Changing Things Up

Changing Things Up

Eating low carb is challenging at times and especially when you feel like something is not quite working for you.

Fast forward 8 weeks into my low carb diet and there are so many pro’s:

  • Better blood sugar control

  • Less concern about low blood sugars

  • Less concern about high blood sugars

  • More security going to sleep

  • Food is pretty darn delicious

However, eating only 30g carbs per day Bernstein style is super-restrictive. It means no fruit, only measured portions of veggies, no starches to mention and I seemed to be eating a lot of artificial sweeteners. By choice, this is certainly not a necessity - but still. I felt I needed them for my sanity.

I started craving - relentless craving, the kind you cannot ignore - strawberries, peanut butter (which I cannot eat because I’m intolerant), oats and houmous. Something was clearly missing! Plus my body just felt - off. Lethargy, upset stomachs, bad skin . . list goes on.

So, while I am certainly still super low-carb by anyone’s standards, I’m not quite as low carb as a week ago.

I’ve switched to a more Schwarzbein-esque eating style. Google this Endocrinologist if you’ve not heard of her. You won’t be sorry. She has helped a lot of people with diabetes gain fantastic control again. Every time I feel a bit rubbish, I . . .

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How is Keto Going?

How is Keto Going?

I've been following a Ketogenic diet (30g of carbs or less) for 4 weeks now and some of you have asked how I'm getting on and if I plan to stick with this long-term . . .

Well, it's a resounding . . . YES!

Keto is easy, quick and delicious. It looks really naughty on a plate (mostly), which I LOVE - and let's face it, my dearest Keto, you had me at Bacon.

The Benefits

The diabetes control alone is reason enough, but add the soaring energy levels, like I've never experienced in my lifetime with this dis-ease; multiply by how damn taut my body has gotten so fast; and whip that all up with a huge . . .

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Pump Peelz

Pump Peelz

I'm so excited to write this post about Pump Peelz. Their Patch Peelz have been teetering high on my wish list for a long, long time.

Christmas lists people. Get these on there!

These are my absolute favourite fun patches.

Listed on their site as being suitable for Medtronics, Dexcoms and Omnipods.

Everyone on Insta is wearing these. When you need to wear diabetes gear, gems like this can transform your experience.

So, here are the ones I chose to hold my Dexcom on and make me look super . . .

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Unsung Diabetes Warriors

Unsung Diabetes Warriors

It's been such a fun weekend of organisation here and finding some great storage solutions at Ikea. Yes, Hubby took me there! The promise of meatballs may have swung it.

Post to follow mid-week.

For now, I'm sharing this poem written for all the unsung diabetes Warriors out there. Perhaps it's the parents taking care of a child with diabetes or maybe even vice versa. It could be Husbands or Wives. This is for everyone who has fought that battle with diabetes.

Big thank you to all those who have been on this bumpy ride with me for the last 31 years with . . .

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Konmari Extreme Declutter

Konmari Extreme Declutter

It's been Konmari Method week here and my gosh, it's so much fun! If you've never heard of the Konmari Method, this is the beautiful little book you need to grab a copy of right now. Or simply look up Marie Kondo and find out how the magic of her version of organisation can transform your life too. She's such a sweet person.

She suggests you start with . . .

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Hello, Dr Bernstein

Hello, Dr Bernstein

The last two days in diabetes land has looked vastly different. Here's my Continuous Glucose Meter (CGM) results, which if you have diabetes you will understand right away. If not, just know these results are pretty darn great and a level of around 4.6mmol/L would be considered non-diabetic.

To give an idea, my usual results come in at around 7-8mmol/L when taken as an average. My Endocrinologist considers this pretty great control already, but the reality is the high's balance out the lows and can give a good looking, slightly mis-leading average. Static lines when you have T1D are very, very . . .

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Fantastic Friday

Fantastic Friday

It really is fantastic Friday because last night we slept for the first night in 7. Thank you to our little guy who we're starting to get to grips with now. Puppy secrets to follow in a separate post. We have quite literally used every trick in the book on this one! My meals this week have been much lower in carbs. I find it easier to control my blood sugar levels when I'm around about 80-100g carbs per day. The only problem I have with this is relentless insomnia. But with this little guy wailing like a banshee all night, it's really not been . . .

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