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.

 

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Type 2 and the New Beauty Definition

Should being heavier be acceptable in society? I’ve noticed it is a pushing issue right now that women accept their bodies. Stretch marks, C-section scars and being heavier are all becoming more and more acceptable.

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I have to say, the notion of heavier women being acceptable is troubling. The battling issue in my mind is are we as a society saying that being overweight and unhealthy is okay by accepting being heavy? My main concern here, is more type 2 diabetics.

As you might have read, I am battling all kinds of health concerns. I don’t wish diabetes on anyone and hope others that know me feel that they should make strides in trying to avoid getting type 2 diabetes.  Although type 1 and type 2 are not the same, type 2 still involves having a toll done on your body and perhaps taking insulin by needle (hopefully all you need is a pill or two). This doesn’t make type 2 diabetes any less serious in my eyes. You. Don’t. Want. It.

Are we saying type 2 diabetes is okay? Being unhealthy is okay? Are we just accepting that our nation is unhealthy and therefore we should just throw our hands in the air, saying it’s okay? OR are we simply saying different body types are okay as long as they are healthy? Is it empowering?

What are your thoughts?

 

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Waiting…. and waiting….

Well the test result came back. I just can’t read them. So I’m waiting to hear from my allergist.

16u1qhNaturally, I looked up what all these tests that were done on me looked for and what the results could mean. Googled it all. You really shouldn’t do that, by the way. It made everything worse. I still have no answer but I could have everything from an infection to be dying of cancer to absolutely nothing wrong. Curse you google- letting me ponder that I have something serious going on.

I suspect whatever I have is obviously not a good thing.

Or do I have anything wrong at all?

And I have to wait until tomorrow.

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The Jimmy Kimmel Test

Now a member of our government, Mick Mulvaney (our budget chief) thinks pre-existing conditions should pass the “Jimmy Kimmel Test” or did you bring about the condition yourself. . . .aka your fault. Jimmy Kimmel’s baby has a heart condition that was operated on and that brought about an arguement about Obamacare and the upcoming healthcare imposed by Trump.

I find Mick Mulvaney’s comment on diabetes to be completely ignorant and dangerous. He said “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.” People are predisposed to diabetes as with many illnesses.  Just because I’m overwieght I must have gotten type 1 because of it? Um, no.  It was my genetics and I was born with it LIKE JIMMY KIMMEL’S BABY.

Type 2s: I must admit I know type 2s who neglected their health, were predisposed and got type 2 diabetes. Some of them, and I mean some, just don’t care about their health. That’s with any disease though- some people just don’t care.  How do you even prove that?

That small handful shouldn’t f*ck it over for us all.

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I experience frequent burnout. Do I not care about myself? No! This is part of the ride of diabetes. We ALL go through burnout stages and trying this and trying that. Our bodies are different and different things work- or don’t work.

I imagine the government would look at our blood sugar numbers, age and type of diabetes and GUESS who deserves treatment coverage, guess who needs a pump, guess who needs insulin and guess who needs a CGM. AHHH! NO! I do NOT want that.

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This kind of thing is precisely why I believe socialism CANNOT work in the United States. Our government is too stupid and doesn’t actually care about me as a human breathing person with feelings and a beating heart. They see dollar signs.

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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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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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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.

 

 

 

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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.