is too big, it'll be a scheduled c-section. I don't want that. I don't want to shove a baby outta my vajaja either, but the kid has to come out.

One of the hardest things about a GD diet and monitoring is that I test 2 hours after a meal. This isn't a huge deal after breakfast, but at lunch and dinner I'm not eating enough and am hungry an hour after eating. This isn't a big deal but I have to test at 2 hours after eating, and I don't want to throw off my numbers by eating more. Mostly, I'll think "Oh, I'm eating this and that" and forget to prep "that" until half hour after I'm done eating.

I had ice cream Thursday night! I was craving it and so we headed to the grocery store to check it out. I wound up picking out Edy's Slow Churned Smores. :) I've been craving Smores since we set up or fire pit and kept seeing the Smores kit at Sam's Club. But can't have them now. I can't imagine how many carbs are in a smore. I like the Smore ice cream bcause it's like Rocky Road where the nuts are replaced with graham cracker. It was a good treat and my fasting number the next morning was a-ok. I did eat a cheese stick right before the ice cream. I have to balance carbs and protein.

It's also recommended I eat around 1800 calories a day. I'm not sure if I should have like 2 cheese sticks with each meal to help me get there or steak with each meal. It's a juggling act.

As of today (Saturday), I've been following the GD diet for 10 days and have lost 5.6 pounds. It sounds like a *ton*, especially for a pregnant chick, but I honestly think it's kinda fake. I ate a lot of junk a few weeks ago that probably packed on some extra sodium and water weight. As long as the baby is growing well, my doctor won't be concerned with weight loss. As I learn how to eat more and hit my 1800 calorie mark, I shouldn't see much more weight loss. I think. I've read that I need around 2100 calories during my 3rd trimester if I am sedentary. Well now I have to walk 30-minutes almost every day, so I need more to make up those (minimal) calories burned. Remember though that the baby will get the nutrients he needs. He'll take it from my fat, bones, hair, nails, skins.... and I'm still taking my vitamins at night. My vitamin list - I take a prenatal, DHA, B-12, and a calcium. Hopefully Baby G is getting everything he needs from those.
I spend a lot more time building recipes in spark and making sure I'm within the carb limit. Grandma made my favorite dessert for lunch tomorrow. It's called "Meghan's Cherry Delight" and is the easiest thing to make. It's an angel food cake ripped into pieces, covered with instant vanilla pudding, and then once that is chilled, spread cherry pie filling on top. See picture. From the last time she made it, Father's Day 2008. (Thanks Facebook for dating things!)
While we don't want to tell Grandma that I have GD, mom tried to explain to her that with the family history of Type 2 Diabetes that the doctor has me watching my sugars. Then Grandma pulls out her "I made it with sugar free ingredients!" comments she always uses. The crazy thing I have learned (and that grandma has been told but doesn't listen to), is that Sugar Free or Fat Free or Low Fat things have MORE carbs and worse ingredients then just eating full-fat items. Check out the labels for yogurt and salad dressing the next time you are at the store!
So yea, tomorrow's desert - none for Meghan. :( And it's MY dessert. It's named after me! But it's ok. I can probably take home a small dish to eat before bed. And come baby day, grandma can make me another one. I've also added Olive Garden to a list of wants after the baby is born. I'm glad they post their nutritional info, it's a wake up call to not eat there!
Tonight's dinner is Tortellini Soup. I can eat 1/2 of a roll with it. And a movie with my honey. We got Gangster Squad (I think?) from Red Box.

After the movie - WHOA. Do not EAT while watching Gangster Squad. That's why I get for not knowing what all a movie was about before renting it. I got it, Mobsters, Mickey Cohen, some deaths expected. Movie was good overall. But no need to lie at the end. Cohen is a real mobster, but you can't change the end of to make the movie look better. That'd be like changing the end of Titanic from the ship sinking and 99% of the people dying to the engine catching fire and people were on board for days without working toilets. Ok, maybe Gangster Squad wasn't that drastic, but it might as well have been! It was good though. I like it. I laughed, I cried, I groaned... worth the $1.29.

Finally finished switching the nursery and office. Almost have the office completely cleaned and organized. Will post a picture later. Nursery isn't painted yet, so pictures of that will come way later. The main furniture is assembled and in there. Waiting on (to buy) my rocker/recliner from Weekends Only.

Happy Father's Day Sunday!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Things I can't eat

I'm starting a list of things I can't eat while handling GD. It's not quite like Weight Watchers where everything is allowed in moderation... there are just some things I shouldn't put in my body while I have GD.
  1. Donuts
  2. Skittles
  3. Sugary Sno Cones (totally had a sugar free one)
  4. Sushi - because the rolls I like and that are safe for pregnant women are fried or just a lot of rice
  5. Ice Cream - Some GD people can eat Ice Cream, I don't think I can or should try.
  6. Sugary Soda (not really something I drank anyway.)
  7. Ted Drewes. *fuckity fuck fuck* I hadn't made it there yet this summer, and I'm not sure I got there last summer. So come baby day, someone is bringing me a Dutchman!!!! Because you know what? Now that I can't have it, I want it *that* much more!
  8. French Fries, in general. I love Chick FilA french fries most. I can still eat 9 Tator Tots in a serving. :)
  9. Pizza - It's hard to figure out the carbs in pizza. :-(
  10. Chinese/Thai Food. Again, it's just too dang hard to figure it out!
I haven't really thought of anything else. And I don't really miss sweets all that bad. I have some "sweets" I can have like Sugar Free Jell-O snack packs and Fiber One brownies.

I am really low on calories. I am averaging around 1600-1700 a day! Pregnant women need around 2100. The baby will take what he needs. From my bones and my own nutrients.

My two favorite snacks right now are hummus & peppers and peanut butter & celery. Both are high calorie low carb snacks. Watermelon still ranks up there too - I'm enjoying it daily or twice a day. I actually find I need to eat more crabs and work hard to make sure I'm eating enough. Sometimes it's adding carrots or watermelon to the meal.

Thursday is a doctor appointment. I have lots of questions wrote down concerning GD and the future care of my pregnancy. Some GD women require special tests or more frequent ultrasounds. I've already missed enough work for doctor appointments, I don't really want to sit at the hospital waiting for another lengthy ultrasound. I'm not sure how she'll feel about the calorie counts or my sugar numbers. She might send me to a nutritionist. I have to say that when given my meter and instructions, I was given one sheet of paper that didn't have much, if any, relevant information on it. They had handwrote my sugar level goals and didn't actually write any carb goals. Kinda just on your own to figure it out.

When we went grocery shopping last weekend I also picked out a few Lean Cuisines like the Sesame Chicken and a couple Pizzas because they are tasty and will fill the craving I have for said food. I don't always like Lean Cuisine meals because they are high in sodium, but I am only concentrating on one thing right now - carbs.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

GD and the Weekend

I hate pinterest. Why are all my friends pinning pictures about sweets and pasta? Buggard.

The lack of calories I am eating is interesting. No wonder GD women lose weight.
Friday night we went shopping. Bought lots of healthy snacks like veggies and hummus and peanut butter and string cheese. A lot of the things we purchased I consider "convenience foods" because they are packaged in their serving size. Like the hummus and peanut butter. I hate measuring out 2 tablespoons of PB.. it's a useless thing to measure since it's so sticky.
Remember - I am supposed to aim for 45-60 carbs at each meal, and 15 for snacks.
I also should have a fasting number of <95, and 2 hours after the meal, <120.
My numbers Friday were great!
My carb numbers and readings were:
B - 16c; 97 mg/dL
L - 66c; 103
D - 61c; 87
Walking after dinner
I ate a lot of little snacks throughout the day and had 1695 calories, 232 carbs and only 85 grams of protein.

Saturday, I took a down turn after dinner.
Fasting - 89
B - 28c; 99
(I worked out with Dave between breakfast and taking my reading.)
L - 25c; 91
D - 78c; 153
For lunch I had Jimmy Johns. I got the Unwhich which made my sandwich 8 carbs. So I had to make up some carbs elsewhere -- so I chose chips. :) My sandwich (#12 Beach Club) with bread is 71 carbs. I wonder what my number would have looked like?
Dinner was a rough estimate based on the amount of lasagna I ate. I'm working with mom to get it built in recipe builder, but mom's been making it for so long that she kinda wings most of it. Hopefully it wasn't actually 78 carbs at dinner Saturday night, but it could have been less and it could have been more! I did eat a big helping, and had a salad and piece of Texas Toast. As Jason stated, almost everyone's numbers could have been elevated after the meal.
I had a sugar free sno cone and then a yogurt (11 c and 4 protein) before bed.
Saturday I ate (estimate) 2150 calories, 191 carbs, and 102 protein.
Sunday - Almost back on track
Fasting - 98
B - 28c; 146
I made a homemade egg mcmuffin. English muffin, egg, 2 tbsp cheese, sprinkle of bacon bits. A lot of things I read said that some people just can't handle carbs for breakfast. Tomorrow I will try my trusty slice of toast and two eggs.
L - 56c; 111
For lunch I made 2 ounces of pasta with 1/2 cup of marina sauce and a chicken sausage link (Sam's Club.) I measured out and only cooked 2 ounces of pasta. I also premeasured 2 ounces of pasta out into zip lock bags for the future.
D - 37c; 113
Dinner was a 4 ounce top sirloin, Hawaiian roll (16 carbs) and salad. I measured and weighed everything (I have been weighing my other food already, like watermelon snacks and other things already....) 4 ounces of romaine lettuce has 4 carbs! My salad added up to 15 carbs and in the end weighed 12 ounces. It was hearty. I also had Heinz 57 steak sauce with my steak - measured out the portion.
I ate 1568 calories today, 164 carbs, and 67 grams of protein. We didn't eat breakfast until 10am, no snack, lunch at 1pm, watermelon snack, and then dinner at 7:45.
Hopefully tomorrow my numbers will be good.
Some of my favorite snacks - Watermelon, Pudding Cups, Fiber One Brownies, String Cheese, Yogurt, Peppers & Hummus, and Celery & Peanut Butter.
General menu plan for the week includes:
Leftover steak (we also grill up two each)
Possibly eat a sweet potato
Sloppy Joes (found a 20-carb bun!)
Beef strognaoff, if I can find some decent noodles.
Lots of salads!
I'm still trying to figure out the balance of how many carbs to eat and what type. Obviously my Sunday night dinner carbs were mostly based on a Sweet Roll and Condiment. The salad was a good chunk, but maybe I should have eaten some potato with it? I don't actually understand if I am supposed to be eating minimum or maxiums. Or just playing it by ear a few days to find my perfect carb numbers.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Follow Up - Nutrition of Tater Tot Casserole

So.... in regards to "not eating enough". I think it's true. I just made 6 more Tator Tot Casseroles and built the recipe in Spark to determine the nutrition value and most importantly, carb value. I was worried about how many carbs were in it and limiting those.

Here it is:
I based this on a few factors.
My bulk recipe makes six 8x8 casseroles. When Jason asks how much I want, I tell him "9 tots". As in, dish me out 9 tots and the layers under them.
I stuck with the "9 tots" because a serving of Tater Tots is 9.
Each casserole has 41 tots on top.

So each casserole has about 4.5 servings per casserole. We sometimes get 5, some people get 4 depending on how hungry they are.
As you can see, after all the ingredients are added up, most of the Carbs still come from the Tater Tots. The soup has some carbs and it should be another 4 carbs from the soup. (I must go check this.) Even thing, I'm still only getting 24 carbs for one serving. I do need to eat more. Maybe not all of it in Tater Tot Casserole (or extra Tater Tots), but adding other carbs, fruit, brown rice, ect to the meal.
And yes, maybe eating more of the casserole. It's full of protein and veggies so it isn't bad for you! :-)
On that note, I think lunch today will be salad and tater tots. :-)

Friday, June 7, 2013

GD - Major change the next 92 days!

Tuesday 6/3
I know it's random, I know it's nothing I did, but it happened. I have GD. Gestational Diabetes. (What is it exactly? Read about it here.) And it totally blows. I haven't gone to the doctor yet - I'm in Springfield Wednesday and Thursday but will on Friday. They will reassure me that it's not the end of the world. That it's not my fault.
So until then I will read as much as possible. It's really hard to go out on the road right after learning this. What can I eat? What shouldn't I eat? Probably not chips. I know it's about controlling carbs, but then I read it's also about making sure you eat enough carbs? What? There's a perfect number? I'm screwed.
I just want an easy manual. Or a chef to come in and make all my meals for me and hand me food when I am supposed to eat. That's another problem - I forget to eat snacks. I sit at my desk and get up when I'm out of water or the dog is pacing and I need her to go lay back down. (Or, she decides to sit in the corner..)
No, seriously, Monday has been sitting in the corner. And not just sitting IN the corner, but STARING into the corner. It's super strange. I don't know why. I didn't yell at her, she does her own thing 98% of the time while I'm working. But just now (Tuesday night) and yesterday afternoon she came into the office, sat in the corner, and then turned and stared at the corner. She'll turn her head to look at me if I move.
So tonight for dinner, french fries and a philly cheesesteak. My last good meal for the next three months.
I hate how fruit has carbs. I think that's totally unfair! I am working my way through a watermelon right now. It is soooooo delicious.

After reading a lot on BabyCenter, I don't quite understand it all. I probably need to eat more carbs. And the snacks. I don't usually snack in the evenings.

Wednesday June 5
Traveled for work today. I have drank a LOT of water. The estimate I read is that you should drink (in ounces) half your weight. So.. I'm looking at over 100 ounces of water a day. That's a lot of water. I have my 24-ounce Tervis Tumbler. I use a straw and just keep it below my chin and sip on it... and BAM, it takes me around 10 minutes of report writing to drink all the water. Repeat. All throughout the day.

I drank two glasses of water on the drive down. And a 16-ounce iced coffee. Yes, of course I stopped twice to pee. I also read that frequent urination is a sign of have GD and being Hyperglycemic. (Signs of hyperglycemic includes increased thirst, headaches, frequent urination, fatigue).

I'm sorry, but if you want me to drink 100 ounces of water a day - where do you think that's going to go? I'm already swollen like a plump sausage. And shit yes I'm tired. I'm GROWING A HUMAN BEING.

I had Panera for dinner. That's right! But I built my meal and made sure it was in the "recommended" amounts. (I had half a salad and half a sandwich.) My doctor could change these - but this is what I understand so far.

1 carb serving is 15 grams, 1 protein serving is 1 ounce of meat or 7 grams
Breakfast: 15-30g carbs, 1 protein
Snack: 15 g carbs, 1 protein
Lunch: 30-60 carbs, 2-3 proteins
Snack: 30 g carbs, 2 proteins
Dinner: 30-60 carbs, 3 proteins
Snack (before bed): 30 g carbs, 1-2 proteins

Carb range: 150-225

So yea. That's a lot of snacks. I don't even OWN snack food right now. I guess it's good I had to clean out the fridge? That's a lot of snack for right before bedtime too. Did you know a banana (small, 6") has 23 carbs? *sigh* And who measures their banana? Really! FYI: Pickle Spears have 1 carb.

I had 205 carbs today. Give or take an estimate on the Mom's homemade lasagna I ate for lunch and a the watermelon. I don't have a scale here - not really sure how much I ate.

It looks like I will be living on a lot or protein powder these next few months. My Protein Powder has 25 grams of protein and 1 carb gram. So I can mix it with some fruit and water and call it a snack.

Thursday June 6
Breakfast? McDonalds. Egg Light Delight McMuffin & Small Iced Coffee, Sugar Free Vanilla. It's a little over the carb level. If the doctor doesn't cut my minimal caffeine intake, I need to find a way to get carb free flavored coffee.

I let work get away from again... I got hungry about 10am, but now it's 10:47. I'm leaving for lunch at 11:30. Must eat small snack to get me through the next 45 minutes.

Friday June 7
Rest of the day yesterday went ok. I had a Taco Salad for lunch and the estimate on MyNetDiary is not that bad! On my drive home from Springfield I ate the rest of my watermelon and strawberries and Jason had dinner ready when I got home. Seriously, how did people do it before cell phones? I call him 10 minutes out and dinner is on the table when I get home! We had leftover lasagna... my mom's the best.

This morning we went to the doctor. Jason went so he could also learn and listen since two sets of ears are better than my don't prick me attitude and "I think drinking Orange Sugar is a bogus way to test me." It went well. We tested my blood sugar at 8:20 which was almost two hours after eating. My level was 97 which is way below the range suggested to me for 2 hours after eating. Hopefully all my tests go well and I can control it with diet. I really don't want to take a pill and I especially don't want to be on insulin.

I have had my ups and downs throughout the day. I am not eating enough and seem to be crashing a lot. Again, I actually need to eat MORE to control this.

Today I ate
Breakfast @645: 2 eggs, piece of toast (16 carbs)
Snack @9:00: Trail Mix Bar (24 Cs) (I was in the car at this time for a work errand.)
Snack @ 10:45: Watermelon (8 ounces is 17 Cs)
Lunch @ 11:45: Mom's Leftover Lasagna (Unsure, but rough estimate is 40 carbs) and more Watermelon (12 ounces is 26 Cs)
Snack @ 3pm: 1/3 Jay Robb Protein Powder w/ Banana (23Cs, all Banana)
(I really started to crash at 4pm too... I should have done full scoop of protein powder.)
Snack @ 5:30: can of Green Beans (10 Cs)
Dinner: Chick Fil A CharGrilled Chicken Sandwich with fruit cup (instead of fries) and one packet of Honey Roast BBQ Sauce (60 Cs).
Snack: Sugar Free Pudding Cup (14 Cs)

So I totaled.. 232 carbs with 85 grams of protein. I need more protein.

Doc has suggested I follow the 15 carbs per snack and 45-60 carbs per meal.
Breakfast: 45-60
Snack: 15
Lunch: 45-60
Snack: 15
Dinner: 45-60
Snack: 15
That's a range of 180 to 225.

My Blood Sugar Levels I need to meet are:
Fasting (first thing in morning): <95
Two hours after a meal: <120

My numbers today:
2 hours after breakfast = 97
2 hours after lunch = 103
2 hours after dinner = 87.

Yea... I call Uncle on this whole thing. I did spend an hour after dinner causally strolling Sams Club and Wal Mart as we replaced most of our condiments and stocked up on healthy snacks with low carb values.

I think more protein and more exercise will be my biggest changes. Diet is easy to control. It's actually not that hard, I've done it before. The doctor today even said I was already more knowledgeable than most people she sees. Hopefully the rest of the weekend and next week goes well with testing and eating. And unfortunately, yes, I will probably be a food snob for a few weeks while I get the hang of it. Bringing my own food or snacks and making sure I take the time to do extra research for each meal I eat out. But remember, in the end, it's all for Baby G. He's worth this 92 days of change. :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

What's in your fridge?

After a major clean out, this is what we have in our fridge & freezer. 

Top shelf - Bread, Apples, Bagels, Cool Whip, Salad (for dinner tonight), chopped onion.
Second Shelf - Eggs, Watermelon, Soda, Ground Turkey (behind the soda), Cheese in the drawer
Third Shelf - Questionable Margarine, Apple Juice, Garlic, Orange Juice, Leftover Tator Tot Casserole, and Strawberries.
Bottom Drawers - Butter and Juice
Door - Nothing.

Our sad freezer. :(
Ice, Texas Toast, Eggos, Asian Lettuce Wraps, Veggies, Chicken Sausage, and Sweet Potato Mac 'n Cheese. In the door are some popsicles, ice packs, and Fish Oil Vitamins.

The Asian Lettuce Wraps & Sweet Potato Mac 'n Cheese came from the potluck exchange last night.

Mom gave us a lasagna and it's in the oven. I also just made an Angel Food Cake so we can have strawberry shortcake.

I have to use the ground turkey and onion to make more Tator Tot Casseroles. Good news is I have a lot of room for them in the upstairs freezer.

Our downstairs freezer is full and it's good - it helped everything in the deep freeze remain frozen. Probably helped a little that the deep freeze is in the basement where it remained a little cooler.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tornadoes and Power and our own Murphy

Our house was without power from 8pm on Friday night to Sunday afternoon. It's the longest we've ever been without power. And the longest I've been without power for as long as I can remember. Even when I lost power during a Hurricane/Tropical Storm in Richmond... I think we lost power.

In the end we are grateful, we only lost food. Nearby people lost their entire homes and are still without power. However, it's getting too close to comfort. It's an inconvenience, and I really hate how much money we threw away. We had just gone shopping on Friday at Sam's Club & Wal Mart for some groceries. For the most part, we salvaged all of those by taking them to my parents. We also took some of the more expensive items like our huge bag of cheese ($11 for like 10 pounds at Sams Club) and Orange Juice (800 ounces, again, Sam's Club), and the cinnamon rolls, because they are yummy. :)  We also took a few important things from the upstairs freezer and put downstairs in our deep freeze and we took a few things to a friend's house. 

We headed out to my parents on Saturday before lunch. We dropped off a few freezer things at E's house. She had a potluck exchange tonight where you bring a casserole to eat, a casserole to give to everyone and they bring one for you. It was a small group and I'm lucky I had extra Tator Tot Casserole's in the freezer.I had planned to make more - I had just bought everything to do it! Without power it was a little harder to make them and worry about freezing them. 

However, due to the lack of power, we ate out breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Luckily because the potluck dinner tonight we didn't have to worry about that. And mom fed us well. We also had to spend some money on ice and an extra tank of gas (to mom and dad's and back), and to be prepared for the "damaging hail", we purchased two tarps to cover up the possibility of broken windows on Jason's car. We figured purchasing the tarps would help prevent the hail - it worked. But we should have bought a generator! 

So now, when all is said and done - we are looking at purchasing a generator. It'll hopefully never be used to run our freezer or fridge, but we need to be prepared. The past couple of years the tornadoes have become more frequent and seem to always be close to us. We also are looking to purchase a Survival Kit of some sort. We don't need the Zombie Apocalypse kit or anything that has a weeks worth of food and bazooka,  but we need something in case our house is leveled and we happen to be stuck in the basement for a few hours, or at minimum a day if like a 10-mile wide tornado flattens our area. The tornadoes that have been hitting our area have taken out a few houses here and there and then leaves a lot of nearby houses with damaged roofs. 

So the Murphy - we are replacing some things in our fridge/freezer. Like the condiments and ice cream. It wasn't in our grocery budget to purchase new condiments, and we'll slowly build them back up. Mom sent us home with a lasagna and that will be dinner tomorrow night. I need to think about other things to eat this week - like Sloppy Joes and maybe making Spaghetti-Os again. And I'm going to add "purchasing a generator" to the Murphy list. While it's something we can review and spend a month saving for, it's still something that is important.