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Looking for a healthy lunch idea?

This is one of my favorites:

 Tuna, Corn & Sun-dried Tomato Recipe

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

 Mix the following: 

1/4 cup cooked non-GMO corn (cold)

1 can flaked tuna – drained

2 tbsp chopped red onion

1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in oil

sea salt to taste

In a separate small bowel mix:

1 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

2 tsp olive oil

juice of 1/4 lemon

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp garlic powder

pepper if desired

Mix the tuna blend and dressing blend together

Butter the 100% Rye Crisp –  if you like

Spread the tuna – corn mix on the Rye Crisp crackers (or crackers of your choice)

Top with a few sun-dried tomatoes

Serve with a few carrots sticks and cucumber slices

Makes a great lunch – Serves two

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November is national diabetes month.

If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.

I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.

One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar.  (did I mention rich desserts?)

Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.

The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.” 

I chuckled because I knew I was good.

Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.

“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”

Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.

What did I do?

I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.

For many years now I have avoided foods with sugar, I take my Moringa leaf powder and diatomaceous earth, (and a few other supplements) and follow Dr. Jonn Matsen’s “Eat with the Seasons” protocol.

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Dr. Matsen is a naturopath who runs the Northshore Naturopathic Clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. His book Eating Alive II has been my road map and is worth every penny you spend on it.

Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.

I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.

I love my Rooibos tea. 

 

I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.

I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.

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(photo  Storyteller by candlelight – Carrie ©)

But… there is something more.

Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.

For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.

He did this for you and me ©

He did this for you & me – Carrie ©

I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.

It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us.  He did that for you and me. 

III John 2  speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” 

How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.

If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you. 

For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most  loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s  

got something to say.

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I  have a special guest for you today.

Traveler and blogger, Cole Millen, has some helpful advice on how to maintain a nutritious diet while traveling. 

If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, trim, and stress free while on vacation, you will appreciate what Cole has to offer. 

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Thank you Cole for sharing your travel tips with our readers. 

So you’re finally ready for your vacation. You’ve saved up, you’ve packed and – most importantly – you’ve got your beach body in top form. So now that you’re in rocking shape, how do you avoid gorging yourself while on vacation and coming back with extra pounds in tow?

Fruits image Cole Millen article

If you want to avoid packing on the pounds you worked so hard to get off before your trip, all it takes is a little bit of planning and a whole lot of self control. Neither should be a problem, as you’ve likely exercised plenty of both in order to get in shape for the trip over the past few months.

It starts on the plane, where you can avoid eating unhealthy, over-processed meals by having a home-cooked meal beforehand or simply bringing one with you. You can also burn excess calories by walking around the airport rather than taking lifts or moving walkways. If you’re in for a long trip, consider bringing healthy snacks like dried fruit or trail mix along in your carry on luggage.

You also want to make sure the place you’re staying is relatively health conscious. After all, not every hotel at every vacation destination is a 24/7 buffet. The best way that I have found to receive the most accurate information regarding these needs is through consumer reviews. I recently found a great site that listed extremely helpful reviews for Las Vegas hotels. This ultimately led to me finding a hotel in sin city with a fitness center as well as a gluten free restaurant! These amenities were so extremely helpful to maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Many places offer full gyms, spas and tons of outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing and swimming, which will entice you to stay active instead of stuffing your face poolside. You can also stock your hotel’s fridge up with healthy food in order to avoid late night snacking from the mini bar. Smart travelers will minimize both unhealthy eating and spending by bringing along a simple crockpot when they travel. With a cheap plug in model, you can prepare chicken, rice and steamed vegetables easily, even if your room doesn’t have a kitchenette.

Going out to eat is part of the vacation experience, and you shouldn’t go out of your way to deprive yourself of exotic foods and beverages. However, you can control what you eat when you’re dining out. Check menus before you arrive for healthy options, and avoid going places with “all you can eat” signs or excessively unhealthy menus. Also, having a small healthy snack such as an apple before you go out can make sure you’re not tempted to overeat. Once you get to the restaurant, feel free to ask questions about the origins of the food, the cooking style and the ingredients. You may feel like a tourist at first, but you’ll feel better knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.

Alcohol is also a huge calorie contributor on vacations. Not having any responsibilities can lead to excessive drinking throughout the day, leaving you bloated, tired and hung-over come the morning. Temper your tendency to start drinking too early by making sure you stay active (swimming, hiking, boating) during the day. Save the relaxing – including the drinks – for the evening. Follow these suggestions, and you’ll be sure to come back relaxed, fit and feeling better than ever.  

If you wish to contact Cole, send him an email at  colemillen@gmail.com

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The tasty, nutritious asparagus falls under the category of super foods in my books.

Asparagus photo

Here’s what I learned about asparagus.

Asparagus is:

* Rich in proteins

* High in fibre low in carbohydrates and calories

* An excellent source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and A as well as many other minerals and B vitamins.

* Calcium and magnesium are found in the idea ratio of 2:1.

* Good for your heart

* Good for your gastrointestinal tract and colon

* Good food to help with depression

* Considered a diuretic

* Has anti-inflammatory effects

* Helps detoxify the body

* Good for nursing mothers – stimulates milk production

* Has anti-fungal and antiviral qualities

* Helps prevent bladder and urinary track infections

* Great for your capillaries – helps with preventing bruising and varicose veins

* Suppose to help stop hair loss

Almost too good to be true? That is an impressive list. And that’s not all I found. I left plenty of the supposed health benefits out – because it did sound just a bit too good to be true and would require that I spend a lot more time researching.

Having said that, I think we’ve got the picture.

How to best prepare asparagus. Lightly steamed is the most nutritious. This only takes a few minutes so don’t walk away from the stove. Use glass or stainless steel pots. When done, the stems should be a bright green color and still have a crispness to them. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or Mrs. Dash and serve with a meal – or eat it all by itself as a snack.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Other vegetables in the lily family include leek, onions, and garlic.

I think you would agree that Asparagus is an excellent food to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. Sometimes people avoid eating asparagus because of the smell excreted in the urine subsequent to ingestion. An amino acid called asparagine found in abundance in asparagus, is the reason behind this. Asparagine helps the body to cleanse itself of waste material.

A couple of good resources:

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disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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