Sorry I haven’t been around in a while. Haven’t really been doing that much new or exciting in the past few months, but just recently got a bit of news that is making me realize how helpful having this blog and making myself post to it regularly is.
You see, a couple of weeks ago, I finally received the definitive diagnosis I’d been dreading: Type II Diabetes. There’s a genetic factor, yes, but there’s also a lifestyle factor. Right now, my A1C (long-term glucose) is 0.1 over the threshold for diabetes, so I’m going to be getting back on track with making low-carb my food life from now on. I’ve also joined a gym and signed up for weekly sessions with a personal trainer for the next year.
Because of the diabetes diagnosis, I’m now in a situation in which I can no longer have the lazy, incorrect attitude of well, I can cheat today and just get back on it tomorrow. No. There is no more cheating.
Which makes figuring out what to eat when going out with everyone from the office that much more fun. Because they wanted to accommodate me (but everyone wanted burgers), they left the choice of restaurant up to me. And I chose Red Robin.
Not the first place you’d think of when living a low-carb lifestyle, right? But I knew from having played around on their website before that they allow (and somewhat encourage) customizations of their sandwiches—and have substitutions for the side available at no upcharge. So before we went, I hopped onto the website and pre-planned my meal so that I didn’t even have to look at the tempting photos in the menu.
After perusing the menu on RR’s website, I decided to investigate my favorite burger, the Guacamole Bacon Burger. It’s a regular burger patty with cheese, bacon, guacamole, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. No special sauces for hidden sugars. Without the bun, here’s the nutritional info, from the RR website:
You can also get it with a “lettuce wrap”—a coworker ordered hers that way, they they literally had her patty and its toppings sitting on what looked like half a head of iceburg. It was probably the quarter wedge that they serve with blue cheese dressing as an appetizer. Just be sure to account for the extra carbs (2 g net carbs for that much lettuce, according to the nutritional values given for the appetizer—without all of the toppings/fixings/dressing).
One of the things that’s hard to pass up at RR are their “bottomless” steak fries or their wonderful onion rings. But while it’s a mental and emotional sacrifice to bypass those, at least RR offers a free substitution of a side salad or steamed broccoli for the fries. I got the steamed broccoli:
So, for a total of 8g net carbs (and only 2g sugars), I had a wonderful, satisfying meal with my coworkers and didn’t walk away feeling like I’d been short-changed or had to “settle” for something I didn’t really want. And considering that if I’d gone the “all I can eat at a burger place is a salad” route, I’d have ordered something that has a total of 21g net carbs (the Avo-Cobb-o Salad), I’m glad I decided to plan ahead and research my options.