Diabetes Approved: Vegan Sweet potato Quesadilla

 

Beware!!

This is an EPIC recipe!!

 Why is this recipe so perfect for diabetics? Because it is high carb and low fat.

 
When there is too much fat in the foods we eat it causes insulin resistance.
Therefore, we have to take more and more insulin for higher fat foods.
Big Picture:
If this "quesadilla" really had cheese in it, as normal quesadillas do, along with the sweet potato and tortilla, then we would need A LOT OF INSULIN to cover this meal.
But, since we are keeping this recipe very low fat, therefore we are NOT creating insulin resistance.
Instead we are doing just the opposite... we are creating insulin sensitivity by consuming this meal.

 

Ingredients:
2 Ezekiel Tortillas
1 Sweet Potato and 2 Small Golden Potatoes
Shiitake Mushrooms
Zucchini
Garlic
Tamari Sauce
 
 
Directions:
1. Bowl potatoes until soft
2. Lightly steam zucchini
3. Mash potatoes and zucchini together and season according to taste (sea salt, pepper, herbs, and tamari sauce)
4. In a pan, sautee mushrooms, garlic and tamari for about 5 mintues. Remove from pan
5. Heat a non-stick frying pan (using NO oil) and add 1 tortilla. Top with potato and zucchini mash, sauteed mushrooms and garlic and place the second tortilla on top.
6. Allow to fry on each side for about 5 mintues or until lightly crunchy. Flip and repeat.
7. Serve with 1/2 avocado and organic, quality hot sauce

Type 1 Diabetes Moodswings and Life In General

Is it just me or are you feeling as terrible as I am?

My speculation is that the mercury retrograde has a key role in how I am feeling lately.

All I know is that I am sad, confused, and I am acting in ways that I know are self-sabotaging towards my goals. 

And just to take you back a few weeks ago... things were going pretty darn good in my life. I was adhering to a balanced energy-rich diet, keeping up with my meditation practice, sending love to my journal, receiving 5 element acupuncture once a week, meeting with my holistic therapist once a week and overall feeling pretty damn balanced, physically and emotionally.

But, just this past week everything as taken a turn for the shitter...

I feel outside of myself.

I feel depleted.

I feel lost.

I feel like a bit of me is dying inside.

And the part of me that is doing the dying is my soul.

My soul is craving to be free...for its cage to be opened so I can spread my wings and sore to my infinite potential.

And for certain, what it doesn't want, is to be trapped in a mundane cycle of daily repetition. I have succumbed from one waitressing job to the next; always thinking the next one will be better than the last. Truth is- I'm excellent at my job, but it's not what my soul needs.

My soul wants to be out exploring the world.

Engaging in meaningful conversations.

Deepening its spiritual practice.

Going deep inside, into that safe and sacred place and having all the time and space to journey through that uncharted territory.

It wants to meet new, healthy people and to feel loved. My soul is crying out that what I am currently doing isn't working.

Many people might see this as a fable.

As a dream...

And to keep on wishin'...

Well I don't.

I have always been the type of person to believe their is a way. A better way than suffering through the daily grind.

I know that the life I am seeking is also seeking me. If I can stay true to what it is I'm feeling, to become clear on that vision, take action, and to trust the Universe then I'm certain I can have the life I am seeking. 

And to the people who have been in my life during this roller coaster of a quest..

I apologize to you.

I know I have been hard to be around at times and that my emotions are up and down.

Deep down I don't want to be this way, but right now I don't know how to be any other way. I will work on being a better communicator and diligently work on being more respectful towards you even when I'm feeling so bad inside... This is just the truth of how I've been feeling lately. And even though I was feeling so great a few ago, I know that everything ebbs and flows. I realize that this phase of my life is occurring for a reason and I simply must embrace it.

And to end this, I ask of the Universe and all Spirits to surround me and everyone else with light, love, and happiness and to restore our sanity back to perfect health.

Namaste 

Anyone else having days similar to these? If so, share with us in the COMMENTS button below!

How To Discover Who You Really Are: Step By Step

If your like me then this question comes up a lot in your life...

Who am I?

Why am I here?

What is my life journey?

What was I put on this Earth to do?

Well, it all so happens that after a dear dear friend and a life mentor of mine, Amber Campion, recommended the book "The Celestine Prophecy" that I was struck with a sudden awareness of what my life purpose was. And the best part... It wasn't as complicated as I had been making it out to be.

It's actually pretty simple. And I'm going to share with you the same process I followed that lead me to my enlightenment. (This process comes out of the chapter "Clearing The Past"). And in the book "this process" is actually a conversation being had between characters, but I scribbled it down to some notes so that "we, real, physical beings" can apply the same concept to our lives.

HOW TO DISCOVER WHO YOU REALLY ARE:

1.) Look back at your parents. What did your father believe? What did your mother believe? What did your mother teach you? What did your father teach you? If given the opportunity, how could your mother's life been done better? And your father's?

*What you would have changed about your mother and your father is what you yourself are working on. Your looking for the meaning their lives had for you, the reason you were born to your mother and father and what you were born to learn.

"We are not merely physical creations of our parents; we are also spiritual creations. We Were born to these two people and their lives had an irrevocable effect on who we are. To discover your real self, you must admit that the real you began in a position between their truths...

*THAT IS WHY YOU WERE BORN TO THEM. TO TAKE A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT THEY STOOD FOR. YOUR PATH IS ABOUT DISCOVERING A TRUTH THAT IS A HIGHER SYNTHESIS OF WHAT THESE TWO PEOPLE BELIEVED!!!"

Example.) My father believed that life was carefree and a blast, until he discovered the world of alcohol and drugs. Because my dad died when I was 4 from a heroin overdose I can't really say he taught me much, other than a life filled with drugs and alcohol leads to depression and early death. But, if given the opportunity to better my dad's life I know for certain it would consist of living life completely sober. To be high on life. To receive the gifts, beauty and magic that are supplied to us when we live life in alignment with our true selves; not the parts of us that are masked with the drugs and alcohol that distort who we really are and cut off our connection for receiving these gifts of magic and beauty. To fully embrace and welcome life, substance free. That is how he would have lived his life if given a second chance. 

2.) After you have answered those questions regarding BOTH your mother and father you have now come to the truth of who you really are.

Example.) So for me, my truth is...

From my mom: to love, accept, and embrace myself. To learn how to love myself just the way I am, flaws and all so that I can receive love from others. To stop viewing love as a thing to be afraid of, to let that guard down and learn to experience true love.

Form my dad: to embrace life totally sober, to experience the magic and beauty that life has to offer, without altering the experience with drugs and alcohol. And to connect to a spiritual practice. 

3.) And lastly, as the book states,

"You can either go to sleep and go right back into your old drama, OR you can wake up tomorrow and hold onto this new idea of who you really are.

If you choose this then you can take the next step in the process, which is to:

-look closely at all the other things that have happened to you since birth. If you view your life as one story, from birth to right now, you'll be able to see how you have been working on this question all along

-you'll be able to see how you came to be right where you are, right this instance, and what you should do next!"

So with that said, discover who you really are based off your parents. You are the synthesis of your parents and it is your job to create a higher version of YOU based on who they are.

I sure do have my work cut our for me. And although I may not be perfect and I may have the occasional drink, I now know my focus. I now realize what my journey here on Earth is.

And it is my hopes that you come to this clarity as well.

Morning Ritual: Soul Writing

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Upon waking up each morning I have found myself beginning my day in this virtual so-called reality of Facebook, Yahoo, and Bank of America. Each day I am being sucked further and further into the cyber-rut. I’m not liking this morning ritual. This must stop.

Thankfully, last night before bed as I was scrolling through my IIN modules I came across a slide for Julie Cameron’s Morning Pages. This was truly a direct message from the Universe urging me to reconnect with past rituals and begin my morning pages again. According to Cameron, “All the angry, ugly stuff that you write in the morning would otherwise stand in the way of you being your best you. By doing early morning pages, you get all those repressed thoughts out of your system so you can live your life and realize that you are not your mind and you are not your thoughts.”

Writing morning pages is one of the most natural and therapeutic gifts we can give to ourselves. Rather than instantly grabbing for our laptop or iphone I suggest switching rituals and immediately reaching for our journals.

The beauty and clarity that arise from these simple morning pages will forever change your way life, by leading you to extraordinary self-realizations about what it is you want and do not want in your life. Telling our stories can be transformative for both ourselves and the reader (if we ever do decide to share or possibly publish our writings).

But, for now these morning pages are strictly for you. Your personal and private haven to explore your thoughts and feelings. To let go what no longer serves you and to discover the new things that do.

No matter how silly or how embarrassing your words might seem, don’t worry just write it. That is the point. To purge those thoughts physically out onto your paper so you can stop carrying them around with you every place you go.

This daily process is meant to cleanse your mind and allow a greater sense of freedom to emerge from your mind.

And to end my message I will leave with a quote for when your feeling the resistance to beginning this morning ritual...

“Resistance, according to writer Steven Pressfield, is “that destructive force inside human nature that rises whenever we consider a tough, long-term course of action that might do for us or others something that’s actually good. Writing is good for you and for others.  Don’t let fear, insecurity, your inner critic or self-sabotage stop you."


Reaping The Benefits Of What Most Of Us Already Have, But Ya Just Don't Know It!

So often we are bombarded with messages to buy this or that and then you will feel x, y or z… But, honestly who has the time for that, let alone the money. If you’re anything like me then you obviously know what I am talking about. We are constantly searching for ways to fulfill our needs, comforts, and pleasures. In a world which places so many demands, pressures, and responsibilities it is only natural for us to seek pleasure any chance we get. But, after much searching and purchasing I was still left with the need for more. Something was still missing. As I slowly began my journey of attempting to learn more about myself and who my truest, soul self actually was I was beginning to find all of those things I had been searching for. With the discovery of Kundalini Yoga and the unexpected turn of events with a sudden health challenge I was divinely guided to the healing studies of holistic nutrition. And without getting too much more into details about that (I will save that for another blog) I would love to share with you the two most simple things that I found that have greatly impacted my overall happiness factor on a day-to-day basis. Without any further a due…

-over-sized firm pillow or a restorative bolster used in yoga

Anytime I feel the need to unwind, relax, and/or rejuvenate I frolic to my pillow! Literally I frolic. Five minutes on this thang and I’m back in action willing to handle whatever needs to be done (when just 5 minutes before I was over it and ready to call into work sick ha ha). Kid you not- don’t underestimate this simple prop that many of us already own and probably didn’t even realize it

-water bottle filled with hot water

This little trick I learned from Joshua Rosenthals, owner of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which is the school I’m attending. Any who, every night before bed simply turn your sink on, allow the water to get hot and then fill the bottle up. Take it to bed with you and rest it on your belly, chest, or any other place you desire (the possibilities are endless he he) and you will instantly feel the magic! When I first read about this I was skeptical thinking it wouldn’t stay warm for very long or it would be awkward having a water bottle pressed against me. But, from the very first night I tried this basic self-pampering technique I was hooked and haven’t missed a night since. (Obviously it’s that good since I’m taking the time to blog about it!)

Benefits: helps with muscle tension, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and soothes restlessness which allows for instant deep relaxation


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