Loads of Diabetic Meal Ideas (Including Dessert!)

So, if you’ve followed my posts between my last blog and this one, my health has been pretty horrible for the last year. By the “end” of my health issues, I ended up with a temporary ostomy bag. I was supposed to finally have that reversed on April 10th, but yet one more health issue arose. I’m diabetic. A1C  levels were 10.6. That’s insulin issues, and also means that surgery was a no go. I did have to stay at the hospital for a while, though on an insulin drip. So, that brings us to the reason for this post. I need to learn how to eat right so that maybe I can get off of insulin!!! Plus, I need to continue losing weight! So,  I found a ton of amazing recipes that are low carb, and diabetes friendly! Diabetic recipes, here we come!

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62 Low Carb Meal Ideas

Winter may still be dragging it’s ugly feet, but summer will be here in no time flat! Then it’ll be time to pull out your flip flops, shorts, tanks, and bathing suits! I know I’m not ready for all of that! So, I found some low carb meal ideas that should taste as amazing as they sound, without leaving lots of fat behind!

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Low Carb Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
Maple Sausage and Cream Cheese Jalepeno Poppers
Cheesy Chorizo Egg and Fauxtato Breakfast Muffins
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Smothered Creamy Chicken Skillet
Beef Zucchini Lasagna
Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders
Philly Steak and Cheese Skillet
Cabbage Bacon Sausage Stir Fry
Classic French Ratatouille
Whole 30 Healthy Tuna Salad
Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quiche
Sweet Chili Salmon
Parmesan Baked Chicken Breast
Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie
Chickzza Chicken Crust Pizza
Mesquite Chicken Taco Salad
Whole 30 Meatloaf
Cheesy Frittata Zucchini Red Peppers
No Carb Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Balsamic and Chive Cucumber Salad
Spaghetti Squash Salad
Crock Pot Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Salsa Chicken
Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats
Skinny Shrimp Piccata with Zoodles
Asian Grilled Chicken with Snap Pea Slaw
Cheesy Pesto Chicken and Veggie Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Sweet Chili Sriracha Salmon
Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Noodles Gluten Free
Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli-Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Roasted Salmon with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce and Blistered Tomatoes
Quick and Easy Chicken Curry
Goan Dal Curry Masoor Dal
Instant Pot Low Carb Goulash Soup
Instant Pot Low Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup
Teriyaki Chicken with Carrot and Cabbage Slaw
Healthy Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
Paleo Low Carb Chicken Nuggets
Low Carb Chili in a Crock Pot Or Instant Pot
Cauliflower Pizza with Greek Yogurt Pesto
Zucchini Casserole with Red Peppers and Spinach
Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu
Sweet Potato Turkey Patties
Mango Couscous Salad
Paleo Burgers with Caramelized Balsamic Onions and Avocado
Teriyaki Beef Kabobs with Pineapple
Grilled Chicken Caesar Tabbouleh Salad
Sweet and Zesty Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
Bacon Wrapped Maple Cornish Game Hens
Spaghetti Squash Asparagus Primavera
Spicy Avocado Sauce Over Chicken and Zoodles
Collard Green Chicken Roll Ups
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lemon Chicken Quinoa Skillet with Baby Spinach
Apple Cranberry Apricot Chicken Salad
Mexican Tuna Salad
Caprese Balsamic Chicken
Sheet Pan Spicy Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Spaghetti Squash Casserole Boats
Healthy Vietnamese Pho Soup

Yum, yum! I know that after all of these health issues are taken care of, I’m going to have to work at losing wait, instead of watching it come off on it’s own, so I’ll be trying most of these out very, very soon! Do you have a favorite low carb meal? If so, share it in the comments or on my Facebook page!

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Ostomy Bags…Truth and Fiction

This week has been good for me losing friends that I really didn’t consider friends in the first place. One that thought that “trading lives” was a good status while she whined about just how bad it is taking care of her child. Hm…but she wouldn’t trade me, I’m sure. The other was a woman that constantly aired her dirty laundry on Facebook… I’m a blogger, but you rarely see me posting anything about my marriage online. When we fight/argue (never any fisticuffs), that’s our business, not that of Facebook.  Today, however, after the last person blocked me, she decided to say some things about me that made me a bit mad, and since this is my blog, and it’s called Mel’s Thoughts…I’m putting mine here…Part of it will be about Ostomy bags.

 

 

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You can just barely see my bag sticking out here… This picture was taken today lol

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Late Night Thoughts…

I fell asleep rather early tonight, which is why I’m awake now. I’m usually either getting up right now to use the restroom, or sleeping. Tonight, though, I’m having some trouble getting back to sleep. This is going to sound like one very long, sad, crazy post, but hey, it’s my blog, right? So, here are my late night thoughts…Enjoy.

I found a link to Disturbed front man’s version of “Sounds of Silence” with just vocals. I found myself in literal tears…Strange, yeah? So, I try to figure out how to download that version as well as the one with the music. Instead, I find myself downloading apps that don’t work the way they should, so I give up. My daughter says, “Um, you do realize you can look up loops on YouTube, right?” Thanks, teenage daughter, no. lol I start listening to that on a one hour loop, but find that I just can’t go back to sleep, even with an amazing song in my ears.

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My Thoughts On Our New Dictat-er…President

If you’ve missed my political stance, you can read my first post about this man, here. I’ve been trying to figure out what to say here without making anyone mad, but I’m over that. If you can’t stand to hear about what I really, truly think of the Electoral decision, well then, this is probably the wrong post for you. My thoughts on the new “president” are not nice, or kind. Sorry.

The Good…

Nothing. Skip this paragraph, it’s just for laughs.

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40 Valentine’s Day Desserts to Share With Your Valentine

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here already? It seems like yesterday was Christmas, or maybe it was summer, I can’t even remember. I know you can find all sorts of Valentine’s day desserts to make with your kiddos, but how about a list of Valentine’s Day desserts to share with your one and only? A little sexier, a little more oomph, and way more ways to get sexy with your other half…I found some posts just for this reason, because I can make desserts with my kids whenever I want, but having a date night, or a Valentine’s Day with my husband needs a bit more mature palate.

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1. Red Velvet Squares with Cream Cheese Filling
2. Chocolate Cake Hearts with Cream Cheese Frosting
3. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
4. Strawberry Pie Cupcakes
5. Chocolate Covered Cake Bites
6. Red Velvet Strawberry Parfaits
7. Cherry Cream Puff Valentines
8. Chocolate Peanut Buter Hearts
9. S’mores Chocolate Fondue
10. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (No machine needed)
11. Brownie Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Filling
12. No Bake Strawberry Coconut Cream Bites
13. Cherry Vanilla Chip Parfait
14. Valentine’s Day Macarons
15. Buterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel and Pretzel Caramel
16. Molten Dulce De Leche Lava Cakes
17. Three Step Strawberry Cream Pie
18. Strawberry and Champagne Truffles
19. Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Macerated Strawberries
20. Dulch de Leche Panna Cotta
21. Heart Pavlovas
22. Champagne Popsicles
23. Fuming Cupid Cocktail (Anti-Valentine’s Day Cocktail)
24. Mini Eclairs with Strawberries and Cream
25. 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles
26. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Pie Cups
27. Easy Chocolate Fondue and Pound Cake For Two
28. Yogurt Dipped Ombre Strawberries
29. Meringue Kisses
30. Russian Kiss Cocktail
31. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dippers
32. Very Berry Panna Cotta
33. Sex In A Pan
34. Strawberry & Chocolate Cream Cheese Napoleons
35. Banana Cream Delight
36. Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut and Pecan Topping
37. Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake
38. Poke Turtle Brownies
39. Baklava Cheesecake
40. Homemade Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pies

Yum! I wish I had a personal chef because I could go for a few of these right now! I guess I’ll just have to pick one to make for my husband and I to share on Valentine’s Day…or rather after Valentine’s Day, as he works evenings, and won’t be here for that. A nice home cooked meal, and a delicious dessert to share after the kids are in bed ;).

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Gift Ideas for Sick Friends and Relatives

I was just asked yesterday what one of my friends could do for her uncle who is having a similar surgery to mine. I had a difficult time coming up with things, because I didn’t receive much while I was in the hospital. I thought this was a great post idea, so here are some ideas for good gift ideas for sick friends and relatives.

While I was in the hospital, I got exactly one bouquet of flowers from a friend allllll the way in Alaska. I was so appreciative for that small token that let me know she was thinking of me. Other than that, my husband visited, and one friend who lived nearby. So, this list will mostly be comprised of things I wish I’d gotten :D.

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This pretty picture is from one of my first hospital stays…Loving the shoved bed….Long story there, but good picture, right?

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Make My City Better…But Don’t Ask Me To Help!

I’m back! Who missed me? Christmas and New Year’s were boring around my house, with my unwillingness to go visit anyone until this stupid ostomy bag is gone (TWO MORE MONTHS!!), so we had a quiet holiday season at home, which was actually really nice…However, now that the new year is here, there have been TWO shootings in my town-one fatal- in the last two evenings…. This post is to discuss why the whole “Don’t ask me to help!” thing makes me so angry…

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Taking a Closer Look at Suicide

If any of you followed my other blog, you’ll know that suicide has been a factor in my family. It seems like if you have a teenager, it’s probably not much different for you. Cutting and thoughts of suicide are becoming the norm when it comes to the thoughts of  teens today.

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This post was inspired by a friend of a friend who chose to end her life not long ago. She was  16, and absolutely beautiful (I’m not sharing her picture or her name). Looking at her picture made me wonder what was going through her head, and what made her choose to end her life. Then I thought, this could very well have been my daughter a few times. She’s talked and written about ending her life many times, and she’s only  14. We’ve sat down and had discussions about her cutting, which she’s thankfully put an end to, but she still shares horrible memes about suicide that make me sad and angry. Not quite as often as she did before, but they still make it to her page, and I still yell and threaten to shut down her Facebook and all forms of social media, which stops those kinds of things for a while.

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Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill

If you haven’t noticed by now, I live in Ohio. A state that has decided to take itself backwards about 40 years, and make every woman listen to a heartbeat of a fetus that couldn’t live outside of that woman’s body, before she can legally abort it. Ohio’s heartbeat bill is effectively cancelling out Roe v Wade, which was passed in 1973, that says that I, as a woman, have a right to abort a child, essentially I have all rights to MY body. This bill would take those rights away.

Pro-Choice is NOT Pro-Abortion

Now, I’m sure the pro-lifers out there are chomping at the bit to call me a murderer right now… I know you are, I used to be one of you. I can remember the absolute disgust I felt at the mention of someone having an abortion… Then I had a few things that made me stop in my tracks and think. Pro-choice is NOT pro-abortion. It’s simply not. I don’t believe that abortion should be used as a form of birth control, but I stand behind any woman that has an abortion for her own reasons. I won’t lie, I’ve considered it a time or two, when I found myself pregnant, and we were financially unstable. We made it, but I also have my now-husband standing by my side. Not every woman has that luxury.

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