autoimmune disorder, stress

“It’s never lupus.”

original It would be awesome if everyone got a bunch of different kinds of doctors together, ran tests, discussed and singled out an illness together. Just sit them down in a room, give them some Starbucks and watch them go do their thing. It’s a shame the healthcare world doesn’t do that. It would make my life easier.

The nearly all the tests my allergist ran came back. Some things on the tests were unordinary. Component C3 is what I think she said caused alarm. I now have been passed on to a rheumatologist or doctor that deals with immune problems. Oh yeah- I just may have an autoimmune disorder like I speculated.

Like several people speculated, actually. In particular, the word lupus has been thrown around.

That is where we stop- or should I say begin?

 

 

insulin, lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

Happiness is not in Pounds

I started going through clothes that don’t fit me today. A lot of them are from when I was an itty-bitty me and wore tons of tight Forever 21 clothes. I got a bit depressed. I feel that being that weight again is far away and perhaps even impossible.

I gained a lot of weight due to diabetes. It’s rare for a type 1 to have this happen but it did for me. Insulin is also making it hard to lose any pounds. I’m stronger, can walk farther but still I have the weight.

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I’ve decided to get rid of clothes that don’t fit me but get clothes that do. Clothes that I like- not clothes that just fit me. I miss my style! My style became warped with gaining weight.

Then I read a post by a friend on facebook: “Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy. Stop stopping yourself.”

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I needed to hear that. It’s not all about my weight. It’s about being healthy and taking care of my diabetes not all about my weight. I gotta be happy! There are reasons to be happy. I’m not sick, I have a wonderful husband, 3 great furbabies and a job. My friends are awesome too. I don’t need to be down in the dumps! Heck with it!

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food, lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

That Unicorn Frappe

Remember my post, Are diabeetus memes funny to diabetics?, well that Unicorn Frappe that everyone and their mother have heard about has a popular meme attached to it now.

diabetesunicornI gotta say, I carefully considered who posted this meme and if they were serious. Of course they weren’t serious. They were just commenting that the frappe has a lot of sugar. In fact, I’ll even agree the cotton candy frappe tastes like pure sugar. GAG. According to Starbucks online, a grande Unicorn Frappe is just about the same amount of carbs as my favorite grande Mocha Frappe. So the reality is that the Starbucks drinks just have a lot of sugar. Did I mention I can’t really tolerate their coffee anymore?

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You can’t contract diabetes from them, though. Am I offended by someone saying you’ll contract diabetes from something sugary? Not as long as they aren’t serious. Eating sugar will not cause diabetes. There are many factors contributing to diabetes such as age, genetics, and lifestyle.  I hope people realize this when they post these memes.

I still insist that these memes are doing some good in the diabetes world. More and more people are realizing that lifestyle can contribute to type 2 diabetes and that diabetes is a disease that really sucks.

Yet I will say again, if you post these kinds of memes, I will always gauge how stupid you are. Comes with the territory. Sorry not sorry.

 

 

 

lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

My Big Purse

I’ve become known for my purse at work. It’s big, I get that. Diabetics are known for big purses. I just muttered to them “It’s for medical reasons.”  My big grey studded floppy purse doesn’t even fit in the locker they provided me. I just ram it in and make it look half way decent.

It took awhile to even find this large purse, but when I finally found one I was so happy! It didn’t cost a fortune either, which was difficult enough. What they want for a purse is ridiculous.

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It’s a great purse because it holds all my diabetic stuff. I even got a special little wallet/ purse to hold my supplies and it’s pink. Hooray girly stuff! It holds insulin, an inset, a needle, has a little trash bag, extra this and extra that. And can you believe that sucker isn’t big enough?! I still don’t have enough room for all my diabetic stuff in it, so things just float in my giant purse.

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So after my big bag becoming a joke at work and realizing this bag really should be locked up (an insulin vial costs quite a bit) I decided to give in. I bought a diabetic purse. An actual purse made for diabetics exists! The purse is made by myabetic and is called the Cherise Diabetes Handbag. I got it in “Paradise Blue.”

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The center is where I’ll carry all my goodies as shown above. It’s a more organized and concise purse, so I should be able to lock it up at work. It’s also a lot bigger in the center than my pink wallet/purse is. There are also two pouches on the sides of the center wallet to carry other things.

So take that! My purse won’t need to be the classic huge-as-hell-diabetes-bag. It will be an organized expensive purse.  Most women have those right? Ugh, my bag is still special.

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type 1 diabetes

Are diabeetus memes funny to diabetics?

Are the diabeetus memes funny to diabetics? Heck, is any joke about diabetes funny?

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YES. I often find them hilarious if the person using or posting them knows the information isn’t true and they aren’t serious. When the person really thinks a big piece of cake causes diabetes it’s no longer funny and just makes the person look really ignorant. These jokes get diabetes attention and gets the conversation going. What if the person thinks the meme is serious? Well, I get to confront them and explain the truth about the disease. I see this as a win.

So many people get butthurt these days about everything. Everything is so offensive. I really enjoy laughing and I think laughing is great medicine apart from my insulin. I say go ahead and poke fun at diabetes.

 

 

 

food, husband, lifestyle

Get yourself a man that can do both!

I was diagnosed in my second year of marriage. We two were driving along when I got the phone call that I was sick and had diabetes. He saw I was about to cry and immediately wanted to know what was wrong. My life changed that day.

I’ve heard from friends and the internet that relationships can be affected by diabetes. I wondered if my honeymoon phase would be over like so many other people and the struggle would begin. Other relationships have ended due to diabetes. The significant other didn’t want to put up with it, eat the same way, refused to learn anything, and showed no support. I’ve heard dating is a struggle too. My girlfriends have been dumped JUST because they were diabetic.

Luckily I got myself a man that is supportive. He’s driven me to the ER and goes to my endocrinologist visits. He eats like I do (if not healthier) and even went on the Paleo diet with me. He’s decided to go to medical school and minor in nutrition. I motivate him and inspire him. He does the same for me.. Maybe it’s due to my husband being European so eating differently comes natural and he already didn’t eat like an American.  Maybe that is Nordic culture. Yet- I’d like to think Americans can be just as supportive of their diabetic spouses.

It’s really important to find someone that can support your health. The priest does say “in sickness and in health” right?

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diet, food, lifestyle, paleo, type 1 diabetes

Repost: How I Planned My Diet

Well, first of all it’s more like a lifestyle change and a way of eating than a diet.

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Yes, once AGAIN I will be making a switch. For the millionith zillionith time. . . . . but BUT this time I designed it and it is already working. I feel better, feel satisfied and my blood sugars are going down. So what did I decide? I did what makes sense from my research.(Oh lawd did I read a lot) I used diets and ways of eating that already exist. I talked to people who know more than I do about nutrition. . . . and voila! So what ways of eating did I look at and what am I applying?

  • The Low Carb High Fat Diet: Like I said previously, this diet in it’s entirety cannot work for me. The high fat and protein amount my tummy just won’t handle. However, the idea is that you make your body use fat instead of carbs for fuel. This I understand to work for many diabetics. What did I steal? Low carb. Some of their recipes I can tolerate, others I can’t.
  • The Paleo Diet: Eating like our primal ancestors is the thought behind this way of eating. Fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, proteins, nuts and seeds are all part of the diet. Alcohol, beans, dairy, processed food, and grains are all no no’s. Gluten is eliminated for celiac disease and it’s lactose free. So what did I steal? I’m going to eat as little processed food as I can and reduced dairy intake. Also reduce my grain intake. I don’t need gluten free but I believe I am dairy sensitive. 
  • The FODMAP diet: This diet is meant for those with digestive problems and disorders. It reduces problems related to these issues by eliminating a series of different fermentable and poorly absorbed carbs that cause havoc in the gut and may cause different ailments. The lists of food are long and confusing honestly but make sense that they cause problems. I was told to go on this diet by a professional. So what did I steal? Everything but completely lactose free and completely gluten free. I will also be having whole grains when I eat grains. Otherwise- everything! 
  • Healthy Skin Diet : I complied a list of everything I could find that is good for healthy skin. What did I steal? I’m definitely going to be including these foods as much as I can.

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So my guidelines in summary are:

  • no soy
  • limited garlic
  • limited onion
  • cooked veggies, berries and fruits
  • low lactose
  • low grain
  • low carb
  • lean protein

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Real food, real good, customized for me!

diet, food, type 1 diabetes

Repost: My Relationship with Food

I had a trainer at my gym. I asked what he ate and it was super bland food. “How can you eat that?”

“Food is just fuel,” he said.

What… the…. hell… did.. you.. say? What is this foreign language you speak?

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There are shows dedicated to the preparation of tastey food. Artists also know as cooks, bakers, chefs. . . . make awesome culinary creations just for us to nom on. Grandparents pass down recipes from generations. Countries have dishes of choice pertaining to their culture. Some even don’t eat certain foods due to religion. Food is more than just fuel. It’s a huge part of life.

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I grew up with the smell of onions frying in olive oil and garlic. If you don’t know this smell, you’re not Italian. This is the beginning of making sauce. I remember making meatballs with my grandmother and having to make them into little balls. I also remember making sugar cookies every Christmas with my mom. We’d cut out shapes, bake them and then sprinkle them with sprinkles.  Sausage frying, rice in butter, the occasional horrible meatloaf, flinging peas, and chocolate chip pancakes are some memories of mine. They all remind me of people and good times.  I grew up with the idea to attach memories and to appreciate my food.

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The concept that food is just fuel doesn’t make sense to me at all. God gave you sense of taste. Enjoy it in moderation!

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