So here I am at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, staring at my insulin pump, Rex. Not even an hour ago I put on a new CGM sensor; which means a blood sugar calibration in 2 hours. I ate breakfast this morning at 8 o’clock and have been exercising a good portion of that time between then and now. But as you can’t have active insulin when you calibrate your sensor, it’s a lesser of two evils: eat now, and accept that I won’t be able to calibrate for 4 hours, until my active insulin runs out. Or, push off eating for another 2 hours and continue to stare at my pump with a growling stomach.
I was making lunch for my family; staring at that apple… usually I would cut one for myself. Staring at that meat… usually I would grab a slice for my lunch. And that apple pie…! But, no… Bing! Idea! A third option comes to mind – and it’s not evil at all.
I set to work getting out the works for a salad. But this was no ordinary salad; no, it would be a Grande Sensor-Friendly Salad! My carb to insulin ratio in the afternoons is 11 grams of carbs per 1 unit of insulin. So I start racking my brain for all those “free” foods the doctors told me about when I was diagnosed and begin to dig them out of the refrigerator. Thank goodness we’d just gone shopping and had a great selection of sensor-friendly foods:
- A slice of beef lunch meat (1 carb for 1/3 of the package, so not even one carbs worth of beef)
- 1 ½ cups of lettuce/the salad mix in a bag (3 carbs for 1 ½ cups)
- Not even 1/8 of a cup of shredded, Cheddar cheese (practically “free”)
- Small sprinkle of Bacon Bits (not my favorite, but only 2 carbs for a tablespoon)
- 1 ½ tablespoons of Ranch dressing (3 carbs I believe that would be)
- Parmesan Cheese (again, practically “free,” perhaps 1 carb for 2 tablespoons)
And, smarty pants me, forgot the tomato.
This salad rings in at (about) 7 or 8 carbohydrates. And while I am aware that this still may raise my blood sugar, I feel very self-accomplished and as if I have outsmarted the sensor. It’s a win-win situation: satisfied hunger, and the ability to calibrate with an accurate blood sugar in 2 hours still stands.
If I had these in the house at the time, I wouldn’t have hesitated to put on more vegetables, such as cucumbers, or even fruits, such as dice a slice of apple over the top; or nuts. There are countless ways to be more creative with a salad with this. Although this version was delicious J.
The Grande Sensor-Friendly Salad:
And, yes of course, with it I have a very nice, Zero (“diet”) soda, with zero carbs at all:
Which is always nice to have around seeing as it doesn’t add to the carb intake, and, in my opinion, is generally a good beverage, anyway.
Now that you have the background story as to what got me thinking on this topic, here comes the discussion question for this forum post: What other sensor-friendly foods do you all use?