Ups and Downs

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Like the mountains in Colorado, so goes my blood sugar.

It’s 10 p.m., and I’m doing my nightly blood sugar check. The glucose monitor reads 118 mg/dl, and I plug it into my Dexcom. Perfect! I can sleep soundly tonight knowing I am sure to not have any annoying high blood sugar alarms go off on my phone and be smooth sailing until the morning. I wake up at 6:30 a.m. the next morning to have my Dexcom read a lovely 120 mg/dl blood sugar level. Yes! I happily double-check it with my glucose meter to find an alarming 177 mg/dl! What a pleasant morning surprise…

I then proceed to spend the next few hours drowning myself in insulin and water to lower my blood sugar. I’m now 30 weeks into my pregnancy and things are getting tough.

I do not recommend this at all, but over bolusing or giving myself a shit ton of more insulin through my pump than is recommended is a constant. If I eat 35 grams of carbs for lunch, I calculate into my pump 75 grams. Even a nice healthy salad is worth 60 grams of carbs according to my new calculations.

Trust me, I hear the all knowing voices now, “Talk to your endocrinologist and adjust your pump settings.” But, sometimes you feel like your just fighting a losing battle. In the past couple of weeks, my body has become so sensitive to everything I consume, my blood sugar chart looks like a rocket going into orbit after every meal.

It also doesn’t help the further along in your pregnancy you are the more insulin resistant you become. The doctor warned me this phenomenon would happen and to be prepared to start taking double the amount of insulin. However, they do not tell you in lieu of this new adjustment, you will also want to eat everything in sight as well. A great combination…

Right now as I sit in my favorite coffee shop, I can smell the aroma of cooked bacon and sausage in the air. French toast and pancakes are on the griddle, and in my line of vision are warm and gooey cinnamon rolls and hot muffins. I might need to rethink a new favorite hang out.

I’m almost to the finish line, but boy is this tough sometimes.

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Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks

It has certainly been awhile since my last post welcoming in the New Year. My husband and I have been trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle by hitting the workouts hard and eating healthier.  Through our new way of living, I have tried to focus my time and energy to find healthy recipes and new forms of exercise for us.

Some things that have come to light while making the transition to healthy living is how exhausting it can be. Cooking healthier, taking time to exercise, maintaining a healthy blood sugar while exercising, and then doing it all over again the next day can get a little tiring. (Hence why I haven’t had time to post anything.)

Therefore, to not succumb to burnout, I have come up with three little tips for keeping my health goals in check.

  1. Make Little Changes

In order to make your healthy lifestyle changes stick, make them a little at a time. My first little change for example was exchanging peanuts as my snack to low fat Greek yogurt. Now, I still get the same amount of protein without all the calories.

  1. Get Active

I have a friend, and her advice has always been whether you go big or small, just get out there and do something physical. Even a walk is better than sitting on the couch. Being active is key when trying to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and a healthy weight.

  1. Have a Game Plan

This one is geared more towards maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, but I find it much easier to stick to healthy eating when I know what I’m having for my next meal or snack. It takes out the anxiety of having to whip something up and then try to guesstimate how many carbs is in my concoction. It also helps with not giving in to temptation by eating birthday cake at work when I’ve prepared myself a snack ahead of time. Even preparing yourself a healthy low carb dessert for the week is better than getting an unexpected sweet tooth craving and heading for the ice cream.

This tip has probably been my biggest struggle, and something that is still a challenge to me. (Luckily, Pinterest is a big help.)

So there are my three tips of advice I have been personally trying to stick with. Unfortunately, I am human, and I do struggle with all three of these at some point or another. Something I always try to keep in mind, is to never give up and be positive. If you have a bad day, don’t stress over it. Pick yourself up and try again.

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” ~Japanese Proverb

New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and left the year 2014 on a big bang.

My husband and I stayed in while ringing in the New Year with, turkey and bean chili, red wine, a game of Scrabble, and to top the evening off, a wonderful cup of, “Cocoafee.” We’re still working on the name, but its coffee and a mix of sugar free hot chocolate with a dash of cream. Yum!

We all have our own way of celebrating New Years, but one tradition I feel we all share, is making those, sometimes forgettable, New Year’s resolutions.

Most of our resolutions have the same concept, to better ourselves. Whether it’s losing weight, cutting down on caffeine, exercising, or to quit smoking, we all want to improve our livelihood.

For those of us with diabetes, our New Year’s resolution may consist of ways to manage our diabetes, such as eating healthier, lowering our A1C, managing our blood sugar levels, and staying up-to-date on doctor appointments.

In some ways, our New Year’s resolutions tell us a lot about who we are as a person and what we want out of life. Life is precious, and if making a resolution to travel more or be adventurous will give someone the push or drive they need to make that happen, I say, more power to them.

My New Year’s resolution is to not be lazy. It sounds simple, but it has been my motto for the past week, and it seems to be working quite well. If I don’t want to work out, I just tell myself, “Don’t be lazy Tristin.” If I don’t want to do laundry or clean the kitchen, I think, “don’t be lazy.”

There are a million things I want to do in life I haven’t done yet, and I feel my biggest enemy is myself and my laziness. So, this year I am making a change, and unlike my many other resolutions, I hope this one sticks. I also hope whatever resolution you choose for yourself, if you make a resolution, will help you in something you want to accomplish in life as well.

So, I ask you, what does your New Year’s resolution say about you?

The Tale of Christmas Past

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. It is truly my favorite time of year. Celebrating with friends and family the birth of Jesus Christ and enjoying each other’s company is a magical time of year.

After it’s all said and done and we start boxing up the decorations for next year, it’s nice to reminisce with family about all the fun festivities from this Christmas and all those Christmases before.

One of my favorite Christmas stories to reminisce about was from last year. I call it, the Eggnog Fiasco of 2013.

Last Christmas, was the first Christmas I had since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and I was not looking forward to the fact that I would not be able to indulge in my favorite holiday goodies without feeling guilty, blood sugar wise. Luckily, my mom, who is a whiz in the kitchen, found this wonderful substitute sweetner, Xylitol.

According to WebMD, “Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables.” It is widely used as a sugar substitute, and dentists like it because it’s not converted to acids that cause tooth decay in the mouth.

We thought we had struck gold! Not only had my mom found a wonderful sugar substitute, so I could eat all my Christmas favorites, but it was also good for your teeth! For me, Christmas had come early.

I would get to spend Christmas with my family, including, my husband, brother, sister-in-law, mom, and dad, and I would get to enjoy all those wonderful Christmas goodies that come once a year.

One of my favorite Christmas treats above all the homemade cookies and goodies, is eggnog. In my opinion, it just isn’t Christmas unless there’s homemade eggnog.

Luckily, we had our secret weapon, Xylitol, so I could have all the eggnog I wanted without any repercussions (except for the obvious high-calorie intake).

So, in a flash, my mom whipped up the best homemade eggnog we had ever tasted. It was rich and creamy, with a hint of sweetness. The whole family enjoyed it, and we all had ourselves a hearty helping of it because Christmas calories don’t count of course.

Unfortunately, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, and we all suffered the consequences of overdosing on that rich and creamy eggnog.

However, as time passed we realized these were not your ordinary stomach pains of bellies being too full, we were all experiencing some dire and unusual tummy issues.

As, we went through the list of ingredients contained in the eggnog we so happily consumed, one word kept popping up, Xylitol. Could this be the culprit of our unfortunate issues?

I grabbed the bag and started to read the fine print on this once beloved beacon of hope for my holiday happiness, and there in red print were the words, “Xylitol can have some unpleasant side effects when consumed in large amounts. The most common side effect is bloating and diarrhea.”

“Well that’s unfortunate,” I thought. With a sad sigh, I went and told my family the reason for our unpleasant tummy issues.

That Christmas, we all celebrated and rejoiced as a family the birth of our Lord and Savior, and we also comforted each other as a family while we all endured and trudged through the uncomfortable and unpleasantness of the Xylitol from our Eggnog Fiasco of 2013.

Lesson learned.