Yummy Recipes and Killer Workouts!

Today I made these two recipes from blogilates.com.

Cream of Asparagus Soup and Roasted Chickpeas

I modified the soup by making it with vegetable stock and topping it with a bit of Parmesan cheese. It was DELICIOUS. However, I think next time I would make it with slightly less stock and more yogurt as it wasn’t very creamy.

Yum!

It is asparagus season, so this is a great time of year to make this! When I was in Switzerland, I had white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce…which believe it or not is an extreme delicacy there. This is a great way to have a low carb and low fat dinner with tons of protein! I bolused 15 carbs for a whole bowl! And it was extremely filling!

The roasted chickpeas were literally the best snack ever! I am going to buy at least 5 cans of chickpeas and make a huge batch. Nick and I ate the whole bowl of them in 10 min. I didn’t leave them in the oven long enough, so they weren’t crunchy enough. Next time I will leave them in for longer. I didn’t use any oil, except for on the pan that I cooked them in so that the chickpeas wouldn’t stick. They are a great snack substitute with barely any carbs and no fat, and I think they are way better than potato chips! (Plus you can eat a lot more of them!)

Today I did an INSANE 45 minutes ab workout. I am going to be so sore tomorrow! Then I did 15 minutes of thighs and 20 minutes of suicide running. I feel awesome! I also went shopping and picked out lots of dresses for graduation…I may post them as I need advice on which to actually wear.

I am having hesitation about doing the liquid juice diet. I decided to substitute lunch for a 30 carb beet, apple, carrot, spinach juice mix. I was super low with in 2 hours. I think that the juice makes my sugar spike and then drop so fast because of how it is absorbed. Therefore, I don’t know how I could only drink juice. I may bolus for half of what the juice is actually worth, or turn down my basals while I do it. I have an endocrinologist appointment on Monday, so I may ask for advice about that then.

Lastly, I just wanted to share with you guys the new Type 1 Disney character! Check this out, so cool!

I hope you are having an awesome Friday! πŸ™‚

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It’s Gonna Be a Long Week (Fitness, Dexcom, Homework)

This post is gonna be as long as this week is because I have SO MUCH to share with you guys.

Let me start with our first work out challenge. Last week I wrote about how a lot of diabetics that I spoke to have problems losing weight. Let’s face it, when it comes to diet and exercise, we have a lot more to be concerned about than the average person. If we work out with a lot of intensity, odds are our sugar will go low and we will end up consuming calories that counter-act the benefits of working out. In regards to diet, cutting out things and experimenting with different foods can do wacky things to our sugar levels. Beyond that, insulin makes you gain weight. So last week, I decided to be your guinea pig. However, the challenges that I will be doing…it would be cool if you did them too. It is appropriate that I am starting this plan this week, because I am also doing a test trial with Dexcom. (More on that later.) Therefore, I will be able to report how all of these lifestyle changes impact my sugar. Note that I am not a health care professional, and my experience may not mean that you will have the same results. However, I think if we are motivated together it will be mutually beneficial.

So for the first week’s challenge, I am going to focus on the most effective way to burn fat: cardio. One of the most effective ways to burn fat is called HIIT training, or High Intesity Interval Training. you can read about that here. What this pretty much entails is shooting your heart rate up and then letting it drop and repeating. I hate running. I find it very boring and monotonous. However, I force myself to do it on a regular basis. What I discovered is when I incorporate HIIT training into my runs, though they become significantly more difficult, they go a lot more quickly and are more fun. I also feel that I get a better quality work out with them. Therefore, this week I am going to do 30 minutes of “suicides” Monday-Friday. Suicides are when you sprint as fast as you can for a certain period, and then walk while your heart rate recovers for a certain period. I like to run for a minute and walk for 2 minutes. The first 3 rounds are easy and pretty exhilarating, but after that you can really feel the burn. I also think this is a good exercise for people who don’t usually work out, because you can change the walk/run ratio to suit your needs. If you start out running for a minute and walking for two but feel a lot of burn out, up your walk to 3 minutes and give yourself more of a break. I am going to monitor my sugar before, during, and after each session. Does anyone want to join me on this? πŸ˜‰

Cardio and weight/flexibility training go hand in hand. I am not going to do a challenge for that this week, however I will make a recommendation. One of my favorite websites is Blogilates.com. There are a lot of quick and fun videos that target various areas of the body. There is a menu tab for abs, glutes, thighs etc. with videos to target any location you want. Because they are all super short, I like do do a few different ones and make a whole work out. However, if you don’t have a lot of time, this is a great website because most of the videos are less than 10 minutes and you can do them all from home with minimal equipment. If you try it out, tell me what your favorite videos are!

Lifestyle challenge: I don’t know if you guys have seen “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (which you can watch on Netflix instant watch) but it seems like a great way to detoxify and cleanse your system. A lot of Type 2 diabetics got rid of their diabetes with this diet. I spoke to my endo about trying it and she was basically like “we don’t recommend you do that.” However, since I have the Dexcom and can add lots of fruits to the juices for carbs, I really want to try it. I’m not challenging anyone to do this with me, as obviously it was not recommended by my doctor. However, I do plan to document how this journey goes. It basically consists of substituting all your meals for homemade fruit/veggie juice. I plan to run a test trial of it for 3 days, and sugars permitting I will extend it to 5 or 7. A lot of people who did this diet for a week lost 8 lbs! I am not a fan of crash dieting, as you tend to put all the weight back on, but I plan to end this juice fast with 2 weeks of mostly raw and completely vegan dieting. I am already a really healthy eater, so I feel like I have to make a drastic change in my eating habits to see results. I have to go to Gainesville to present at a research symposium on Wednesday. Therefore I will probably start this on Thursday, as I don’t want to experiment with my sugar while driving long distances. For your part-I challenge you to cleanse out your system as well! Drink the actually recommended full 8 glasses of water per day. I’m sure a lot of you haven’t even done that since right before you were diagnosed…if you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰ (For those of you who don’t, extreme thirst is a side effect to undiagnosed diabetes.) Let’s kick-start weight loss with really doing a good thing for our bodies!

Dexcom: For those of you who don’t know, Dexcom is a Continuous Glucose Monitoring system, or CGM. I wear it like my pump (24/7) and it measures my glucose all the time. It also has a handy graph that shows the trends that your body experiences based on your daily activities andΒ  food intake. I was pretty hesitant about ever using a CGM because having one thing hooked up to me 24/7 seemed like more than enough. Additionally, as some of you may have read, I attempted to wear the Medtronic CGM and had a panic attack. However, it seemed like a really cool piece of technology, and when I was put in contact with a Dexcom representative, I decided to give CGM another go. Any time I have read or heard about someone using CGM (even if their pump is Medtronic) they have used a Dexcom. I have NEVER met anyone who uses a Medtronic CGM with regularity. After looking at the Dexcom for 3 seconds it was obvious to me why that is. The cannula/overall Medtronic device is HUGE. The medical tape that is used to stick to you cannot really support the weight of the actual device. A lot of people who wear them have to use additional medical tape to keep them on. The Dexcom cannula looks like an eyelash. And though the tape that keeps it stuck to you is bigger than the Medtronic tape, the actual device is a lot smaller and smoother so as to be less noticeable under clothing. Though the insertion of the Medtronic CGM didn’t hurt, it was a lot harder to insert as the certer goes in at an angle that is very easy to mess up. The Dexcom one has a certer that guides the device in at a precise angle, which takes out a lot of the guess work and uncertainty. Anyway, I have worn it for 3 days now, and I am pretty sure I want one. I don’t think I will wear it all the time, as I still feel like that’s ANOTHER diabetes thing to think about. However, I feel it is especially useful right now as I plan to increase my work out routines and change my diet. Also, it is really fun. Maybe that is because I haven’t had it that long, but I look at what my sugar is every 3 seconds. And at least once every 15 minutes I show it to Nick saying “Look, my sugar is going up,” “Look my sugar is going down,” “Look, my sugar is stable.” I don’t think he is exactly as fascinated as I am… Anyway, I documented the whole thing in photos and plan to write a full review of it after I take it off at the end of the trial period. So…stay tuned for that. πŸ™‚

So many people have been awesome about getting surveys to me! I think I have about 25…and last week I was stressing about getting 10. But keep them coming! The more the better! However, I plan to compile a full draft by next Sunday, so I sort of need all the data ASAP so I can analyze it.

Last but not least, I told you guys a few weeks ago I plan to walk in a JDRF walk to cure diabetes in a few weeks with my dad and Nick. My original goal was to raise $200, but so many awesome people have helped me raise $315 so far. Therefore, I raised my goal to $500. Again, 100% of these proceeds go to the JDRf, the leading non-profit for funding Type 1 diabetes research. (Who I happen to have an interview with in about a week!) If you would like to donate, here is my personal page go here.

So many exciting things are happening for me right now! Can’t wait to update you on all of them! πŸ™‚

Some Recommendations

Here is some stuff that I love! Some of it is diabetes-related, some of it not so much…

Diabetes Related Websites:

http://sixuntilme.com/: This blog by Kerri Sparling starts a long time ago, when she was just engaged to now she is married, has a toddler, and works on diabetes related projects every day. I read it while I was in the hospital and it was so helpful to me.

http://www.dlife.com/files/Timeline/: This is sort of cool. I used it for a project and was reading over it yesterday when Nick said, “You should definitely put that on your blog. I particularly like how the first insulin pump looked. Check it out! We have come so far!

Imagine that! (Image from dlife.com)

http://www.tandemdiabetes.com/products/Slim-and-Sleek/ I saw this today on http://princessofpavement.wordpress.com/. I MUST GET THIS ASAP. It was just released on the American market, but I want one soooo much. I hate the bump my pump makes under tight shirts and jeans when I can’t hide it in my bra. And I’ve been saying that pumps should be rechargeable instead of battery operated since I got my pump.

http://mommyish.com/stuff/parents-get-insulin-pump-tattoos-to-support-diabetic-child-947/ I just found this heart-warming and awesome.

Shopping/Fashion

I’m obsessed with fashion. So many people ask me where I buy stuff, and most of it is online. Below are some less commonly known websites that I buy a majority of my clothing from.

http://us.asos.com/This is a British clothing provider. They have great sales and sell everything in “Petite,” “Curvy,” and “Maternity.” So awesome. Scroll down the price bar at the side so that you don’t have to look at stuff you can’t afford!

http://www.lulus.com/ They have the cutest dresses!

http://www.bluefly.com/ There is a ton of discounted designer stuff here!

http://www.motelrocks.com/shop/index.php Also a British clothing site (I love British clothing). They have such unique fun pieces!

http://www.theblondesalad.com/ I read this daily. It is an Italian fashion blog. I get tons of ideas from her!

Food/Recipes

I love to cook. I am going to link recipes here that I have made a few times, and they are always good!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/basil-tomato-soup/ SO easy and SO good! Nick loves this and it takes five minutes. I usually make us grilled cheese with them and then cut them into little squares and make grilled cheese croutons.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pesto-goat-cheese-and-sun-dried-tomatoes-quiche/ This quiche recipe is amazing, and has a really good ratio of cream and egg so I substitute the toppings in it all the time. I have made it with olive tapenade and stuffed olives, roasted peppers and blue cheese, and spinach and feta. Literally you can put anything in it!

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1735,132180-251199,00.html A delicious staple, this fettucni alfredo will make it look like you worked really hard to make dinner…but you didn’t.

http://www.food.com/recipe/noodle-koogle-kugel-146305 Kugle is something my mom made all the time when I was little. Substitute the pineapple in this recipe for whatever fruit you want, from mixed fruit cocktail to fresh blueberries. Also use truvia or stevia instead of sugar to make is diabetes friendly.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/hash-brown-quiche-recipe/index.html This is a Paula Deen recipe (who recently opened up about her Type 2 diagnosis, so its not the healthiest recipe) I take the ham out. Its so good though!

My latest breakfast craze has been:

1 cup plain Greek style yogurt (any brand but I use Chobani)

1/4 cup Ezekiel almond granola

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp cinnamon (which has been shown to stabilize blood sugar: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/cinnamon-diabetes-_b_839487.html)

1/2 banana

handful of blueberries

handful of walnuts

I just mix all of this in a bowl. And I usually bolus 45 carbs for it, though it should have more because the honey and granola alone is that much. I think I just digest it well or something because any time I have bolused 50 or 55 for it I have ended up going low. It is DELICIOUS though.

Do you guys have any cool recommendations??

Life with Diabetes/Just Life

The next month or two is going to be crazy for me. I hope my head doesn’t fall off. Seriously.

I just got back from my cruise, and I feel like March is already half over. I don’t even know how that happened. I never went to get my blood drawn and I realized I had an endocrinologist appointment this Wednesday so I had to call and reschedule because I usually try to go 2 weeks before my appointment date…so I’ll be getting the blood work done sometime this week…I hope. I have to take my puppy to get her shots too. And I have to get my cat’s medical results back because he has congestive heart failure and I am looking to change his medicine dosage. Everyone in my house and their medical problems need to chill out until after I graduate.

Yea, speaking of which, I graduate from college in less than two months. Approximately two weeks from now I have to go present at a research symposium and I haven’t even started my presentation board. I have to finish writing the thesis that goes along with it and submit it for publication by April 1st. Then I have my actual honor’s thesis (diabetes related) that I need to write and submit for editing the first week of April. I haven’t even gotten my approval to conduct the research back yet…hopefully I will get it this week, because I am seriously cutting it close. this week I am going to try to write the entire introduction and methodology sections so that all I have to worry about are the interviews and data…admittedly the most time consuming part.

Then there’s, you know, actual school work. And I am trying to start my non-profit and get a job.

My house is a mess. I haven’t unpacked. I feel like I am drowning in “to do” lists right now, and to be honest I am not handling it well.

Additionally, I have really been having issues with diabetes lately. I feel like no matter how I manage it, I am always in some kind of pain. With shots, after two weeks, every injection hurt. I rotated between my arms, sides of my stomach, and butt. I am not using most of my stomach right now because I am trying to let scar tissue from my pump heal. And at first I couldn’t feel the injections at all, but I don’t know if I am just really sensitive or something but I started bruising around injection sites. The same basically happens with the pump. The first month or so, I had no problems. After that, just one or two days of having the pump on my butt would cause me constant irritation. I can’t use my stomach as I said, and that is the only area where I have not really had pain which is why I used it so much to begin with. I have tried different infusion sets, but even if they are better for some reasons, they are worse for others.

I use a Medtronic Paradigm. They offer four infusion sets for my pump. I have tried three of them, and I know the fourth one is manually inserted. I manually inserted one that does come with an inserter, but it caused me a lot of anxiety. Additionally the one that I haven’t tried leaves the needle lodged inside of you while you wear it (Sure-T), where as the others are inserted with a needle and then the needle is removed. I don’t feel comfortable keeping a needle in my body for three days at a time.

Here is a link to all the different Medtronic infusion sets: http://www.medtronicdiabetes.net/products/infusionsets

I have tried the Quick-Set, Silhouette, and Mio. The Quick-Set is the one I have stuck with because I find the certer that comes with it easier to use. Additionally, you don’t actually have to pinch your skin or look at the needle when it is going into you. The Mio is like this as well, but the certer was really annoying to me, and you have to pinch it very hard for the needle to go into yourself. It already takes me a lot to pinch the Quick-Set one, and that one doesn’t take nearly as much effort. The Silhouette is for smaller framed and active people, because since the cannula goes in at an angle, there is less of a chance of it bending or being uncomfortable than with the other two. I have suffered from a bent cannula multiple times because of my small frame. I tried this, but I could feel the cannula under my skin and it created a small bruise that I could not bear to have rub up against anything. I will experience discomfort with the other infusion sets, but I literally wouldn’t even let Nick lay his hand on my stomach with this one.

And I have also been going low a lot lately. Probably because I am so busy, but I hate feeling low. I just feel like, either I am having pain from shots or infusion sets or feeling sick from diabetes in general. It is making me really frustrated, because though I am lucky enough to remember a life with out diabetes, I for some reason keep feeling like it is just going to magically go away because I am clinging on to the memory of that life. And I look at people who have had it for so much longer and wonder that if I am suffering with so many sensitivity problems right now, where will I be in five years?

Diabetes had made me a much stronger person, but I am just at a loss right now of how to alleviate the daily pain I am experiencing from it. I went to see a really awesome pump representative a few weeks ago, which is why I even did the shots in the first place. She suggested trying to insert in my thigh. However, I tried to give myself a shot there and I bled uncontrollably for 15 minutes and it hurt so bad. I have really really muscular legs and I don’t think I can use them.

I know all diabetics deal with these kinds of things. We are a community and we help each other. I just need to find some new spots and methods of dealing with the daily diabetes drama.

DiaBahamas

What I am about to say is an opinion: The unlimited processed food on cruises is repulsive.

This being said, my sugar was surprisingly awesome all cruise because I lived off of granola bars and pistachios since everything was gross.

If I can’t tell how many carbs are in something, I have a tendency to be conservative and just guess between 60 and 75. That is a lot in a meal for me. When I cook at home, I tend to stick between 30 and 60 depending on the meal. But when I go out (or on the cruise) that’s what I would guess, and I generally stayed between 120 and 150 the whole time, with the exception of one pretty intense low (from guessing too many carbs) and one high (a whole other story). Because I was not into the food and on shots the whole time, sometimes I just wouldn’t eat because I didn’t feel like giving myself a shot. Then I would dip into the 70s, eat half a granola bar and go about my day. There are so many upsides to shots, because–unlike most people I have spoken to– for me I feel like I have such good control with them. This is because my basal rate from long acting insulin tends to keep me more stable then the steady basal I get from Humalog/Novalog on the pump. On the pump I’ll go low if I don’t snack every few hours, where as on shots I don’t have to think about it as much. And because it isn’t as easy as just hitting some buttons, I don’t have a bunch of snacks on shots all the time, and tend to eat really stable meals. In general, because they are supposed to give you less control, it motivates me to have more control. Whereas with the pump (because I like eating and it is so easy) I’ll just have 9,000 samples at Whole Foods, think nothing of it, go home, and find a 275 BG on my meter. I am glad I did shots on this cruise, not just for the bikini aspect, but also so I could avoid the nasty overly processed excuse for what they were calling vegetables.

I am really picky. I eat all organic and vegetarian and mostly fresh fruits and veggies. I know for the other two diabetics who cruised with me, the food was not a problem. And they were up and down with their sugar levels more than me because they liked what was at the buffet. But for me, the all white carbs, canned produce, and obviously reconstituted ingredients caused me to have a ton of acid reflux and general gross feeling.

I’ll be more specific about the “goings-on” of the cruise when I get back from visiting Jacksonville this weekend to see Nick’s family.

One awesome piece of news that I did want to share is that I was contacted by Orlando’s JDRF executive director to take a personal meeting with me about my non-profit idea in the upcoming week! I got this e-mail on the cruise and I was ecstatic! I haven’t even begun explaining to you guys about my idea, but hopefully with the JDRF backing me, I can give you a play by play of starting a diabetes-related non-profit from the ground up.

Nick’s dad is a judge, so hopefully he can help me sketch out a legitimate business plan to present next week.I am so excited and have so much to share with you guys!

This is my cruise group. There are three Type 1 diabetics in this picture...can you spot us?? ;)...Didn't think so.

This made me cry

I always thought I would want to adopt. My mom was adopted, my brother was adopted. I liked the idea of it. And i don’t like the idea of stretch marks or contractions. But when I was diagnosed with diabetes, one of the things I thought about was the huge component of the genetic predisposition to diabetes, as well as the fact that if I ever did get pregnant I would be a high-risk pregnancy and my baby would be prone to all sorts of complications. I had always viewed child-bearing as a far-off notion, but when I felt like the option may be taken away from me I started to reconsider how I felt about things. Now that I am in a serious relationship, I view the idea of having children a lot differently. I like the idea of combining yourself and your partner into a testament of that love, a baby. Yeah, maybe that’s cheesy…but its true.

Today, I was really enjoying blogging and watching Youtube videos and I cam across the one below. And I literally became hysterical. When I showed it to Nick, he asked, “Why are you crying? this stuff is saving his life” of the little boy you will see in the video below. I, in between giant sobs managed to get out, “Because I can’t have babies!” Watching this made me think of the guilt I would feel if I had a child with Type 1 diabetes. It reminded me of how my mom cried when I was in the hospital, feeling guilty that it came from her side of the family. And its not like I was mad at her, I was glad to be alive. But watching this video made me relate to that guilt. I don’t want a baby right now, or even any time soon. But I really think I want my own baby someday. And now all that is resounding in my head is how selfish that is. I see so many other diabetes blogs with successful diabetic parents and their stories. I know that its a completely individual decision and that most of their kids won’t have diabetes. I know that healthy parents have kids with genetic illnesses all the time. But if I know in advance the likelihood of it happening…am I being selfish? Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think it is selfish when other people have children if they are diabetic. However, for myself I can’t seem to get past this feeling. I guess I am looking for feedback. If you have diabetes, how do you feel about having children?

I Have A Diabetes Detecting Dog

A few days ago I happened upon this article:

http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/18265021943/look-at-this-life-saving-cat-of-the-day-an

It is about a diabetic woman who adopted a cat. The night she brought it home, she had a seizure from going low and the cat woke her son up and saved her life. I immediately shared this on Facebook and thought it was so amazing! Little did I know how coincidental it would be that I read that just before last night.

Today is the “weekerversary” of me getting the factually most awesome puppy that has ever existed.

Obviously the best dog ever.

So last night/early this morning…around 4 a.m. Addy is being hysterical. She is only 11 weeks old, but I was surprised because she has slept through the night every night since the night we got her. I tried to ignore her, as we are crate training her and you’re supposed to make them hold it. However, after 20 minutes or so of her hysterics, I reluctantly got up to walk her. So we go outside and she is not peeing or pooping or anything, she’s just barking at me. And I’m thinking, “I got up and came out here so you can bark at me…?!?!” And then all of a sudden, I felt really dizzy and I realized that my sugar was low. I brought Addy inside and grabbed my meter. It was 62, not extreme. However, I hadn’t noticed or woken up at all, but Addy had been freaking out in her crate for 20 minutes! And as soon as I ate the glucose tabs and got back into bed she immediately went back to sleep and slept through the rest of the night! I looked up diabetes detection in dogs as I have heard that dogs can detect seizures in the past. And it turns out dogs like that do exist, and usually they are trained to do that sort of thing. But it looks like Addy already figured it out!! Now I have just another reason to be even more in love with her than I already was!

Looking out for each other.

If you want your very own diabetes dog, I found this cool website:

http://www.southlanddogtrainingblog.com/diabetes-detection-dog-your-best-friend-could-save-your-life.html

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