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I’m Diabetic! What the Hell Can I Eat?!?!

Melissa is awesome.
What I particularly liked in her post was that it wasn’t just focused on a specific type, but on diabetes in general.
I’m still learning what I can and can’t eat. It’s a bit of a crap shoot, but I really wish I had seen something like this when I was first diagnosed.

Letter To A Diabetic

I remember the days following my diagnosis. I sat on my living room floor, pouring over articles and books and websites and pamphlets trying to figure out what in the world I could eat that would be safe. It was so frustrating to be hungry with a fridge and pantry full of food but feel like EVERYTHING was off limits. I found advice like “celery and peanut butter is a safe and healthy snack”. Okay? How much peanut butter? How many celery stalks, damn it?!

The answer to that question is:

two stalks celery (2 grams of carbs)

1 serving of peanut butter (2 leveled tablespoons – which is usually 6-8 grams of carbs)

Ta-da! A hydrating, protein-containing, tasty snack with 8-10 grams of carbs. So, go get that if you’re starving to death (no pun intended).

The first thing to remember is that you can eat. There is plenty…

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30 Day Glute Challenge

I was blessed with wonky genetics. I already have a pretty flat butt, but add to it that I have a desk job and it’s just not fair!

This is the first real glute challenge I’ve seen and I appreciate it’s geared to beginners / intermediates using body weight only. Added bonus, the how to pics!

“Remember, don’t expect a miracle…… can take 6 months to one year of intense training to build those dream Glutes!” I should probably get started now.

Just for the HEALTH of it!

Try this 30 Day Glute Challenge!

30 day squat challenges have become the craze in recent months but squatting alone doesn’t build the best butt possible and can lead to disproportionate leg muscles which is not only unattractive but can cause stress on the knee joints. Bret Contreras aka “The Glute Guy” formulated this 30 day challenge which utilizes a quadicep dominant exercise paired with a hamstring dominant exercise each day to give you the best glute challenge I have found.

* This is a body weight challenge designed for beginner or intermediate fitness levels – you will be sore and see results! If you are advanced or already doing a weight bearing lower body workout, results from this challenge will be limited. Remember, don’t expect a miracle…… can take 6 months to one year of intense training to build those dream Glutes!

Try it out and let us know…

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Sorry, I may be having a bad day.

When you write on the internet, you invite people to throw in their two cents, whether you want them or not.  Unless you choose not to allow comments to be posted, and that’s your right.  The afore mentioned shouldn’t be rocket science and yet, why would you think that, if you respond to something someone has written, that there may be criticism in what you have written?

Apparently, I missed the lesson that the interwebz is a two way street.  Or perhaps I ignored it.

I had made a comment on a blog to a woman who is trying to conceive and had, sadly, miscarried.  I have no idea how long she’s been trying for, and I certainly can’t relate to what myriad of emotions she must be going through after trying, and then losing, to get pregnant.

I have never tried to get pregnant.  I have tried, really, really hard not to, but I’ve never set out to become “with child.”  It’s a foreign concept to me, and now at my age, I can say that ship has sailed.  Anyway, I don’t know what all one has to do (apart from the horizontal mambo) to conceive.  I do have some idea, from my nutritional schooling, that you want to prepare your body to be in the healthiest condition you can make it – mentally, physically and spiritually – so that you’re in the best shape to, er, get your groove on and make babies.

I have an idea that there are things you can control and there are things you can’t.

Anyway, I don’t particularly care what people do to themselves.  If a person’s vice is to smoke, or to drink or eat chocolate covered potato chips, whatever, I have my vices that I turn to in moments of weakness/anger/frustration/fear, I’d be a hypocrite in saying don’t do it.  But I’m really hoping that I wasn’t standing on a preachy soap box and doing that.  My hope was to just… actually, I don’t know what my hope was.  I do know that I felt horrible for a total stranger who wanted nothing more than to have kids with her husband. 

At the end of the day, no matter how many different ways I apologised and said I wasn’t judging or that I was just the peanut gallery, it was her friend who took the most offense to the post, and then the writer took offense after the fact.

I don’t know why it bothers me, but it does.  It is a valuable lesson though, in that just because the invitation to comment is out there, be aware that someone can critique my comments too.

Now having said all of that, I’m going to full on rant for a moment.

If you want to lose weight, and you’re working out and “doing all the right things”, don’t be surprised that you’ve put on as much weigh as I have lost because you binge eat, and when you binge eat, you eat food that is utter crap for you.  Just because you’re having a “healthy breakfast” doesn’t mean that the portion size, which could feed a small village, is healthy for you.

Vices, whatever they are, aren’t usually healthy.  If they were, chances are they wouldn’t be called vices.

I personally don’t want to end up blind, with kidney failure, missing a leg and die of a stroke, so no matter how much I love my fat free coconut flavoured yogurt, I’m going to have to consider giving that up because, at 13 grams of carbs per 100 grams, it’s now more of a vice than something healthy for me.

We’ve all got our own shit to deal with, whether it’s diabetes, bad diet, unable to conceive, unable to pay rent, troubles with the in-laws, crappy job, whatever, but you get out of life what you put into it.  Same with the body.  Garbage in?  Garbage out.

My comments, from now on, may be a lot less unless I actively follow a blog to begin with.  Why?  ‘Cos I’m a tool and don’t want to feel crappy too.  And I feel crappy now.


The 30 Day Affirmation Challenge – Out with the Negative, In with the Positive!

People do not always flourish when surrounded by constant negativity, worse if we are the ones heaping negativity on ourselves. And lord knows there are plenty of 30 day challenges that challenge us physically, but how about an emotional challenge?

I’m up for this, are you?

Progress Is Perfection

I recently wrote a blog that touched on the idea that our thoughts are so powerful, they have the ability to influence our lives in a major way. Often times if you change your thoughts, you can change your life.

Positive affirmations are a way for us to turn thoughts into actions, and into reality. Affirmations are generally defined as something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment. The more you repeat a given affirmation (whether you initially believe it or not), the more likely you are to come to believe it. These can either be positive (ie. I am a loveable person) or negative (ie. I am bad at my job).

Over time these become deeply rooted in your subconscious, become a part of your personality, and have the ability to have a profound effect on your life. Lucky for us, negative affirmations can be replaced with…

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Apple Cinnamon Water – Detox and Metabolism Booster!

Oh! Another non-boring water! Now maybe it does detox, and maybe it can act as a metabolism booster, but really, for me anyway, it’s not just plain water.

That makes it far more interesting than the room temperature bottle of Gerolsteiner I have sitting on my desk.

Progress Is Perfection

I don’t know about some of you blog readers, but I’ve often struggled with drinking enough water. For some reason I’ve always found water to just be too darn plain for my hard to please taste buds. I tried this today though and it was absolutely delicious!

Take a sliced apple, cinnamon sticks, and add to a pitcher of water. Leave for a few hours to infuse, preferably overnight for stronger flavors. What you’re left with is delicious cold water with strong hints of apple and cinnamon , without the sugary sweetness of store-bought flavored water. Some websites also suggest boiling the apple and cinnamon first if you would like a more potent flavouring.

Apparently the apple and cinnamon combo help to increase energy, speed up your metabolism, and cleanse your body of toxins. So simple, so delicious, and zero calories!

– Veronica

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Summer Sipper

I’ve been drinking a lot of “boring water”, so this easy recipe for something refreshing sounds like just the ticket!


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