Diet & Exercise Crucial Combo

Diabetes – Check-in, Gympact App, Diet, Exercise, A1C Result


Well hello! I know I haven’t been posting many recipes lately, and I do apologize for that. I have been changing my diet, exercise schedule and attitude about everything. Not to mention, getting the lab tests done for my Diabetes!

As you know, I was a bit worried about the last a1c reading I had which was a little above 7. I decided I needed to change to improve this number. The doctors also told me that in order to have kids in the future, my a1c needs to be below 6. I’m not going to lie, this freaked me out a bit. So I switched things up for the better and saw a huge difference!

Fruits & Veggies - All Day!

Diet – Veggie Up!

I have been cutting down a lot of foods I eat and sticking to tons of veggies and a small amount of protein. I’ve also been on a huge seafood kick lately – for some reason, I feel better eating seafood than I do when I eat chicken, pork, or beef. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, my gut just feels better when I don’t!

We have also been extremely busy in preparation for the wedding… and oddly enough, I have lost some of my appetite due to stress. Fear not, of course, I am still definitely eating! Making more veggie/fruit smoothies for morning – not juicing – but smoothies, to make sure I get all the fiber, vitamins and minerals from the meat of them. I attempted the all smoothie diet for a couple days and that didn’t go over so well. All in all, I’ve made it a point to eat tons more veggies – specifically via smoothies and simple soups.

Gympact

Exercise – 30-Minute-Minimum – Gympact

I’ve also increased exercise. I downloaded this app called Gympact. This is an interesting app. Basically you set a goal whether it is to work out 2-7 days a week (minimum 30 min workout, double days do not count), or eat more veggies. Every time you reach your goal, you MAKE MONEY. Granted, it’s not a lot, it may be $1 or $2, but hey it’s better than nothing! IF you MISS a day after week’s end (Monday through Sunday range), you will be CHARGED MONEY. This value can be changed such as $5, $10, $50 etc. You have the option to take a break if you’d like as well. So, if you’re sick, on vacation, injured etc., you can pause your regime on the app. So far, my goal is 4 days a week at the gym.

My personal goal is do at least 30 minutes of cardio at the gym, and then 30 minutes of weight lifting. I am seeing a HUGE difference with the combo. Cardio immediately decreases the blood sugar, whereas lifting weights is more of a prolonged decrease over time (2-4 hours). Not only have my blood sugars been so much better, but my energy is much better throughout the day!

A1C
RESULT?

Lab tests were done on Monday, July 21st. The results came back Tuesday. What was my a1c? 6.2!! My average blood sugar has been 131. It is so relieving to know that the hard work pays off. Lab results don’t lie (usually). I’ve got to remember to keep this up and to strive for the next goal… I would like to see my average lower, so this is what I’m striving for – 5.8 a1c.

I’m excited about the progress I’ve achieved thus far and am ready for the next goal! Let’s do this!

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A darn good spot for good food, good beers, and a good view!


Taps located in Petaluma. This is a good brewery with delicious food! Definitely not your average brewery with pub food. A wide variety of beers on tap with delicious, quality food. We had the salt & pepper wings which are awesome. I am a sucker for chicken wings, and salt and pepper. Winning!

We split the chuckwagon burger – bison, pork belly, hush puppy strings and mustard BBQ sauce (which I am now determined to learn how to make). Let me just say, Wow! Not too greasy, and you can taste every ingredient with every bite!

For drinks I had the spiced chai cider made by Schilling. That in itself is dessert! I’m always one to order a beer but wow this cider was too good. The kind that is not too sweet, bubbly, a little bit of a bite, and the hint of spice. Yum. I will be back for this!!

So if you’re in the north bay, coming back from wine country, or looking for a good spot to stop for lunch or dinner, check it out! You won’t go wrong.

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My new snack addiction…


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Ok.. Snacking isn’t always bad but I LOVE chips. I love the saltiness and the crunch – yes, I plead guilty. Recently we went to Costco (we love that place) and found these chips made from chickpea flour. We didn’t open them for a week or so and when we did – we nearly ate the entire bag!!!!! Gluten free, vegan, dairy free, lightly salted… Done and done. Try them. Get them. But beware… You might get addicted to them too!!

Best Restaurant in Carmel – Flying Fish Grill


We love this place. I can honestly say this restaurant is the most tasty, biggest bang for your buck, and cozy place in Carmel. I may be biased as it is the place I had my first job as well!

I can honestly say everything is delicious.

My favorites are:

1. Pan fried oysters with the most delicious sauce (I could drink it)
2. Tempura calamari.
3. Almond seabass
4. Tuna tartare
5. Seafood pasta
6. Tempura combo
7. Curried rice
8. Curry shrimp soup
9. Tempura banana sundae
10. Green tea sundae

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Tuna tartare

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Almond Seabass

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Seafood pasta

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Make your own green tea sundae mmm

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Cheers to the weekend!

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Apricot Butter!


For those that have apricot trees, I’m sure there are so many that you don’t know what to do with them!

We recently acquired some from my future in-laws, and as they were sitting in our fridge, I was trying to figure out what exactly to do with all of these yummy fruits…

Of course, my go-to is butter. Who doesn’t love to spread fresh homemade fruit butter onto your toast, pancakes, muffins, waffles, oatmeal or on top of some ice cream! Yum!

Here is the recipe, it is quite simple!

You’ll need:

40-50 small apricots
1 cup organic raw sugar
1.5 cups coconut sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 dash ground cloves
1.5 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

How-to:

1. Rinse apricots!

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2. Cut apricots into halves or thirds, remove pits and place into slow cooker.

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3. Add all sugar, spices and lemon juice and stir it in!

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4. Keep stirring until all sugar is mixed in.

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5. Turn slow cooker on low for 8hrs.

6. Once finished, use an emulsifier to blend contents.

7. Take the top off, turn off slow cooker and let it cool for an hour or until room temperature. This will help thicken the consistency.

8. Can, and enjoy as desired!

:)

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A Garden in AT&T Park – SF


A Garden in AT&T Park – SF

Yes, this is true.  But who is surprised?  AT&T Park, home of the Giants, has a 4,320sq foot vegetable garden!  Salads packed in mason jars, fresh herbs, and fruits all growing at the ballgame!  

Even though we all love those Garlic Fries, Cha Cha bowls, and Ice cream… it’s such a great addition to the Giants’ games foods! 

 

Click on the link above for the article! 

 

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Millions of Peaches…


We recently acquired quite a few peaches from Tom’s dad’s house. Of course I had a lot of ideas of what I could make but unfortunately time doesn’t allow for that many!

My first thought was a peach sauce or jam. I think I shall call it saucy peaches.

It is one of those, throw it together, set it and forget it kind of recipes! Here’s the deal!

You’ll need:

We had 15-20 small, ripe peaches.
Use 8-10 med-large peaches if you’d like as well.
2T water
1-1.5T cinnamon
1t nutmeg
3T of local honey (you can use more depending on the level of your sweet tooth)
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cloves
2t Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Rinse then cut into small cubes WITH the skin on. Gotta love that fiber!
2. Add to crock pot.
3. Add all other ingredients to pot.
4. Stir to get those spices soaking into the peaches.
5. Set on low for 8hrs. (I like to do this at night so I can wake up to the wonderful smell in the morning!)
6. With a potato masher, mash peaches to the consistency of your liking. You can also use an emulsifier if you’d like also.
7. If you like it sweeter, add more honey!
8. Nom nom. Can it!

I’ve put this into my oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, on top of ice cream, bread, have used it for baking and added it to sauces.

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PB2… How I love thee!


If you love peanut butter, you have no excuse NOT to get it. It’s basically all natural peanut butter – without the oil! Straight up ground peanuts – 85% less fat, protein packed and amazing!!

I could seriously eat this out of the packaging. But what I do is kind of odd – but it works!

I brew my coffee (12oz).
Add 1 teaspoon of local honey.
I add ice.
Transfer iced coffee into my shaker.
Add one scoop of protein powder (Currently using Raw Fit Protein).
Add 2 tablespoons of PB2 chocolate (made with real, delicious cocoa).
Sh-sh-sh-shhhhhake it.

It’s amazing. Do it. I strongly suggest it. This way, you’re drinking one beverage only, and getting your caffeine intake as well as your meal replacement!

Yum!

60 Things to Be Grateful For


60 Things to Be Grateful For

Many times, we forget to stop and smell the roses.  We become SO caught up in the chaos of our lives that we forget to appreciate who we are, who we are surrounded by, mother nature, and purely life itself.   We take for granted our health, our body, mind and soul.  Being present and taking life’s lessons as they come is something that I most certainly forget to do.  It may sound a bit hippy-ish, but think about it.  Take a moment every day to… just breathe.  Take one single minute out of your day and think about anything or anyone you’re grateful for.  You can call this meditation, you can call this centering yourself, you can call this breathing exercises – call it what you want, but do it for you.  People can sense your peace and positivity.  

It’s not so bad… try it!

Ok enough hippy ranting. 

This is an article in an email I received this morning.  Click on the link above called ’60 Things to Be Grateful For’.  Check it out.  

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FitBit Flex Friend – Love it or List it?


I choose to… Love it!!!

Yes I have bought one of these… And I love it so far! These were at Costco and I was sold. So far I’ve set my goal for 10,000 steps a day which equates to 5 miles. If you have a semi desk job like me, it sure motivates you to get your butt off your chair and to take a walk. It definitely keeps you in check! Set whatever goals you’d like, enter in your food intake, it measures calories burned – sold. Time to get steppin’! br />

Blue Apron – trial


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A couple friends of ours have been using a service called Blue Apron lately. This service provides the all ingredients needed for you to cook one meal for two people. The spices and sauces are already measured out according to the recipe’s needs. Each meal comes with a recipe card and step by step instructions. This is such a fantastic idea for those that are very busy during the week with a limited amount of time. Our friends are heading out of town and we were fortunate enough to try it out ourselves!

Our review is as follows:

Easy. Simple. Decent explanations for instructions. Not always good for the diabetic (this recipe used maple syrup). Preparation for this meal between both of us took approximately 10 minutes. Cook time was approximately 15 minutes. Portions were small for Tom’s liking. Great for the people who are indecisive regarding what to make for dinner. We thought of some great ideas on how to modify this recipe. Loved the watercress salad – simple ingredients, fresh and tasty. Maple glazed salmon – sweet for our liking, would have substituted the maple syrup for coconut sugar, used 1/2 the amount of soy sauce, more scallions in the glaze, and brushed sauce onto salmon instead of putting back in the pan (takes away the crispness of the salmon). Tasted much like an orange chicken type of sauce which was yummy. Might have to try this with chicken! Overall, great experience. Fun to do with your honey boo-boo or friends. Good bases for other recipe ideas. And well, who doesn’t love cooking!! We would definitely try this service in the future!