The DDG is thankful to partner with local organizations that make a difference on the healthy living front. I hope you check out Food For Thought Learning Institute, who teach vulnerable members of the community basic kitchen safety, nutritional information and food preparation skills needed to overcome hunger in their homes. They whipped a diabetic friendly bread pudding recipe for us. Hope you enjoy.
Since my diagnosis date, I only recall a handful of occasions when I’ve actually addressed my thoughts about having diabetes. I’ve allowed my anger to surface when an uncomfortable situation personally or professionally reared it’s head. I knew it was 100% this damn disease – BUT I never shared my inner thoughts and consumed myself with anxiety and hate. I’ve always been amazed that my physicians could break down the chemistry of my very being (carb ratios, correction factor, etc), but my mental state was never even brought up. No one ever told me it was okay to be angry!
As an adult, I choose to address the dark rooted fears and feelings of utter universal defeat. I had allowed the negative thoughts and energy to fester, effecting every part of my life. One day when I have the courage, I’ll write about the moments that broke me and allowed me cry in the dark – wondering… WHY ME? The Diabetes Daily Grind has fueled my desire to address my feelings. I hope our stories will help you reach a new level of self acceptance.
When the negative thoughts try to creep in, I do my best to face them by practicing the following: Continue reading →
Cereal is the main reason I get out of bed. For years, I’ve never understood why it isn’t considered a meal by itself. I willingly choose to eat cereal most days. That’s a controversial thing to say with insulin dependency. I’d like to outline the methods for making cereal happen in my life. But first, let’s examine the reasons behind cereal’s placement on the diabetic’s “No, I can’t eat that” list.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a report in May displaying the skeleton’s in the cereal closet. For example, 12 of the cereals analyzed contained over 50% sugar by weight. A majority of these are actively marketed towards children. Here’s that list: Continue reading →
We recently came across an article by Healthline.com that had us both laughing and crying. CLICK HERE to read the article. It is so nice to know that others get it and can join us in laughing about the daily struggles of living with this disease.
We are particularly fond of the following:
#2 – You have an entire drawer, dresser or , or closet devoted to diabetes supplies.
#7 – Your fingers appear to speall something in braille.
#10 – You should test your blood sugar six times a day, but insurance only approved you for one strip a week.
#17 – You find used test strips in your refrigerator, but don’t know how they got there.
#29 – To lick or to wipe? That is the question. (I never knew that licking was an option until I met Ryan – who knew?).
Anyone associated with diabetes knows what a test strip looks like because they are everywhere and seem to pop up in every nook and cranny. The DDG documented a few recent sitings and would like to challenge others to participate by sharing their photos. If you locate one of your own pieces of blood-spattered plastic in an unorthodox location, share it with us! Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the #stripsearch. The award for Most Outstanding #stripsearch location will be announced next Monday. Start the search!
All runners know the moment intimately. You’re halfway through a long morning run. You know that the finish line is crossable. You’ve been chewing on dates, Hammer gels, and all other forms of caffeine carbohydrate concoctions for the last hour or so. You can actually hear your stomach growling. All the pain or fatigue starts to disappear, being replaced by this insatiable hunger. All you can think about is EATING. Continue reading →
Sometimes, in lieu of a cure, all diabetics want is consistency—a simple assurance that when we go to bed and our blood sugar is 130, we will wake to a number in the 100s. A hope that when we eat the same breakfast each morning, take the same insulin amount, and control all other meaningful factors, our blood sugar will react similarly day-to-day. What happens when that doesn’t happen? What happens when you eat that same breakfast you’ve always ate, take the same insulin, and your sugar is at 320? Continue reading →
I’ve been pool side or in the ocean for a good part of the summer. Life is good. Last weekend, I was hanging with my women’s group (think book club with no books) in one of their pools and after four hours of sun bathing, fruit and cocktails, we moved to the hot tub. As most PWDs know, the hot tub is a taboo area in our world. I love the bubbly hot water and can’t help myself. While relaxing the muscles in somewhat steamy water, I happened to notice my wrinkly digits. They’re never pretty, but my tips seemed to be more frightening than the others. Upon close inspection, we realized my calloused fingers were not from working in the yard or weight lifting…. it was a war zone of finger pricks!