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Making Home a Haven

January 21, 2020
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Home is the place you return to, take your shoes off, and let comfort hold you in its warm embrace. Everyone needs a place of refuge to unwind, recharge and nurture. The world throws a derailment or challenge into our path at every turn. A “great day” is normally due to a lack of chaos, rather than a life-altering, smile-inducing event.

Living with Type1 diabetes adds a tiresome list of complications to our one-foot-in-front-of-the-other journey. More often than not, life feels taxing, if not overwhelming. How many times have you cracked over hitting a stop light, when you’re simply running late? Or broken into tears because you’re drained from too many sleepless nights fighting blood sugar?

Many diabetics suffer from diabetes distress, which is a cute name for a condition centered around frustration, anxiety and fear. Unlike depression, this condition is not psychological, rather its situational. Managing insulin, blood-sugar, diet, exercise, highs, lows, and sleep deprivation every single day is … exhausting.

I’ll admit, we are masters of our own universe. We’ve created this crazy, over-scheduled, always-on world we live in. At the same time however, we can also create a place of solace. For diabetics, this stress-free space is paramount to health and well-being. Stress can throw blood sugar levels in all directions, faster than a candy bar on an empty stomach.

We all conjure up a different image of the perfect nest. For our family, we’re an organized bunch. Our diabetes supply cupboard is stocked with needles, glucose, test strips, skin-tac …so there’s never a hunt. Organization carries over to all aspects of our lives — meal planning, lunch packing, where the car keys are stashed. It helps keep things simple and well-oiled, reserving energy for bigger issues.

Surrounding ourselves with comforts has made our house a home. Momentos from places we’ve visited, music and plants – inside, outside, and on our dinner plate. They make excellent companions, in addition to the cat, whether planted or cut, instantly adding life and energy. Food, however, is the central web from which our daily routines are spun.

Coffee brewing in the morning after returning from the gym, low-carb baked goods cooling on the counter, the smell of dinner simmering in the crockpot after a long day.  It’s a lot easier to nourish ourselves when we know what we’re eating and where it came from. Our pantry is stocked with tasty snacks, meals are made in abundance so there are always leftovers waiting in the fridge, and dinner is together more often than not.

In many ways, our home returns us to a simpler time.  Where the little things matter more than what we’ve accomplished. Negative energy is kept outside. We talk to each other, plant seeds of change, and hug a lot. Stress creeps in when you let it, at our house, we ask it to remain on the other side of the front door.

 

REFERENCES

  1. https://diatribe.org/diabetes-distress-why-its-common-and-what-we-can-do-about-it
  2. https://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/2/143

 

For Good Measure

Resolution

December 31, 2019
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A couple of weeks back was the last full moon of the decade. Round & luminous it hung in the sky, it’s magical glow lighting my path as I took a walk amid the twinkling holiday lights. It was one of those moments you wish you could preserve forever. I stopped, took a breath, and promised myself I’d never forget the quiet, calm around me, which by chance happened to be the antithesis of the day that had just played out.

I thought about the last decade. In all honesty, the past ten years haven’t been the easiest. I entered 2010 with a healthy family at a time in life where you’ve figured things out, but still have so much ahead. Milestones seem to arrive at every turn and each is exciting and new. I had recently left my “real job” and was relishing motherhood with it’s playdates, parties, and countless hours shared with my young children.

In many ways, these were the halcyon days before the storm. Within the year our business would falter, my husband would be diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, and the perfect always-sunny life I had grown accustomed to would crumble before my eyes.

Jump ahead six years, we had started a new business, my husband found treatment after unsuccessful surgeries and years of debilitation, and best of all … my children were growing and happy. We were grounded, thankful and stronger.  I was launching a novel, Mia had started middle school and my youngest first grade, and then …. diabetes arrived.

On the precipice of this new decade, 100 years after the roaring twenties, I can’t help but wonder what’s to come? I didn’t notice the moon ten years ago, I was too enamored by the glow of my own little world. But I notice it now, I’ve learned that much along the way.

I think about what I need to work on, who I’ve become, and what probably should change. Lists swirl in my head. I stop and take another deep breath.  I’m not one for resolutions — you won’t find me sitting by the fire sipping a beverage promising that tomorrow I’ll alter the patterns and characteristics that have become my life. Although at this time of the year, we feel such pressure to pledge change, don’t we? We’re encouraged to plan ahead, put the past behind, and create new versions of ourselves. In truth, the old is what makes us who we are. While we can make subtle changes to our routine through diet, exercise and hopefully mindset, at the end of the day, every year has ups & downs, every decade highs & lows. These moments, good and bad, have shaped us into the person we see when we look in the mirror.

For all the lows the last decade handed me, there was a high to match it. Life through it’s incredible journey has made me stronger, wiser, hopefully calmer, and more empathetic. So at the turn of this new year, let’s resolve to be ourselves and love our lives. For we only have one chance at it … and retouching isn’t real.

For Good Measure

Mad Tea?

May 28, 2019

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We strive for things that are simple and we all fall guilty to the routine.  But I’ve learned, albeit slowly, life is in the details.

So pick up flowers from the market or better yet, pick wildflowers, I promise they will make you smile. Set your table, it will save you from hunting for a fork later. If you’re feeling crazy, light candles, because isn’t everyday worth celebrating? Remember what used to make you happy … a decadent dinner, mad tea, beachside picnic … create it again.  

Beauty is everywhere, you only have to look for it. 

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Announcing

February 26, 2019

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I believe whole-heartedly in the power of food… its ability to nurture the body and soul giving quality to our lives.  Nearly three years ago, when Mia was diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, everything we knew about health, nutrition & diet shifted and this project began to form.

Today I’m pleased to share with you, For Good Measure, featuring low-carb, farm-to-table California cuisine – a diabetic resource with specific ingredient lists and compiled nutritional data.

I’m hoping with my heart and hands it will make your life a little more flavorful.  Be inspired.

 

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For Good Measure

Test Kitchen

October 24, 2018

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Test kitchen evokes a mental picture of glistening stainless steel, prep bowls colored with precisely chopped vegetables and mouth-watering scents. After four months, I can attest it is nothing short of creative chaos … and if you’re lucky, something to serve for dinner.

With a hundred recipes tried and true, I emerge – burned, stained … but happy. I admit, food has been a palatable passion since I could see over the kitchen counter. This journey, which culminated in finding joy in something I once thought ugly, has been nothing short of inspiring.

People choose a low carb diet for reasons from weight loss to autoimmune complications; we converted to keep our type 1 diabetic daughter healthy. The wisp of a girl who loved to hold my hand when crossing the street is now the teenager I stroll with under the moon. She has and will always be my greatest muse. For Good Measure is for her and anyone who struggles with not only what life throws at them daily, but also the never ceasing struggle to stay alive.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates