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LanieG
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   Posted 8/16/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, sometimes within these many different topics and threads, talk of meals comes up and I think the food ideas get lost under topics of another name.  (Gee, this made sense when I wrote it but when I re-read it, it sounds confusing.  It must be the Memphis heat.)  In other words, I thought it would be a good idea if we could get some of your suggestions for breakfast food and maybe how you prepare it.  I'll bet that everyone would like to learn something different to prepare for breakfast, especially something easy and fast since time is short in the morning as you race out the door.  Any suggestions?  (Then, we could move on to lunch if you want......)  Thanks.
Lanie
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fergusc
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   Posted 8/16/2007 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I'll go first then -
I typically have 3 options for breakfast depending on how little time there is (4 kids to get to school). What they have in common is that I only need 3 units of insulin to cover them, so they're certainly low carb. The other selling point is that they seem to keep hunger at bay till lunchtime and beyond.
1 - (stacks of time) An omlette made with 2 large eggs, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and chilli powder. 5 fried mushrooms & a slice of bacon.
2 - (mad rush) 3 slices of smoked ham / chicken, 2 handfuls of salad leaves, 1 dessert spoon mayonnaise & a slice of cheese.
3 - (no time but a bit of forward thinking) A baked tortilla made with leeks, spinach, courgette, watercress fried in olive oil, 8 eggs, a couple of cheeses (from: feta, gruyere, emmenthal, parmesan, cheddar) chopped herbs such as dill, mint, thyme, salt and pepper. Fry the vegetables till soft, mix with the other ingredients and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. This is at it's best cold, so it's great for breakfast out of the fridge with some salad leaves. Made on a Sunday night, this makes 5 breakfasts for the week ahead which can be on the table in under a minute!
These have served me well over the years and I still enjoy them. The real plus is that they keep my blood sugars remarkably stable throughout the morning. I don't think my mid-morning tests have been over 5.5mmol/l (100mg/dl) more than a couple of times in years.
Certainly a lot better than anything on offer from Kellog's.

All the best,

fergusc

LanieG
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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Fergusc, I was wondering if anyone ate breakfast. Well, at the risk of repeating myself about breakfast food, I usually go for these choices:
1. omelet: either 2 eggs or egg substitute with turkey bacon pieces, a sliced mushroom, slice of green pepper chopped (or nearly any low carb vegetable) and grated parmesan cheese.
2. 2 or 3 slices of cold cuts with 2 cheese puffs (as a sandwich) with mayo or Smart Balance, and maybe a few slices of cucumber sprinkled with dill and a dab of sour cream (This works for lunch too.)
3. quiche: made well beforehand and frozen then microwaved for breakfast: broccoli, cheddar or other good melting cheese, cauliflower, bacon, herbs (basil, chives...), cream.

and of course a mug of coffee

I have not figured out the carb content in these but they work for me and my numbers.
Lanie
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following low/no carb diet, no meds


judy3
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   Posted 8/17/2007 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Lanieg for starting this thread,

I have sauted squash and onions sometimes muchrooms if I have time with some melted american cheese, or romain lettuce, avocade some cucmbers with oil, vinager spices and a bit of sugar, it works for me, I do take metformin to cover my breakfast


Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Most every morning it's two eggs in olive oil, slice of cheese melted over the top, calorie free oj or some V-8 or 1/2 an orange, coffee with sweetener and creamer. Then a big handful of pills and supplements. Mmmmmmm! tongue
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gelchick
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually eat-
10 oz of plain low carb Greek style yogurt ( F A G E or OIKOS) flavored with a bit of Stevia and a couple of True Lemon, Lime or Orange packets; a handful of berries (red raspberries, blackberries strawberries, or blueberries + one other fruit (in season - peaches now!) ; 1/4 cup of oats prepared with 3/4 cup of water or almond milk - I mix this all up in a bowl and eat it throughout the morning as I work. It raises my BG only about 10 points at the 2 hour mark ( usually around 95-97) and I'm back in the 80's at the 3 hour mark.
 
Sometimes I eat- an egg omelet ( 2-3 eggs) with onions, mushrooms, cheese, salsa and hot sauce + the fruit same as above.
 
Sandy
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LanieG
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   Posted 8/17/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandy, I was just thinking about what you wrote.  Did you mean that you mix up everything in a bowl (yogurt, berries and oats)?  That sounds delicious.  Something else:  you said you eat it throughout the morning.  That's probably better than eating a defined meal in one sitting to keep blood sugar pretty even.  Would it be easier to control blood sugar if our food were spread out throughout the day like that rather than three meals?  I don't mean adding more food but dispensing the day's food into mini-meals.    

Lanie
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following low/no carb diet, no meds


gelchick
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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lanie

Im on the  road again so just now saw your note- yes, I mix the whole business in a bowl and eat it like that. It's my preferred breakfast-I vary the flavoring of the yogurt.  i am a naturally slow eater- I take about 3 hours to eat this meal start to finish.  Even if I gulp it down, I dont get a rise from it. I also prefer to graze- so the 6 small meals (linked and balanced) work good for my eating style. i try and eat this way when I work from home. If I can't- I eat my yogurt breakfast, a large raw salad for one meal and a high protein dish (omelets usually) for the other. Atkins bar with my metformin before bed (on the road only-otherwise low carb chocolate milk.)

I ate at a nice casino buffett on saturday- they almost had to roll me out of there- but it was all protein and slow acting carbs- virtually no rise and (bonus) my AM number was only 82! gotta love it.

sandy


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Phishbowl
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   Posted 8/22/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually, it's whole grain toast with peanut butter and a couple sliced strawberries (or other smooshed berries :-)

Occasionally, a hard cooked, sliced egg on whole grain toast with a dab of Becel.

I eat light because I usually eat lunch 3 - 3.5 hours later.

Lunch is usually leftover protein with veg or yogurt and dinner is protein and veg and some starch (like a cup of pasta or rice to a huge stir-fry).

Late night snack is usually cheddar or nuts.

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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fergusc
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   Posted 8/22/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Kris, I'm just curious. Your lunch / dinner seems in principle to be fairly close, apart from the pasta and rice, to what many of us low-carbers do. The toast and peanut butter for breakfast, by comparison, seems like a ralatively high proportion of carbs in relation to protein and fat. Do you find you're using a lot of insulin first thing?
There aren't that many of us type 1's on here, so I'm just interested to know how others go about it.

All the best,

fergusc

Phishbowl
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   Posted 8/22/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya fergusc... my breakfast carb/insulin ratio is 1:8 and I find that 2 units of Rapid is enough to cover the food. I'm usually hungry by 11:30-12:00 and, even though it's both a 3 hour post prandial and my pre-meal lunch reading, I almost never have to add a "fix" dose with lunch. I'm usually between 4.7(85)-8.0(145). Sometimes I go low and sometimes I have to take a 1-unit 'fix' dose with lunch but, not often.
The toast I eat at breakfast is pretty much the only (whole) grain I eat. Tried the oatmeal (all of them) - hate everything about it and it didn't improve my cholesterol or glucose control. Cereals are pretty much out, too. Except Cheerios. I seem to be able to eat 1/4-1/3 cup with not too much trouble if I have eggs or other protein with it.

Cheers,
Kris

p.s. just to clarify on the pasta/rice thing...I add about a cup to about 10-12 cups of stir-fried meat and veg. A potato serving is about 1/2 medium or 10 fries about once/week. (so it's not too much :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

Post Edited (Phishbowl) : 8/22/2007 6:13:25 PM (GMT-6)

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