Eating with Type 2

When you have Type 2 Diabetes eating can be tricky.  I still struggle with what I eat + because everything I eat has limitations.  I’ve seen a nutritionist + an education specialist + I belong to a group for Type 2 + and yet I still struggle.  I’ve learned that while this is really good right now … in the long run … this could potentially hurt you.

How do you change your mindset when [in my brain] I think I’m eating the right foods.  I don’t eat out much + and 75% of what I eat is home cooked because clean eating is very important.  For me it wasn’t necessarily what I was eating [ok some of was] but how I was eating.  Do I want those cookies + or can I have some fruit.  Changing that mindset is challenging + and I’ve learned to never deny myself something when I want it + because when I do that + I will start to associate feeling bad with eating well.

PORTION CONTROL
Portions are the number one thing for people with Type 2 because your plate should be divided so that veggies take up half [1/2] your plate + your protein is [1/4] + and your starch is [1/4].  Your brain thinks that you will need more food to feel full + even when your body doesn’t require it.  If you eat until your just satisfied + but not stuffed … you get to have some light dessert when your done. Continue reading “Eating with Type 2”

5 Ways to Help Deal with and Relieve Stress

Let’s face it … stress is an everyday circumstance.  It’s a part of our lives [good or bad] whether we want it or not.  How big a part it plays is up to the player.  My stress was … and still is specific to what’s happening in my life.  It’s pretty much ongoing but I’ve learned how to deal with it + so it doesn’t eclipse my life.  Even on your happiest day [i.e., weddings + or other events] there is still stress playing a part in that event.  When my daughter was younger and money was tight I would get worked up when the mail came because that meant bills that I couldn’t pay.  Whenever I have meetings at work and I’m dealing with a worry-some individual or attendees + I get stressed.  So I know the part it can play + and not dealing with it has it’s own problems.

Over the years I’ve learned a few ways to help deal with + and relieve some of my stress.  It’s not going anywhere + but now I don’t get anxiety and that sinking feeling about the things that I can’t control.

Face it Head On
I’ve found that the more I put off dealing with something stressful + the more it builds + and the more troublesome it becomes. Dealing with expected and unexpected stress head on is the best way [for me] to address it.  Doing this allows you to control the outcome + so your not worrying about what could’ve or should’ve happened.  Basically … “Man Up” and Oliva-Pope that thang. | FACT: Man Up is defined as … be brave or tough enough to deal with an unpleasant situation. – Dictionary.com

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Keep a Clear Head|Stay Focused
A clear head is a level one + and even if you don’t know what’s coming staying focused when that stressful moment is approaching puts you ahead of the game.  This way you see it + acknowledge it + and then deal with it accordingly. It’s not going to benefit you in any way to get worked up about a situation. Keep that cool head and you will be able to handle anything that comes your way. | QUOTE: My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused. – Ashton Eaton

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Treat Yo-Self
Basically … take care of you. You are the important factor.  I’m not talking about going on a crazy shopping spree + but maybe treating your self to a massage + a really nice dinner + a good bottle of wine + or a sweet treat.  It’s one of many life’s pleasures + and there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself by doing something nice for yourself + which inevitably will help relieve the overall stress. | FACT: I usually buy home decor + it just makes me happy.

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Write It Down
I can’t speak enough on how journaling has changed my life + my health + and my well being. You can pour your thoughts out in a journal or type it on a blank page and just get that stress out of your system. Whether it’s a rant + a complete brain dump + or how you would have done things better. Whatever it is … write it down and get it out. It may not seem like it but you are giving your brain + and your body the best therapy ever.  | TIP: Journal at least once a week to see your progress.

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Give Yourself Another Focus
If your constantly stressing about … your stress + then maybe it’s time to direct your attention to other things. Whether it’s taking a walk + listening to an uplifting podcast + reading + taking a class + or working on a craft. You can melt your stress away by training your brain to focus on other things until your ready to deal with your stressful situation. | FACT: I clean + and organize to help relieve my stress + because when I do these tasks I push everything out of my head.

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I know it seems farfetched + but applying some of these tools + and having a clear focus on your present situation can help you deal with just about anything that life throws your way.  I am no expert + and I don’t claim to be + I’m only a single Mom + that had to make decisions + and life choices alone.  I know what stress is but I also know good or bad it’s a part of life + and learning to deal with it … is the best part of life. — Wye

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Summer Cooking | Sheet Pan Meal

Well my libations series is done so I thought I would add some meals that are easy to prepare + and light for summer.  Some of these I’ve tried and some are already in que for some tasty Sunday dinners.  The Garlic Butter with Chicken + Asparagus recipe comes from Eatwell 101 and it just can’t get any easier.

INGREDIENTS LIST FOR THE GARLIC BUTTER SHEET PAN CHICKENGarlic-Butter-Chicken-asparagus-recipes

  • 6 to 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 to 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 coffeespoon Italian herbs (dried oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Slices of lemon, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, lemon juice, garlic, honey, Italian herbs; season with salt and pepper, to taste and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium fire, brown chicken thighs on both sides for 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  4. Arrange browned chicken thighs and asparagus in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle and brush the butter mixture over the chicken and asparagus and arrange lemon slices on top of chicken.
  6. Bake into the oven until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

IMG_5569I tried this meal last month + and it was fantastic.  Simple ingredients + not too many steps and overall a great meal.

I think we had it with rice pilaf [I can’t remember] but it was so tasty and for two people + this stretched out for about 3 days … I hope you give it a try … if so let me know in the comments … and if you like this post + show some love by following.

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