Updated: May 6, 2021
It's very interesting. As I meet people all around the United States, many are diabetic. It’s interesting to see what level of body awareness they have. Some really listen to their bodies and are tuned in to biofeedback. Some really are not turned into listening to their bodies. There are some people that just want to be bad and do not want to change.
Location: Fort Massac Il. Rest Area
I met one nice lady diagnosed with diabetes who enjoys strawberries and can even eat bananas. She goes out and enjoys her margaritas from time to time because life‘s too short not to occasionally have a good time and splurge. Of course she knows she has to raise her insulin because of the sugar in liquor.
My mom is going through chemo. Thanks to the toxic nature of the chemotherapy process, she gets sick at her stomach. She really has to listen to her body before she eats. I do a meal plan for the worst days after her chemo sessions. We just don't always follow through with them. Mom thinks about a food or smells it. If it makes her sick at her stomach, obviously, I don’t cook it. We just come up with another plan on the fly. So I will suggest other options, sometimes 2 to 3. She confers with her body again. It works pretty well. It’s not guaranteed to always be perfect; but she hasn’t lost as much weight as I’ve heard other people losing during chemo.
I've gone back to work recently. I really didn’t feel like meal planning and packing my food. I went out to work unprepared. It was quite an interesting experiment. It was a little bit painful because the healthier I get the less my body tolerates bad additives in food or drink. I can tell you that most truck stops don’t clean their coffee machines often. They have a bad buildup in their machines. It makes getting a really good cup of coffee a pain in the rear on the road. This is because caffeine causes inflammation in the body. If I get coffee at truck stops, it causes the back of my throat to get scratchy. Or another example of biofeedback... On this last work trip, I didn’t have a quality sweetener with me like stevia. I used a packet of sugar in just one cup of coffee and my body rebelled with itchy skin.
Basically, the better we tune into our bodies, the healthier we will be. This week's recipe should have your body jumping for joy, well at least your taste buds. The apple banana fruity has options, thin for a fruity juice style drink or frosty and thick for a smoothie. Here's your Apple Banana Fruity recipe...
- 1/2 chopped apple (frozen for a smoothie)
- 1 cup of frozen sliced bananas ***
- 1 tsp flax seed
- 1/2 cup of spinach
- 1/4 cup of regular Kefir
- 3/4 cup of coconut milk
You will need to pre-freeze the sliced bananas over night.
Add the spinach in the bottom of the single serve ninja blender.
Add the rest of the the fruits.
Pour in the flax seed, Kefir, and coconut milk.
Blend until the mix is smooth.
*** If bananas shoot your blood sugar up, substitute 2 tbsp. of peanut butter and reduce the bananas by half as well as using unripe bananas.
**** Good for chemo tummy or diabetes.
I don't usually recommend bananas because they can spike your blood sugar. It's just there are so many health benefits from eating bananas. They are loaded with lots of vital nutrients. The pectin and resistant starch (like fiber) in unripe bananas may moderate blood sugar levels. They may support weight loss, aid in heart health, and improve insulin sensitivity and digestive health.
Source: 11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas
Now I'll head back to the kitchen working on my recipes for my book. This week, I'm on a fruit kick. I'm enjoying working on berry parfaits and crumbles. Meanwhile, let me know if you tried this recipe, Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.