News Flash

Hello everyone! I have some great news! I have opened up an Instagram account to post my meals and snacks and other various things on! If you have an Instagram, follow me! My username is: @healthyways365days
Here is a preview of a few things I’ve posted 🙂

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For all this and more, check it out! I am also following many fitness accounts, where you can find the things that help motivate me to stay healthy an be happy!
Have a great day! Ill leave you with this:

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Love at First Bolus

Well folks, the insulin is in and I am feeling fantastic! I am so incredibly excited for this new journey with my insulin pump. I just ate my lunch, and there was no injection, no stabbing, and no frustration!
Just a push of a button, and PING! I was eating my lunch in no time! I am so incredibly happy and cannot wait for this new method of diabetes management! Great things are ahead!
Have a wonderful day everyone! XOXO

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The Last… Breakfast?

I am currently eating a delicious and nutritious breakfast of eggs, milk, and fruit. But what makes it even better is knowing that this is the last meal I will need to give an injection for! I am getting the insulin put in my pump this morning!!! I am so incredibly excited and happy for what will come! Ill update my blog in a week or so to let everyone know how it’s going! Au revoir!

Dexcom Review

Hello wonderful people! As promised, here is my review for the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor. Just in case you don’t know what a Continuos Glucose Monitor (CGM) is, I’ll tell you. A CGM is a device that gives you a glucose reading every 5 minutes. This device is not approved to replace finger sticks. You still need to check your blood sugar before meals, when making decisions about insulin, and in order to calibrate the device. The sensor takes readings from your interstitial fluids, not from your blood. That is why it is necessary to check using a blood glucose meter as well. This can be useful, however, for trend information. It consists of three main parts: the sensor, the transmitter, and the receiver.

The sensor is very thin and flexible and is inserted under your skin.

The receiver is a small device that is about the size of an iPod that receives (hence the name receiver) the information from your sensor and displays it on a trend graph screen.

Dexcom Receiver

The transmitter in like the secret messenger between the sensor and the receiver. It wireless communicates with the receiver in order to share the glucose reading from your sensor.

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Things I Love:

It gives me flexibility and security.

I love how with my Dexcom, I can stop worrying all the time. I can sleep soundly through the night and not have my sweet dreams plagued by the fear of an episode of hypoglycemia. I can go exercise to my heart’s content. I am able to skip a meal or veer from my normal schedule because I know at any given moment my approximate sugar level.

I am aware of what is going on with my sugars at all times.

This is especially important for me because I don’t always feel my lows. Although the number on the screen is NOT 100% accurate, the trend information and the alarm settings make it easy for me to go on with my day without having to think about my BG levels.

It’s comfortable.

I do not feel the sensor under my skin and I barely even know it’s in me. The insertion seems a bit scary at first, and will feel a bit weird, but it is actually very quick. There is a minimal amount of pain, similar to an infusion set insertion or an injection. The whole process of insertion and setup from start to finish takes just a few minutes, once you get the hang of it.

Things I Don’t Love:

It’s a tad bulky.

The transmitter is a bit too bulky for my taste. Maybe it’s just the 16 year-old talking, but I hate that I can’t hide it well under clothes.

The sensor can only be worn on your stomach. 

This is something that I find is just a slight inconvenience because of the lack of variety. It’s not like a pump infusion set that can be worn on various parts of your body.

How to Carb Count Recipes

One thing that I had trouble with was figuring out how many carbs would be in any given recipe I would make. I spent countless hours finding recipes that had their carb information included, but the supply was limited. Then it dawned on me… I could figure it out on my own! Here’s how:

  1. Look at the ingredients list- When you look at the ingredients list, figure out everything that has carbs on the list. Look at the nutrition labels if you are not sure. Some common things that have carbs are: milk, flour, and sugar.                                                               photo1
  2. Look at the labels- Find the nutrition labels on the packages of the ingredients. There will be a serving size and the amount of carbohydrates for that serving size.
  3. Figure out how many servings of each ingredient are in the recipe- For example, if the serving size is 1/4 cup, and the recipe calls for 1/2 cup, there are 2 servings in that recipe. Do this for all the ingredients in the recipe.
  4. Multiply the number of servings by the number of carbs per serving in each ingredient- For example, if there are 2 servings of flour in a recipe and each serving of flour has 20 grams of carbs (this is made up), then the recipe would have 40 grams of carbsImage
  5. Add all of the carbs together. This will give you the total amount of carbohydrates for the entire recipe.                                                                        Image
  6. Divide the total carbs in the recipe by the number of servings you got from the recipe. Do this after you have finished making the recipe– For example, if an entire recipe has a total of 200 grams of carbs in it and it yielded 20 cookies, each cookie would have 10 grams of carbs 🙂                      Image

This is just an example. If you are going to use this recipe, be sure to use sugar substitutes to make it more diabetic friendly!

A Great Cookbook

I found this great recipe book at my local Barnes & Noble and I am super excited! I have a really big sweet tooth and I love to bake, and I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the fact that I didn’t have any cookbooks for my dietary needs (no gluten, low carb, dairy free). But then I came upon this beauty. It’s chock full of delicious recipes like breads, cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and crackers! Most of the recipes call for nut and seed flours, however, so I will need to experiment with other types of flours (potato, tapioca, rice, millet, teff, etc.), as I am allergic to several tree nuts! As if I didn’t need to watch my diet already!
I will be posting a few of these recipes to let you guys know how they come out!

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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.

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!