Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day! Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever. Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way. (Thank you, Katy of Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)
Just to make what is sure to be a long post even longer ;) I’ll blog my Friday food in blue and my daughter’s (also T1) in green :)
Some mornings my food begins before the most important meal of the day. I’ve been having frequent low bgs between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. so it’s not unusual for my food to begin with a juicebox, glucose tabs, or a granola bar. Not today though — made it to wake up at #bgnow 121 (thanks to recent endo appt & some changes hopefully).
During the week it is the same every day (though my post bgs are not the same* — why???): 1 piece of toast (Arnold bread; I like the nutty almond the best but the last few weeks it has been Oat Nut), 20g CHO, with butter (mmmmmmmm… butter). Since my endo appointment I am trying prebolusing by at least 15 minutes (phone timer!) before eating. I should have taken a toast pic but didn’t think of it – will try to do better at lunch.
If the Bear could eat cookies or candy for breakfast, she would. She often has dry cereal (some kinds might as well be cookies) but today we were out so she had a scrambled egg (!). She is a terrible eater so I nearly fell over when she requested an egg. She ate the whole thing too. Along with ketchup. Then had 8 “club” crackers (18g CHO). She will next eat at snack at school around 10 a.m.
*note: at endo appt we identified that though my 1-2 hour pp tests were wildly different after the toast, my 3-4 hour numbers were strikingly the same –> low. I really hate hyperglycemia so I had my I:C ratio for breakfast set more aggressive than I probably need trying to combat the spike in bgs — so, we backed off on that and are trying the pre-bolus idea instead. I could also try either slower carbs or more protein in the morning, but this is easy & habitual.
I had a blueberry scone from my local coffee shop. I bolused at 10:49 a.m. (called it 60g CHO, but who knows) waited 20 minutes and then ate it. It. was. delicious. Now, it is 12:36 (almost 2 hours) and my CGM has an arrow diagonally up and reads 204. Wait, I just checked again and it reads 218 with one arrow straight up. The first two hours on the graph are in range and steady. I’m sure I should know what this tells me about scones but it probably just tells me I can’t eat big scones and expect to maintain in-range, stable bgs afterwards. Or that my SWAG for the CHO in the scone was bogus.
Sent the Bear to school with some goldfish crackers (10g CHO), a few sugar snap peas (0g CHO since she will only eat the peas out of the pods, and only maybe), and a fruit roll up (12g CHO). Not the healthiest or unhealthiest snack ever. She was having grapes for a while but this week told me she was tired of grapes. Her snack is important since the first graders have the latest lunch — not until 1:05 p.m.! She also has baby bell cheeses in the classroom in case she has days where she is just starving.
Amy’s Spinach Pizza in a Pocket (37g CHO). Pre-lunch bg = 267 (d*mn scone) at 1:45 p.m., bolused/corrected & now waiting 20 minutes before eating. As I have been doing for the past few days, I went through the process of heating up my lunch before remembering to pre-bolus. So I will probably have to re-heat it once the timer goes off. Yup, I really wish eating could just be eating.
The Bear brought a pepperoni pizza lunchable (30g CHO, mostly in the crusts), a small bag of cheetos (13g CHO), and 2 oreos (18g). [OMG, I am a terrible parent… these are the kinds of lunches that make me feel guilty and terrible. But, I also feel guilty and terrible when she comes home with an untouched lunch – literally, untouched – for days or a week in a row.] Usually I try to make one of the “sides” something remotely healthy and about 60% of the time the healthy thing comes back home with her. I know that everyone says to just keep giving them what you want them to eat and eventually they will be hungry enough to eat it, but I can’t deal with the morning battles so here we are. Some weeks I only let her have a lunchable on 2 days and that plus the one healthy thing is my best compromise.
Not really a thing. But since my CGM was 103 and dropping around 4:30 I ate a half a slice of banana bread that a co-worker made. I didn’t test and didn’t bolus so I don’t know exactly what time it was. And I didn’t pre-bolus.
Got a text from the babysitter at 5:30 p.m. that the Bear had eaten a Clif Bar (44g CHO – whaat?!) and a juice box (21g) so she was covering her for 65g CHO. That’s a lot all at once. I need to give the babysitter more guidelines as to what is ok for a snack but haven’t gotten my thoughts together on that yet. It is so variable depending on activity level and whatnot. And there is just the whole complication of setting limits around food [see dblogweek day 4]. When I got home (I work late on Fridays), the hubby said that the Bear was around 55 and CGM had double arrows down. Great. So she had 1 glucose tablet and a juice box (19g CHO total).
Friday is pizza night. We tried a new place tonight, so I couldn’t count on past experience completely. Plus I forgot to pre-bolus so once food was on the table I had to wait – set the timer for 20 minutes. The poor Bear was feeling lousy from the low anyway so we snuggled while her bg came up. But for some reason, the timer on my phone kept resetting so I’m not sure how long I actually waited before eating. Just as I was finishing 1 piece of pizza and some salad, CGM started alarming low. blah, blah, blah. Still low now and did an extended bolus hoping to catch the later rise. Pizza is stupid.
The Bear ate about 1/4 of a large slice of pizza before deciding she didn’t want pizza. Ended up with a PB + Nutella sandwich. More health food. A glass of milk topped that off and she’ll be deciding on some dessert next.
I know that Friday isn’t officially over but I’m wiped out from all this food talk & thinking :) I can’t say that today was a very good example of my usually healthy diet — Mostly I cook veggies at home, take leftovers for lunch, etc. But, Fridays are a long day for me after a long week (and I’m working tomorrow too!) and … excuses, excuses :) I’m looking forward to reading what everyone else had to eat today and maybe pick up some new ideas for snacks and meals. You can read all of the #DBlogWeek Day 5 posts here.