Squeeze A Little Lime On It

Heavenly comes to mind, but doesn’t quite do our week justice.  Let’s call it Tropical Paradise WKND (with kids, no diapers).  Honestly, it was our first vacation in 9-1/2 years without pampers, wet Ixtapa_pool_1 wipes, strollers, or nap times.  We swam in the sparkling ocean and basked in the glorious sunshine.  We kayaked and snorkled and hiked a little (straining not to faint in the sticky heat) and drank cocktails before noon.  We ate spicey grilled fish and creamy chicken mole and sumptuous Mexican papaya — all sprinkled with fresh lime — while our girls munched happily on their chicken nuggets and pizza.  And not one morsel of it was prepared by me!  In short, it was our first vacation in nearly a decade that actually felt like a vacation.

I’m still reeling: a whole week without schedules, cell phones, or even the Internet!  I meant to check in on you all, really, but the sky was so blue, the ocean so clear, the brightly tiled pool and white lounge chairs so inviting — not to mention the exorbitant price for just an hour of Web access.  Anyway, the real reason was that it was far too hot to use a computer outdoors and I couldn’t bring myself to spend one tropical getaway moment indoors clacking away at the keyboard.  So there you have it.  I am refreshed!

Although I must note that any vacation with the Big D can never be entirely tech-free; I schlepped my glucose meter through sand and sun.  How I would have loved to chuck that thing for a few days!  Oh, and thank God for the ingenious people who invented the Frio cool pack.  Nothing with ice would’ve lasted more than an hour in that climate, ergo baked insulin.  I carried a small Frio by my side and kept my reserves in our room in their large model, ergo no need to fuss over whether the hotel mini-fridge was actually cool inside (barely).

And I learned a useful thing or two as well:

* Pina Coladas contain about 25-30 carbs.  Expect to peak, but do not attempt to delay dosing, asIxtapa_window Pina Coladas have the pleasant but regrettable effect of putting glucose control out of mind.  Cheers!

* It is advisable to brush up on your Spanish before heading to any Latin destination.  Or carry a small pocket English-Spanish dictionary, as I wish I had.  Or translate and memorize a few key phrases ahead of time, such as: “No! Please don’t put sugar on it,”  “Sorry, but I really cannot eat that,” or “Don’t play with that! It’s a blood test strip” (I still can’t figure how the little Mexican kids managed to find them, when I’m sure I had thrown them away)

* Fresh lime must have magical properties.  Everything tastes better with a little squeeze.  A relaxation potion perhaps?  No idea how many carbs are on that plate-load of traditional Mexican fare?  No matter.  Sprinkle generously with lime and take a wild guess.  Worked great for me.

Happy to report I managed superb BG control with only one exception: too aggressive corrective dosing before a workout.  Snafu identified: it’s OK to overload on breakfast carbs now and then, but don’t skip the protein, or all that yogurt and granola and fruit will create a veritable BG volcano effect, which can spur insulin stacking

Other, much sadder snafu: my husband somehow managed to misplace our digital camera, along with all ~60 vibrant images of our glorious sun-soaked vacation — including our first decent family photo in years, Ixtapa sunset included.  Aaarrggh!  Somebody pass the lime!! (Our girls are hard at work trying to recreate the pictures in crayon-and-marker)

Nevertheless, so far 2007 is LOOKING GOOD.


7 Responses

  1. Kevin
    Kevin January 8, 2007 at 8:44 am | | Reply

    That sounds awesome!
    Glad that you had such a nice vacation.

  2. Steve
    Steve January 8, 2007 at 10:34 am | | Reply

    I’ve always found vacationing in Latin America to be wonderful. The challenge of facing down the sugar is not so hard because they are much more overt in their sugar usage, hiding less in prepared foods that we do at home. Much of their food is fresh and fiber-full. But diet versions of drinks are sometimes hard to find, so I often opt for bottled water. I don’t consider this latter to be a drawback – the less I have sweetened foot items available, the less I eat sweets, and the less I crave them.

    I agree about the limes. We should do more of that here.

  3. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson January 8, 2007 at 10:40 am | | Reply

    Sounds like you all had a great time.

    You deserved it!

  4. Adam
    Adam January 8, 2007 at 2:27 pm | | Reply

    Sin azucar por favor.
    Mmmmmm……….chicken mole…..I love it. It’s so tasty! I love Mexican food. I love frozen margaritas too.

    Congratulations on making it to the diaper-free time. YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Now I make low-carb frozen margaritas. Yummmmm……

    Guess what I made today?
    Low carb faux lasagna. Very good.
    I put it in my low carb recipe notebook.

  5. Penny
    Penny January 9, 2007 at 6:12 am | | Reply

    I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation. Welcome back!

  6. faye
    faye October 23, 2007 at 9:14 pm | | Reply

    hello, new reader here. =)

    i absolutely LOVE my frio wallet. i bought it before i went to the philippines to visit family, and i thought it would only last a day or two…to my surprise, it lasted nearly a WEEK. i know it will come in handy in case we so cal folks have to evacuate because of these darn fires.

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