Since I've been whining on your shoulders about my GD I thought I should give you an update on what's going on with it. And a great big THANK YOU for all the information you guys linked for me. I feel a lot more informed about it and that is going to be very helpful when I see my OB next and the next time I see the specialist I have loads of questions for her and a few complaints
Anyway, I had to call in my numbers last Friday to the nurse and the numbers were good enough to keep holding out on the meds. I have to call in every Friday and if they start going wacko they will talk about meds, but it looks for now like I might be able to do this myself.
It is soooooo frustrating though. My body needs an abundance of protein and quite honestly if I have to eat another steak I'm gonna puke!! I've figured out that I have to have almost double the protein for the amount of carbs I eat and then my levels are great. The 2 things that are really helpful are dairy and meat, two things I'm not a big fan of. A girl can only eat so much yogurt!
Anyone out there have any ideas for adding a bunch of protein to my diet to help me vary it? I would be forever grateful!!! Right now I've been eating meat (bleh), nuts (mixed and pistachio), yogurt, cheese strings, sliced pepperjack cheese (might never get sick of that), and cheese curds. I think those are the ones that I've found pack the biggest protein punch without being too high in carbs.
Congrats on keeping your numbers in check!
I ate vegan for a few years, so I can sympathize with wanting some variety for your protein intake. Have you tried peanut butter? Soymilk? Those were the easiest for me. You can always google vegan protein sources. This list gives some good ideas:
I almost forgot peanut butter. I've been eating that also, but I have to be careful what I put it on or I end up with too many carbs. I got so frustrated the other day with trying to figure out a snack that I just ate it out of the jar. That's tough to do though cause that stuff sticks to your mouth bad
Oh yeah, and I have an egg every morning.
It's just gonna be a long 9 weeks if I don't figure out a way to vary my meals and snacks more. Don't get me wrong though, I'm completely stoked that I am keeping it controlled without meds!!!! I'm also off of the Tylenol 3 for my back!!!!!!! I am med free right now and it's wonderful
Last edited by momW; 08-31-2010 at 02:52 PM.
I'm so glad your able to keep it under control and have avoided meds so far!
I'm an ovo-lacto vegetarian and I easily get 70-80 g of protein per day. Some other protein options you could try include legumes (beans are awesome!) and "meat substitutes." OK, hear me out first. If you don't like tofu but you drink smoothies, add some extra soft tofu. You won't even taste it, I promise (make sure it is EXTRA soft). I think I get about 6g of protein just from the tofu in my morning smoothie. Try other things like seitan if tofu is too boring. Seitan is a derivative of wheat and has a much more meaty texture than tofu. It works really well in fajitas. Also, to keep your carbs lower, try wraps instead of sandwiches. Whenever you eat grains, make sure they are whole grains.
Erin, I would love a smoothie but that would put me way over my carb limit. My fruit is so limited right now, boo!
I don't mind tofu. I can't eat it plain, but I don't really have anything I can put it in. Wraps are definitely out, those flour tortillas are loaded with carbs, which I found out the hard way This is the problem I keep running into. It's so restricted because if I find something, like beans, they're great and I really enjoy them, but they have more carbs than protein. My diet has to have more protein than carbs or at the least they need to be about even.
Please keep the suggestions coming!!!
I was going to say nut butter as well…
Another suggestion is to find a protein shake that you can palate (or hide the taste behind bananas or something that doesn’t have too much carb in it). A friend of mine has been trying to find high protein foods as well just because he can’t keep his weight on currently – he is working physically and just can’t eat enough. He’s tried everything (and eats healthy too) and has resorted to protein shakes to supplement his diet.
Beans are good too. Do a google search on beans and protein and figure out what is best. I just don’t know how they do carb-wise.
Oh, and eat your peanut butter on celery or carrots and with milk (or both). I periodically just spoon it, but it helps to have some liquid with it, or add it to the smoothy.
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Can you try those Glucerna shakes for diabetics? I know walmart has a pretty good selection of diabetic foods/drinks.
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I do scrambled eggs with cheese (you could use the pepper jack) and black beans in a wrap (you can find low carb ones out there and Ihave had really good brown rice ones - I got them in the freezer case at whole foods) and add salsa and avocado. Lots of protein and really tasty.
I grill or bake tofu with a bunch of different sauces/marinades and add in into a salad, that is pretty yummy.
I don't know if quinoa has too many carbs, but it's really got a lot of protein and is really good tasting.
Almonds have a lot of protein too.
I just looked at the list of foods from my hypnobabies home study and they have quite a few really high protein foods on there. I don't know if you eat fish (and I never remember which are the fish to avoid all the time since I don't eat fish), but 1/2 a fillet of halibut has 42.44 grams and 1/2 a fillet of salmon has 42.33 grams. 1 cup of lowfat (2%) cottage cheese has 31 grams. All of those are low carb options.