The Low Carb Life

When I was younger I ate what I wanted whenever I wanted. My parents would try to be strict with food but it didn’t phase me much. I was always a curvier girl and didn’t start leaning out until after highschool. After my diagnosis I thought maybe it was time to start changing my eating habits…

I didn’t, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

I suppose I didn’t really understand at the time the correlation between my diabetes and food. I didn’t quite get how they went together. This led to many highs and lows in my weight, my diabetes management, and my idea of self. Now that I am a bit older I am listening, understanding, and researching so much more. I started looking into this low carb lifestyle. So many of my diabetic friends do low carb high fat and I figured if it worked for them I should, at the very least, give it a try.

I cut out soda, bread, junk food, and red meat for the most part. I started slow with more fresh fruit and veggies. More fish and chicken. Less fried. It was a struggle at first especially since I didn’t see a need to make everyone jump on board. I encourage healthy eating but I still let the kids snack. My daughter still has pizza and Chinese food. But I also make it a point to add veggies and salads to the menu.

So I guess the main struggle was jealousy. I wanted that pizza, that hamburger with the bun, that donut. I told myself over and over that I didn’t need it though. For dessert I started grabbing for the raspberries or black berries with a little whip cream to satisfy my sweet tooth. Over the past month and a half it has improved my energy levels, my overall health, and my outlook on things in general. It started getting progressively easier and now here I am. Looking up recipes and enjoying all my fruit. Not even thinking about looking back. My recent endo appointment confirmed that this new lifestyle is the way to go. My cholesterol is down a significant amount. My weight is slowly coming down and my a1c is awesome. How can I complain or gripe now?

The proof is in the pudding…

I know low carb isn’t for everyone but I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a little change. I recently tried this amazing chicken and black bean chili. It was only 18 carbs for one cup of it. So yummy, so filling, and didn’t hurt my blood sugars one bit. I am more and more impressed with this every day. The fact that I need less insulin and my numbers have improved amazingly. Look out low carb, because I’m sticking around.

What lifestyle changes have you tried? Were they successes? Or did you hit a few obstacles? I know I have hit that wall plenty of times. Don’t give up. Keep going. Because you are stronger than you think. Much love, friends.

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It’s time for living.

warm summer days

Sometimes I feel bad for not blogging as much as I used to, or as much as I hoped I would. This was supposed to be an outlet for me to vent, connect, and all around work on my writing. Then, life happened. My oldest was in school all day, and my husband worked long hours so I figured blogging would be perfect for me. Then I had my son and that threw my world upside down. It wasn’t quick and easy lifestyles anymore. It was on the floor rolling around with a crawling baby while the laundry sat and the dishes piled up. It was reading “That’s not my monster” books over and over again to my almost one year old while trying to make dinner for everyone. Now he is fifteen months old and showing no signs of stopping. I love his energy and enthusiasm. I beg him to share it with me but no luck so far. My daughter plays sports so we’re gearing up for that soon. My husband has an even busier job life now and so I am left manning the ship that is home life.

It can be tough.

No complaints but I will say that at times I feel as though I get the back burner a lot. Not because anyone puts me there. I put myself there. It’s easier. I can get so much done when I am not worried about if I am eating, showered, or when I put my last clean shirt on. So, I have been making it a point to do things for me. I am going to church more and more now. I have been taking classes at the local parish so that I can convert to Catholicism. It’s been a truly eye opening experience. Come Easter Sunday this little journey that I started in August of 2015 will be coming to an end and I will be fully Catholic. Something that I thought about, prayed on, and discussed with many people. Something that I did for me, and I am proud of. I will also be trying to blog a lot more. I think it’s so important to take time out for yourself so that you can keep the sanity. Happy wife happy life, am I right?

Other things I started for me was living a healthy lifestyle. I have dieted in the past and then given up because I lacked discipline really. I lacked enthusiasm. Now I am giving it a go again. The difference this time is that I am taking baby steps instead of trying to leap into this new thing. I’ve slowly been exercising and not beating myself up if I can’t always get to it. I’ve also started low carb eating. Not starving myself, and not sacrificing taste. I have done my research and and done corrections for what works best for me and the way I live. I’ve cut out soda, bread, red meats (for the most part), no more junk food, or “comfort” food really. And, I can say that I am seeing the results. Which is an even bigger incentive to keep at it. Aside from losing 4 pounds, which isn’t nearly as much as I’d hoped, there are other positives. My cholesterol is down almost 200 points. This is beyond amazing because it was getting very serious. My vitamin D is good. My a1c is back to where it should be. And overall I am feeling so much better. My endo is slightly concerned with my thyroid but she wants to wait it out a bit before we take action. She’s hoping that this after pregnancy phenomenon that happens sometimes will kick itself out of my system. Until then we are keeping an eye on it. It’s sort of cliche to say it but this year is turning into the year of me. A healthier me. And I am very excited about it.

I am taking the time to care for me in every way possible. I hope you are doing the same. It’s easier to put ourselves last but not better. What are you doing for you lately?

 

 

JDRF One Walk

I am so happy and proud to be participating in my third walk for diabetes. It is such an amazing feeling to be supporting this cause but also to connect with so many others affected in some way, shape, or form by this disease. It’s truly overwhelming.

Normally when fundraising I turn to close friends and family to donate. I gather up my little walk team primarily made up of my husbands family and we get together to make t-shirts and just have an all around fun time. I typically raise anywhere between $200-$400 dollars which means a lot to me because I know that every single cent counts.

This year I teamed up with Buffalo Wild Wings in my local town and held my first ever fundraiser there. 10% of every diners bill went towards JDRF and my walk team. How cool is that? I won’t know until the end of the week what was raised but how incredible to know that just purchasing a meal that day would be helping so many people, funding all sorts of research for a medical break through..or a cure. So many people showed up and supported the cause and again I felt overwhelmed and overjoyed. I am really hoping to go above and beyond in my fundraising efforts this year and every year after. I like giving my all when it comes to things like this. It’s never about just me though. It’s about everyone.

Someone asked me once why, other than being diabetic myself, doing the walks and advocating was such a big deal to me. I thought it seemed like an awkward question. I smiled and simply said that, JDRF, the DOC, and every single person I have ever come across living with this disease made me rethink my life, my choices, and outlook on everything. I learned that most people felt exactly the way I did. Alone, vulnerable at times, and overall like no one really got it. I am but one voice in a sea of many but if someone could hear me then they were listening to others through me.

On a more personal level JDRF opened my eyes to the possibilities in managing my illness. My very first walk I learned about insulin pumps, cgm’s, and so much more. It gave me the initiative to research, review, and grow.

Over the past couple of years I have seen what this organization does for others and I know its the right place to be. I wish I could do even more. If I had the time to invest I’d volunteer, I’d be out there everyday. For now, I’ll fund-raise and donate and continue advocating for myself and other diabetics. Because it is important.

I like to think of it this way. If I want change, hope, or a cure one day, then I need to be that change and that hope. I need to step outside my own comfort zones, I need to be out there doing what I can do and doing it to my fullest potential. So that when that bright and shining day comes where Type one becomes Type None I can say with confidence that I did my part. We all did.

With that being said, if you’d be interested in donating some your pennies to my walk please let me know and I can send you the link.

Have you participated in any walks? What was the best part of it all for you?