Staying Sane During a Busy Gluten Free, Low Carb, Workweek
I always wonder how everyone else stays gluten free & low carb. It isn’t easy, especially when life is crazy-busy. While I love to share recipes of the things we enjoy making when we have time to cook, I also thought it might be helpful to see what we eat on some of those busy days/nights when we don’t have a lot of time to cook. I manage a shop full-time, manage Type 1 diabetes full-time, I blog, I work a social media gig, spend time with family, and I exercise each day. Here are a few of the quick and easy things that kept me sane last week (and one carb-y little episode that totally saved my life) 😛 :
Greek Salad: Salad mix with added tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, red onions, feta cheese and we top it with Ken’s Greek Dressing. So good, easy, and filling on a weeknight! We had this a few times last week.
Italian Rotisserie Chicken Salad: Pulled rotisserie chicken breast (Sam’s Club has gluten free rotisserie chickens), we added tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and Ken’s Simply Vinaigrette Italian Dressing. Our dog Bean loved the rotisserie chicken too!
Protein Shake made with unsweetened almond milk, Smucker’s Natural creamy peanut butter (nothing but peanuts and salt!), ice, and vanilla protein powder.
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese over Asparagus, with a side of Bacon. We found out that we can actually make this meal after indulging in super-sized adult beverages. Impressive? Probably not, but if you’ve ever drunk dialed the pizza joint, you understand. We’ve been there (back when I could eat gluten), and boy did we do the carb overload walk of shame the next day.
Cheddar Snacking Cheese & Cashews: Major go-to for a quick snack (when I am on the verge of getting Hangry).
Premier Protein Shakes: Can you tell we LOVE these? I am especially nutzo for the Cookies & Cream ones…they taste like Oreos but are GLUTEN FREE, low fat, and low in carbs!!! I sometimes just grab a shake for lunch with some veggies or cheese and they help keep me full for hours.
And then there are days where your blood sugar is being a total jerk and you’re going bonkers from your low blood sugar headache and you need some gluten free cookies to make it all better. This is one of those days. I got more exercise at the shop than expected and my blood sugars tanked. I earned my gluten free cookies with almond milk.
If you fall down you get back up. You can start the low carb life again in a minute. With Type 1 diabetes, you can’t be low carb all the time, sometimes you need a few carbs and that is okay. Life and low blood sugars are hard enough, once in a while you need a milk and cookies break.
So how was your week? What did you eat?