My Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes on 4/26/13. Unlike many young people who are diagnosed, I was not in critical condition, nor was I very sick. It’s actually a weird story. What started out as a trip to the pediatrician ended in being admitted to the hospital.

I went to the pediatrician after school one Friday afternoon because I had swollen ankles and feet that my mom felt I should have checked out. After a typical urine sample was tested, it was discovered that I was spilling glucose and ketones. My doctors told me I needed to go to the emergency room to have more comprehensive tests done and see if I was diabetic.

I broke down. I was so scared. What will happen to me? I had no idea what I was in store for. I cried. Was this my fault? Should I have listened to my mom when she said to stop eating so much junk?

I arrived in the emergency room and was soon taken to the pediatric section. I sat in a gurney for over 6 hours. During this time, I had blood taken and was hooked up to IV fluids. Doctors poked and prodded and stabbed me with sharp objects. All the while, I’m trying to not think about what I had a feeling was inevitable: a positive diagnosis for diabetes. I didn’t want it to be true.

Surely enough my fears were confirmed. I was admitted to the hospital around midnight that night. I was brought up to the floor and put in a room next to a little girl with severe asthma. I tried to sleep but I was woken several times in the night by fits of her coughing and by my nurse who tested my sugar and adjusted my machines. I was told I would have to stay a whole other day.

The doctors flocked into my room throughout the entire time I was there the next day. They counted all my carbs, taught me how to test my sugars, talked to me about carb counting, gave me prescriptions, and tried to explain what was going on in my body.

I knew that my life was going to change, and that big challenges were ahead.

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Leaving my House Alone/My First Day Back at School

The first time I left my house without my mom was on 5/2/13

Following my diagnosis, I missed 3 days of school while I was adjusting to my new life and going to training classes. I was worried about what was going to happen. What if someone asked me what happened and why I was absent? What would I tell them? How would they react if they found out? I was terrified! Not to mention that my class was going on a field trip to see a movie for the book we were reading in class.

A lot of people had noticed I was gone. My friends were genuinely concerned about me! People asked me what happened and when I told them, they didn’t make a huge deal about it. They asked questions, but they were really nice about it.

Everything went smoothly. I tested in the bathroom, and I ate my food before we left. I didn’t have any issues and I was glad to have time to spend with my friends. It was a little frustrating having to plan my eating times and having to eat when other people weren’t, but I brought my own popcorn so I could have some during the movie!

Making my Kitchen Gluten-Free Friendly!

Today I went to Whole Foods and stocked up on some healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic friendly foods! I suggest going to a health food store to get your food because they have more variety than your local grocery store or supermarket. Whole Foods, for example, has tons of great items for all dietary needs and restrictions. Not to mention everything tastes good too!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy free)

I love Sandi’s recipes! They all look so delicious! Especially her cookies,

Sandi's Allergy Free Recipes

When you were little can you remember the first cookie you ever ate? Probably not…
You can probably remember your favourite childhood cookie. 🙂
For me it was definitely the Chocolate Chip Cookie!
With all the other cookies, squares, pies, and cakes, that cookie is the one that sticks in my mind.
Did you think that when you went gluten free that you wouldn’t be able to have them anymore? I had a very nice email from a lady asking if I would make a gluten free and dairy free chocolate chip cookie recipe…So here they are 🙂
And who doesn’t like them??
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c. coconut oil ( shortening /dairy free margarine)
1 c. palm sugar (or desired granular sugar)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. dairy free…

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Crispy Baked Polenta Wedges | With Fresh Cut Strawberry, Cucumber and Lime Salsa

I remember my Omama making me polenta. Polenta is a delicious food made from cornmeal and water. It is very versatile and is totally gluten free!

Gypsy Roller's Veggie Kitchen

Parents make a fairly accurate claim when they say that having a kid is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. I’m not even talking about the pushing-the-baby-0ut part – although I still stand by my assertion that being in labour feels (in my experience) like being hit repeatedly in the abdomen (and back) with a sledge hammer. The real work comes with figuring out just how to handle the darned thing once he or she pops out as a fully-formed infant.
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I used to roll eyes derisively behind my Ray-Bans when a parent would bemoan to me their toddler-induced exhaustion. But now that I have a toddler of my own I know only too well what they’re talking about: the non-stop night nursing, the refusal to eat certain foods (and the subsequent hurtling of said foods across the room or in the direction of the dog), the panic-inducing…

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Spring Asparagus Crustless Quiche (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

Yummy! I love asparagus! It’s great in quiches!

Sandi's Allergy Free Recipes

Spring has sprung and so has Asparagus!!!

Asparagus tastes like spring to me, because when it is fresh in our markets your know that warm weather has sprung as well 🙂

This dish is lovely as a breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s so versatile that it compliments many dishes…

Spring Asparagus Quiche

Spring  Asparagus Crustless Quiche (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegetarian)

1 tsp. olive oil

1 pound asparagus-chopped into one inch pieces

1 medium onion- diced

1 clove garlic- minced

5 large eggs

2/3 c. almond milk ( or desired milk)

1/2 tsp each sea salt and pepper

1/4 c. chopped chives

1/2 c. Daiya Shredded Cheddar ( or desired cheese)- optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium frying pan saute asparagus and onion in olive oil on medium heat for five minutes; add garlic and cook for one more minute.

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Pour into 9 inch pie plate. Break eggs into a…

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