diet, food, lifestyle, stress, type 1 diabetes

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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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
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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?

 

 

 

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The Lord and Diabetes

This is a hard topic for me. Many bad things have happened in my life that I got angry with God for. Diabetes wasn’t one of them.

I honestly did not curse God or anything like that. I didn’t have long prayers saying to Him why me or asking why he chose to do this to me. I finally got the picture. I got the point. Do you know that song with that line “Jesus take the wheel?” It’s like that. I am learning to give up control.

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Today, I saw my endocrinologist. I am doing what I am supposed to. Testing, taking insulin, working out. . . .My body, however, is not responding like it should. I still have high blood sugars that are dangerous. I admitted to the fear of having a low blood sugar. The fear of going into a coma, stroke, or death doesn’t seem strange, now does it? It’s my life. So do I live in constant fear or allow God to deal with it?

 

 

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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.

Original Article on The Jimmy Kimmel Test

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Reblog from MakeItUltra: 5 Benefits of Journaling

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated, angry and wanted to lash out about my illness. I didn’t ask for this, why won’t this work and blah blah blah! I’m part machine now! I’m so tired of this! This is embarrassing! Well, I worked on finding outlets for all that.

One of them is a journal. Cliche as it is, I decided to destroy a journal and write all over it- page by page. I let everything flow out. Sometimes I draw happily or other times I write in anger. Anything really goes. I’ve stuck stickers on it and torn it. I’ve tried to use it to remotivate myself, which is a huge issue with diabetes. It stays by my bed, ready to use when I feel like it.

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Follow this link to read about the benefits of journaling:

Written by Caitlyn K., MA. (USA) Founder of: Living Without Limits Every therapist always has the same advice: keep a journal. We hear the advice so often, that we often dismiss it as meaningless. However, journaling can be very powerful and healing. Five Benefits of Journaling include (but are not limited to): 1. Externalizing your story […]

via 5 Benefits of Journaling — MakeItUltra™

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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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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.

 

 

 

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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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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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