Breakfast Unwavering

Has living with diabetes made you a boring eater? Do you lack adventure in your diet? Are you resigned to buying and eating the same foods again and again because the prospect of miscalculating an insulin bolus and seeing your blood glucose shoot too high or drop too low scares you?


If so, then I’m probably not the person to talk to. At least not for breakfast. OK, maybe I’m not that boring, but I am very routinized, which makes getting my day going a lot easier since counting carbs and thinking about insulin and worrying about blood glucose throughout the morning isn’t something I really want to be doing.

Routine, you ask? Oh yes: In the past two years or so, I’d be willing to bet (although I don’t have records to back me up) that 99% of my meals consisted of one of the following:

(1) A little less than a cup of low-fat granola mixed with nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt, often blueberry or vanilla — though I will step out occasionally with other berries. I bolus for 60 carbs, approximately, depending on how much granola I’ve shaken into my Tupperware container (I used to measure, but now I just eyeball the portion). This is a meal that I don’t find myself tired of at all. I love Greek yogurt. It’s packed with protein, and I’m not sure why, but it’s one of my favorite meals. I’ll even have it for dinner sometimes if I get home late from the gym and don’t feel like dealing with making a meal that involves actual cooking.

(2) A reduced-fat turkey bacon sandwich from Starbucks. Now, don’t judge me for purchasing from this corporation; I’m aware that by doing so I’m single-handedly destroying everything that’s good and just in the world. Oh, OK, preach if you must, it’s just that most Sunday mornings on our way to the dog park (often referred to by us as Church of the Dog), it’s convenient, relatively healthy, and although there are carbs attached to the meal, I know I can eat this sandwich and not have to bolus due to my hour-long walk that follows the in-car dining.

It’s a treat (no more than once a week), and because I’m also a fan of the Starbucks coffee with a bit of half-and-half and Splenda, I’m not going out of my way to pick up the sandwich on Sundays. (Confession, or Disclosure: I worked at a Starbucks in California for three months back in 1997, before I realized the barista life didn’t suit me and I jumped back to Kansas and graduate school. It took me about twelve years before I was able to drink Starbucks again, and even if I didn’t have diabetes, there’s no way you’d ever get me near a Frappuccino. You make those day in, day out for even a couple of weeks, and you’ll find yourself ill at the sickly sweet stench of that beverage.)

(3) Best for last: the chorizo burrito at Beezy’s. This is my favorite of the three, but because it’s probably the most caloric option (though I’m not calling it unhealthy by any stretch), it’s the least consumed. Maybe once a month, on Saturdays, my wife and I will head to Beezy’s for this wonderful meal that comes with home fries and a side of fruit. And, of course, coffee. While I’m not writing a café review here, I do have to say there’s nothing so comforting as sitting in a bustling Beezy’s on a Saturday morning and noshing on that burrito and those crispy potatoes. Carbohydrates in the meal? I don’t know. I’d guess somewhere from 75 to 100, but I only bolus for around 30, because I will be at the gym about an hour or so after breakfast and doing 3 to 5 miles on the treadmill. I’ve learned that halving that bolus keeps me in my ideal blood glucose range while working out on Saturdays.

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  • mynewislets

    I eat almost the same thing everyday too. It does seem to help and its easier to detect if something is amiss. Mine consists of high protein cereal for breakfast. Salad and sandwich for lunch and some kind of meat, veges and some kind of carb for dinner. Snacks are yogurt, cheese and nuts and no sugar ice cream. And peanut butter where ever I can sneak it in. These are all things that I enjoy, so its not difficult at all.

  • Cathy

    I have the same breakfast at least 5 days out of 7 which is oatmeal. I am not really a meat eater either so I have to look for ways to get protein in my diet. Usually I add tuna or chicken to a salad with fresh veggies and oil and vinegar. Love this in the summer. My other meals are not as strict but I find that I have a hard time thinking of anything new or delicious to eat especially here in the South in the summer. I don’t want to cook especially after a 1 hour commute home in 90 degree heat. I am exhausted and stupid with the heat. Then I either have yogurt and granola and fresh berries or I will leave out the granola and add frozen fruit for a healthy smoothie. Cottage cheese and cantaloupe are good too. I am in a rut just like Eric described because I know what my counts are for what I am eating. I eat a good amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer because they are so readily available here and delicious. But some days I come home too tired to even open a yogurt until I have been home for a while – since I get home at 8:30pm that makes supper really late.

  • jim snell

    Being consistent not same as being in rut. I have had enough grief getting my diabetes stable
    and as previous writers point out, can quickly identify grief and upsets.

    Chaning my morning fare is not time for gross exploration nor change. Getting out of gate in am without being beaten up for rest of day critical.