Healthy Cocoa-Banana Créme Smoothie: start your morning off RIGHT!

It’s raaaaining, it’s pooouring. My old man is snoooooooring! 

But I’m up & at ’em, getting mentally prepared to take on today’s project: painting the kitchen cabinets! I’m already halfway through but need to finish before Thursday when I’m hosting my first Javita coffee & tea tasting party. Lord knows I can’t have a half-done kitchen with about 10 guests present!! 

Here’s today’s Javita recipe– today I used the FocusFusion Cocoa for my blended breakfast smoothie. 

Healthy Cocoa-Banana Créme Smoothie:

  

  • 1 packet Javita FocusFusion Cocoa
  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 1.5 cups whole/ skim/ almond/ coconut milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 3 cubes of ice
  • 1 graham cracker
  • 1 dollop of lite whipped topping (optional)

Ultra simple. Just add all ingredients together (except whipped topping and 1/2 graham cracker) in blender and blend until smooth. Top with whipped topping (if desired) and crumbled graham cracker for the ultimate healthy indulgence!

Enjoy!

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Weight-loss coffee & tea sample time! I love it so far, but now for the ultimate test…

So today is the day: I finally get to send my friends their free coffee and tea samples. Twelve packages in all. It took me FOREVER to get the opportunity to sit and put together their packages– between building a fence, baby, and painting kitchen cabinets!– so I’m really looking forward to getting their input. 

  
I have REALLY enjoyed the sugar-control tea so far. I notice that my numbers have been stable for my fasting glucose reading first thing in the morning and that’s a REALLY good thing. As for the coffee, it tastes fantastic and I haven’t gained any weight myself, but my diet is pretty regimented these days so I don’t have much fluctuation like I used to. 

Well, it’s time for me to start preparing for my first day of work tomorrow at the local newspaper, the Victoria Advocate. I’m actually really excited that I’ll be getting back into sales after a year of substitute teaching. I enjoy teaching tremendously, but I don’t enjoy living paycheck to paycheck like we have been for the past year. (If you think teachers are low-pay, you’d be pretty embarrassed by sub pay!) that’s also another reason why I joined Javita– it has HUGE potential for growth and there’s too many ways to get paid to NOT be able to make a decent additional income! And all I should have to do is share a great product! 

Here’s to good fortune, and good coffee! 

  

Healthy Sunday Morning Vanilla Cinnamon Frappucino

¡Buenos días amigos! Good morning friends! Just waking up after a great, long night’s sleep and having a my morning coffee on my patio while I wait for my husband to wake up. This is what we call “daddy’s/mommy’s day off”– usually one of us claims Sunday as “our” day and gets to sleep in and be lazy for the first half of the day while the other tends to the baby. It’s the one real morning break we both share throughout the week and we both clamour to call it like siblings scream for “SHOTGUN!!!” Obviously I lost this week 😦 lol

Anywho… I’m enjoying another of my Javita creations this morning. This time I chose the energy coffee with Gotu Kola and Baccopa Monnieri instead of the weight-loss coffee because I wanted to compare the taste of the two. In truth, I think they taste very similar but to me, the weight-loss coffee actually tastes to me like a mix between coffee and green tea in one. Strangely, the one I’m drinking now (energy) DOES have green tea in it as well, but I can’t taste it. Apparently I taste it in the one that doesn’t 🙂 

So I wanted to try to recreate a frozen “Frappucino” version of the coffee I used to drink everyday, which is called “San Antonio” which is a HEB-brand K-Cup flavor that is cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate flavored. It’s delicious and very much like café de canela Mexicana or Mexican cinnamon coffee. (In case you’re diabetic like me and didn’t already know, cinnamon is a natural blood sugar controller.) And instead of hot, today I wanted to try it cold and blended. And boy is it delicious! And nutritious as well 😛

Here’s the recipe: 

  • 1 packet Javita Energy+Mind Coffee
  • 4 oz both water and milk
  • A teaspoon of half and half
  • A scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 3 drops of vanilla extract
  • A dash of cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 4 cubes of ice

 

  
This little guy outta pack enough punch to keep me energized throughout the morning while we finish building our fence FINALLY!

Enjoy! 

Best healthy “Milkshake” EVER! 

Holy moly I just made the most delicious healthy milkshake I’ve EVER had!! I was preparing sample kits for my 12 girlfriends who wanted to try the weight-loss coffee and I decided: it’s HOT outside and I NEED a milkshake! But since I’m diabetic, that’s on the no-no list, so I decided to try a sample of the FocusFusion Cocoa I received in my shipment. MOTHER OF GOD, with a snack like this I can get a “sugar fix” without any actual sugar!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 Javita FocusFusion Cocoa packet
  • 8 oz of water or milk ( I used half water, half whole milk)
  • A dollop of lite Cool Whip (it’s surprisingly ok for diabetics!)
  • 4 cubes of ice

That’s IT!! And it tastes very similar to a Wendy’s Frosty 😛
Enjoy!

  

Sinfully-DELICIOUS Diabetic Treats: “Fried” Chicken, Pizza, Low-Carb Mousse, and more

Thought I would share my Pinterest board for diabetic treats I’ve been accumulating over the past few months. I’ve tried everything posted and I will guarantee they’re ALL delicious. And I’m suuuuuper-picky 😉

Diabetic Devlishness!

Click above for the link

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First OFFICIAL day of summer break

Here it is! The first official Saturday of summer break 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite some time– I’ve been substitute teaching all grade levels here in Victoria Independent School District and sometimes I think being a sub is harder than being an actual teacher! You have to establish respect for yourself very early on EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s not too difficult a task, it’s just exhausting day in, day out. Luckily if I end up taking a permanent teaching position next semester, I won’t have to bend over backwards every day to accommodate every school in the district when they’re short-staffed.

It looks like I’ll be starting a new job on Tuesday; I came across an advertising executive position with the local newspaper, the Victoria Advocate, and applied on a whim for a summer job and was hired pretty much on the spot. Unfortunately it took me a few extra days to send them back a filled-out employment application and to recreate my references list, which has somehow mysteriously disappeared off my husband’s computer… Surprise surprise 😉

I’m hoping the day will stay as glorious as it currently is so I can take my son swimming later! 82 degrees, partly cloudy with a 0% chance of rain. Not too shabby, Victoria!

Whatever you’re doing today, I hope you have a fantastic one!

Welcome! An introduction…

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m so excited to have you here to share on this incredible journey to health and wellness after being diagnosed at 32 years-old with Type II Diabetes on February of 2015, just a few short months ago.  No one should have to suffer from this terrible immune disease, let alone a 32-year old mother of a 17-month old!

My name is Sarah.  Up until December of 2014, I thought I had been in relatively decent health.  Aside from a strange condition that caused me to have bouts of vomiting at random (more about that later! It’s connected!), I thought I was in pretty good shape.  At 5’5″ and around 135 lbs., I wasn’t what would be considered “overweight.”  I was more “curvy.” I was at my lowest weight just before getting pregnant in July, immediately after getting married in May so I was feeling pretty good about myself physically.  Things seemed to start off very well with the pregnancy– I felt fantastic and had no morning sickness for about the first 6 weeks.  Then, once it began, it was a never-ending cycle of vomiting and dry-heaving until I passed out from exhaustion that lasted about 6 months.

At around the 6-month mark, I FINALLY started feeling better.  I was able to wake up and tend to my self and my business without needing to keep a vomit depository on hand at all times!  However, when I went in for my 6-month check up, I was immediate sent to a specialist and on to the hospital for an emergent delivery that very night.  Between my previous check-up and this one, something had changed drastically to my placenta and I would need bedrest until my son was delivered.  *ENTER DIABETES*

I knew absolutely ZERO about diabetes before I was diagnosed in the hospital with gestational diabetes.  I knew it had something to do with insulin and sugar but didn’t know any of the symptoms, effects, or treatment until I was square in its grips.  I was adamant about being put on any medications while in the hospital, so I was hyper-vigilant about my diet and consumption because I knew they were there waiting with with a blood-sugar monitor and insulin injection in hand 2 hours to the minute after each of my daily meals!

To make a long story very short, I was miraculously able to remain pregnant with my son for an additional nearly 8 weeks and was even able to be discharged from the hospital over Christmas!  I went into the specialist’s office for Doppler ultrasounds every other day for about a week until finally on January 4th, my dopplers finally began to show indications of stopped and reversing blood flow through the placenta which meant, this time, I would NOT be leaving the hospital without having given birth!

My son was delivered via C-section on the morning of January 9th– as the universe would have it, he was delivered immediately after my cousin’s son (healthy and scheduled for delivery that morning at 6 am) by the same doctor in the same surgical wing.  We actually passed each other in the hallway, but not close enough for that high-five I wanted to happen 😉  After he was born at 3 lbs at 33.3 days gestation (and was supposed to be born the day before my husband was on 3/3), he was perfectly healthy other than very low birth weight.  He also showed signs of insulin-resistance through the first few days, which was terrifying to me.  Luckily, his blood sugar evened out nicely and all we needed to concentrate on was getting his weight up.

When I was discharged from labor & delivery, I was given the standard glucose test to make sure my GD had dissipated.  Lucky me, I tested within the “normal” 70-160 range and was told I was diabetes-free but to test myself at home on occasion to make sure it hadn’t returned.  Today’s statistics show that a woman that develops GD in her pregnancy is over 50% likely to re-develop full-blown type II diabetes within 5-10 years.  THIS FIGURE IS ABSOLUTELY MINDBLOWING TO ME!!

Now I’ll be honest– I did check my blood sugar after I returned home. A FEW times. But I never saw any alarming numbers so, baby-brained me assumed I was probably in the clear. I maintained this deception for a good year and half until I ended up waking up in the hospital after spending two days in a diabetic coma.

My DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) luckily happened while our son’s nanny was home. I was found at the bottom of my shower in a fetal position with a core body temperature of 77 degrees after spending hours in ice cold water. When they found me not knowing if they were responding to a drug overdose, a stroke/ heart attack, allergic reaction, etc. they tested my blood sugar to find my blood sugar so high it wouldn’t even register on their EMT equipment. They immediately began trying to straighten my contorted body out so I could be put onto the stretcher to administer fluids and insulin and had to heat me up gradually with a thermal blanket. After I got to the hospital, they told my husband my A1C was an alarming 14– my blood was SO acidic that my ICU nurse told my husband he had never seen such a high level of acid in anyone that was still living. Needless to say, I was really, really, REALLY sick.

Since being discharged from the hospital, I’ve been on a twice-daily regimen of 12 units of insulin and 500 mcg of Metformin. Guess what? Being on medicine on such a young age sucks!! I’m desperate to try anything to help me get off pharmaceutical-grade medications and back to living freely– well, except all the sugar this time! Since being introduced to Javita just 4 days ago, I have just received my first shipment and have tried the sugar-control instant green tea and just had my first cup of weight-loss coffee this morning. So far, I feel pretty great! I was a little nervous at first forgoing my regular cup of HEB San Antonio Keurig Cup coffee, but surprisingly I didn’t even miss it! I’m enthusiastic so far so I’ll definitely be keeping this blog updated with my experience with Javita! Hopefully someone else might find my story helpful 🙂