|This is an excerpt of message the Dr. wrote. A little disconcerting to read, when I logged in to see my test results. Oh joy.|
I am not happy about the diagnosis/ prognosis the doc gave me but all I can do is work harder to get the conditions under control with diet, exercise and a few new medications. So the new menu plans require low sugar, low fat and higher fiber.
How I begin the morning. Blood sugar check, high fiber-low sugar oatmeal, hot tea, 16 oz of water and meds.
I am trying different types of grains, combined with lean meat and nutrient dense vegetables. This was a pumpkin wheat spelt risotto, glazed pork loin and brussel sprouts. I didn't make the "spelt risotto" from scratch, it was a frozen mix (Aldi's). I wanted to try it before I bought the grain. It wasn't bad. A little more chewy than Quinoa, has a orzo pasta shape and a barley flavor.
The glaze was awesome! 2 tsp coconut sugar, 1 tsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses, 1 TBS Pure Maple syrup, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic, 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 & 1/2 TBS spicy brown mustard, 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce, 1 1/2 tsp oil, and 1/4 cup beer. Whisk all ingredients together. I had 4 pork loin chops which I pounded to 1/2 in thick. The grill was set at 325°F. I brushed each side of the chops then placed flame side down. Flipping about every 4-5 minutes and reglazing on each flip. I grilled them for about 20-25 minutes.
The chops were caramelized and had a very slight crust from the glaze. The coconut sugar has more nutrients than a regular sugar (sucrose) and is lower glycemic due to a compound called inulin. Which means is absorbs into the blood sugar much more slowly. Molasses is the byproduct of refining sugar beets. Blackstrap molasses is the third and final boiling and said to be the healthiest of molasses- retaining the most vitamins an minerals. It also has the most pronounced flavor, is less sweet and can have bitter flavor profile-which make it great for savory dishes. The molasses and coconut sugar gave my glaze a somewhat smokey flavor.
|Sorry for the poor quality, I used my tablet instead of my camera.|
It isn't necessarily the style I prefer but it serves a purpose. It fit's my budget and the space. I am using an extra dining chair (from Ikea). So far it seems comfortable, eventually I may need to upgrade to an office chair and possibly bigger desk, but this works for now.
|Sorry for the poor quality, I used my tablet instead of my camera. And you can see my fan reflected in the mirror, oops!|
So there are changes going on here- some good, some not so great. But in the end everything will work out the way I need it to, even if it isn't the way I want.
How about y'all? Anything new or exciting? Recipes, projects, or news?