Homemade Salsa

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (or a combination of tomatoes and fresh peaches, nectarines, mangoes or grapes)
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Put all ingredients into a bowl, toss well and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Per Serving:Serving size: about 1/2 cup, 25 calories (0 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 1g protein


Most condiments are either high in sugar (also known as high fructose corn syrup) or sodium.  Most of us attempt to strike a balance between those two extremes so we don’t make our blood sugar or blood pressure unhappy.

Thankfully, there is one condiment that has not affected either my blood sugar or blood pressure – salsa! 

Everyone in my realm of influence seems to like hot salsa, but I quickly admit that I can’t handle heat.  For me, it’s got to be mild salsa.  One of our favorite Mexican restaurants serves a mild salsa that is too hot for me!  They know me and know they will have to cool the salsa down – yes, they laugh at me – but I don’t care.

Because salsa is such a healthy alternative, I use it in some rather unconventional ways:

  • Baked potatoes taste so good with salsa on top instead of fattening butter
  • Mix salsa with mayo to save some serious calories before dressing up your burger
  • Try mixing salsa into your scrambled eggs
  • Salsa is a great veggie dip.  Have you read the label on your favorite dip?  It’s crazy!

We can’t have a garden where we live now, but as a kid my folks grew their own tomatoes, peppers and onions to make homemade salsa.  Of course, the most traditional pairing is tortilla chips and salsa.  There are typically quite a few carbohydrates in tortilla chips, so keep that in mind.  Beyond that, have a good time with your favorite salsa dish!  Ole’!  🙂

EZEKIEL 4:9 ON 4/9

EZEKIEL 4 9 ON 4 9

Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…  – Ezekiel 4:9


I’m out of control again…  and I’m frightened of complications.  I need God’s help so much to make this okay again.  He is faithful to me – He just keeps helping me more and more!

I’ve been forced to look at alternatives to traditional bread made with flour.  The days of walking into a grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread are over.  In mid-March I had a hemoglobin A1c of over 9!  Some changes have to be made – and quick.

Ezekiel 4:9 products have a unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that provide these added benefits:

  • Protein – The breads, pastas and cereals have 84.3% as much protein as milk or eggs.
  • Amino Acids – The products contain 18 Amino Acids, including all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Better Digestibility – your body can digest these products more easily due to sprouting.
  • Better Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • More Vitamin C – Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • More Vitamin B – Sprouting increases vitamins B2, B5 & B6.
  • More Fiber – Since the products are made with both grains and legumes, they are a great source of fiber.

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The folks at Ezekiel 4:9 use freshly sprouted certified organic grains and all the products are kosher.  It seems weird to find your bread in the refrigerated section, but it’s because their bread is not made with flour.  Studies have shown that grinding grains into flour increases the surface area upon which enzymes in the body can work to more quickly convert starch into glucose.

And yeah – that’s not good for diabetics – more glucose not good – not so much!

There are no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) used in any of the products and no refined sugars.  Did you know that most bread has some amount of sugar?  The next time you go to the grocery store, start reading the labels – it’s an education.

And finally, there are no preservatives or shortenings used in any of the products.

Type II Diabetes will not win!  I’m still in the fight and I’ll do whatever it takes to avoid the ugly complications of this horrific disease!  I have managed to lose a little weight, which in theory should be helpful.  I have until June 22nd to get this whipped back into shape.  I’m not defeated – I can do this!

Of all the changes I’ve had to make, buying bread that needs refrigeration is probably the most dramatic.  I’m thankful for the Ezekiel 4:9 products though, because if they were not around, I’d have to quit bread cold turkey – and frankly, I’m not sure I could do that!  I’m addicted to bread like some people are addicted to soap operas!  Wink!  😉











Elf is a 2003 film about a man (Will Ferrell) raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole is sent to the America in search of his true identity.  Today I want to challenge you to begin a new Christmas tradition based on this crazy elf’s life.  I know we have time-honored traditions, but there’s room for one more (especially if it’s something off the wall and fun!)  Today is ANSWER THE PHONE LIKE BUDDY THE ELF DAY!!!  So – this is the day you can mess with the mind of a telemarketer or make your husband laugh (as he rolls his eyes in disbelief).  It may make your mother-in-law wonder if you are cracking under the stress of the Christmas season – but who cares?  Today we all need to answer the phone like this: 

 Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?

Fair warning – you may get this greeting if you phone in an order for pizza today.  :-/  Be prepared to say something witty instead of the standard, what, or huh???  

I asked my group on facebook, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, to give me a witty response to “Buddy the Elf, What’s Your Favorite Color???”  Here’s what they had to say:




And what am I prepared to say?  Well – I’m going to say CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING COLOR!  😉

There are two possible scenarios really – the caller could just be taken aback and there will be awkward silence or you will hear a “huh” or “uh” sound.  Possibly the caller will actually tell you what their favorite color is, so you will have to be prepared with a witty and funny response, or possibly a statement such as “that is not a color, but a shade”, which will start a debate with the caller.  A debate could be something fun and different today!  🙂

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I know why we will snuggle after eating a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough – our blood sugar will be so high, we’ll be close to diabetic coma!  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!  Wink!  😉

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!


Click on the link below to order your copy! 




Some of the wacky holidays I run across are just too funny – but this one is hilarious! Today is ROOT CANAL APPRECIATION DAY!!!  Excuse me, did you say APPRECIATION???  Apparently, a bunch of dentists got together and decided that the Root Canal has been given a bad rap by the public. They think it’s time that people understand that the procedure is absolutely painless and comfortable.

Alrighty then… I’ve lost count of how many Root Canals I’ve had, but I had my first one at a very young age. While yes, I did survive, obviously, I would not describe it as a “comfortable” procedure.  Sorry…  would you turn up the laughing gas???  Thank you very much!

I know most diabetics already know this, but the more controlled your sugars stay, the better any dental procedure will go. If you are not a well-controlled diabetic, there are risks of complications such as infections and possible tooth loss due to severe gum disease. I’ve been down that road and I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Healthy teeth and gums are just one more reason to keep your blood sugar under control.

I’ve had a lot of root canals.  I tease that if I had the money I’ve invested in my teeth, I could retire quite nicely on my own private island!  What are they and why do we have to get them?

I don’t appreciate pain, and I usually experience plenty of pain when it’s time for a root canal.  My dentist does my root canals, but some dentists refer a patient to a place that specializes in root canals.  Usually a patient has a longer waiting time at a specialty office.  I consider myself very fortunate to have a dentist who does root canals because I can generally get in his office quickly.  When you are in pain, getting in to get it taken care of quickly is a good thing.

So, I may never appreciate a Root Canal, but I do appreciate what dentists do to relieve toothaches. There’s nothing worse than a toothache! Here’s to my dentist! I hope you enjoy good oral health and happy blood glucose!




Ok my story to u as if I’m fighting Darth Vader is that my lows is hard to fight back every once in a while I get low and I start feeling like I’m not myself and it feels like I’m getting lifted in the air from the force so every night I have to go get my tablets and start eating them like Luke Skywalker getting his light saver before Darth Vader kills him so that’s my story.

Parker Konsdorf, age 15

For a Type 1 Diabetic, it is crucial to keep blood glucose levels just as “normal” as possible. Is it easy? No, not at all. When those lows hit, just as Parker explained – it makes him like he’s not himself. Sometimes getting the blood sugar back up is like fighting Darth Vader – it’s a battle and the enemy is diabetes.

I’m not a Type 1 Diabetic like Parker. I’m a Type 2 Diabetic, but like Parker, I have a story about fighting with evil diabetes to keep my blood sugar levels under control too.

When blood sugar is too low, there is shakiness, confusion and agitation. When I’m low I turn into the wicked witch of the midwest! I know when my blood sugar is dropping because I lose patience with everyone and everything. My sugars tend to run on the high side most of the time. I don’t feel like myself either.

I feel as though I am Princess Leia after she’s been drugged by Darth Vader (I KNOW that didn’t happen in the movie – work with me here!) High blood sugar makes me feel dull-minded and listless. I can’t think straight and my eyelids get very heavy. I just want to sleep! I don’t want to fall captive to Darth Vader, but when my blood sugar is too high, it’s very difficult to get it lowered again. I have to force myself to walk or ride my bike. It would be so much easier to go sit in the recliner and turn on the TV. I would fall asleep – I know I would. But exercise is the only way I can get my blood sugar to come down.

I decided to dramatize the effects of low and high blood sugar with Star Wars and Darth Vader because today is STAR WARS DAY!!! I know there are some fans of Star Wars in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) and I hope they especially enjoy this post.

Hopefully, this little dramatization has helped my non-D friends (yes, I am jealous) understand how our blood sugars can affect us. Sometimes a mood or a bit of listlessness in a diabetic can be a sign that blood sugar is out of whack. Non-D friends need to be aware of warning signs. If blood sugar is too high, we can go to sleep and slip into coma. If blood sugar is too low, we can seize and that can lead to death. We all need to be looking out for one another. Either extreme is very dangerous and if we all know the warning signs, then we can all fight Darth Vader (diabetes) together!!!  😉