New blog post!
I am starting a blog for Diabetes Awareness Month (which is November) but got so excited I started early! Check out my review of the @medangelco
My fav new mug ft. My impressive cookbook collection in the background.
I started off my day today with a pretty negative attitude. I let my pump fully expire at 7:30AM, deactivated it, ripped it off my arm and didn’t get up to change it until almost 10:00. Of course my blood sugar was shit at a 331.
I was a little hungover and so I literally got up at the last possible minute I could leave myself to make my facial appointment.
Appointment was longer than expected and I was STARVING. Drove to my parents house and was just immediately annoyed by everything my mother was saying to me.
Left the house to help my brother with a broken down vehicle and turned on my podcast.
✨Listened to @msrachelhollis
podcast ⏩ felt like a complete ass hole for choosing to have a negative attitude about my day off, and most of my days off actually✨
So you guys, I talk a lot of talk. And for the working out aspect this time around, I’ve pretty much been staying on track but here’s the thing: I can do WAY better. I want to be better for me but I want to show up here everyday and inspire you guys too. I want to share my story I want to connect and I want you to share your stories with me too!
Sometimes I get into a funk, which we ALL do. I constantly make excuses for myself. I constantly justify why I’m not reaching goals or even setting goals.
It’s time to make a plan. I know there’s many of you who can relate.
I need the little girl in this photo to admire and look up to her aunty.
So here are five things from this podcast that I am going to start focusing on - not tomorrow - not on Monday - not next month - not after the new year - TODAY:
1. Drink half of your body weight in ounces every single day
2. Cut something out of your diet that you KNOW ISNT GOOD FOR YOU for 30 days. Do. Not. Cheat.
3. Wake up an hour earlier every day
4. Be active! Every day. We are animals, our bodies need to MOVE
5. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for at the end of the day that happened to you THAT DAY. (I.e. spending some time this sunny afternoon with my imaginative, funny, adorable, kindhearted niece!)
I know this post is super long, so if you’ve made it this far, thank you! And it probably means you can relate so drop a comment and let’s chat ☀️
Everything went well at the Endo, except she wants me to start keeping an eye on my blood pressure. Hoping it’s just ‘white coat syndrome’ but I’m considering buying a home machine to monitor it. Does anyone do this already?
Check in with my Endo! One step closer to a pump!
I’m sure everyone has their own versions of healthy eating based on what works for them. Mine is based on many different factors - today’s factor was “whatever I have in the fridge!” Bacon & Avocado Chicken Caesar everything courtesy of @traderjoes
You NEED Trader Joe’s lemon pepper seasoning. Literally just covered both sides of the chicken breast and baked in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes! 😋
You’re welcome! ✨
Canadian Diabuddies! Frio.ca FINALLY restocked their sale items! The frio+a MedAngel literally saved my insulin multiple times on my honeymoon this past August. Go check it out!
What does your bedside table look like???
Also ... I want a new bedside table.
What does that mean?! Opening a letter from your health insurance company is never fun. Will they or won’t they cover your latest T1D treatment? Diatribe shares an easy-to-understand guide to health insurance terminology. Link in bio.
A whole different kind of shots were had today....flu shots! My wife and I went and got flu shots today, and my roommate is getting hers tomorrow! On top of having Type 1 Diabetes, our roommate is a thyroid cancer survivor with a weakened immune system as well!
Happy Birthday Greek yogurt+blackberries breakfast to me!
My favorite pump place! As much as I roll my eyes at the questions that are actually assumptions, I feel like I truly educate people on the daily of what Type 1 Diabetes actually is (and isn’t 😉)
As most of you know, I work in the restaurant industry (2 different ones actually!) and so having my pump on my arm for everyone to see means I get questions & stares ALL the time! I guess if you don’t know anyone living with Type 1 - you don’t even know it exists. I know I know 👉🏼 🤯
If you’ve never worn your pump out in the open, I challenge you to do so! Yes the assumptions are annoying, but I see it as an opportunity to educate and spread awareness. I’ve made some pretty amazing connections along the way in doing so! 😊
Any diabetics in #yyc
going to this on November 10? Link in comments!
I’m about to get approved for a pump and now I have so many choices!!! Any suggestions?
This evening I found my old diary. I read the words of a scared 13 year old Alys who had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. -
Words like 'when I feel nervous or shaky it may be a clue that my blood sugars are low' (one of my first ever hypos) 'I started crying because I was scared and wanted my family with me' 'Are colds and bugs going to be worse for me? Are they going to affect my bloods'..
A young Alys at the beginning of starting to understand this illness that had become a part of my life. I can't quite believe these words are mine and if I'm honest I don't really remember it. If I could speak to 13 year old me i'd say this 'you may never get to a place where you don't resent your diabetes but I promise it gets easier.' -
Since then I have had thousands of hypos and now I just take them for what they are. I've had hypos in the gym and carried on. I've had a hypo on a bus in Salzburg with absolutely no hypo treats 🙈 in fact I had a hypo last week when I was on a first aid course and just carried on as normal listening to the trainer while nibbling biscuits. I have hypos without people around me even noticing, it's become just a thing I get on with but I'm sure at the time it was a terrifying feeling. I remember worrying about what people think. I used to do my injections in bathrooms to avoid people in restaurants seeing me inject. Now I don't give a flying fuck😂
- I even found the sentence 'Diabetics can't have chocolate'. How powerful of a transition that I used to change my diet to suit my diabetes and now my diabetes is controlled by me. I eat what I want and my diabetes can damn well deal with it. I've become a mini scientist and self diagnosed blood sugar issues in the last few months. It's just become a part of me now and reading my diary made me realise how far I've come. -
Anybody who's recently been diagnosed I promise you this.. You will start to understand how your body works and reacts to different things. It's a journey but I promise it does get easier and somewhere down the line you'll look back and realize you shouldn't be afraid of your diabetes. It should be afraid of you ❤ #instalike #instadaily #instagood
Fall is the time for cozy sweaters, crackling fires, and PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!
I have had a serious craving for pumpkin flavoured things that just happened to coincide with my serious breakfast idea slump.
One quick brainstorming session lead to the creation of.... (Vegan) Pumpkin Coconut Chia Pudding! I am not vegan, this was just a side bonus benefit!
This is quick and easy to throw together the night before (seriously it takes like 5 minutes) and keep in the fridge for a great snack or breakfast. This makes a generous 4-5 1/2 cup servings.
1 cup canned Pumpkin
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
1 tbsp Agave Syrup (or coconut syrup or maple syrup)
1 tbsp Stevia
1/2 cup chia seeds
**Garnish with chopped or sliced almonds, walnuts or pecans, pumpkin seeds, crumbled ginger snaps, candied ginger ginger slices, whipped coconut cream or all of the above!** How to make it:
Put everything in a bowl and stir, or buzz it up in a blender. Put in a covered bowl and let sit for 8 hour or overnight for best results.
Feel free to sub out the spices for pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or any combination of your favourite fall spices. I was out of almost all my baking spices (gasp!) so I pulled out a jar of homemade Garam Masala I made a few months back and added some extra cinnamon.
Also feel free to adjust your sweeteners to taste. You can also make a super fancy breakfast parfait by layering this delicious pudding with granola!
Is it bad that my first thoughts when planning or going to brunch is the bubbly?! 😬
Anywayyyyy shirt number 2 and definitely not my last! Shirt is super cozy, LOVE the color, and completely admire the creator!
Stay tuned for a delicious fall-themed recipe tomorrow!
Managing Diabetes is HARD both physically and mentally. Having a good support system in place is crucial. Never be afraid to reach out if you need help!