Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A protein emergency and other Wednesday happenings

I have a slight blood sugar problem. I have had it for as long as I can remember. If I have too many carbs and not enough protein, I get very shakey, my energy hits rock bottom, I begin to sweat, I become nauseous, and I feel as if I am going to pass out, at which point I have to eat lots and lots of more carbs to get things under control. This doesn't happen too often because I know that my body needs protein, but today was one of those days when I wasn't paying attention, and around 6:30 pm, I realized my energy was getting VERY low, and I needed protein. This resulted in my eating a large chili from Wendy's on a very hot summer day. I couldn't think of any other very quick options to balance the situation out before I hit the shaky, feeling as if I was going to pass out point. So here is my question. Does anyone have any good breakfast and lunch ideas that involve a nice balance of carbs and protein? I don't really like sandwiches. This is the lunch problem. Today, I had a fiber one bar for breakfast and pasta salad for lunch, which all tasted great, but provided no protein. I try to eat eggs for breakfast, but it is so much easier to eat a fiber one bar. Cleaning my kitchen is not very easy with Ada underfoot, and opening a bar takes a lot less clean up than scrambling an egg. So there I was, 100 degrees outside, eating piping hot chili.

On to other news, though. Ada news. She slept all night the past two nights!! I am so excited, and today was the first day in a long time that I did not nap when she napped. Yea. I have no idea why she is sleeping through the night because technically we have only had to let her cry it out twice since we first resolved to let her cry it out. Still, I don't trust it yet, and I plan to go to bed tonight prepared for her to wake up and cry for a while. She has also taken two naps the past two days. I can not figure her out. Her first five months of sleeping were fairly predictable, but since then there is no rhyme or reason to why she sleeps the way she does. For this mom who likes to be in control, it is quite the test. I don't like it when I don't have an answer for things. And most things have been a guessing game since the day I saw the positive sign on the pregnancy test:)

As for other fun facts about Ada, she has become quite the little monkey. She climbs on everything. She can't walk yet, but she sure can climb. Today we had been playing in the family room, and she crawled into the dining room, and I didn't follow her immediately. After a few seconds passed, I realized it was quiet, and I went to check on her. I found her sitting snugly in her walker "walking" around the dining room. I am not sure of the logistics of the situation, but Ada somehow got herself inside of her walker with no help from me. And with no noise for that matter. I just hope she doesn't figure out how to climb out of her bed. She keeps me on my toes, that's for sure.

I wish so much that I could post pictures. I have taken so many good ones of her lately, but that stupid, stupid virus on our computer is keeping me from posting. I am so scared that we will lose all of our pictures in the process of getting it fixed.

So that's our Wednesday. We are rested, finally, and Ada is fun and unpredictable as always.


Ashley said...

LB - I can get the same way; usually it's from just not eating enough. For me, I have a Fiber One for b'fast or peanut butter crackers. For lunch, I have something - not a turkey sandwich - yuck! I don't like those either (at least the ones I make); usually it's PB&J. Protein. Also I have rediscovered "Lunchables." Hmm...bologna and cheese and crackers. Best part of the ones I buy are that they have a cookie =). Try making some chicken salad for the fridge...or have some ground beef for a quick taco. We'll see what everyone else comes up with!

Lindsay said...

Whenever you fire up the grill, grill some extra chicken breasts and keep them in the fridge to make chicken salad, barbeque, or just plain. And you can add pasta salad or a sweet potato for carbs. You can also make your own pizza with your fav protein and keep in the fridge, plus it can be a pretty quick fix for lunch if you buy the pizza crusts that are basically already made. As far as breakfast goes, the only thing I can think of is cereal with nuts and berries for carbs and the nuts for protein. I'm allergic to nuts so I don't have that option, but they're a really good source of protein for breakfast or like a trail mix for snack. Just some ideas I thought of. I'll let you know if I think of anything else. Congrats on Ada's sleeping! From what I hear, all it takes is 2 or 3 nights of crying it out, so maybe y'all did it!

Lynn said...

My husband has the same problem. He always drinks a large glass of milk with breakfast. This way if he does not eat enough protein the milk helps. He also eat Peanut Butter on toast or bread. PB is great. Also if you like dairy and cheese. Try cheese sticks or string cheese. You probably already know this but Whole Wheat and high fiber, stick with you better then refined things. So whole wheat bread would be better then white bread. Hope that helps.

Sarah said...

Hi! I'm a friend of Ann and found your blog from her list. I also have a low blood-sugar issue, and have had it since I was an adolescent (if not before). I say I've had morning sickness every day of my life, because that's pretty much what it is, don't you think?

Anyway, I find yogurt or a piece of cheese to be a good option in the morning, and sometimes if I'm in a hurry, I'll do an "Instant Breakfast" packet(Carnation--like chocolate milk) which boosts protein (but it's sugary). I've also thought about doing protein powder (those huge tubs that body builders use!) but I haven't tried that yet.