If we were having coffee today I’d be skipping the sweet roll. Can’t do it, I’d say. A1C is too high, the doctor said the last time I was in there and he mentioned the dreaded D-word. I was ticked off. I admit it. No, I wasn’t ticked off at him. I wasn’t ticked off at fate or at life. No, I was ticked off at ME! I knew better.
I’m being a good boy. My glucose numbers are stellar. I’m dealing with the random sweets part of this much the same way I dealt with drinking when I realized that was a deep dark hole I didn’t want to go farther down. I’m changing. This is harder. There are only two liquor stores here, but there are three donut shops.
I’m watching carbs. I “did” Atkins a number of years ago so I have a good handle on the relative carb counts of food. That is a big part of this. I’m also exercising. Regarding foods, it is easier than Atkins. I can have that occasional biscuit as long as I work it into my overall meal carb count. Same with tortillas. That covers at least two of my major food groups.
I’m still playing with a few things. Like, take spaghetti squash. Some people tout it as a replacement for pasta. I like it as a vegetable but I never much liked it with Marinara sauce. Ah, but I was hungry for Chicken Curry one day and wondered about making some rice, my usual accompaniment. I can eat rice in small quantities. But sometimes it doesn’t fit in with other things I might have eaten that day. At the store, I saw some spaghetti squash and I wondered, “what if?”
I’m here to tell you today that curried chicken over spaghetti squash is a revelation! The slight sweetness in the taste is a perfect accompaniment to a spiced curry sauce. Who knew? I also found something else. It seems to actually lower my glucose. Anecdotal evidence, sure, but I’ve noticed it every time I’ve tried it. This combination is definitely in the mix now, an accident like my sweet potato secret. Ah, but you have to get my cookbook to get that.
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in NC.
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