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