As I was thinking what to bring for lunch today I forgot about the chili from last week – and its still good!  Sliced up the last jalapeno and had an ounce of tortilla chips for dipping.  And of course, the Tabasco sauce!

This comes in at 410 calories and 53 grams of carbs.  Love the jalapeno kick!
This comes in at 410 calories and 53 grams of carbs. Love the jalapeno kick!

And since I forgot my camera yesterday, I couldn’t show off my new snowman mug!  I don’t usually have santas, but I couldn’t pass this one up – it was $1.00 at my local thrift store:


Did you know November is National Diabetes Month?

I am lucky that I have finally dialed in with my blood sugars – my 30 day average is 122!   I struggled with doctors who would ask when my blood sugar numbers were high “are you taking your medication?”  Um, yes!  I found a new doctor in January and things are going great.  I’d love to get an insulin pump some day, but insurance companies balk at the idea because the insulin pens are cheaper.  Maybe some day!

I won’t bore you with too many facts, but it is estimated that not only are there 6.2 MILLION people are walking around with Type II diabetes, another 54 MILLION have pre-diabetes! 

Quick checklist of symptoms:

  • excessive thirst
  • frequent urination
  • blurred vision
  • fatigue
  • frequent skin, yeast or bladder infections

Obviously you are at a higher risk if there is a family history, but also age increases your risk as well as little or no physical activity in a given day.  I would urge everyone to ask their doctor for a blood glucose test at your annual physical.   A single fasting (nothing to eat or drink for at least 8 hours before the test) blood glucose test result of greater than 100 means you are at risk for having diabetes and a fasting test over 125 means you may already have diabetes.

Also, you could do the test yourself – they sell blood glucose machines at Walgreens for as little as $10 – they usually come with 10 test strips which would instantly tell you where your at.

Okay, I am off my soap box for now!  See you at dinner!  Still don’t know what I am making!