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I started this blog as a result of being a type 2 diabetic, and finding through research, trial & error, and good advice, that I can keep healthy blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy weight and all the benefits that go along with that, simply by eating right and getting enough exercise. At this time, I am not taking any medications for diabetes, and I'd like to do whatever I can to keep it that way. I'm not saying medications are bad - actually there are some very good medications and combinations of medications out there nowadays to help treat diabetes very successfully, just that at this point in my life, the natural approach fits with my way of living, and is what I want. You should find something interesting to read here whether you're newly diagnosed, or a long-time sufferer of type 2 diabetes. I've experienced type 2 diabetes from many perspectives at this point. My great grandmother died of a stroke after suffering with type 2 diabetes for many years. My maternal grandma is still living with it at 84. My paternal grandma died at age 67, having lost a leg to diabetes. My beautiful mom died at the age of 62, having suffered greatly with type 2 diabetes, and my father is still going strong despite diabetes, at age 70. Then came me. I wish I had known back when my mom was still alive, all that I know about type 2 diabetes now. She might still be here with us. Hindsight is 20/20 -- but hopefully, with my newfound knowledge and my lifestyle changes, my 15 year old son will be able to avoid what appears to be the family curse. Enjoy reading...please contribute!! Cheers!


Chocolate Chunk Cookies - You can eat these!! WooHoo!

Preheat oven to 375°F.


4 Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate Bars, chopped into small chunks

1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, softened

1.5 Cups Splenda

1.5 tsp Blackstrap or Dark Molasses
2 eggs
1 Cup almond flour (aprox 2/3 C raw almonds ground fine in food processor or coffee grinder yields about 1 Cup almond flour)
1 Cup vanilla whey protein powder (I buy mine at GNC when it's on sale, Wal-Mart when it's not)

1/4 Cup Oat bran
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

1 Cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, Splenda, and molasses until creamy and well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. In a separate bowl, stir together ground almonds, vanilla whey protein powder, oat bran, baking soda and salt. Add this mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, to butter/Splenda mixture, beating well after each addition, until it is all beaten in. Stir in nuts and chopped chocolate bars. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets sprayed with non stick spray.
*These will not spread and flatten as much as standard chocolate chip cookies, so if you want them flat, you'll have to flatten them a bit.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.

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