MY EATING PLAN

  http://nourishinghope.com/food-pyramid/

I discovered this new food pyramid online.  I like this style of eating and have been trying to move to this diet for a while due to diabetes in my family.  I am glad that I found this online. It’s good to know someone else feels the way I do about limiting my grains and legumes so much.  I have diabetes in my family and have been trying to eat low carb for a while.  I am not diabetic; but have been told I could be pre-diabetic.  I feel that is no longer the case because of my low carb healthy eating style.  Research this for yourself beginning with this website above and see if it’s right for you.  I feel much better since I have been eating this way–more energy, less cravings, weight loss (about 2-3 pounds a week or 10-12 pounds a month).  Please feel free to comment below about what new healthy diet you have discovered.

Lowering Blood Sugar

Fiber and Blood Sugar

Since fiber passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed, it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels and doesn’t need to be counted by those who control their blood sugar through counting carbohydrates. Soluble fiber, when eaten in large amounts, can actually lower blood glucose. Because it slows down the digestive process, it also slows the absorption of sugar from the diet, helping to keep blood sugar levels more even throughout the day.”  Quoted from: 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/368727-will-increasing-fiber-lower-my-blood-sugar/

I ate Nature Valley Protein bars (Peanut butter and dark chocolate flavor) and it lowered my blood sugar.  Mine had been running about 105 to 120 even in the morning before I ate anything.  But today at 5:30 when I came home from work it was 90.  The last time I ate was about 3:30.  I ate 3 nature valley protein bars throughout the day as snacks.  They contain 5 grams of fiber each.

For anyone who is borderline diabetic or pre-diabetic like me, try this and see if it lowers your blood sugar.  Let me know how it turns out. 

 

Thanks to Ellie at New Creation Ministries for the information about fiberSee her post:  For Heaven’s Sake, What’s So Important About Fiber?! at http://newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/?s=fiber

 

HEALTHY CHILI CON CARNE

For a high protein meal, try this chili recipe:   

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Healthy Chili Con Carne
By Terri Byars

2 pounds – Extra Lean ground beef (96/4)
2 small onions, finely chopped
2 green bell peppers, finely chopped
2 cans chopped green chile peppers
4 cans – Bush’s mild Chili Beans (For lower sodium, use low sodium kidney beans)  
4 cans – petite diced tomatoes
1 pound frozen corn
Garlic Powder
Chile Powder
Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning blend
Worcestershire sauce (optional – high in sodium)

Cook ground beef, onions and peppers in a skillet until beef is browned and vegetables are tender.
While beef is browning open canned chiles, beans, and tomatoes and add to a soup pot.
Add cooked beef mixture and spices; bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Sometimes I add corn for color.  If using corn, add during the last 5 minutes of cooking.  
Note:  I don’t measure the spices, I just pour until it looks good. I am pretty generous with the spices since I try to make mine low sodium.  If it still tastes bland, I add some Worcestershire sauce which adds sodium. 

A New Me By 53 – Renewed Determination

Bipolar Eating Disorder

junk-food-junkyFor the past week I’ve been eating holiday foods:  cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, li’l smokies in biscuits, bacon wrapped jalapeno, ham, corn, rice casserole, etc. (notice almost all simple carbs).   Besides all that, I had bought a few bags of candy over the past couple weeks: jelly beans, M & M’s, etc.  Believe it or not, at times, I actually like eating healthy.  It’s almost like I have bipolar eating disorder.  My mind, my intellect, my spirit, or Someone in there tells me to eat healthy.  But my body cries out “CANDY, DONUTS, TWINKIES, ICE CREAM”.  I have read all the different diet books and have all the answers on what is good to eat (which everyone disagrees on by the way:  high carb, low carb, high protein, vegan, eat meat, don’t eat meat, eat potatoes, don’t eat potatoes.)    I have the knowledge, but not the discipline to stick with a good, healthy diet.  Plus emotions always get in the way.

Salad withdrawals

bowl-of-saladToday I finally had a salad.  Part of the reason it had been so long is because of the snow.  I couldn’t get out and travel for a couple of days due to ice on the roads and I ran out of salad.  But when I ate it today it tasted so wonderful that I felt like I had gone through salad withdrawals and I finally gained the vitamins I had been craving for so long.  I also go through soup withdrawals at times.  I make homemade soup a lot with lots of veggies, healthy, low-fat meats and low-salt/no-salt broths.  And when it’s been a while since I have eaten soups, I crave it like an addict, I must have it.

Lessons Learned

This brings an idea to mind which I believe I have heard before.  You crave what you eat.  If I can come to the point where I only eat (as my chiropractor says) “real food” as opposed to processed or junk foods, maybe I will stop craving junk foods.  The problem with that is my mind tells me that when I do something well, I deserve a reward:  food.  When I am stressed, bored, angry, depressed, etc., I need comfort:  food.  In addition to changing the cravings of my body, I need to change the cravings of my soul.  I suppose that would mean the more I read God’s Word, the more I will crave God’s Word.  Hmmm,  what an idea.  I think I will try that for a while — stop watching TV and read the Word of God.  Stop surfing the net and start searching for the face and favor of God.

When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”  Psalm 27:8

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!  Psalm 105:4

For am I now  seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a  bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:20

Quote God’s Word

I wanted to share a portion of a great post I read recently:

“For once I’m going to listen to Gods word instead of my emotions and what the world tells me. When I experience fear which is not from God I will speak Gods word out loud. Because let’s just say there is a spiritual battle going on that I just can’t see, I do have the armor (Gods word) so I better use it and put it on because I do believe it will save my life. Today I am choosing to speak Gods word instead of my own fearful thoughts. If I’m going to believe in God I have to believe in Him for everything. God doesn’t want me Luke warm. God is all or he is nothing.” http://skinnywrapstar.com/2012/12/22/im-god-committed-all-in/

This is part of a post by skinnywrapstar.  I totally agree with this.  That post encouraged and reminded me of how powerful God’s Word is.  God’s word is life.   God’s word is healing.  God’s word is health and joy and peace.

162600321_640Speak God’s word to bring power.

Speak God’s word to bring peace.

Speak God’s word to bring life.

Speak God’s word to bring joy, comfort, etc.

Whatever you need, God’s word can show you the answer.  God’s word can be a lamp unto your feet and a light to your path, leading the way to discovery.  Search His word for the hidden jewels of wisdom and wonder, history and grace, a future and many promises.

 

Abundance is…A Thankful Heart

Even with the economy as it is today, in America, many tables look like this picture.  A day of Thanksgiving is very appropriate for a country that is so blessed. We have many times taken all we have been blessed with for granted.

Running water, electricity, cars that run, jobs, homes, heat, food, friends, TVs, just to name a few of the countless blessing we have every day.  We can also thank God for the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet.

We also need to be thankful today for a God who blesses us with every spiritual blessing:  forgiveness, new life, grace, love, joy, peace, etc.  We have a connection with a living God–the creator of the universe.  How great is that!!  The God of all creation, the God of eternity, wants to be with us and love us forever.

He longs for our worship and gratitude.  Praise the everliving God for his indescribable gifts on this day of Thanksgiving.

A new me by 53 Day 4

Day 4

Breakfast:  Jimmy Dean’s ham and cheese omelet. 
Lunch: Schlotzsky’s Deli.  I had a Roast beef sandwich and chips.  Not the healthiest lunch, but it’s what I was craving.
 

Exercise

Went to the gym today again.  I’m really loving it there.  I didn’t go Tuesday or Wednesday, so I tried to spend more time there today.  Some treadmill, bicycle, weight machines.  Spent about an hour and a half there.  It’s a good place to go really for stress relief.  I feel like I’m taking a break from the regular routine of work, go home, eat, watch tv.  It’s like my own time I spend doing what I want to do.

Determination

My goal is to just eat healthy and go to the gym regularly.  I’m not going overboard with it like I have in the past.  Just trying my best to stay moderately healthy and exercise when I can.