Bluefin Bay Resort

Not far from the border of Canada in Minnesota, on the rocky shores of Lake Superior, is a place called Bluefin Bay Resort. Not going to sugarcoat it…I adore this place!! My husband and I went there last year on our honeymoon for one night and were bummed we did not reserve a second night. This year I took my sister Jennifer as a birthday present and stayed for two days. It was amazing! The staff was wonderful and super friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. We of course went with the cheapest room we could. They have a full range of rooms available. Our room was a small, one queen bed room. It had a fridge, microwave, tv and a nice bathroom. It was about $100 a night. The best thing about Bluefin? Everything is complementary!

Well, not everything, but pretty close! All equipment such as bikes, helmets, kayaks, etc are all complementary for guests. Not only that, but they have complementary guided tours and excursions. My sister and I went on a guided hike tour to a waterfall. Joe and I went on a canoe guided tour on a river. I saved the best for last! Every night at 6:00 they light campfires and give smores to all the guests. Yum! This is just barely the tip of the iceberg.

What is not complementary? The delicious food at the restaurants on the resort, but the food still worth it! If you want to save on the cost of food you can bring food along and store in the the fridge. They have grills available for use. The spa also costs some money and, if you want to go, make sure you book well in advance. The only thing left when Jennifer and I arrived was the very expensive back massage.

In all we had an amazing time and I recommend Bluefin to anyone looking for a beautiful place to vacation at. Check out my video of our time there!

Low Carb Grocery Store Sections

You know what sucks? There are no low carbohydrate or carbohydrate free sections in grocery stores. There are gluten free, organic, vegetarian, and so much more, but no diabetic friendly sections. This amazes me considering how many diabetics there are. We are sadly only growing in numbers.

So I ask why no has thought to have a low carb section? And none of that keto crap. I always get so disappointed when I find something low carb only to discover it is “net carbs”. Come on!!

Certainly grocery stores would sell these products. It seems every third person I speak to is diabetic; type 1 or 2. It is tiresome reading all the labels just to find which one is the lowest carb. I do order a lot online. Amazon has an amazing selection of low carb items. Maybe Whole Foods, which Amazon just purchased, will have a low carb section? One would hope! Sadly will do me no good since there are no Whole Food stores near me. The joys of living in small town America.

Yes there are plenty of brands and foods I have learned are lower carb or free of carbs, but it would be nice to just have a section I could go to. Why does everyone else get a section and not the lower carbers? Even a keto section, yes I said it, would be better than nothing.

21 Day Raw Vegan Food Cleanse

When I was first diagnosed I was devastated. I looked for any and all outs. My brother mentioned a book called “There is a Cure for Diabetes” and I bought it in an instant. I didn’t care how much it was going to cost me. I was willing to try anything. So once the book arrived I did everything it said. I emptied my kitchen of all things bad for diabetics. There was a tearful moment as I threw away my flour. It may sound ridiculous but one of my favorite pastimes is baking treats. As I threw away all my flour and sugar all I could think was “There goes something else I love doing.” I needed to change my train of thought, but that came much later.

So, my kitchen was purified of all things bad for me and my blood sugar. The next chapter of the book gave me a grocery list of all things vegan and raw. You see this book focused on eating raw vegan foods and getting the most nutrition out of your food. A wonderful concept. Also, a wonderfully expensive concept! If you pursue this way of life be prepared to have your wallet take a hit! Because that is what happened next. It easily spent over $200 just restocking my kitchen. Yes, my kitchen was stocked super healthy, but good lord that was a lot of dough! But like I stated earlier I was desperate for a cure.

The next thing I had to give up was coffee because as far as I know there is no such thing as raw coffee. I bought myself matcha and maca as a replacement. Matcha and maca, while yummy, do not come close to replacing coffee; especially if you are used to drinking at least 4 cups of coffee daily.  I was a tad grumpy during this process. On top of no coffee I also cut sugar out of my diet 100%. There were times I burst into tears for no reason except I was dying for chocolate or anything sugary.

On day ten I was emotionally and frustratingly tried. I wanted bread. I tried making raw bread using a dehydrator.  It took nearly five days (primarily because I couldn’t go above 115 degrees or it wasn’t considered raw) and after all that it was okay. I never could get the recipe right. Now, raw vegan tacos turned out fantastic every time.

On day fifteen I was so tired of my new way of life , but I actually was starting to feel healthier. My headaches were going away and I noticed more energy in myself. The sugar was finally leaving my system. It was hard resisting, but the fact I made it that far helped me hold my ground.

Day twenty finally arrived. I couldn’t believe it. I made it 20 days eating only raw vegan foods. I survived without caffeine, sugar and flour. The unfortunate thing was I was not cured. Not even close. I was still taking the same amount of insulin. So when day twenty-one came and past I tearfully drank my coffee and had a small piece of bread.

What did I learn from this experience? I learned I could cut sugar from my life. I also learned I could still have it, but in moderation. Sugar was never meant to be consumed the way society consumes it. I believe I set myself up for success by completing this cleanse and I still incorporate raw meals into my diet weekly. I have to admit there are some pretty great recipes out there!

Is this cleanse right for your? Well, that’s for you to decide. I know it was the right step for me. I was able to remove my bad sugar habits and start my diabetic life with a non sugary start.  I think I will do this cleanse once a year for the nutritional value alone. I would keep up with this lifestyle everyday, but my wallet and husband just can’t handle it!

Review for Olive Garden

I just want to start with saying that Olive Garden has always been a favorite restaurant of mine, but now I may be in love with them! Most restaurants are clueless about carbohydrate count unless you go to a fast food place. Even big chain restaurants do not always have nutrition information available which makes eating out a gamble for diabetics!

Well, if you are looking for a restaurant that has delicious food and has all nutrition information available (this includes allergens) than look no further! Olive Garden has a binder with a complete list of nutrition and allergies for everything on the menu. They are even willing to work your dietary restrictions. At least, they did with me.

Most restaurants I feel completely stupid when I request nutrition information. The waiter or waitress will give me a blank stare and then proceed to tell me the amount of calories, which does me absolutely no good!

Not Olive Garden! The last two times I have gone the waiters have been kind and considerate. One waiter even had them wait to prepare my food so I could take my insulin. Turns out he was diabetic too.

It is so nice to be able to go to a restaurant that cares about the people who eat there. You are not just someone paying for food. You are someone they want to have a wonderful time. Olive Garden will have me for a repeat customer for the rest of my life.

Superior State of Mind : Property Lines Agreed Upon

Well, we reached an agreement with my brother in law / Katie’s brother to purchase a 2.5 acre parcel from him. 2.5 acres is the minimum lot size for the rural residential district that we’re in. The blue rectangle isn’t where the house will be located, but just a scale for the size of the home and garage.