Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!!

My neighborhood community has rescheduled Halloween trick or treating for tomorrow due to this nasty rain we are having. I hope everybody’s Halloween is better then ours!

I am to old to trick or treat, so I will still be celebrating it today by watching horror films tonight!

One assumption people make when they hear the word diabetes, is that they automatically think we can’t eat candy. THAT IS NOT TRUE! Type 1’s are allowed!

We just have to take insulin and check our sugar!

Today I have decided to share what I am doing with my Halloween candy this year. I have made a treat jar that has a huge sign on it that will constantly remind me that I am allowed to have one piece of candy after every meal.IMG_0794

Now I will be the last person to say to not eat as much candy you want on Halloween. I was a kid before, that is what Halloween is for! Just don’t go overboard or ruin your Halloween by not eating at least five pieces. It is important to know that we are just as normal as the other kids out there. We just need to check sugar many times or keep up with our CGM’s to make sure we aren’t low or high. You want to seriously make sure you take the right amount of insulin as well!

After Halloween, I would pour the rest of your candy into a jar as I did in the picture above with the same rule. Plus, this will help you make your candy last longer and your siblings will NOT dare to steal your candy. If they do your parents will know and they will get in trouble. Hear that Jordan!!!

( I honestly don’t take insulin right when I eat candy because it is all chocolate goodness. If I take insulin right when I eat chocolate, I end up going low right away. I just use my extend bolus and check my sugar about every 30 minutes till bed.)

Now to get the exact carb count of your candy, it is good idea to keep nutrition labels of your candy or simply go on the internet to find out. I know that most Halloween candy is fun size and does not contain a nutrition label on the wrapper, so going online is your best choice. Since I am not trick or treating and will be eating candy out of our hand out bowl (Shhhh!) I kept the bags that the candy was in for the carb amount.

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I have also planned ahead to work out in the morning of the holiday. This helps my blood sugars to stay in the right levels!

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Is it bad that I secretly took out all of the almond snickers out of the bowl of candy for myself? I just couldn’t resist. They are my FAVORITE!

 

Now go have some Halloween fun! Remember to check, check,and check your sugar and take insulin the right way!!!!!

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To the Pumpkin Patch We Go!

At last my third pod was a good one! Thank goodness!

I always find at least one pod out of every box  that becomes defective. I still love you, Omni Pod!!

Over the weekend we went to a farm to go on a hayride that takes you to a pumpkin patch. This is one of my favorite things to do every Fall!  Before we headed out to the pumpkin patch, we went to the petting zoo. They had chickens,a pig, turkeys, bunnies, goats, a donkey, ponies, and even a llama!!

You are able to feed the animals as well! I found that to be a little difficult for me because I was so scared that they would bite me. (I’m such a baby)

Once we got to the llama, it walked over and reached its long neck towards us. My sister and I probably jumped three feet in the air, afraid it would spit at us! He was a cute llama, although he didn’t have a very pretty smile…

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Llama!!!

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Next we hopped on the haystack ride that took us out to the pumpkin patch!

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We took our time searching for the two perfect pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.

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We went to the market to purchase our pumpkins and to get some treats.

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Can’t get more Halloween then that guy up there, right?

They happened to be out of their famous cider donuts and caramel apples. We just ended up getting hot cider and hot chocolate. We were pretty bummed about them running out of their famous treats, but still had a good time!

Later in the day we went to dinner for my sister-in-law’s birthday. We didn’t get back till midnight and were completely ready for bed!!!

I can’t forget our farmers market basket!!

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Hope your weekend was as amazing as mine!!

Always remember to have hope!

Give Me A Break!

Today was the day I needed to change my insulin pod. Once I put on the new one and a hour past, I checked my sugar to see I was 190! Woahhh Baby! (Full House anyone?)

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I decided to go for a run to help bring my sugar down. It didn’t do much since I was 175. I let my body’s exercise catch up to me. It didn’t do much at all. I even went on a bike ride to find my dog since he got out. Since that also didn’t bring my sugar down, I decided to replace my pod.

As I was filling my second pod I noticed it started leaking insulin right away!

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Deactivated that pod and started over…

Thank goodness this one seems fine. I ended up taking a little insulin to cover my high and I am waiting it out at this very moment. Please let the third one be the charm!

Damage done

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Yikes!

As you can see I am very frustrated with diabetes today! I am trying to not beat myself over it because that turns into unnecessary stress.

If this happens to you remember life is never perfect and that is definitely goes to diabetes too!

This happens to everyone, so do not feel alone. Just remember the only way to make it better is to check your sugar and use your insulin! If you do that, I promise it will get better!

I am hoping for some AH-MAZING blood sugars tomorrow!

Check back tomorrow to see my weekend recap!

The Smell of Autumn

I see yellow, orange, and brown leaves everywhere. I love to step on them to make them crunch! As the wind breezes across my face, I can even smell the autumn weather that is here to stay!

Are you loving this Autumn weather?

I am!!!!! It makes me so happy!

My weekend was beautiful besides the rainy day on Saturday. Which, I didn’t mind because I had to study anyways. Why does cruddy weather make studying so much easier?

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Pumpkin tea latte (yes pumpkin tea!)

I had a fun little “date” with my sister. We went on a 2 mile walk around one of our favorite spots! We even saw 6 deer all together! I have never seen so many!

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We spent the night watching a old yet good movie. We dined on some Naan bread that was smeared with hummus and goat cheese. Yum! We even had carrots to dip into the hummus too! For dessert we had some insane cranberry white chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.  I also cannot for get that I had insulin! I ended up going low after I ate. Which I hate because then I just have to eat more! Hello body! I am stuffed with enough food!!!!!!

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I can’t forget I even managed to fit a 2 mile run in between study breaks! It felt good to run in this kind of weather!        

        

Hope your weekend was splendid!

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My Name is Haley

and I am addicted to vitamins….Just kidding! But, I do love taking vitamins!

Do you take Vitamins?

I know that we should eat food to be getting the recommended vitamins and minerals, in which I do try. But, sometimes it is hard to do that.  That is why I make sure to take vitamins everyday.

I am lucky that every three months I get to see if I am over doing or deficient in any vitamins at my endo. Every appointment I have, my vitamins levels are perfect.

What vitamins do I take?

One A Day                        Biotin                                       Viactiv

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One A Day is a multivitamin that gives me a little dose of all vitamins that anybody would need. My endo also recommends me to take a multivitamin.

I take Biotin because it keeps nails, hair, and skin healthy, which I do find it really does! It also helps the metabolism to convert carbs into energy.

I take Viactiv because I am not the biggest dairy fan. Osteoporosis runs in my family as well. I am already 5’ 1” I do NOT want to appear any shorter!  My favorite is the “caramel” flavor.

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This post reminds me of a time when I was looking at multivitamins to take. I saw a One A Day petite multivitamin and right away grabbed it to purchase. I was so happy that they made a multivitamin for petite people. Once I got home and showed my mom the new possession I found, I soon realized it was just petite size pills. My dream of maybe growing a couple of centimeters was soon crushed. A short girl can only dream….

*What vitamins my doctor approves may be different then what yours would. Please speak to your own doctor about the specific vitamins your body needs.

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Take a look at the beautiful flowers my mother received from my grandma for her Birthday!

Type 1 & dRIVING

I think when it comes to diabetes and driving, I have pretty much have experienced it all.  I hate to say it because I hate doing it, but it is important to check your blood sugar before you drive. It is a very annoying thing to have to do. I know that I just want to get in my car and drive off! Although, the thought of putting someone else’s life at risk or even my own makes me want to make sure that I am not low before turning my car on. If you have a cgm, it does make it easier to not have to check your sugar if your monitor says your above 80. Gotta love cgms and hate them at the same time!

Do the right thing and check your sugar before driving.

Now what if you get stuck in traffic and you become low? The thought sounds terrifying! What I have been told and do is to keep glucose tablets or any other fast acting sugar in a reachable access at all times! Juice is not a good item to keep for when you are low in your car. It can go bad from the heat. You don’t want want to suck down some fermented juice…YUCK!

I also was told to keep a carb+protein snack in your car to hold over your treated low. Packaged crackers and peanut butter are a good choice considering they last a very long time and they will not go bad in the heat. My favorite choice is to keep granola bars because they are a bit healthier. Also, make sure to keep your protein+carb food in a easily reachable place!

Something I need to do as well is to keep a extra pod and insulin in my glove department. You never know if you’ll have a pump malfunction. Being out and not getting any insulin is dangerous! If you don’t have a pump make sure you have both your short acting and long acting insulin.

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Facts, Facts, and Facts!

I feel as if everyone looks at nutrition labels different. They might mostly care about the fat content or the sodium content. Others might not even give a hoot about the nutrition facts of their food.

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For me, I care most about the fiber content. The more fiber that is in my food the less insulin I have to take. I don’t care much about the fat in less it has saturated or trans fat. The cholesterol is also important for me. Since the risk of heart disease in diabetics is on the higher end, I make sure the cholesterol is either the good kind or there is none. I always read the ingredients to make sure that it doesn’t contain anything too bad.

The things I don’t care about are the calories and carbs. I am not trying to lose weight (that is the the last thing I need) and that most of the things I eat are filled with healthy calories.       

     Caring to much about carbs isn’t the way to go. I need carbs for energy. I learned that myself from my own experience. I just make sure that the carbs I eat come from natural food or are whole grains.                                                                                                                                                                           

  • Kind Granola                                    Almond Butter         Light Agave Syrup       Kind Bar

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I also keep to a low glycemic diet and I do feel that it keeps my blood sugars in the right levels and keeps me from taking lots of insulin. Which makes me feel better and happy!

Happy Birthday to My Lovely Mother

Last week was one of the busiest weeks I have had in a while. It was hard to type up a post, but this week I will be getting back to my schedule.

This weekend was filled with “fall” cleaning and my mothers birthday!

On Saturday we received a whole bunch of kale in our farmers market basket. Can you guess what we did with it?

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We made kale chip! They are super healthy, crispy, and lightly salty. They make a great replacement to chips.

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In celebration to my mothers 50th birthday we had presents and pumpkin cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting. They were super yummy!

Last night my whole family went out to the Spaghetti Factory and enjoyed some good salad, pasta, and spumoni   (pistachio, chocolate, and cherry ice cream)

Once we arrived I was low and saw that they had a special drink. It was a cotton candy limeade that came with a color changing straw and garnished with cotton candy. Yes, my inner child had to get it! It was very sweet and we passed it around for everyone to try. I love fun different drinks!

(Diabetes follows you everywhere!)

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Don’t worry! I kept my sugar in the right level without spiking at all! I like to think that it was due from  my morning exercise. I just love that exercising makes me have less and less insulin! Hard work pays off!

Get Your Booty Off the Chair

October why are you so busy!? I guess it is a good thing. I kind of like being busy.

With me being busy and studying, my daily activity gets harder to do.

Exercise is so important to me. Not only because it is good for my health, but because it makes me feel good. I just love releasing endorphins!

Stress, meet Running. Running, meet Stress. Now Running destroy Stress!

I came up with a few tips to help myself and maybe even others.

  1. Instead of watching your favorite show during your study break, go for a run or walk.
  2. Plan out your school, studying, or work schedule  the night before. By doing so, add a little time for some exercise . No matter if it is just for 10 minutes.  It is better to get a little then none.
  3. Set out your exercise clothes by the door, so when you get home you are reminded to exercise.
  4. Once you get home, all you want to do is watch your DVR or check your Facebook. How about watching it while you are on the elliptical or treadmill.

I also need to remember that working out everyday isn’t that important. At least getting 3-5 days is the best exercise goal to have.

Must remember to check blood sugar before and after exercise. I need to set up my temp basal before exercise as well!

Protect the Insulin

Have you been a victim to the butter fingers?

Not the candy… The butter fingers in that, everything slips from your fingers.

It’s okay… I’ve been there.

I have dropped insulin vials on hard ground couple of times. Luckily, It has never broke into pieces. Although, the fear of breaking it overcomes my mind. What would you do? Is my health insurance going to cover? Can I get another vial?

Trust me, I know how annoying health insurance can be. This is why I got this cool little gadget. All you do is put it over your insulin vial and  pop it in. It keeps the vial safe from breaking. It is also very convenient when you are traveling and your diabetic bag gets smashed or rolls over.

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I love it! I do think it is important to use, because you never know what could happen. Another bonus is that it is cheap! Would you rather pay expensive pocket money for a vial of insulin or get a 5 dollar protective case?

I choose five dollars!!!

Amazon has some great ones!

 

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