Post # 17
I find that the more carbs that I eat, the hungrier I get. I know that this is because of a spike in my blood sugar. If I fill up on anything else, I have satisfaction. I still eat carbs, but it’s strictly limited. My dad is a diabetic, so we’ve been following the diabetic recipe books pretty closely. They have great recipes! They basically take old favorites and just spin the ingredients around so that they have a lower overall carb count.
Our favorite is called "The Diabetic Bible".
Post # 18
I used to have this problem with my Fiance when we first moved in together (2 years ago), and we still struggle with it sometimes. I just started out cooking things that he liked that were healthier versions – like chicken parm. I would bake the chicken and use 2%milk cheese with whole wheat pasta and serve it with cooked veggies (broccoli and carrots are about all he will touch). He’s had to learn to live with cooking healthier (skim milk, light juice) and we don’t keep junk in our house anymore. However, we usually keep some pudding pops or fudgecicles in the freezer just to have a little something after dinner. We don’t eat a lot of processed food for dinner, and we usually take lean cuisines for lunch. Phil hated salad when we moved in together, and it was because of the dressing. Now I make bbq chicken salad with chicken from the george foreman grill (which we couldn’t live without), cheese and carrots, and baby spinach (I don’t even buy lettuce anymore), and bbq sauce on top instead of dressing. It’s not too hard to adjust your buying habits, start buying sugar-free, fat-free, low fat, etc, and read your labels. We drink a lot of crystal light and Fiance drinks a fair amount of juice (since he doesn’t really like fruit). It’s taken 2 years but we’ve finally found a common ground!
Post # 19
You can search through the low-calorie section of allrecipes.com. I mostly use it for inspiration or marinades and stuff, though. They have sections for gluten-free and diabetics, etc. Ooooh, and homemade soup! I made a killer homemade onion soup once. I just subbed out the cream for some skim milk. It wasn’t thick and creamy, but it was way delicious.
One of my favorite low-cal meals is a piece of whole wheat pita. Sprinkle maybe 1/4 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese on it, then top with some fresh deli turkey slices. Sprinkle a smidge of red wine vinegar and olive oil on top and bake for 8 minutes or so. I liek to season mine with some italian seasoning, too. As long as you use mozzarella and only a little bit of EVOO you’re keeping it low cal. It has lots of protein and tastes reminiscent of a pizza but is sufficient for lunch or dinner. I ate these like crazy when I was watching my weight in college. Figure this: Pita (150)+ cheese (60)+turkey (60)+evoo (50)=under 350. I read that you shoudl aim for 550 cal’s for breakfas and 450 for both lunch and dinner with 2 150 calorie snacks in between. A few substitutions go a long way since you’re not actually looking for a hard core diet.