Banana Oatmeal ‘Pancakes’

I’ve been talking about this with my massage clients, so I figured I’d post it.

I originally made these at a camping event. We were in charge of breakfast for about 40, and had a huge pot of leftover oatmeal. I was skimming the crusty bits off the top, and my friend Nancy said, “Why don’t we fry that, like polenta?”.

We had bananas, and cinnamon! It was so good, I keep making it.

Fry bananas in coconut oil.

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Add oatmeal. (This is great with leftovers)

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Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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The banana, and cinnamon are the sweetener you need.

Why Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage?

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Massaging with my feet seems natural to me. It’s deep, broad pressure. Most of my clients comment the first time they receive Ashiatsu, that they would not know it was not my hands.

I start seated, above the head. Working with mostly my heals, I can can go light, or deep around the shoulder blades, the long muscles on either side of the spine (paraspinals) shoulders, and back of the upper arms.

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From the stool I can stand with one foot, and massage with the other. Still able to go as light or deep as needed.

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If the client is still wanting more pressure, I stand on the client. It’s deep,broad pressure. Great for larger bodies, and clients who never seem to get a deep enough massage.

Just an hour is all I really need to do a great massage.

For a quick fix, I can walk on fully clothed body, with my socks on, much like a chair massage.

Book your massage today! Located in the Fairview section of Chicopee, on Prospect Street.

I also do regular massage, Reiki, and CranioSacral Therapy. No extra charge to combine therapies.

Sliding scale of $55.-$65. for an hour.

What does that mean? Pay what you would like in that range.

30 minutes $30. – $40.

20 minute tune up (clothes on) $20.- $30.

Before you ask how much….

Wouldn’t you rather first want to ask about the massage?

About me, the therapist?

Tell me what you’re looking for, and see if I’m knowledgeable about the treatment?

Wouldn’t you want to know why I do what I do?

Don’t you want to know how the experience is going to be, before you decide what a ‘Good’ price is? 

If you don’t care about the experience of the massage therapist, why not go to the massage school, and get a $30. massage? They need to practice, and would love to have you.

For all of the knowledge, and experience I have, I want to give a great massage, at a more than fair price. 

I love giving massage. It’s the happiest part of most days. I feel honored to share the experience with you. 

I have a fantasy that heaven will be me experiencing every massage I gave, as the receiver. I make it the way I’d want it. 

There, now ask me, “how much?”Image.

The answer is $55.-$65. for an hour sliding scale, and  $35. for 30 minutes. 

Sliding scale means you pay what you feel good paying, feel you can afford, and how often you are coming. 

Cheese Steak Salad

I know this is obvious, but you can turn any of your favorite sandwiches into a salad. It makes it much it lower in carbs, and much better for anyone diabetic, or insulin resistant.

I sauteed the onions, peppers, and mushrooms in one pan.

In the second pan I fried the shaved steak. As soon as I flipped the steak, I turned off the pan, and added a slice of cheese. 

I used baby Romaine lettuce, and ranch dressing. 

It was delicious! Not missing the bread at all.

I have 26 years of experience of being diabetic, and I’m trained as a hypnotherapist, massage therapist, and yoga teacher. If you live in the Chicopee Imagearea, and want some help, book a massage, or come to yoga class. 

Low carb for a diabetic, week 2

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At the start of week 2, I lost about 5 pounds, my blood sugar is the best I’ve ever seen it, and I’m learning to adjust some things.

This is my coffee. I learned that I don’t really like heavy cream in my coffee, and whole milk in my coffee, is where I want to put my carbs. I also notice that if I add cinnamon, I can cut down on the Stevia, just 3 drops. Cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar, as well as being very tasty. I put the cinnamon in before frothing the milk, it blends it right in, instead of sitting in clumps on the top.

Yesterday my son Nathan made a cake for his stepmother’s birthday. He cut the top off the cake to frost it. It reminded me of mother, who baked cakes to sell. As a child it was treat to get those little pieces of cake. I ate a few bites of the cake. It tasted WAY to sweet to me. My taste buds are getting used to less sweet. I threw the rest in the trash. It was still just a little warm. As I was throwing it in the trash, I knew I was committed to doing things differently. It felt really good.

Curry Chicken Salad, with Broccoli Slaw

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If you put some effort into eating low carb, it can be very good food! I buy organic rotisserie chicken. This time I used some of the breast meat for Chicken Ceasar Salad, with homemade dressing, capers, and olives. No croutons.

Second dish, curry chicken salad. I pulled the chicken off the bones, and put it in the food processor with celery (onion would also be an option, or scallions would even be better!), add mayo, and curry powder. I topped it with fresh sprouts (I sprout them…another blog).

The salad is also my recipe. I use broccoli slaw. The dressing is mayo, cider vinegar, and a sprinkle coconut sugar. I book bacon, and then chopped onion in the bacon fat. That gets added to the slaw, and then I topped it off with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds. Image

Low Carb Eating, and Diabetes

I started taking Amino Acids a few weeks ago, in an attempt to feel better more consistently. In these changing times, I get very high mood highs, and when the shadow shows up, it feels pretty awful in contrast!

The very first thing I noticed, was my blood sugar dropping. After a week of chasing lows, which means eating quick carbs, I felt fat! I slowly decreased my basil rate, which is the rate of insulin being given throughout the day. I went from a total 14 units per day, to a total of 12. Pretty good right?

Now to get rid of this extra belly. I started eating very low carb, and notice two big things.

First, a massive headache! Because of the extra sugar always in my blood, I have a problem with yeast. I’m sure I’m going through die off. Added extra Probiotics, starting drinking more water.

Second, and this is the exciting part, I went from taking a total of 45-55 units of Insulin a day, (basil and bolus combines) to 16-17 units! My blood sugar normally goes up after eating, until the Bolus for the food intake has time to work. It is why Diabetics wait 2 hours after eating to check. I’m barely taking any Boluses, and not getting the spike after eating. My blood sugar is almost normal, all the time.

There are carbs I really enjoy, and the thought of giving them up entirely is sad, however I have to ask myself if it would be worth the benefits of less Insulin, less yeast growth, and over all Imagestable blood sugar.

Wouldn’t it be cool if__________?

I’m on personal mission of spiritual ascension. What do you think the difference between spiritual enlightenment, and knowing yourself on all levels of consciousness is?

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could learn to use your consciousness on levels, to grow on all levels?

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your imagination to create change, on all levels of consciousness?

Wouldn’t it be cool.if you kept going up into the super consciousness, if we were all connected, and just by using your imagination, you could create change in the world?

Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a great idea, you could just look at what other people were saying, and writing, and find out it was already happening? Wouldn’t it be cool if no one was looking for credit, because everyone knew it was for the greater good?

Wouldn’t it be cool if every time you felt love, for anyone, or anything, it created change?

Wouldn’t it be cool if every time you felt your own personal bliss, it send out waves of bliss to anyone who cared to tune in?

Wouldn’t it be cool if the less you felt you were working, and the more you felt you were loving, the better it was for everyone?

Wouldn’t it be cool if I started sharing my musing, and other people chimed in with their imagination?

Wouldn’t it be cool if it became a network of support?

Wouldn’t it be cool if you added what you imagine would be cool?Image