diet, food, paleo, stress, type 1 diabetes

Try Harder

After feeling like I pretending that I am not diabetic for over two weeks while on vacation in Norway, I have come back to reality. I am, in fact, a type 1 diabetic and with that comes a lot of responsibility. I have to get back into my routine again. Testing, carb counting, bolusing and hoping my blood sugar doesn’t skyrocket. My endocrinologist thought just getting back into my routine wasn’t good enough.

Nope.

I am now on HER diet. 30 grams of carbohydrates per meal with 3 meals only per day for 2 weeks. I’m pulling out all my tricks for this. Using myfitnesspal.com to count carbs, using paleo recipes and gluten free recipes. The worst that can happen is I start to have hypoglycemia or low blood sugars. Also, I will be incredibly hungry all the time.

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After this whole experiment, I will be put on Victoza. It’s supposed to help with appetite, blood sugar control and weight. We shall see. In the meantime, I will totally dominate this diet even with my tummy growling.

 

diet, food, lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

How to Cook Italian while Diabetic

My first big issue when I became diabetic was trying to cook foods that I could eat. I sadly thought I would have to miss out on my favorite Italian dishes full of pasta and bread. No more eating at my family’s houses with big dinners. Well, that is simply not true at all.

Oh yeah, I’m serious.

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  • Tradition- Tradition is a huge part to Italian food. Sauce is prepared a certain way, so is meatballs…. Now that you’re diabetic consider breaking some traditions while keeping the heart of the dish in mind. Examples are zucchini noodles or cauliflower crust pizza. e5e8c9ce4fdb5a75_cauliflower-crust
  • Experimentation- In my family, we experiment with food and end up making it Italian somehow. Doing this takes practice. Use the typical garlic, basil, oregano, salt and Italian parsley to season your food. It just might turn Italian. Examples of this are seasoning chicken or even your eggs! 7634_1441224061_0
  • Portions- Remember to eat correct portion sizes. This means a bowl of just pasta simply won’t do. You need meat and veggies too. This is not hard to do. Throw in some sausage with your pasta or chicken! Make a salad with Italian dressing. Voila! createyourplate
  • Family: Family is a big part of Italian food. Eat with your family at the table! Make all your food with love and share! We have soooooooo many family members everywhere it’s hard to get together but when we do WE SHARE FOOD. 1575021197-o-1950s-family-around-dinner-table-570
lifestyle, stress, type 1 diabetes

Oh, so it’s not Diabetic related?

I spoke to another older type 1. I learned a thing or two and something came as a shocker. Some things I thought were just my diabetes were not at all diabetic related.

  • gaining weight for no reason
  • inability to lose weight
  • random allergies and the sudden appearance of new ones
  • high white blood cells count

 

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Now I will say this: I AM SCARED. I am scared for whatever my body is doing this time. I shouldn’t have googled autoimmune disorders, but I was curious. Everyone is telling me I just have allergies not yet discovered. But what are they this time?

I already have had a lot of foods taken from me. I’m allergic to garlic and onion. I’m allergic to fruit and veggies not cooked (birch-wood allergy). Then allergic to soy too. I also don’t eat plain nuts just for safety. But I’ve discovered I’m allergic to sensitive teeth toothpaste and now all of a sudden I’m allergic to deodorant. Many antibiotics I can’t have either (this really makes doctors nervous of me even more). Every new food or product or medicine I try I fear I’ll be allergic to.

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I am finally going to just go and see an allergist and get testing done. I guess if something further is wrong- I’ll give it to God because Lord, I cannot deal with another illness.

Me and this other type 1 talked for two hours.  Her conclusion is seeing more doctors to get to the bottom of things needed to happen. I’ve kinda known this to be true all along, just no one ever brought it to my attention. I didn’t know what to do.

So this is another thing I must trust God with. I’ll make myself a nervous wreck if I try and control what’s wrong. I can’t control it anyway. Whatever it may be, it is already in my body. I can do this. I already have type 1 diabetes, right?

 

 

 

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!

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I’m not the same as your Grandma.

Close up of syringe with vial of medication isolated on white backgroundNot every diabetic is the same. I know we may have the same labels, but we are still not all the same. Doctors who think we fit in cute little categories all tight and snug are morons. Why is this?

  • We have different lifestyles. Athletes, health-freaks,  go-go-gos, carnivores, moms, . . . . . all different kinds of people have different needs.
  • We eat differently. I know for myself I grew up with veggies on my plate and a helping of meat.  I am careful of my carb amount on my plate but I love them. I’m Italian and love my pasta. Yet, there are vegan, vegetarians and people doing the paleo diet. There are different ways to eat, different cultures and different diets. Not all diabetics eat the same and there is no one diet that is a cure-all.
  • We have different tools. Some of us use what is called an insulin pen, insulin pumps, needle and vials or pill medication.  It all depends on what kind of diabetes is being treated, your lifestyle and your personal preference.
  • Our bodies are not the same. Our bodies respond similarly to medication, again, depending on the type of diabetes you have. Most diabetics respond to exercise by their blood sugar going up but mine goes down.  I need a lot of insulin where others might not. Depends on your own body.

 

Please don’t say I’m like Grandma or your cousin Timmy. I assure you, we are not the same.

diet, food, ketogenic diet, paleo, sugar detox, type 1 diabetes

No one likes a know-it-all, Hermonie.

I went to a Sugar Workshop, or seminar all about sugar. I learned a little I didn’t know before. Diabetics know a crap ton about sugar, as we ought to. I know how much sugar is in things and what it will do to the body. There is more sugar in food than most people realize.

But luckily, only 9.3% of people in the US need to be frightened, not add sugar to things, carb count, worry about insulin, possibly use pumps and so on. Diabetics are the ones who need to worry the most. Now, that’s not saying that you don’t need cut out some sugar and be healthier, you normies. Just remember that you do NEED some sugar and NEED some carbs your diet or else you could become hypoglycemic. It’s more of a balance act for a diabetic. We gotta work to be in a green zone with our sugars. Normies will naturally be in the green zone, even after that coke. Just too much coke and cake and cookies and extra sugar constantly will piss of your pancreas, leading to type 2 diabetes. That isn’t ALWAYS the case however. Many factors play a role.

This subject was explained in further detail. The dangers of “fake sugars” or as I call them the other Satan were explained to be dangerous and cause a list of nasty adverse affects such as fatigue, depression, epilepsy, anxiety attacks  . . How to read a label was explained too as well as to ACTUALLY READ THE LABEL. Yeah, reading the label on foods is a great way to start reducing sugar amount. Foods are sneaky and claim they are good for you when the label says otherwise.

Sugar can be addicting was a main note, which I know is true. I go through loops/stages where I binge due to going without sugary foods for a long period of time and loop back to no sugary foods and back again. Relapsing is the appropriate wording. Why? I am addicted to sugar and live here (US).  There was a mention of the diets for sugar detox- one in which I tried and could not maintain longer than a week. It was hell and I craved sugar like mad.

I could have added so much. Lectured and given all my wonderful insight. Likely would scare the shit out of people and make them never want to even look at a piece of cake again.

Yet-

I did not give my two cents. I did not poke my head in and shout “OH HEY BTW I KNOW ALL THIS BECAUSE I’M TYPE ONE!” Nope. That would be arrogant. So. What do you think happened instead? Some paleo la4679840svf10dt4vsluwvtrz0yextz8dcejjt0ozlgtzuqk7tp4vwym1maepr3gucxsowaulzawsx5ct7tkqmz5jxpqdy did such a thing .”Well I’m paleo so I don’t read labels.” Good for you.  Slow clap. Great, someone who refuses to eat much sugar, carbs and most certainly doesn’t carb count and probably doesn’t even know how.  Slow clap. I mean, great she is taking care of herself but shit don’t be a know it all. Paleo isn’t the perfect diet. I know for a fact that they are still perfecting Paleo or else Primal would not exist. It won’t work for everyone and it didn’t work wonders for me.  I did not say a word to Paleo lady, though my Sicilian blood boiled.

I respected people wanted to learn about sugar and how much effort my friend put into this seminar. She did a wonderful job and had a lot of knowledge and facts to bring to the table. It was not a diabetes scarefest like I thought it would be. It was enlightening and good to hear.

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25 Question Food Tag

1. What’s your favorite breakfast?
Soft egg, wheat buttered toast and hash

2. How do you drink your coffee?
1/2 Coffee and 1/2 milk with a chocolate creamer. I prefer super creamy coffee.

3. What’s on your favorite sandwich?
Roasted turkey or chicken pulled from the bone, mayo and wheat bread OR grilled cheese with American cheese.


4. Soup or Salad?

Soup always! I am a huge soup person. I eat soup nearly everyday.

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5. What’s your favorite cookbook?
I don’t use many cookbooks. I use the internet and my parents’ recipes.

6. No more sweets or no more fatty foods?
No more sweets is the obvious answer here. I can do fatty. 😛

7. What’s your favorite Cuisine (country)? 
Italian! YUM!

8. What’s your favorite food movie?
huh. Love Paleo probably.

9. What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Having a cold Coke , McDonald’s french fries or Skittles.

10. What’s your greatest inspiration source?
My family and people I follow on instagram.

11. Cooking at home or going out for dinner?
I like cooking at home and having a home cooked meal. Going out is special.

12. High end or low profile?
A little of both

13. What’s your favorite restaurant?
Oh my. It depends on what I have a taste for. I really don’t have a favorite.

14. I do my grocery shopping at:
Woodman’s, Jewel Osco, Mejier, Aldi

15. The tastiest food I’ve ever eaten was:
My grandparents on my father’s side


16. What’s your favorite cocktail?
Strawberry Daiquiri

17. Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?
George Clooney

18. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
Eggs. My husband would slowly die.

19. What’s your favorite snack?
Raisins!

20. What’s on your pizza?
Mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, pizza sauce and a nice thick crust.

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21. What food do you really dislike?
Alfredo.

22. What’s your favorite foodblog?

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23. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Nacho cheese, jello and pizza. Disgusting. . . .I was a kid.

24. What’s on your food bucket list?
Paella from Spain

25. I couldn’t live without:
Pasta!

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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