Pineapple Yogurt Freeze

One thing I’ve learned is cinnamon helps bring down my sugar when it is too high. Knowing pineapple is higher on the glucose index, I wanted to be sure to add cinnamon to this mix. I would highly recommend doing this if you use a fruit that is high on the GI. Otherwise, if you are using berries, you can skip the cinnamon unless you want it.

Ingredients:
3/4 c. Greek Plain Yogurt
10 pieces of frozen pineapple (or berries)
2TBSP Cinnamon
2tsp water

Directions:

In a blender add the yogurt, pineapple (or berries), Cinnamon, and water. Blend until smooth. Place in the freezer about 30 min. Serve and enjoy!

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Pineapple Yogurt Freeze

One thing I’ve learned is cinnamon helps bring down my sugar when it is too high. Knowing pineapple is higher on the glucose index, I wanted to be sure to add cinnamon to this mix. I would highly recommend doing this if you use a fruit that is high on the GI. Otherwise, if you are using berries, you can skip the cinnamon unless you want it.

Ingredients:
3/4 c. Greek Plain Yogurt
10 pieces of frozen pineapple (or berries)
2TBSP Cinnamon
2tsp water

Directions:

In a blender add the yogurt, pineapple (or berries), Cinnamon, and water. Blend until smooth. Place in the freezer about 30 min. Serve and enjoy!

Shredded Chicken on Romaine

I am pregnant and am very happy! Unfortunately, I’ve noticed my sugar levels have been higher than I wanted. Before being pregnant, I was more hypoglycemic to normal, so I didn’t believe becoming pregnant would push me to the other side of the spectrum. It doesn’t bother me because I am becoming more aware of what many others face and am taking steps needed to become more healthy for me and my child. Yesterday, I was sent to have a GTT (Glocose Tolerance Test), this was a three hour test in which I had to fast beginning at midnight, the night before. When I got to the lab I was so hungry, but instead tried keeping myself busy to get mind mind off of my growling stomach. At the counter my medical card and ID were taken, then I was taken to a room where my blood was drawn. Then I had to drink this fruit punch drink that was VERY sweet. Personally, I don’t drink this much sugar in one sitting so I don’t think this is truly accurate, cookie cutter of sorts if you catch my drift, putting all people in one box. Anyhow, as I sat there I began thinking what changes I need to make. I used to be a health coach and am familiar with nutrition. There is no excuse for the path I went down. Today, I decided I wanted something that took minimal effort on my part to cook so, I came up with the recipe below. All I knew was I wanted shredded chicken. I was going to have bbq sauce with mango or pineapple added. For some reason I took a different even more healthier route.

I hope you enjoy!! I’ll be adding more recipes as I make them!

This one, can be eaten as a taco with romaine! Yummm.

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breasts (trimmed)
1/2 Yellow Onion sliced
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 Jar of Chi-chi’s Medium Thick & Chunky Salsa
2 TBSP Cumin
2 TBSP Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Sage

1 c Plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c Cream Cheese

1 Bag of Riced Cauliflower Italian Cheese (Birdseye)
Washed Romaine Lettuce

Directions:

Add chicken breasts, Yellow Onion, garlic cloves, Salsa, Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Ginger, Sage into a crockpot, chicken on the bottom. Cook on high for 3.5 hours. Shred chicken.

Add yogurt and cream cheese. Stir in well and continue cooking on high for 2 hrs.

Cook cauliflower as instructions shown.

On a plate add the lettuce:

then a layer to your liking of cauliflower,

then the shredded chicken:

You can top with cilantro if desired.

Till Next Time:

Eat & Live Healthy for better living!

Shredded Chicken on Romaine

I am pregnant and am very happy! Unfortunately, I’ve noticed my sugar levels have been higher than I wanted. Before being pregnant, I was more hypoglycemic to normal, so I didn’t believe becoming pregnant would push me to the other side of the spectrum. It doesn’t bother me because I am becoming more aware of what many others face and am taking steps needed to become more healthy for me and my child. Yesterday, I was sent to have a GTT (Glocose Tolerance Test), this was a three hour test in which I had to fast beginning at midnight, the night before. When I got to the lab I was so hungry, but instead tried keeping myself busy to get mind mind off of my growling stomach. At the counter my medical card and ID were taken, then I was taken to a room where my blood was drawn. Then I had to drink this fruit punch drink that was VERY sweet. Personally, I don’t drink this much sugar in one sitting so I don’t think this is truly accurate, cookie cutter of sorts if you catch my drift, putting all people in one box. Anyhow, as I sat there I began thinking what changes I need to make. I used to be a health coach and am familiar with nutrition. There is no excuse for the path I went down. Today, I decided I wanted something that took minimal effort on my part to cook so, I came up with the recipe below. All I knew was I wanted shredded chicken. I was going to have bbq sauce with mango or pineapple added. For some reason I took a different even more healthier route.

I hope you enjoy!! I’ll be adding more recipes as I make them!

This one, can be eaten as a taco with romaine! Yummm.

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breasts (trimmed)
1/2 Yellow Onion sliced
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 Jar of Chi-chi’s Medium Thick & Chunky Salsa
2 TBSP Cumin
2 TBSP Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Sage

1 c Plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c Cream Cheese

1 Bag of Riced Cauliflower Italian Cheese (Birdseye)
Washed Romaine Lettuce

Directions:

Add chicken breasts, Yellow Onion, garlic cloves, Salsa, Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Ginger, Sage into a crockpot, chicken on the bottom. Cook on high for 3.5 hours. Shred chicken.

Add yogurt and cream cheese. Stir in well and continue cooking on high for 2 hrs.

Cook cauliflower as instructions shown.

On a plate add the lettuce:

then a layer to your liking of cauliflower,

then the shredded chicken:

You can top with cilantro if desired.

Till Next Time:

Eat & Live Healthy for better living!

Back To The Grind

So yesterday I went back to work and it wasn’t bad. But I still want to work for myself! I’m so good at so many things, but what I enjoy most is spending the day in nature with my camera and being creative.

Back to training, back to creating presentations, and preparing for something greater than we are using. That is the thing about technology, it is always changing. Not even that long ago, the ever learning had drawn me into this field. With the ability to work from home and the versatility this field offers, along with the creativity and let’s not forget the stress and strain on patience when sites are not functioning or the servers are down again or something somewhere is broken and needs to be fixed. But it can only be fixed if you have the right logon card, because goodness knows you need 8 different cards for 30 different accounts! Talk about confusion! AND as if that weren’t enough stress for you, each passcode for each card is different and you better know which goes where and why with the proper passcode or you’re, yeah you know. So if you can’t login because your passcode needs resetting, you can forget about getting into the server to fix the probelm.

So that is what I’m back to doing! Goodie me! When they decided we need all of these cards and passcodes is when confusion came in. Now, we understand security is an extremely high priority in the world of IT, but come on! Aren’t we “supposed” to be doing work here instead of calling help desk because our passcode expired or we entered it in wrong too many times that everything locked us out! How are we supposed to get any work done for you people!! We are not allowed to write down our passcodes anywhere, just simply remember them and not just any passcode. It needs many characters with all of the criteria. Face palm!

So yes, I enjoyed my 3 weeks away from stress and strain on my patience, doing things that I actually enjoy doing. Once upon a time I had a passion for what I do. I woke up early and began my day early, much early than I do now. Where has my passion gone?

Sighs.

Don’t get me wrong, I can say I have one of the best jobs/careers in the world with a wonderful company who takes care of their employees and makes life/work balance a priority. My manager is wonderful and an outstanding guy. Understanding and helpful in many ways, I couldn’t ask for anyone better. But I definitely could have easily enjoyed more time away.

Ok, well time to get off here.

See you on the otherside.

Kindness of A Stranger

This morning I was not feeling so well and had no idea where my joy was…did I lose it? How does one actually lose joy unless they are just not joyous during that moment? How can you lose a feeling or emotion, unless you just aren’t in that mood? You can’t. Either you are or you are not!

This morning was so gloomy when I woke up. Maybe I woke up on the “wrong side of the bed”, as if there really is a correct side of the bed to roll out of every morning. If this had any truth to it maybe this would be to blame for the pain and sorrow in this world. But then again, there is no truth to that old age adage, just something for us to excuse why we are not in a good mood. Sometimes it works to our favor, other times, not so much.

While I was looking for something for my husband today, a man who was walking pass a store I was walking out of, opened the door for me. He smiled, I smiled and then he opened the door in front of me so that I could walk out of the store. I said “Thank You”, don’t know if he heard me or not, but that did brighten my mood. He had no intentions of walking into the store, but opened the door for me anyhow. Kinda makes me want to hide my face for calling a man under my breath an ‘A’ yesterday for not being a gentleman to me. This does not excuse his actions for acting like he did, but I also have to keep myself in check too. (Long Sigh)

I got home and tried to focus on that man who was so kind to open the door for me to bring me into a better place. You know what, it worked!

At the doctors office I explained to her what happened and she was surprised too. People don’t normally go around opening doors for strangers. Now, I could say, it would have been nice if the man in the vehicle who had seen me carrying two paper bags full of groceries would have helped me to my vehicle as he was parked one space over from where I was parked, but maybe that is asking too much from society today. I will relax and just be thankful for the act of kindness that I got to experience from a stranger today.

THANK YOU to the stranger who opened the door for me, just because. You MADE my DAY!

Beginning to See the Light

Finally, I can begin to see the light at the end of this long tunnel. I am not quit there, but each day I am gaining more strength and getting close. Old wounds that were open have been healing and getting handled, now I feel like I can get back to who I am and who I am meant to be. There is so much beauty in the world and it is interesting how one-act can change the beauty into ugliness. The light can be easily snuffed out if we are not careful to take care of ourselves.

It takes time to heal and what I have learned is that I will never be OVER what happened, but each day I am gathering more strength to get through it. Of course there are other issues that need to be worked out and this is happening, but I am beginning to feel more gladness and less sadness.

It seemed as though, well, it didn’t seem – it was. Every day I would have this huge bout of sadness and didn’t understand why. I thought I had fixed the issue, that I could go on without facing it anymore, but there were other factors that I didn’t recognize that attributed to the state I was in an am pulling myself out of. There were triggers that I never faced, because I didn’t understand there were triggers. Now I am able to confront these issues and move beyond them with strength from Yahweh and from y friends and family, and let’s not forget my 8 little guinea pigs who love me too. They are so messy, but fun!

I thought I was weak or conceding to weakness if I were to speak with a professional about my needs and darkness that lies deep within. What I now know is it does not mean that I am weak, but I truly am strong. I had gotten to a place where I couldn’t trust anyone and that is not me. Finally, I am beginning to feel truly happy again and smile a real smile.

Finally, I am beginning to see the light.

If you are ever dealing with grief, sadness, or depression, please seek help. If you are not comfortable speaking with a medical professional, like I was, find a group of peers or people who have gone through your experiences to seek out wisdom and counseling. In order to be better that who you are, find someone who is.