This time last year I was well on track with the control of my carb intake but then the home move started and as I was in temporary accommodation for 5 months I pretty much eat what ever was available with zero planning.
October brought the final move to my new home but by then life had become all kinds of crazy so I kept eating pretty much what was available, handy and fast.
Christmas happened and nothing changed, then Easter …..
With all that chocolate.
I know that some people dont know the importance of a daily carb intake but when you live with Type 1 Diabetes every gram of carbs you eat means a unit of insulin must be administered either through an injection or an insulin pump. After working out the carbs in that sandwitch or what ever im about to eat, i them must take into account what type of carb it is and how much fat is in it.
An example of this is a piece of friut Vs chocolate or something with a high fat content in it. Even if both have the same amount of carbs, they impact the blood at different rates.
The fruit carbs will quickly enter the blood and cause a very quick rise in blood glucose so il take the necessary amount of insulin just befor i eat it.
The chocolate will impact the blood at slower rate so depending on the type of fat content in foods i sometimes split the insulin dose i need for it, so if i needed 8 units for the chocolate i would take 4 units just before i eat it and then 4 more units an hour afterwards to prevent a blood glucose spike.
If i didnt do this and took the whole amount of insulin needed then long after the 4 hour period that the insulin remains in my system, the chocolate would still be rising my blood glucose.
The fat content in food slows the release of carbs into the blood so its important to administer my insulin so that it lasts as long in my system as is needed for the type of food iv eaten.
Living Life with ty[e 1 diabetes can ba a complicated business, and it certainly is work 24/7/365 but what i will say is it becomes your way of life, and although it remains a serious pain in the ass, doing everything we must do all day every day does become automatic.
YES I HEAR YOU ! we can eat what we want just like others, and …… yes we can, your right, BUT !
Even though I managed my blood glucose every step of the way. I continously chased the high spikes with insulin and the lows with full sugar.
The result of all this was waking constantly through the night to a CGM alarm either showing that my blood sugar was way too high or way too low.
The weight gain that happened was inevitable both because of my food choices and my increased insulin needs. Insulin is a growth hormone, so it was gain by food and gain by insulin, and I do firmly believe this.
Easter Monday was day 1 of getting back on track. I unboxed the remaining Easter eggs and stashed them in my spare fridge in the laundry room. Out of sight is out of mind. That fridge gets used only gets used on very rare occasions, like Christmas or when the weather people predict large amounts of snow, bringing on a panic buy.
I have now done the “clean” and “lower carb” shop and i am well on track.
By bedtime I remembered why this was a better way to manage my type 1, my CGM held a fairly steady even line all day and as it turned out, through the night too.
I slept all night straight through and undisturbed by a CGM alarm and was more than a little surprised that when I finally opened my eyes it was 9.30am that morning.
I’m a chocolate addict so please don’t suggest “a square or 2 does no harm” I’m like an alcoholic when it comes to chocolate.
I’m only ever 1 square away from a feast. It’s either all or nothing.
So for now it’s got to be nothing.
Iv done this before and lost 3 stone relatively easily, dropped my HBA1C and felt amazing.
I guess I’m saying I’m very well experienced for this particular job.
My foods ?….
Well, rice will now become cauliflower rice
Pasta will be non existent
Chips – a thing if the past
Potato ? Well I learnt that mashed turnip is a good substitute.
chocolate rice cakes, “yes you read that right” the thinnest smear of chocolate Iv ever eaten but it satisfies a craving.
Fresh coconut, chopped and in the fridge ready for munching on.
Fruit and yoghurtI will also have daily, it feels sweet and bold but it’s easily managed if eaten whole.
The Paleo App is downloaded to my phone with lots of delicious recipe ideas that I can tweek to suit me.
Creamy sauces ? Made with coconut milk.
Breads ? Only if necessary but as I don’t eat it daily I don’t miss it.
Lots of eggs, fish, chicken, beef, and Ham.
Lots of vegetables and salads some of which I know have higher carbs than others so I’ll chose wisely
BUT ! It’s not chocolate, cakes, and the stuff that makes my blood sugar bounce off the walls while being chased by insulin, all of which leaves me feeling rotten and exhausted.
It’s not hard to stick to after the first few days.
Treat day is Friday, so that’s takeaway night if Iv been good the other 6 days.
I don’t suppose a walk daily would do me any harm !
I’ll actually be eating more and using less insulin. Instead of my CGM demanding attention, I hope to find myself wondering if it’s died because it’s so quiet.
And so it begins ……
Im Davina Lyon, I’m not a professional, just a person With Type 1 Diabetes sharing experience.
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a couple of things.
I have type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease. Nothing I did, or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There’s is currently no cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body. it’s an autoimmune response where antibodies that normally fight disease mistake a part of our body
(the pancreas in this case) as foreign and attack to destroy it.
When those antibodies attack the insulin producing islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump it.
Without insulin a person with type 1 diabetes would die. At present it is not known what causes this to happen, and there is no cure.
A person with Type 1 diabetes MUST inject or pump insulin to stay alive.
There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a lifestyle choice is unfair at very least.
A person with Type 2 diabetes, while still producing their own insulin for various reasons their body cannot use it correctly or efficiently.
These people are generally treated with oral medications and sometimes with insulin injections.
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