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What we keep in our refrigerators says alot about who we are. I know that when my fridge is empty, I feel stressed, and when I’ve just gone shopping and it is filled with delicious foods to eat, I feel satisfied. It’s a weird thing, I know, but as a woman with diabetes, food has always equaled security to me. What if I get low? What if there isn’t something I can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Then what? It’s important for me to have the right kinds of food around so I can feel in balance, so I can eat the right things to avoid being high, to avoid being low, to fly through the middle, without any turbulence, safe and sound. And it helps if I can make it taste good too!

What’s in my Fridge:

  • I cook dinner almost every night for our family so what’s in our fridge right now is a whole chicken. You can see it on the middle shelf. As a former vegetarian who is still a bit squeamish about cutting meat, I’ve never cooked a whole chicken before and am a bit scared, but I’m going to give it a try for dinner tonight.
  • We are never without 1% milk and half and half for coffee. I wish we had a milkman deliver to the house. I remember soon after I was diagnosed with diabetes my doctor suggesting I drink 2% instead of whole like I was used to, and the first time I drank the lower fat milk, I gagged. It was watery and tasteless. Now, of course, 2% tastes rich to me, but I’ll always remember the whole milk we used to get from the dairy farm down the road.
  • Chobani greek yogurt is a favorite. With 21 carbs, 13g of protein and 3g of fat, this is one of my favorite after dinner snacks.
  • Eggs are always on the shelf and this week, we have some green eggs from a friend’s chicken coop that were delicious in my morning omelet.
  • The bread drawer is filled with breads for the boy’s school lunches and is a drawer I never use for myself. I’ll always miss bread, and occasionally treat myself to an English Muffin or a wrap at lunch or some cornbread with chili in the winter, but mostly, this drawer is off limits to me.
  • Cheese, bacon and deli meats are always in abundance because I love a rolled up slice or two of turkey and cheese for an afternoon snack.
  • Veggies in the bottom right now include zucchini, brussels, kale, bell peppers, carrots and broccoli. I am trying to eat fewer carbs and this is the drawer that make it work. I could eat roasted brussels every night…who would have guessed? I always thought I hated them, but now, I can’t get enough.

So, those are a few of the things in our fridge this week. A pretty decent balance of protein, veggies, dairy and carbs. If you looked in our pantry, it would be another story as that’s where all the processed foods hide. My biggest treat and must have are graham crackers, and I’m just not sure I can give them up.

For the month of November I’m going to write and ask my fellow Smart Women to write about what is in our fridges, what do we buy as women with diabetes? What do we cook for our families and ourselves? What must we have on hand at all times? If you’d like to contribute to this project, please take a photo of what’s in your fridge on any given day and share your story with me at amy.mercer@comcast.net.

What’s in your fridge?