Thursday, November 26, 2009

all over the place

hey everyone!

i've had a few questioned asked me lately, so before I begin chatting to you, i thought i'd just welcome you all to ask questions! please if there's ANYTHING you want to know about diabetes or living with diabetes, please ask me. i am more than happy to answer them...so go ahead and leave a comment on this post, and i'll get to answering them in my next post :)

apart from inviting questions, i thought i would give you an update on where i'm at. i've had some pretty wobbly levels over the past few weeks, which have settled down more, and i seem to be having more lows, especially at night. i've adjusted my basal rates a few times, but it doesn't seem to be perfect yet. i'll do some more fasting days in order to map out my sugar levels over the day.

i'm joining a gym today, in an effort to lose the weight that i have put on since coming back from my RTW trip, and to lose the weight i'll inevitably put on at christmas time! lots of swimming in the next few weeks for me...

Friday, November 13, 2009

icecream even i can eat

i have found the most perfect ice-cream ever. and i swear its actually magical. today i ate some, bolused for it, and then a few hours later i went low...i know that isn't normally a good thing, but given the small amount i had bolused i was sure i would have a higher sugar level (these things are all guesses in the beginning aren't they, and even i am wrong sometimes, but happily so!)

so, i blogged about it on my healthy eating blog, check out the post entitled i'm seriously in love :) it's called Booja Booja ice-cream and is made here in the UK (in Norfolk actually) and sold in health food stores and on goodnessdirect.co.uk. i ate the Maple Pecan flavour, which was thoroughly delicious and creamy (without the cream)

what makes this so good is that, unlike regular ice-cream with a super high GI, this ice-cream actually has a really really low GI, so the sugars can be dealt with easier by the body, and there is no sugar high and low from it. can you hear the hallelujah chorus?

it's just so scrumptious. seriously good. seriously.

Monday, November 02, 2009

snacks for diabetics: part 1

i've talked about my diet before...and for those of you that are new to the blog, you ought to check it out by following the link:
http://juvenile-diabetes.blogspot.com/2006/05/diabetes-diet.html

my diet is pretty much the same now as it was then. little has changed. except i am even more adventurous with my foods! i eat everything; there's nothing you could put in front of me that i wouldn't eat. and although my brother calls me a hippy for trying foods like agave nectar, gluten free flour and pumpkin brownies; i know that the benefits of a well rounded diet are not measurable.

one thing that i am always on the lookout for are good tasty snacks. often diabetic foods have replaced the sugar with sweeteners like sorbitol (and often have 'may produce a laxative effect' on the back of the packet...hmm) and so i steer clear of these, unless people buy them for me as a present; in which case i am obliged to eat them, all be it one at a time, because of the aforementioned effect on your system.

so, instead i look for snacks with natural sweeteners, and different carb speeds. for instance, a dark chocolate, nut, oat and fruit bar will have slow release carbohydrates with the oats (2hours), super slow release fats in the nuts (5 hours) and quick release fructose sugars with the dried fruit - buy unsweetened if you can.

these sort of snacks, will help re-adjust sugar levels more normally, quickly but not unhealthily so. or at least that's my experience. i used to carry around dextrose tablets, etc. and i still do when i go running or something. but the reality is that my life isn't so energetic that my sugar levels could plummet super fast, and need something with such quick acting glucose.

i always weigh up what kind of low it is:
- if it's a mis-bolus, then i'll eat something that's the right amount of carbs to correct it, also something that will act fast, because this can be a fairly quick hypo. so yogurt or chocolate coated raisins are perfect here, or a piece of toast with some jam.
- if it's due to walking more than i do usually in a day (shopping is the usual cause), then i'll choose something that's sort of half and half, usually a cereal bar, because they are great when you're on the go.
- if it's a case of a too high basal rate, then i'll eat some dark chocolate, yogurt or fruit. anything that will get my level slightly back up, but not too high to escalate out of control.

for instance, last night i actually woke up at 1am, a few hours after checking my sugar level and going to sleep (my level was 6.6 and i didn't think i'd had considerable exercise in the day to warrant it going low...but i always forget housework). i was low. hot and shaky low. so, i automatically reached and got a cereal bar, a super-sweetened one, and then some yogurt coated fruit. it was about 25-30g carbs and i woke up with a level of 8.0.

for those of you who wake up in the night with a low, it's a pretty weird experience isn't it? you realise you're awake, you question whether you ought to go to the bathroom, you start to stir a bit more and then realise you're really hot, and then as you go to move the covers from you to cool off, you also realise that you're shaking slightly...so reach for the nearest snack you can find.

then you have to try and eat whilst still being half asleep, tempting gravity whilst chewing down a cereal bar. and then you lie there hoping you won't get more awake, and that you'll be able to get back to sleep shortly and stop feeling so dreadul. and hoping that you haven't eaten too much that you wake up with a high....

there's also a lot to be thankful for if you do wake up with a low, as it is more terrifying if you don't!