Type One

It’s Bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Maybe it’s the transition to Suburbia but I am embracing my inner Betty Crocker.  Adventures in cooking is a favorite, but Baking is new territory!

With a bunch of over ripening bananas staring me in the face I decided to do some searching.  Lo & Behold … a Banana Bread Recipe with options and inspiration thanks to Running with Spoons!

Now keep this in mind….. this is not low carb, but no added sugar and is sweetened naturally.  I’m a T1D (Type one Diabetic) I take chemicals in my coffee (and the occasional diet soda) but do not use them for cooking/baking. 🙂  In addition, I am also not afraid of carbs – we all need a balance of carbs, proteins and fats to fuel the bod.  We have choices and you’ve heard me say this before – knowledge is power!!!!

FUN FACT:  Did you know those brown spots on your bananas are actually a sign of an increase in antioxidants?!  Vitamin levels decrease ever so slightly when your bananas ripen, but your friend Potassium stays loyal and true!!

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Now, I tweaked this recipe a bit – added extra banana and I love walnuts (yay extra protein and good fats!), if I hadn’t run out of them I would have added my favorite source for a little extra protein and Omega 3s – Chia Seeds!!! Next time, next time….I’ll also try playing with different flour as well!

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All in all – this Banana Bread came out just as expected.  Lightly sweet, moist (side note: I hate that word), with the right amount of crunch from the walnuts.  Now, please take note this is an APPROXIMATION, but if you are counting carbs this is approx 23-27g carbs & approx 3-4g of protein per slice (10-12 slices in a loaf)

Now I’m not only happy this came out tasty – I’ve got breakfast for the next week!  What what!!! 🙂 Although this recipe does not use butter in the recipe, but if I’m feelin it I may add a shmear to a slice 😉

Tell Me: What are your go-to alternative sources for flour?

Stay Fit Stay Fly!

-SS

Jam of the Day: That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

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Late Night Thoughts |The D-Game

I don’t want to play anymore.  It’s 3 AM – I am wide awake yet exhausted.  Awoken by thirst and need for the bathroom I knew something was up.  Rather than insert a new CGM sensor before bed I decided to forego this task until morning and use my glucometer… boop beep boop …. 303 pops up my on meter (not surprising given the way I feel right now).  It is clear my attempt at temp basal-ing after an earlier low blood sugar has failed.  Lately this game has turned into a cyclical chase of highs and lows.  Although I am working to straighten out this roller coaster, it has become mentally and physically wearing, and for now I’m just tired.  For one day, a whole 24 hours, I would like to shut my brain off and know what it is like to feel “normal”.  By normal I mean physically and to also not be mentally consumed by T1D. This all encompassing disease truly effects every single aspect of your life.  A full time job that no one applies for.  Both high and low blood sugars literally suck, and they suck all the energy out of you. Although they are not (hopefully) constant, what remains constant is the worry of when your blood sugar is in normal range the potential for it to go high or low.  There is no break.  Being that my lifestyle revolves around being tethered to gadgets 24/7.  Ok,  so I guess saying I’m a little bionic can be cool… maybe… and although they have a huge impact on my quality of life, being responsible for these said devices can get a little old.  In addition to my insulin pump, the CGM (continuous glucose monitor) has made a world of a difference. Perfect example right here…had I just inserted the new one, I definitely would have caught this high blood sugar much earlier that’s for sure, but I’ll be honest….I F*ing hate inserting that thing. Yes, yes once I do it, it is never as bad as I think it will be, however… let it be known I never was or will ever be ok with injecting anything.  Period.  Just because I do it, does not mean I am ok with it. More so, there is no choice, this is my lifeline, therefore I do it.

Generally speaking, keeping a positive attitude despite the trials and tribulations of diabetes is the way to go, but for right now I’m having a moment.  A moment of feeling defeated and a bit broken….I’m human, it happens.  Why can’t things just work?  The unfortunate truth stares me in the face.  There are so many factors that go into it, there is no hard answer, no science to it. Finding the balance of everything is an art, an art that is ever evolving and changing.  The only hard answer is that my pancreas does not work, that will never change. As much as I would like to throw my hands up and say ok “You Win”….tomorrow is new day.  A fresh start to conquer the world with T1D.  As my blood sugar comes back down ever so slowly (we’re now at 223) I am thinking about tomorrow, how I’m going to tackle the day and my goal to “stay between the lines” on my CGM.  I may not be winning right now, but watch out diabetes, I will own you.   One of these days I am going to be able to say “GAME OVER” I win!

-SS

Special thanks to these organizations that keep me inspired:
JDRF
Beyond Type1

DBlog Week 2015: Out With the Old and In With New

Well DBlog Week 2015 has come and gone.  As much as I tried to keep up – My laptop charger breaking did not help matters.  I know, I know … NO EXCUSES, but frankly writing from my iphone and producing something of quality was just not happening.  I don’t want to write just to put something out there just for the sake of it.  Twitter and Social Media are great for thoughts and feelings but for a blog… not so much.  So as much as I am a bit disappointed in myself despite outside factors, I am still posting this topic that I started.

In this post I combined two of the blog topics of “Cleaning Out the Diabetes Closet” (Literally / Figuratively) and changes you would like to see in Diabetes in any way shape or form.

When travelling, my awareness of having T1D is definitely heightened.  Meeting new people, I generally let people find out about my diabetes more naturally.  As with anything, the more time you spend with me, the more you find out.  Being that I was away on a work conference, certain things always come to mind (“What if” is always the common theme).  There is always an uncertainty of food being available – Lunch is provided, but what exactly does that mean?  Now, I’m always game for anything but the fact is, the days can be long and being in and out of places I generally tend to overstock my bag – because well .. you just don’t know.  Glucose tabs, and Juice are a staple but if I start to run low, I start buying things on the fly just in case (again so I can be ready to go in a moment’s notice).  Being that I have officially had my CGM (continuous glucose monitor) for a year now (keep doing your thing Dexcom!), it’s really time to start changing some thought processes.  Trusting it (cgm), while trusting my instincts.  It’s time to clean out these thoughts of how I approach some of these items.  Cleaning out of comfort zones and habits and starting new ones (it takes 21 days right?).  Thanks to technology and my CGM for being there to assist in this process in taking these actions.  Having the data available definintely gives me more confidence in taking that risk of really fine tuning my blood sugar.  More recently I have been testing the waters in my overnights – I have a mild fear of going low in the middle of the night, so my evenings can be a little higher than necessary and sometimes have an effect on my morning due to this fear or overcompensation.  In this clean out, I’m changing my mindset, and taking action to clear out these mental blocks of “what if”.

As for changes in Diabetes: outside of a cure and changes in care…I want to see better Education  and Public Awareness about diabetes!  What it is, what it entails and the differences between each type. Oh yeah, and Let’s throw in everyone’s favorite topic – health insurance coverage! I will stop myself now and refrain from ranting about the insurance topic and just say this needs to be changed STAT!

What is so amazing to me though, is seeing these changes. In 17 years I’ve certainly seen a lot of innovation in diabetes care and we are in a very exciting time with promising research in encapsulation, and the artificial pancreas project (thanks JDRF! #thisiswhyiride).  There are also some newer companies out there taking different innovative approaches such changes as TidePool #WeAreNotWaiting and Bigfoot Biomedical.  These individuals have taken matters into their own hands – truly an inspiration!

To add to this, while in California I had the absolute pleasure of meeting with the people of Beyond Type 1 and they are up to some pretty awesome tasks in educating the public about living with diabetes!  I’m seriously stoked with what is coming from them – it will be EPIC!  Be sure to check them out on social media @beyondtype1! (Be on the lookout for #TheDropSpotted)

I’ve left this weekend feeling inspired to take things to the next level, in all aspects of my life.  As I clean out my mental closet and look ahead with my eye on the prize, I want to know….. what are you cleaning out?  What actions are you taking?

Jack Welch was the keynote speaker at the conference I attended and this stuck with me:

“Have you ever wished you waited 6 months to do something?  No.  Move faster and faster”.

Here is to Moving Forward!  Faster, Truthfully and with Passion!

Stay Fit Stay Fly!

-SS

17 | A Little More Bionic, Ready & Riding for a Cure

17…No it’s not the title of the next Taylor Swift song.  Today, March 9th,  marks the 17th year I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes.  17 years.  Even as I type this, the thought that 17 years has gone by is hard to process.   I remember that day so clearly and I am amazed at how technology and care have changed over the course of this time!

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks itself and destroys the beta cells that produce insulin.  So essentially my pancreas just takes up space in my bod, and no I’m not sporting my high school beeper on my hip. That hunk of plastic is my lifeline.  My insulin pump. One of my most valued possessions, and also the biggest nuisance in my life. 😉

Now, generally I poke fun of my being pancreatically challenged, and try to stay positive about it all  (minus the obscenities that spew from my mouth when needing to change a site, or there is a random error). But I’m going to get REAL here….  It is F*ing tiresome!  T1D is 24/7!  A full time job that you do not get paid for, but this full time job is required for you to live!  I look forward to the day where I can shut my brain off and not be consumed with thoughts of:  what physical activity I just did or will do, what food I ate, will eat (or forgot to bolus for), counting carbs (and of course whether there is protein and fat), carrying extra supplies, concerns of complications, oh wait – am I feeling funny? let me double check that.  To be honest I’m not really sure what is like to just feel “normal” for a day. That is just a glimpse as to what goes on in this noggin – not to mention the trials and tribulations of cost, insurance coverage, and the ever comical dealing with fashion, insulin pumps and the paraphernalia that goes with it! 😉

As I look back on the last 17 years, I do have a sense of hope.  A special thanks to JDRF for the research they do!  While en route to a cure they are also making huge strides in increasing the quality of life in T1Ds for the better!  The medical technology and innovation never ceases to amaze me!  Here is a quick look at how some of my care has changed:

First Diagnosis: Injections and Finger Sticks
Pre-insulin pump.  Eating calculated amounts of food at scheduled times (regardless of whether or not I was hungry).  Multiple injections per day (mixing two insulins – one fast acting and one slow) and this number of injections was to increase.  Reluctant at first, was then convinced to try a newer device : the Insulin Pump!
Photo: This Inject Ease made it easier to give myself shots.  FACT: I still to this day have a very difficult time with inserting/injecting anything: syringes, pump site changes, CGM changes – I LOATHE it.  It does not matter how long I have been doing this, that fact will never change.  Despite the feelings of hatred, I do always end with a sense of surprise and pride once I complete the task! 🙂

 
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My First Insulin Pump:
This contraption opened up a whole new world!  Less injecting (though still finger pricking), a more flexible schedule, and being able to eat different foods and amounts of carbs!  Oh the taste of freedom, while being tethered to something 24/7! Ironic no?  PHOTO:  A loyal Medtronic Minimed Pump user – this is my current insulin pump, it has evolved in features over the years – again technology is amazing, and the changes are all for the better!

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TODAY: Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)
Yes, people things are getting Bionic!  I wear a pump that supplies my insulin and now I wear a separate gadget that reads my blood sugar throughout the day!  Although I still have to use a glucometer – the CGM lets me know if my blood sugar is dropping, going high or just staying steady!  It has truly changed my life! Thank you DEXCOM!


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Next stop (with continued research) will be the Artificial Pancreas!

WOW.  We really have come a long way!  As I reflect on these thoughts, of myself and the millions of others who suffer from T1D, I am reminded of how we are some truly INCREDIBLE, STRONG DIA-BADASSES, who fight everyday and most people don’t even know!

Help me me turn Type One to Type None: HERE

Stay Fit Stay Fly!