In a split-second life can change. Some changes linger, others are brief flickers or diversions that shift our stride along life’s byways and highways. Diabetes is one of the changes that lingers and lasts. Living with diabetes can result in profound adjustments and realignments in life. In a sense it can be like an awakening, an epiphany, prompting us to perhaps be more aware, more disciplined and cautious, more determined to face and win challenges and stride in symphony with the connections of body and spirit.
Then there are the quick changes, although temporary, they can pack a wallop. For example, I took a tumble while hiking, and in a moment in time in time managed to shatter my right elbow. It was an accident that resulted in X-rays, emergency rooms, 10-hour surgery, lugging around a heavy splint, sleepless nights, hard to manage blood sugars, insurance coverage nightmares and continuing hours of physical therapy (PT = Pain and Torture). Two months have passed and the plated and pinned elbow is supinating, pronating, flexing and extending quite nicely.
So, when changes occur, brief or lasting, there are usually some lessons to be learned. The potential is there, and in the case of diabetes, taking advantage of educational resources available, enjoying a fresh and healthy way of eating, forging a positive attitude and reaping the benefits of daily exercise are ongoing guidelines to aspire to. When accidents or diversions step in our way (my elbow accident) compliance may be the moral of the story. It may be a calling for grooming or training or patience in order to brush yourself off and start all over again.
What better time of year to start all over! Spring is budding and blossoming now. It’s time to take exercise outdoors, get a little vitamin D from the sun, put away the heavy jackets and gloves and take some exhilarating long sweet breaths. Cyber Kitchen is preparing some dishes to awaken those spring taste buds. Come on over to see and taste!
Cyber Kitchen Recipes for a Zesty Spring Meal:
|Citrus Chicken (4 Servings)|
|4 Chicken cutlets (5 oz. each)|
fresh ground black pepper and salt (optional)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 T. butter, 1 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh lime juice and grated zest from 1 lime
1/2 t. ground ginger, 1/4 t. red pepper flakes
2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced crosswise, reserving juice
|Wild rice Salad (4 Servings)|
|1/4 cup dried cranberries and 2 T. golden raisins|
1/2 cup wild rice
1 carrot, grated
1/2 small red onion and red pepper, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 T. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Dressing: 2 T. red vinegar, 1/2 t. fresh lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste, 1 T. extra virgin olive oil (Mix vinegar, juice, and seasonings and whisk in oil.)
|Simple Spring Asparagus (4 Servings)|
|1 lb. fresh tender asparagus|
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t. Fresh lemon juice and grated zest
1 T. freshly grated parmesan cheese
|Refreshing Fruit Salad (4 servings)|
|1/2 cup blueberries|
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 ripe mango, cut into cubes
1 small banana, sliced
2 T. fresh squeezed orange juice plus grated zest
Nutritional Value: about 2/3 cup = 70 cal, 1 gram protein, 0 fat, 17 carb grams, 3 grams fiber