As the seasons change, we have a tendency to do the same thing. We tend to change with them. With the onset of spring, the weather warms up. We end up outside more. We start to do more, like weekly walking trips to Chattanooga's riverfront. Some of the old basics, like cleaning house and doing laundry, fall to the wayside. This is because we’re trying out new routines and habits. This time of growth causes us to stretch our abilities.
You may start a garden and end up with poison ivy. You may go off on a weekend camping and kayaking trip. You may rely on friends or family for the food selections to find no great diabetic friendly options. It's good to get out and try new things to challenge ourselves.
While we are going through these times, we need to make sure we’re taking very good care of ourselves. Start with a solid night's rest. Staying hydrated in the warmer months doesn't just prevent dehydration and heat stroke, it also helps flush sugar out of our diabetic bodies. Of course, we must make sure we have our test strips and medication. Having a diabetic friendly food option is crucial. Maintaining a fasting blood glucose around close to 100 gives you the energy to participate in group activities
After this growth, we do need to bounce back. Stopping and slowing down will help us stay healthy. We should start by getting some more good rest. The next step is to stabilize our blood sugar, if it gets out of whack. Then we can take the time to get caught up with our daily chores, like laundry.
It is also a great time for us to clean up clutter around the house. Some of us will choose to do spring cleaning. Others may choose to change out their fall/winter clothes for their spring/summer mix. Reclaiming a cluttered space can help us start a new project. This just helps us to clarify our minds and get refocused.
Before, during, and after this kind of personal growth, a simple recipe can be helpful. This deviled egg recipe isn't just for holidays. It is a good year around choice. It's a quick protein snack that can keep your body going. You just need a small cooler, not just for the fish you catch but also for taking the deviled eggs with you on the camping and kayaking trip.
Refreshing Deviled Eggs
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/8 teaspoon fenugreek seed, ground
1/2 cup avocado oil mayo
1/4 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup fire roasted red pepper
12 hardboiled eggs, peeled
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1.) Slice the peeled boiled eggs in half longways.
2.) Separate the yolk centers from the egg whites and place in a large mixing bowl.
3.) Mince the red peppers.
4.) Add the peppers, sweet relish, avocado mayo, fenugreek seed, and garam masala to the mixing bowl.
5.) Stir until the egg yolks are mashed with very few lumps.
6.) Place the mix in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
7.) Lay out the egg whites on a plate & keep refrigerated.
8.) Pull out the bowl and plate. Stuff the egg whites with the egg yolk mixture and top with a dusting of paprika.
A quick cooking tip... Most of us don't like peeling boiled eggs. It seems to take forever to peel a dozen eggs. It can be easy, if we change how we cook the eggs. Use a rolling boil for 13 minutes to cook the eggs, not a hard boil. An even more important step is to place the eggs in an ice bath after draining off the boiling water. I leave the eggs in the water while I peel them. After this preparation, the eggs are so easy to peel!
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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.