Nothing! The Second Worst Thing you Could Do About Diabetes...and a recipe to get you started.

Krista Ellow
Dec 18, 2019 · 5 min read

Bacon-Wrapped Bell Pepper Bites with Horseradish Cream Cheese

This recipe riffs on the cream cheese and bacon jalapeno bites appetizer that’s become so popular with the low-carb dieting crowd. This version is slightly less spicy, subbing in bell pepper for jalapenos, and kicking it up with some tangy, zesty horseradish. If you do serve these alongside of the regular, spicy jalapeno version, just be sure to choose a different color of bell pepper so it’s clear which is hot and which is not.


10 slices bacon

20 strips of red bell pepper, about an inch thick and 2.5 inches long

1 package full-fat cream cheese

1/2 cup full-fat sour cream

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup jarred, prepared horseradish

1 shallot, minced

salt and pepper to taste

To make:

Let cream cheese sit out at room temperature until it’s soft enough to work with. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the cream cheese with sour cream, shallots, Worcestershire sauce and prepared horseradish. Mix well.

Scoop about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese mixture into each strip of red pepper. Wrap with half a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place all on a baking tray.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until bacon is crisped to your liking. Set on a layer of paper towels to cool. Serve warm.

As a diabetes health coach, I am relentless about my mission to get people moving and changing! I need minds to change, bodies to change and blood sugars to change. Why not start with a recipe that does that?

Today, lets address the information overload that accompanies everyone and anyone who has diabetes. You know its true.

Information overwhelm impacts what you do and do not do about your diabetes.

Do you ever notice that everybody wants to fix you?

Everybody seems to have endless advice to make sure that you’re get healthy and you are doing what you need to do for your diabetes. I do it too, but that’s my job. I help people with their diabetes.

But there’s this phenomenon that happens around certain medical conditions. It just so happens that everybody has the exact advice you need to get over that medical condition. It’s like a miracle! This happens with every pregnancy for sure. Everybody has to give you unsolicited advice; what to eat, what not to eat, how to exercise, what to do, natural birth, painkillers. It never ends!

This only happens for a few medical conditions; pregnancy, being overweight and diabetes.

If you have diabetes, for some reason in our society, we all have the answer and we all want to share it; even if it wasn’t asked for. Which happens to be most of the time. Now, this is especially true if you have diabetes and you’re overweight. It gets really irritating to watch. What happens when those tips and tricks are finally just shut down.

You’re overwhelmed and you do nothing. So how does that help anybody?

It doesn’t.

The same thing happens when somebody notices you’re overweight and gives you the exact formula to lose weight. Everybody’s an expert on exercise, diabetes, being overweight and for some reason pregnancy. Seriously, enough is enough.

The advice they give you could be completely terrible, which is often. A lot of times it’s actually really great advice (not as often as terrible, but still). I know people are trying to help, but it doesn’t matter.

The best advice given, is pointless unless the person receiving it is ready to hear it.

But we just keep going at it. And that person just keeps getting more and more overwhelmed with all the information until it happens. The “screw it” mentality makes itself known.

So, what do we do about that? And this is a big problem with diabetes cause it’s everywhere. If you have the diabetes, you’re getting advice at work, you’re getting advice at home, you’re getting it from your relatives, you’re getting it from your coworker, you’re getting on the internet, and the TV has commercials about miracle drugs and the miracle diet that’s going to fix you. The information is nonstop.

A confused mind won’t do anything and the worst thing you can do for your diabetes is nothing. Actually, there’s one worst thing you can do.

I’m going to tell you a story about one of my favorite patients.

He was somebody who showed up in my clinic. He was literally doing nothing about his diabetes, and it’s because he was that person that was getting all kinds of advice. The doctors never stopped nagging at him. To combat this, he would go out and find what was wrong with whatever piece of guidance he was given so he didn’t have to do it. Do you see how that works? And so every little piece of advice, either good or bad, he would go out and find why that piece of advice was bad, including his medication. His A1C was 12%, but he was overwhelmed. He didn’t know what to do.

Maybe they should have asked him what he was willing to do.

The bottom line is, if you have it let’s do something. Once the barrier was down and the overwhelm treated, he finally got his diabetes controlled. Perfect, no. But it was much better than walking around in the 300 range all the time.

Maybe choosing to ignore all advice for years was a poor choice, but when the advice is non-stop how you don’t know what to chose. You Don’t!

Does anybody really want to wake up and say “I want to be super unhealthy today and worry about amputations”

No, of course not.

But if you have not found your answer yet, that is where most people will be. He could not find his answer and he could not find somebody to help him find it either.

But he found me. That is why I do what I do. to start finding your answer.

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