It is that time again to share some of our favorite things! These are things that help us be more productive, efficient and some things we just like! (This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)
Surviving tough times is something we all have to do now and then. Many things, such as relationships, finances, family, jobs and any combination of these can contribute to rough patches in life. I am not a professional, just someone who has weathered a few storms. Both Angie and I are weathering some storms right now, albeit completely different situations, here are some things we do to help survive them. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)
Carb Counting to help manage diabetes! About a year and half ago, my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His blood sugar numbers were too high… over 230 (which was really high for him). (Please note that I am NOT an expert about diabetes and anything I share here is just what we are doing to help him. Please contact your health care provider for more specific information.) We use diet control, prescription medicine, and exercise to manage his blood sugar levels at this time. This may change and if it does, we will change with it! (This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)
When he was first diagnosed, his physician suggested that he lose weight to help with these issues and he also recommended that we take nutrition classes to help with controlling the diabetes with his diet. I am happy to report that he has lost over 20 pounds and his blood sugar numbers stay fairly steady as long as he watches what he eats.
Learning Carb Counting
We started out our learning process with the nutrition classes that were provided by our local hospital (check to see if there are costs for this service – sometimes there is!). We learned basic nutrition and what to look for as it related to diabetes. They also covered exercise and medications for living with diabetes.
The most important tool that we learned to use was carb counting to help manage his diabetes. Simply put: most foods contain carbohydrates and if they are managed well they can and should be a part of a balanced diet even for a diabetic. For instance, the recommend amount of carbs for an average man per meal is 45-60 carbs and 15-30 carbs for each snack, The guidelines for an average women is 30-45 carbs per meal and 15-30 per snack. So we started by writing out every meal that he usually eats and then making changes to fit the above guidelines. We did this by reading the nutrition labels on each food. It was a little painful at first, but it didn’t take us long to get in the routine of it.
Reading Nutrition Labels
Here is a nutrition label for his bread:
Note that each slice of bread has 11 grams of carbs per slice means that his sandwich for lunch is 22 carbs for bread alone. Then he can add other ingredients as fits with his guidelines.
Here is a nutrition label for a can of Chunky Sirloin Burger with Country Vegetables Soup:
Note that the carb count is 18 grams of carbs per serving; however, the can of soup is two servings. So if he eats the whole can (and he will) then the carb count for this is 36 grams of carbs which fits for a meal for him. He will add cheese(protein) and maybe a small piece of fruit to round out this meal.
The next thing we learned was that he needs to balance each meal and snack with a carb and a protein. As long as he does this regularly, it has really helped keep his numbers in line.
We definitely have had to make lifestyle changes but he is doing really well with it now. We are very blessed that his is controllable with medication, diet, and exercise. I know that some of you are dealing with it much more severely than this and my heart goes out to you. I know it is a daily battle. My hope was to just share one thing that is working for us right now.
Turn your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers into single serving meals that can be frozen and reheated. So many times I have put the leftovers in their own container in the refrigerator, only to throw them out a week later when they were not used up. (This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)
Remember the term ‘TV dinners’? Create your own! There are so many types of containers these days that allow us to do just this and save the food for convenient heating and eating later. Below are a few ideas to help you save the food you worked so hard to make and enjoy it later!
It is that time of year that our gardens needs some tender loving care! Preparing your gardens, whether they are your flower gardens or vegetable gardens, is quite simple. Here is what I do to make sure my garden is ready for spring planting!
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Have you ever used a Food Steamer? I have used one for YEARS! Imagine my surprise when I found out last year that my best friends had not ever used them! I now have them hooked and I think you will be too! This post contains affiliate links, see our disclaimer here.
There are several brands of food steamers available. I recommend the ones that can be multi-stacked so you can cook a whole meal at once. Here are just a few benefits that I have experienced:
- It cooks fish up flaky and moist. I simply put seasoning salt on it and that is it!
- Vegetables cook up crispy and flavorful. (Especially corn-on-the-cob!)
- You can literally put your whole meal in the steamer, set it and forget it.
Such a healthy and easy way to cook a delicious meal!
Have you ever heard of ‘Washable Refrigerator Shelf Liners’? I hadn’t! But I am sure glad I found them. You can cut them to fit anywhere in your fridge, even the door shelves. I am not a fan of wiping down the inside of the refrigerator, so this cuts that cleaning chore down by a lot. Just pull these out and wash them and put them back.
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If there is one thing I have learned in the last few years is you can save hundreds of dollars with Discount Gift Cards! Soon I will have a post detailing how I do just that! In the meantime, check out GiftCardGranny.com!
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