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3 Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

3 Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

I love food.  I do not like diets.  That beings said, adjusting the way we eat is critical to our well being, especially for those of us with medical conditions. Many people, like those with diabetes, have no choice but to follow a strict diet in order to keep their blood sugar levels in check.

Here are a few diabetes recipes that allow you to enjoy great food while doing what’s best for your body.  Check out www.trueglutenfree.com to go right to the source.  When you have a medical condition, it’s important to find a community of support that will engage the issue.

Enjoy some of these excellent recipes provided to me by a dietitian who actually has dealt effectively with her diabetes.  Life is too short to not have some fun and experience some joy!  Here are a few recipes for people that suffer from diabetes that are friendly for your body.

1.  BANANA BREAD PALEO MUFFINS

4 ripe bananas
4 eggs
1/2 cup of almond butter
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

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    1/2 cup coconut flakes on top
    with walnuts (optional)

    This is how you get it done:

    1. Bake at 350°
    2. In the Vitamix or your home blender, toss in the bananas and all liquid ingredients. Next, throw in all dry ingredients and blend for another minute.
    3. Bake them.  Aluminum is a blocking factor, so you may consider adjusting your baking gear if you are currently using any non-stick pans. Pottery bakes your muffins perfectly – fluffy and moist. Bake them for about 18 minutes and enjoy!

    2. Stir Fry: Gluten-Free, Soy-Fee, Corn-Free       
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      Ingredients:

      1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

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      5 Handfuls of Kale

      2 Carrots

      1 Parsnip

      ½ Sweet Onion

      1 Pepper; any color will do

      ½ Avocado

      1 Teaspoon Raw Coconut Aminos; try Coconut Secrete. This is a great gluten-free and soy-free alternative. I’ve found soy hard to digest being gluten-sensitive.

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      1 Teaspoon Dulse Flakes; has a great mild flavor and especially great to add if you have hypothyroidism as it provids a great serving of iodine

      1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil

      Optional: Wild Rice; try Goose Valley Organic Wild Rice

      *Paleo Option: toss in your favorite chicken or beef leftovers

      Directions: In skillet over medium heat, melt your coconut oil. Toss in your vegetables and cover for about 5 minutes. I prefer my vegetables more crunchy, and its best not to overcook them. If you are suffering from IBS or digestive issues it helps to cook your vegetables to make the digestion process easier. Lastly, sprinkle with your dulse flakes and drizzle with your coconut aminos and/or sesame oil.

      Take your time and savor the flavor!

      3.  No-Bake, True Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies

      3/4 cup of coconut flakes

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      1/2 almond pulp; I always save my leftovers from making my homemade almond milk

      If this isn’t an option, I’d recommend tossing some almonds in a food processor

      1/4 tsp salt

      1/4 tsp baking soda

      1/4 cup coconut sugar

      1/4 tsp cinnamon

      Optional: pinch of pumpkin pie spice

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      Optional: 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (try Enjoy Life)

      1/3 cup of canned pumpkin puree

      1 tbs coconut oil

      1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

      Combine all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, combine all liquid ingredients, then stir to combine and form into balls or cookies. I put mine on parchment paper and then put in freezer for 30-45 minutes.

      We all have obstacles to overcome.  I know that’s not something that you want to hear, but it’s true.  For me, it’s epilepsy.  For others, it’s cancer.  For some, it’s much worse.  So, let’s have some compassion on ourselves and be good to our bodies, even if it requires a bit of discipline.  In the end, you’ll feel better, look better, and be better.  Go get’em!

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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