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Cultural Differences???

Updated: May 6, 2021

This past week was really a whirlwind. Five different cities in five days is a bit much. I really enjoyed going back to Illinois. I had the pleasure of viewing the historic towns of Hillsboro and Gillespie. I was lucky at the end of it to end up doing a photography shoot at a church in Louisville Kentucky.

Hillsboro, IL.

Gillespie, IL.

Special thanks to Michelle's Pharmacy for providing not only diabetic supplies but also helping people find diabetic friendly recipes by putting out Health Worx business cards.

It was wonderful to finish the five city tour at a church with enlightened eaters. Like most of the churches I go to, this one had several fellow fellow diabetic members. Several of them have already made the decision to work on their diet and lifestyle. So when they offered me lunch, it was a pleasure to except and enjoy the meat and vegetables. I had some excellent steak taco meat, fresh cilantro, diced onions and crumbled cheese. This also just happen to be my first shoot at a spanish speaking church.

We had a blast exchanging healthy recipe ideas. We also discussed spices and teas. It was interesting to learn that chamomile and oregano grow wild in Mexico. I enjoyed photographing the ladies in authentic, handmade Guatemalan dresses. They are beaded works of art. I also got a lot of help with my Spanish. We are culturally different; but we have so many things in common: diabetes, a love of gorgeous clothing, an interest in herbal remedies, and healthier recipe choices.

This week’s recipe is from this church. You may be like me, you find you can’t eat rice it blows your blood sugar up. If you still crave rice, this drink may be just for you.... Orchada has a thick rich texture with a wonderful cinnamon kick at the end!

Soaking rice: 12-18 hrs. Prep Time:5 min Blending Time:10 min.


  • 1 cup rice

  • 1 1/4 cups water

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 40 drops 50/50 stevia & vanilla extract mix

  • 1 pinch of nutmeg


  1. Add the rice and water together and let it soak over night for 12 to 18 hours.

  2. Pour the rice and water into the blender and set on the highest setting for 2 minutes.

  3. Stop and add the cinnamon, nutmeg and stevia/vanilla mix.

  4. Blend for another 10 minutes on the high setting.

Servings: 4

Bismati rice may have multiple health benefits of reducing cancer risks, aiding in blood sugar control, reducing the risks of high blood pressure, and improving heart health. The brown rice is better than the white. The white rice is treated in a way that removes some of the rice's nutrients.

Source: "Health Benefits of Bismati Rice"


Now back the to garden to grow more spices for new recipes, teas, and essential oils. The chives are blooming. The lemon grass for homemade teas is coming back after being dormant through winter. In the very back, the rosemary bush has gone wild! Extracted rosemary oil can be used to darken hair to naturally hide gray hair. Message me for more information; and 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.


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