Surviving A Wedding Weekend

07.11.2014 was a huge wedding weekend for one of my dearest friends.  The bride is one of the my closest friends and I am so excited for what lies ahead for her and her lovely husband.  As everyone who has ever been close to someone getting married…  it can be a 72+ hour adventure of too much food, way too much booze, little to NO sleep and an emotional roller coaster.  As a T1D – it takes on a whole new level of anxiety or at least for someone like me who enjoys an open bar, but is challenged by the food available.  Here are a few tips of what I chose to do to prepare myself for such an eventful couple of days. Continue reading

How-to-Guide to Hiking with Diabetes

As a native Oklahoman, I can say that hiking is not part of our DNA. I am a flatlander by birth.

That being said, hiking contributes significantly to why I love waking up each day. The challenge, smells, camaraderie, and drinking beers afterward on the tailgate, make up the appreciation I have for glorified walking.

Most summers I travel out to the Rocky Mountain National Park , outside of Estes Park, CO. Yesterday, I took off on a hike with my grandpa (yeah, he’s 70) to Bluebird Lake (13 miles roundtrip). We covered about 2500 feet of elevation gain pretty gradually with a steep climb to the lake nestled next to Ouzel Peak. We hiked and explored for roughly 8 hours. This can be a real challenge for a diabetic. Continue reading

How to Fight the Morning Low

Anhh.Anhh.Anhh. There goes the alarm. I turn over and hit snooze. Fifteen minutes later I’m up and feel like I can eat a horse (since I eat plant-based we’ll say a field of tempeh). I stumble my way down the stairs and test my blood sugar; 66. I immediately snag an apple off the counter and demolish it. Drink a glass of OJ soon after and polish it off with a bowl of granola. All in about 5 minutes.Before I can even truly wake up.

Obviously, this is not the ideal solution. I just took in about 75 carbs. Sure, it knocked out the low blood sugar sluggishness but I’m set to be looking at a blood sugar over 200 by mid-morning – then potentially a corrective low after lunch time. It’s a vicious cycle. Continue reading