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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 September 20, 2018

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

      1. Breathe

      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

      2. Loosen up

      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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      3. Chew slowly

      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

      4. Let go

      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

      It’s not. Promise.

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      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

      5. Enjoy the journey

      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

      6. Look at the big picture

      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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      Will this matter to me…

      • Next week?
      • Next month?
      • Next year?
      • In 10 years?

      Hint: No, it won’t.

      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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      8. Practice patience every day

      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

      Final thoughts

      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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