Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Join Our Fibroid Success Stories Facebook Group!


I’m sure you are all aware of my dads FDA Approved minimally invasive procedure called The Acessa procedure, that removes fibroids via ablation. Inspired by his hard work and constant drive to positively change the world of medicine, I have started a group on here with the intention to learn, motivate and support women who have experienced the wrath of fibroids. 
 Many women struggle with fibroids and often more than we are aware of. We started this group for women to be able to share their stories and to be able to reach out and support one another. 
If you, or anyone you know, has dealt with fibroids, please join the group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1877099889187785/


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Insulin Pump Update!


I haven’t had the Tandem T-Slim insulin pump for very long, but I must say that the results have been incredible. Why?

Convenience. 

Lower cost for supplies than insulin pens. 

Amount of insulin given is to the tenth. 

Tracking. 

Flexibility in customizing the details and profiles for every situation. 

My a1c went from 7.4 to 6.0. 

The average Blood Glucose I’ve had in the past month (30 days) is 112. 

It’s getting me where I need to be with my Diabetes. 

Check out this recent report 

  


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Diabetic Asian Problems


Reading time: 3-4 minutes.

Yes, I’m Asian.  Specifically Chinese.  And also Diabetic.  I suppose you could name a few reasons why this is not exactly a match made in heaven.  Well, being diabetic to begin with is not anyone’s #1 wish to Santa or the Genie but the combination of being Asian AND diabetic is lame.  Why?  I can tell you exactly why.

Rice, rice, baby.

That’s it.  Some would say this is a stupid reason, but growing up eating all types of Asian foods, it’s really not.  I love rice.  A breakfast scramble with veggies over rice with a drizzle of soy sauce? Yum.  If you haven’t tried it, you should try it.  Rice was integrated into every meal, along with noodles as well.  Something about that simple tasting, sticky, slightly chewy goodness that I can never seem to fully give up.  I tend to have a weird yearning… or craving if I don’t have it for awhile.  Maybe it’s that I’m Chinese and try to limit my carb intake.  Hmm probably.  Love-hate it is!

Why is this bad for us diabetics?

1.  Rice is one of the top foods that raise your blood sugar levels.

2.  White rice has very, very little fiber which means that this food does not stay in your system for very long.  Maybe this is why people say they are hungry not long after chowing down on some Chinese food?

3.  Little nutritional value.  Not a whole lot of vitamins, minerals, fiber… just plain rice goodness.

4.  A cup of rice is about 45 grams of carbohydrates.  This is the equivalent of 3 slices of bread or one and a half apples.

5.  TWO cups of rice breaks down to the equivalent of 22 grams of SUGAR!

6.  High glycemic index which means your blood sugar will increase rapidly after eating!

Okay, enough of the negative.  Let’s be real, I eat it anyways.  My endocrinologist says I should stay away but I’m doing pretty well as far as control with my diabetes.  So… I’m going to enjoy that rice gosh darn it!  It’s delicious and scrumptious and I doubt I could ever fully give it up.  Moderation is key I suppose.  You only live once, right?  I feel so fortunate that I am able to have the insulin that suits my needs and the ability to know how much to take for any given meal.  Being diabetic is not fun in a lot of ways, but there are always worse things.  So, in conclusion, I eat what I love in moderation and I will never stop loving rice.  Yum.


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Wedding Preparation and Planning is FUN!! Said NO ONE EVER.


Ahhhh dreaded wedding day preparation!  This includes weight loss, buying all of the right props, signs, programs, flowers, decorations, accessories, hair, make-up and the list goes on. It seems to add up very very quickly.  The main thing for me is the weight loss deal.   I go back and fourth on this…

On one hand, I know I will be photographed a lot and of course you want to be in great shape for them.  On the other, I am who I am and that’s all there is to it.  I am doing my best to eat healthier in general of course, primarily for my diabetes.  Eating more veggies, lean proteins, soups, are all very important to me.  Of course, doing my best to steer away from the sweets, carbs etc.  I think I will also stop drinking anything alcoholic as well.  Might as well, right?  

Anyway, I find that all of the little things are starting to add up more and more.  After wedding dress, bridal shower dress, shoes, hair pins, bracelets, necklaces, earrings etc.  GEEZ!!  

Keeping my portions small, working out four times a week, and stretching as much as I can.   I suppose I can only do so much.  Sometimes it’s discouraging.. and sometimes I don’t care enough to take it a step towards extreme.  It depends on the day….

Lastly, I apologize for not getting more recipes out.  I haven’t been cooking as much since I’ve been eating so much less, and more simply.  I’ll get some out there soon… 

 

Stay tuned.