Lifestyle Change - Diet in Particular

Chicken over Cauliflower Rice

Ever since Damsel retired about 20 years ago, we have enjoyed preparing delicious meals on the weekends. She runs the kitchen while I run the smoker and grill. Occasionally, I help in the kitchen (sous chef role) with meat cutting and grinding or with shredding cheese and other kitchen helper labors of love. Thus far, we have been able to prepare just about anything we see in a recipe or on the TV cooking and food channels or on internet social media.

A few weeks ago, Damsel went for her regular annual session with the family doctor. He checked her over and pronounced all the vitals to be within limits - however, he wanted her to get some routine blood work done. Her initial report was that triglycerides were a bit too high and the doctor prescribed another more specific blood test. The results from that test indicated a marginally high blood glucose level, also known as pre-diabetes.

The doctor’s advice was to change her diet to cut down on carbohydrate intake. Well, damn! just about all of our favorite foods are laden with carbs. We did some research on low-carb diets and actually found some literature on understanding the pre-diabetic condition and preparing meals with low carbohydrate counts. We also found other sites with recipes and information, one of which had the photo above of a “Garlic Butter Chicken with Parmesan Cauliflower Rice” recipe. It looks pretty good, no?

So, we’re both going on a low-carb diet. No more potatoes (and most other starchy root veggies), pasta ( :( ), bread, pastries. fruit and a host of other goodies with high carbohydrate content. The only good news is that un-prepared meats of all kinds have zero carbs. Her diet will be to reduce blood sugar and mine will be to lose the 15-20 lbs that the doc has suggested.

Between a couple of low-carb cookbooks and websites like the one linked above, we should be able to prepare delicious food for our diets. In any event, we will not be denied wholesome, tasty meals just because of reduced carbs.


  1. drjim said,

    October 25, 2018 @ 22:58:32

    I’ve been sticking to that type of diet since we moved here, and it helped me drop the 50 lbs I lost.

    You can still have carbs, just not the same amount as before. As one of my friends used to say, “Have all the hamburgers you want, but throw away the buns!”.

    My A1c has dropped far enough that my doctor is considering cutting back one of my meds!

  2. CapnBob said,

    October 26, 2018 @ 08:23:20

    That’s great, DrJim - gives me lots of encouragement. I saw that photo of you and your grandson in the wagon in your garage and it looks like you have lost a lot of weight.

    We’re just getting started, but already Damsel and I can notice a change in ourselves.

  3. drjim said,

    October 26, 2018 @ 12:26:13

    The biggest change was cutting out junk food. I used to eat a double cheeseburger, small fries, and medium Diet Coke at least three times a week, and would also get KFC, Jack-In-The-Box, Taco Bell, and other fast food a couple of times more per week.

    In the last year I think I’ve had fast food from one of the big chains maybe 4 times.

  4. CapnBob said,

    October 26, 2018 @ 14:38:39

    Since retiring here, we’ve not had too much in the way of junk food, although we would occasionally get Mexican food from Filiberto’s to go: taco, burrito, beans and rice. That won’t be happening any more.

    One of our biggest sources of carbs has been pasta. We love it and Italian cooking. Now, instead of noodles, we’re going to prepare the same stuff served over zucchini noodles. We’ll see how well that does. ;)

    Cobb Salad

    Today’s late lunch: Cobb Salad with Bacon, Chicken, boiled eggs and avocado. Actually very filling and tasty!

  5. drjim said,

    October 26, 2018 @ 15:12:11

    My sweet little wife is very good at cooking food like yours. I’ve been “eating in” on an unprecedented (for me!) level, and I’m sure that’s helped.

    When we want a burger, we make it an event now, and go to a real sit-down place. There’s a little “been there forever” restaurant in Laporte called “Vern’s Place”, very close to where we were staying when we we arrived here, and they have the BEST burger I’ve ever had!

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