Seedy Characters and Crackers

Seed crackers are good for you.  Seedy characters may not be. When I started my health journey I was looking for food substitutes for the old staples that I would buy like potato chips and Ritz crackers.  My health coach recommended Mary's Gone Crackers brand of seedy...
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Fishy Yet Critical for Your Health

Yes, fish can really stink up your home - if you don't like fish.  It's not stinky to me; it's yummy!  To save cooking time,  cook more than one helping and prep for the rest of the week!! Cold salmon, or briefly heated in frying pan, is great on salads. (microwave...
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ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

What?! It's just vinegar - what's the big deal?  Just Google it.  I'll bet when you type in 'apple', Google will prefill 'cider vinegar' as a top choice.  It's all the rage these days.  You can do everything from clean to ingest this stuff, but let's stick with just...
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Give Zing to Your Water

Drink your water. 8 cups a day. Sheesh! I'm lucky if I drink 4-5 a day, but then again, I sit a lot all day in front of a computer for my day job. When I work out, yeah, I'm up there in glass count, but doesn't it get boring? I need zing (taste and variety) to get my...
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Beets Me, What Do You Think

If there were just one veggie I would say to add to your foodstyle today, I would say "Beets Baby!". When you juice them (remember to definitely go organic if juicing) they will taste a little 'greeny', but your taste buds will become more familiar with them as you...
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WHAT HealthyDM does

  • provides healthy alternatives to old school diets
  • introduces new foods into old humdrum stand-bys
  • creates accountability until someone can stand on their own nutrition

WHY we do it better

  • provide local tasting sessions
  • provide online training to access it from anywhere (soon)
  • provide free discussions at health professionals’ locations, Whole Foods, anywhere…

For WHOM we do it

  • over 40 women
  • pre-diabetic or type 2
  • those who know that they need a change but don’t know how to start

What we DON’T do

  • provide specific ailment recommendations, this is for you to discuss with your Dr
  • replace a medical professional’s advice, we supplement it
  • promise getting rid of medications

HOW we do it

  • website blog with recipes that follow (see next item)
  • with food recommendations
  • text messages or email messages
  • creating programs for change
  • creating mind games to strengthen your brain (bracelets, mini-goal setting)

Healthy Choices I Used to Control My Diabetes

So Kale Me Maybe

I find Kale to be much more versatile than lettuce.  You wouldn't put lettuce in the oven or in a shake, would you?  Lettuce is a water-based filler food, but Kale is like the Superman of foods.  You can eat it hot or cold, baked or shaked.  Our Publix sells big...

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Tutoring ESOL and Green Tea

What do the two have in common?  English as a second language and green tea?!  For me, memories. Back when I was newly married, I volunteered to visit a Chinese student weekly and teach English to her.  No, I didn't know Chinese and she knew little English.  She...

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Artichokes and Italian Memories

I'm half Italian (the other is Swedish).  My Italian grandparents had a full kitchen and walk-in cold cellar in their basement.  We would make Christmas cookies and stuffed sausage and other goodies.  My grandmother was the one that introduced me to stuffed...

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The Thought Behind HDM

Most Americans are brought up on basically 5-10 "side" items.  Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Bread, Pasta, Rice, Peas, Carrots, sometimes Broccoli.. and #10 .. Potatoes. I'm going to teach you that there are more choices!!!!  As a Type 2 Diabetic, I've come to grips with...

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My Story

This website is a journal, per se, of my journey towards healthy living.  You could say I got a late start, but who knew back in the 80’s what was REALLY healthy?!

After my first child, I was put on insulin. It was just a matter of time. It’s in my family. This is my life.

Little did I know that I had control!! I wasn’t type 1 (insulin dependent), I was type 2 (insulin resistant) and it can be controlled with diet!!

Why didn’t my endocrinologist tell me this!? Why didn’t we discuss health?! Why didn’t we talk about nutrition?!

These are my stories to help you learn how to eat healthier. It worked for me. I don’t know if it will work for you – it’s up to you to try though, isn’t it?

Ultimately, your health is in your hands.