BEWARE: Sugar Free Treats


With Halloween coming up and Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the temptations of sweets and treats are everywhere. So, I thought it would be a good time to share my experience, or rather inexperience, with sugar alcohol.

It was my first Christmas since being diagnosed with diabetes, and unfortunately, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. My strong will was diminishing quickly as the smell of fresh baked pies wafted through the office, commercials of hot cocoa shown on the screen, and sweet candies were given to me as Christmas treats. Everywhere I looked, sugary treats were there.

To crave my sweet tooth I decided to find a sugar free treat. “This is perfect,” I thought. I could have a little treat without having my blood sugar sky rocket. I also remember my nutritionist saying something about being able to subtract the sugar alcohols from my carb count for my insulin.

For example, if I wanted a sugar free candy, and the carbs for one treat were 15 grams, but the sugar alcohol count was 12 grams, I would just subtract the two and have a carb count of only 3 grams.

I was on cloud nine. I thought I had beaten the system. I could truly have my cake and eat it too.

However, something peculiar started to happen after my evening treat before bed. My blood sugar kept getting increasingly higher at night. I couldn’t explain this phenomenon. Why was it so high? I was inserting the carbs correctly on my sweet treats wasn’t I?

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Positive Thoughts on T1D – #1



Having diabetes is challenging. You have your good days and your bad days. It is a love hate relationship, but mostly just hate. However, I have found some positive things about this disease that I can’t help but share. In my new series, Positive Thoughts on T1D, I will be discussing all the positive things diabetes has brought to my life.

One of the biggest and most positive impact diabetes has had on my life is learning to be healthy…

#1. Choosing Healthy

One of the first things diabetes taught me is how to start living a healthy lifestyle. I could not believe how bad some of the food I was eating until I had to actually start keeping track of the carbs I ate. This was truly an eye-opener for me.

Diabetes gave me my little own food intervention, and the boost I needed to start getting healthy again. (Primarily because I didn’t really have a say in the matter, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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The Beauty of Friendship


Yesterday was a whirlwind, and even though it was only Tuesday, I was already stressed out with things I needed to get done. I had homework, insurance paperwork, retirement planning, and design work I needed to do. But above all these things, I had a phone date with a dear friend.

I am ashamed to admit, but in my head I was thinking, “Tristin you have a ton to do, so make this short, so you can get started on your work.”

However, once I made the phone call and we started talking and laughing, all my worries seemed to just wash away. We ended up talking for over an hour and a half, and afterwards, I didn’t have a care in the world. It made me realize how important friendships are.

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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

Fall has arrived, and with it comes cooler air, the changing of leaves, and all those wonderful fall food favorites.

One of my favorite spices I love to incorporate into my food this time of year is cinnamon. I put it in my coffee, on my oatmeal, in my pancakes, and pretty much anywhere else I can think of to bring the fall season to my food.

Something else I have been doing with cinnamon is taking cinnamon supplements to help lower my blood sugar in the evening.

My blood sugar is always higher in the evening than it is during the day. So, I try to exercise in the evening as much as I can to compensate for the high numbers, but I have also found something else that helps, cinnamon.

In some studies, cinnamon has actually been known to lower blood glucose levels for those with diabetes. So, I have now added taking a cinnamon supplement to my evening routine. I am still in the process of tracking my results, but I see my endocrinologist in mid-October, and I am hoping for the best.

It has been a month since I have started taking them and have had positive results so far. The cinnamon supplement doesn’t drop my blood sugar extremely low but rather just gives it a little nudge. It’s also nice to add a little bit of natural remedy to my diabetes management, especially since my only option is insulin and then more insulin.

I’ve always loved cinnamon and the wonderful spice and flavor it adds to my food, and now I have something else to love about it too.

Do you have a favorite spice?