Diet and Food

Egg Roll.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food By April 6, 2015 5 Comments

The trappings of Easter baskets can be a real kick in the ass for me, diabetes-wise.  Jellybeans, chocolate eggs, those Cadbury mini eggs of doom … all delicious, but rarely worth it for me because all of these high-sugar indulgences make for gross blood sugars. Thankfully, the most mild of milds on my blood sugars are eggs.  And Easter isn’t…

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Looking Back: Visual Reminders.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food By March 30, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Nothing helps remind me more about the importance of being familiar with serving sizes and what they look like than being on the road for a few days.  Meals away from the comfort and familiarity of my kitchen make for some guesswork, and these last few days have shown me that I could use a refresher on serving sizes.  Here’s…

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McDave from the Plane.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By March 18, 2015 14 Comments

“Were you saving these seats for us?” I travel regularly for work, and because I’m usually on the road without my family, I end up in various discussions with strangers to fill the time.  Since my days as a breakfast waitress in college, I’ve always enjoyed those snippets of single-serving conversations.  Airplane travel can offer insight at 30,000 feet (sometimes…

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Practice Turkey.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 82 Comments

Chris and I are both from big families with piles of aunts and uncles and cousins at every birthday party.  Part of being part of a flurry of people means big holiday gatherings, and Chris and I are prepping ourselves to start hosting some of the holidays. Problem is, I’m a terrible cook.  Or, better stated:  an inexperienced cook.  Cooking…

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Spinach and Mushroom Fritatta.

Diet and Food By February 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I can’t cook.  Except when I can. Turns out following a recipe is a helpful way to make a graceful transition between “fridge full of ingredients” and “actual, edible outcome.”  And a recipe that’s reasonably low in carbs, high in eggs (I frigging love eggs), and tastes good works for me.  Stolen from AllRecipes, I tweaked my version of this…

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Cutting Back on Artificial Sweeteners.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By January 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

My sweet tooth is completely jacked up. Bypassing the dessert table isn’t a tough choice.  I can skip the brownies and pie since the Great Palette Change of 2010 (when I was pregnant and my body decided that chocolate was gross and seafood was suddenly on the approved list) and now that I’ve been off the gluten stuff since August…

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Chocolate Chip and Heath Bar Cookies OMG.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free By December 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

I can’t cook, but I can bake.  (Which is a bit ironic, because the things I create are best avoided, for my own, personal blood sugar reasons.  /digression)  And for our annual holiday dessert party, I worked with a cookie recipe from the How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook to bake up some delicious treats. Here’s the low-down on…

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Pros and Cons of Going Gluten-Free. (and a brief lament about the smooshed banana)

Diet and Food, Gluten Free, Traveling By October 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 21 Comments

It’s been about seven weeks on this “no way, gluten!” lifestyle, and I’m starting to find my footing.  But there are still many pros and cons to balance, so I’m listing them here.  That way, I can look back at this post in a few months and be all, “Pfffft.  Whiner.  You’re in the zone now.” Here we go –…

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Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free By October 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 12 Comments

I’m five-ish weeks into a gluten-free life, and the waah waaaaaah is starting to wear off.  (I can’t pretend to be above the waaah.  Diabetes is such a food-anchored disease, and an additional restriction acts as an extra fun vacuum, sucking the fun out of meals even more.)  But I’m rounding a corner with this new (and admittedly self-imposed, but…

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Guest Post: Diabetes and Our Relationship with Food.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By September 24, 2014 Tags: , , , 15 Comments

Georgie is a twenty two year old university student and future French teacher living in Melbourne, Australia. She’s had type 1 diabetes since 2010 and has become very talented at hiding her pump in various dance costumes.  She hates her pancreas but loves the DOC, and is in the very slow process of creating an organisation Down Under to help…

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Not Guten for My Gut.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free, Traveling By September 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Skipping gluten was once classified as a preference, but the last few weeks have shown me – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that gluten is not “guten” for my gut.  It feels good, figuring out what was causing so much chaos, and I feel more human, and much healthier. So all that “oooh, so healthy!!” stuff aside, going…

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Belly Ache.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free, Real Life Diabetes By September 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 36 Comments

My celiac tests came back negative.  So did my IgA or IgG AGAs (these could be exactly the same as a celiac test but I do not know all the lingo and thus, I remain clueless).  The basic gist is that my body seems to have no trouble at all with gluten. Except that it totally does. I don’t know…

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