6 Super Healthy Diabetic Friendly Recipes

Here is the latest post from my little recipe blog: The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

Earlier today, on my main site, Purple Almond Wellness, I featured an article about managing blood sugar for diabetes. Here is a list of 6 super healthy diabetes friendly recipes to help do just that! Each recipe uses at least one of the foods on THIS LIST of diabetes friendly foods. In some cases, more than one food is in the recipe. ENJOY!


Sardine and Lemongrass Salad

From: Saveur.com

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Spinach, Beef and Egg Hash

From: Saveur.com

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From: Sugar Free Mom

Broccoli with Parmesan and Walnuts

From: Martha Stewart

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Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup

From: The Hungry Hounds

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Raw Zucchini and Flaxseed Wraps

From: The Full Helping


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Charlie Brown’s Guide to Holiday Depression

Many view the Christmas season as a wonderful and joyous time of year filled with decorations, lights, parties, food, and gifts. However, not everyone feels this way about the holidays. While it is a complete myth that suicides increase during the holidays, anxiety and depression do, in fact, increase. I knew my article for today would focus on dealing with holiday depression. However, my research took me in a quite unique direction. I always follow my heart when I look for blog topics and I’m often quite surprised where it takes me.

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As I did research for today’s article, I came across an interesting video I’d like to share with you. The video takes an in depth look at the Charles Schultz Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and how it relates to holiday depression and the meaning of Christmas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas –

Coping with Holiday Depression

The video summarizes the theme and storyline of the show, while showcasing Charlie Brown’s holiday depression and quest for the true meaning of Christmas. Throughout the show, Charlie Brown witnesses his friends and even Snoopy as they succumb to the shallow corporate version of Christmas, such as wanting money/gifts, desiring a showy aluminum tree or big lighting displays. Charlie is saddened by this and searches for a more meaningful holiday. He is tasked by his friends to purchase a tree for the Christmas play and finds what he thinks is the perfect tree, a spindly little tree, which he views as a rejection of the fake corporate holiday.

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As you can imagine, this doesn’t go over well. After being laughed at by his friends, Charlie can’t handle anymore and screams “DOESN’T ANYONE KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS?”  Linus happily complies, by reciting from the Gospel of Luke. After this, everyone seems to realize where they’ve gone wrong, and help Charlie bring his little tree to life.

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How does any of this relate to holiday depression? As it turns out, quite a bit. In my search for tips for dealing with holiday depression, I realized many aspects of this Charles Schultz classic, have tips embedded in the story line. The following tips are from www.healthstatus.com and www.psychologytoday.com, but also coincide with this classic Christmas tale.

Tips for dealing with holiday depression (1, 2)

  1. Don’t worry about trying to be like everyone else. Don’t compare your holiday with movies or what society dictates. Don’t try to make a corporate, or  cutout Christmas. Instead, make it your own.
  2. Donate money to a charity instead of buying mindless gifts.
  3. Don’t fuss about the small stuff. Don’t run yourself into the ground trying to make everything perfect.
  4. Help others… Help a friend who is sad. Volunteer to help the homeless or those less fortunate. “Christmas is supposed to be giving; make a happy dent in the lives of others.
  5. Get others to help out.  “Don”t do everything yourself. That in and of itself is depressing.
  6. Don’t be alone or isolate yourself. Find a way to join in with family, friends or the community.
  7. Don’t spend too much money. “Remember it’s not about the presents, it’s about the presence.
  8. Learn to forgive and accept others. Chances are, if someone does annoying things, that’s not going to change. Don’t get angry or upset by someone being themselves. Accept people for the beautiful and flawed people God made them to be.

Closing thoughts:

Christmas was once my favorite holiday. I love giving gifts, and seeing the look on peoples’ faces as they open my surprise. As I’ve grown older, however, I became very much like Charlie Brown did, frustrated and disillusioned by the corporate, stale and fake nature of Christmas.

Over the last few years, I’ve changed the way I view Christmas. It’s more about spending time with family and celebrating our lives together. At the end of the day, isn’t that what really matters?

Until next time….Namaste my friends.



  1. https://www.healthstatus.com/health_blog/depression-stress-anxiety/holiday-depression/
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-fitness/201112/10-tools-dealing-holiday-stress-and-depression

11 Banned Ingredients In Other Countries That Are Still Allowed In The US

A must read article for everyone! Americans should put their foot down and fight the big money food lobby that puts money before the lives of the citizens of this country.

Did you know certain ingredients are banned in other countries, but not in the US? Here are 11 banned ingredients Americans should stop eating.
— Read on foodrevolution.org/blog/banned-ingredients-in-other-countries/

How Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets Boost Brain Health

How Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets Boost Brain Health

Like most people my age (nearing 50 years young!), I grew up during a time when dietary fat was the bad guy. So, prior to starting school at Hawthorn University (HU), I was completely brainwashed with the idea that fats were bad, carbs were good and that was that.

Now, however, after 2 1/2 years of study at HU, and experiencing the Ketogenic Diet (KD) for myself, I admit I was so wrong. Now, I’m not saying that carbs are bad and fat is good. I’m just saying now I understand that everyone is different. You need to find what works for you. For some, carbs are the way to go. For others fat is the way. For still others protein is key. So, you see? None of it is “bad” or “good”. There’s just what’s good for the individual. (That said – anything refined/processed, whether carb/fat/protein is BAD!)

I’ve been on the KD for 9 weeks now and haven’t felt this good for at least 15 years. I still have a ways to go, but, let me tell you something. I feel better now, than AFTER I lost 50 pounds when I was in my 30’s. I now know I lost weight in the completely wrong way the first time. I’ve learned from my mistakes and am now on the road to recovery.

I’m so convinced with the KD/high fat diet, that I’ll be incorporating it  into my research thesis, which I’ll begin in about a month.

Below is a hint to my topic, you’ll find an article about how the KD boosts brain health. Let me just tell you, the KD isn’t a fad. In fact, it’s been around for nearly 100 years, as a treatment for epilepsy. But I digress. Read on below for more information!

Low-carb and ketogenic diets have many health benefits. This article explains how these diets can improve brain function and brain health.


How Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets Boost Brain Health

The Wellness Mindset: The Best Workout for Overall Wellness

I am currently finishing up my final course in school, and preparing to take my final exam, after which, I’ll begin my research thesis. My time in school is coming to an end, which means it’s time to shift the focus of my blog

15 Quotes to Inspire Your Employee Wellness Program

Over the next few months, I’ll begin to focus my blog posts away from the previous schedule posts and toward the goals in my future business as a Wellness Educator. I’ve decided to begin by helping everyone understand just what wellness means to me.

Over the next 6 weeks, my morning posts will consist of wellness tips and videos, designed to help you understand the true meaning of wellness and the true meaning of health.


The Best Workout for Overall Wellness


Look for my main weekly post on the Dimensions of Wellness.

Until next time…Namaste my friends


How To Reset Your Body Clock [Infographic] – The Sleep Matters Club

I found this handy infographic while researching the circadian rhythm and resetting your body clock. I wanted to share it with all of you. A link to the main article is at the bottom of the page.


We explore how to reset your body clock in a handy infographic full of tips to ensure you wake up well rested and at a convenient time.

Source: How To Reset Your Body Clock [Infographic] – The Sleep Matters Club

Laughter Therapy- The amazing benefits of laughter therapy

I’ve been focusing so much on the keto diet and quite frankly, I need a break. So, we’re going to do a bit of laughter therapy this week. I must admit, I’m cheating on my posts a bit both today and through out the week. Some of the posts, such as this one, the post later today, and a few others throughout the week are reposts of earlier articles. If you’re new to my page, this is good information for you and if you’ve seen these before, it’s a good reminder. Laughter therapy is seriously healthy and a real way to help people heal. Below, you’ll find a video on the benefits of laughter therapy and a bonus video a “Skype Laughter Chain” which is SO funny…it’s a must watch. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and have a great week guys. HAVE FUN AND LAUGH…A LOT!

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Original article

I’m beginning a section in school which discusses holistic stress management, which is based on ancient wisdom in which “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”   These holistic techniques are based on the knowledge passed down through shamans, sages, mystics and healers from all over the world. from all times and all ages.

Ask any one of these wise people what makes us who we are? What makes us whole? Everyone of them would answer “MIND, BODY, SPIRIT, and EMOTIONS”. Instead of treating just the symptoms, the whole being is treated.We are taught, that to be truly healthy, requires a balance of these four elements. Holistic nutrition, holistic stress management and holistic health are all part of the equation, which is why I stress all these areas in the development of my holistic wellness platform.

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This week, each morning, I’ll share one video with a stress management technique, which will be easy, and quick. I hope you enjoy these tips and find them useful.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.


Stress Management



The absolutely amazing benefits of laughter,

summed up in 5 minutes!

(Bonus “laughter therapy” video below)

Here’s some laughter therapy for today!

This is the Skype Laughter chain.

I was laughing so hard

I had tears streaming down my face!

This was recommended by my 18 year old son!


The Ketogenic Diet Mini-Course with Dr. Berg

I had another keto post planned, but, I’m struggling today, due to a severe case of keto induced insomnia, which I’ll talk about in my Fit by 50 journal on Thursday.  Due to sleep deprivation, I’m WAY behind schedule today….So, I decided to post Dr. Berg’s mini-course videos here for you. They are short, ranging from 5 – 12 minutes.  Look for my planned article: “Dirty keto vs Clean keto: Are you doing it right?”, next Monday. Okay…on with the course!



Why Does Keto Work?

Video overview (video length, 5:07)… This video discusses insulin resistance and how the ketogenic diet helps this issue. He says, if you’ve tried to lose weight, and the pounds stubbornly stay on, the keto diet is the one for you.

How To Do Ketosis

Video overview (video length, 8:07) – What to avoid and what to include in your new ketogenic diet eating plan. (one key to this…EAT 7-10 CUPS OF VEGGIES…DO NOT COUNT VEGGIE CARBS IN YOUR CARB COUNT!!)

How To Achieve Keto Adaption & Intermittent Fasting

Video overview (video length, 12:07)  In this video, he discusses the benefits of the keto diet, the adaptation period and how to avoid the keto flu. (hint…eat your veggies). Just FYI, the information portion of this video lasts approximately 8 minutes. After that, he discusses his book and supplements.

Closing thoughts…

I love this series. It’s very informative and quick to watch. (about the length of a sit-com in total). Don’t just jump into the KETO diet after watching this. I advise you to do your own research. I’ll be discussing my own keto journey on Thursday and will be posting another keto article next week.

Until next time… Namaste my friends


Dr. Berg understands that healthy weight loss is fast weight loss. For a specialized healthy weight loss plan based on your body type visit his website today.


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Festive Keto Cranberry Orange Bread · Fittoserve Group

Here’s a wonderful, low-carb keto quick bread for your Christmas Morning! YUM!



Festive Keto Cranberry Orange Bread · Fittoserve Group

30 Healthy Christmas Recipes | Taste of Home

I continue my quest to find healthy holiday recipes…today, I found 30 recipes from Taste of Home. You’ll find soups, salads, sides, main dishes… a bit for everyone. ENJOY!

You and your family will love these healthy dishes.


30 Healthy Christmas Recipes | Taste of Home