Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly meal planning in full effect this Sunday.  I have already meal planned and grocery shopped.  I am spending this afternoon getting organized and doing some prep to make the week easier.

Monday- Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (chicken and rice for the kids) ceasar Salad
Tuesday- Turkey Tacos with black beans and quinoa (taco bowl for me with lettuce, tomato and avocado)
Wednesday- Veggie Stir Fry with rice and quinoa
Thursday- Left overs
Friday- Homemade pizza

Seriously this theme days plan has made my life so much easier.  We are still getting lots of variety and I am streamlining planning.  I am hopeful that when summer comes we can do lots of grilling and make extra each night so we can cook less and eat more left overs.

What are you guys having this week??

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Life's about more

Just a thought I had.  Ed Sheeran has a new song out right now called, "What do I know"  If you haven't heard it yet, check it out on You Tube.  It is one of those songs that just makes you think, reevaluate how you take on life.

In one particular part he says

Just remember life is more than fitting' in your jeans
It's love and understanding, positivity

It hits close to home for me. I think so much about working out, what I am eating and feeling bad when I am having one of those days when things just don't fit the way I want them to.  And when I am having those days I know it changes my attitude and my focus for the day.
But positivity is the way to go.  Love and understanding for others and for ourselves.  Especially for our kids, for Evelyn in particular.  Life is tough, full of things we don't want to do but staying positive will always make it better.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly meal plan

Still sticking with the easy weekly themes and it has been going great.  Easy to plan and we have still had lots of variety with our meals.
Mike is traveling this week so a few meals might be skipped and replaced by breakfast for dinner or maybe going out to eat.
I grocery shopped today though so I am prepared.

Monday- Tomato Basil Soup with grilled cheese
Tuesday- friends over for a taco bar.  Turkey taco meat, beans, quinoa, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and rice.  Cut up fruit for a side
Wednesday- Cajun pasta with caesar salad
Thursday- Left overs
Friday- Pizza and steamed broccoli

Happy meal planning everyone!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan

I am doing a little bit of meal prep today to make our evenings easier.  The kids have started their sports and that will take up a few of our nights. So I am simplifying things and planing ahead more to hopefully help me not feel so frantic at dinner time.  
I am prepping egg cups for breakfast and making a batch of french toast to quickly heat up during the week with some fruit of the kids.  

This weeks menu looks like this:

Monday- Bean burger sliders, sweet potato fries
Tuesday- Vegan Burrito's with avocado and a side salad
Wednesday- Gnocchi with Pomodora Sauce, caesar salad
Thursday- General Tso's Chickpea stir fry with cauliflower rice
Friday- Homemade veggie pizza 
Next weekend we are having some new friends over and I think we are going to be making some of our favorite foods from New Orleans.  I'll be sure to post pictures on instagram so be sure to follow.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Little lunches

Since Evelyn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I have started packing her lunches.  I love it and I am happy to be knowing exactly what she is eating.  And to be honest at this age and with her diabetes I have to stay on top of what she is consuming.  Dosing insulin based on what she is eating at the cafeteria is really not an option.  
I ended up getting a bento kids box from Amazon.  The link for it is here

It was a great purchase.  It's the perfect amount of food and lets me give her different options.  At this age Evelyn likes to do a lot of snacking so the smaller compartments allows me to give her a good variety with lots of healthy options.  She is in kindergarten now and I think this box will work for the next few years if not all the way through elementary.  I ended up buying the blue because that is what she wanted but I have an additional purple insert to change things up but I haven't used it yet.  It is leak proof and the food stays in the compartments.  I can pack things like yogurt and hummus without worrying about them mixing with everything.   

I make lunches in the morning before school or the night before depending on time.  Evelyn goes to the nurse right before lunch and does a finger check for her blood glucose number and then the nurse gives her her insulin shot based on the carbs that I pack in her lunch.  I put a sticky note on the lunch box each day.  This system has been working out well for us.  Evelyn would prefer to eat mostly fruits and vegetables.  Protein and carbs are not her favorite so I try for 30 grams of carbs at each meal.  Kids need carbs for energy and right now her insulin is 1 unit for 35 carbs. 
Below are some pictures of the little lunches I have packed for her.  She eats of lot of the same things, like the mini bagels but she doesn't like sandwiches too much so the bagels with cream cheese are 24 carbs so it is a great option for her.  

protein pancakes with sugar free syrup, strawberry yogurt, raspberries and deviled eggs

mini bagel with cream cheese, deviled eggs, strawberry's, yogurt bites, whole grain cereal

Hawaiin roll, shredded chicken, carrots with ranch for dipping, raspberries and a mini chocolate

mini bagel with cream cheese, nitrate free ham, yogurt bites, raspberries and whole grain cereal

mini bagel with cream cheese, pistatio's, egg whites, multi grain cheerio's, strawberries

Hawaiian roll, cheese, nitrate free ham, strawberries, grapes with mini chocolate chips, cheerios

Sugar free jelly sandwich, cheese, egg whites, pretzels with hummus, raspberries with mini chocolate chips

mini bagel with cream cheese, green beans, carrots, whole grain goldfish, mini nilla wafers

make your own pizza, sandwich thin, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, mini chocolate cookie, raspberries

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly meal plan

Since moving I have been trying to stay on top of meal planning and last week I realized that I need to simplify.  I spend a lot of time looking up recipes, writing out grocery lists and actually shopping.  
So for the next month I am going to do theme days and see if that makes things easier.  

Here is the plan
Monday- Soup and sandwiches or salad
Tuesday- Taco Tuesday
Wednesday- Pasta or stir fry
Thursday- Salad and bread
Friday- Homemade Pizza

Each week we will be eating a different meal each day but within a theme so at least when I meal plan I have a starting point of what to plan for.  

Today we have family leaving so we will do left overs tonight and then start the plan tomorrow.  This is what I have set up.  

Tuesday- Black bean and corn taco's
Wednesday- Veggie stir fry (peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli) with cauliflower rice
Thursday- Chick Pea salad with garlic bread
Friday- Make your own mini pizza

We have been eating manly meat free so we will continue to do that.  
How does everyone else meal plan?  I love getting ideas from other busy families.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Evelyn and Type 1

I've been dwelling over how I am going to talk about this.  It has been 3 months since Evelyn's diagnosis and I still haven't had the words to explain and express all that has been happening.  So I am just going to start and see how this all ends up.  
I think I need to start a few months before her diagnosis.  It was about 6 months ago that we started to notice changes in her.  Her attitude was the first sign.  We thought it was food related, more so dyes in foods.  We ended up cutting all food dyes but her behavior was still really out of control.  She would have these complete inconsolable moments.  Full tantrums over really nothing. I thought she needed more discipline so I bought some books and started being harder on her.  More timeouts, more loss of privileges and oh so much yelling. I was losing it and I was so worried I was making it worse.  I was constantly yelling, raising my voice and I just didn't know what else to do.  Everything was a battle.  
School was great for her and she loved going but the mornings were terrible.  She woke up angry and I was frustrated and felt like I was just shoving her out the door.  The nights were the worst though.  She constantly complained about aches and pains, headaches and her stomach hurt.  Nearly every night it was a battle to get her to bed.  She struggled to sleep and most nights ended with a tantrum of throwing pillows and us yelling and taking away privileges.  
Then I started to notice that she was drinking a lot of water.  She was so thirsty she just couldn't quench it. One day she drank over 150 ounces.  One weekend she woke up 3 times to go to the bathroom. 
She looked thin but she has always been thin and now with school and more activities she was moving all the time.  Her eating had increased so I thought she was going through a growth spurt and maybe that is why she had these aches and pains.  All the symptoms were explained away.  I mean I never thought something was seriously wrong, probably just a virus.  
I made a doctor appointment for Thursday.  I was thinking maybe I will just have her checked to be safe.  Then on Tuesday I waited for her to get off the bus.  The driver said she didn't get on so I stepped onto the bus and she was sleeping.  I knew something was wrong so Mike and I decided I would take to urgent care that night.  
We waited in the office and she was starving.  I told her if she listened to the doctor when we left we would get McDonalds.  Mike called and asked me if they were admitting her.  I quickly responded with a no.  I was sure she was just getting sick. 
The doctor took blood work and did a urine sample.  We waited for the results.  
Then the doctor came back, pulled her chair up close to me and said Evelyn had Type 1 diabetes.  Her blood sugar was 778 and should be 80.  They were admitting her right away because she was close to going into a diabetic coma.  I was stunned, speechless and I looked at Evelyn and I immediately felt so so sad.  I had missed every sign.  I spent days so many moments yelling at her when it wasn't her fault.  This poor girl was really sick and I as her mom, I had missed it.  The guilt over took me.  
I called Mike and he called a neighbor to watch Jack so he could come and be with us at the hospital.  
In the hospital they hooked her up with an IV, started fluids to hydrate her and got her stable.  I stayed until she was settled and then headed home at 2:00 in the morning and stayed with Jack while Mike stayed with Evelyn.  The next afternoon Evelyn was discharged and we headed to the cities to start our education and meet with our new Pediatric Endocrinologist team.  We spent the next 3 days learning how to give Evelyn insulin shots, how to check her blood sugar, how to feed her, count carbs and to start our new normal.  Sometimes 12 finger checks a day multiple shots and constant monitoring, just to keep her alive.  
Type 1 Diabetes is an Auto Immune Disorder.  It effects 1 in 400 children.  It is not genetic, not preventable and not curable.  Evelyn needs insulin every single day in order to live. If not controlled properly future complications occur such as blindness, heart disease, nerve damage and the list goes on.    
I mean think about that, if you really think about it, it can overwhelm you, consume you.  So many changes ahead for her, for us.  No more mindlessly grabbing a some goldfish when she's hungry.  No more just having ice cream for fun on a sunny afternoon.  No more just leaving her with a babysitter.  She needs to be monitored and checked all the time.  She needs carbs to be counted at each and every meal and snack. Her insulin needs to be adjusted for activity.  So many shots.  So many pokes.  
This girl, this girl of ours.  She's a rockstar and she has taken these changes better than I could have ever hoped for.  
I am still struggling and trying to accept all of this.  I am physically going through the process and doing what needs to be done but mentally I really am not where I need to be yet.  I just haven't fully accepted that all of this is our new life.  
It has been almost 3 months and she is better.  She has gained back the weight she had lost and she has adjusted to the shots and new process of eating.  
I feel thankful that we caught this when we did and that we are helping her feel better.  Her attitude it back to normal.  She is a joy to be around.  
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us with good thoughts and words of encouragement.  
I will be doing updates and keeping you all informed on how her progress is going.  
Thanks for reading!   

Evelyn the day she was admitted to the hospital.  

Evelyn today.  Happy and much healthier!