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thank you diabetes moms

Dear, Sweet, Caretakers of Diabetics, Here’s What I Want You to Know

OH! Dear, sweet, caretakers of diabetics, How I long to thank each and every one of you. Individual hugs and thank you’s for every single one of you. Every perfect pair of eyes that watches us struggle and every heart that worries about us as we fight Diabetes. You are also heroes in this battle.

thank you diabetes moms

I can still remember being in high school and my mom coming in and making me sit up and talk to her. “Are you Alive?” she’d ask me, trying to act like she was kidding, and make me check my blood sugar. I would grumble and complain and call her crazy.

But now I’m a mom. And I cannot imagine how horrible it must be to see your child suffer with this disease. Or any other loved one, for that matter. It must be so stressful to not be behind the wheel, to have even less control than we diabetics do over Diabetes and how it can affect a person.

It must be so hard to watch us as we eat doughnuts. Or to watch as we long to eat doughnuts but decide we shouldn’t. Watch us as we beat ourselves up; or worse to watch us try to be “normal” by ignoring our disease.

To worry along with us about all the side effects that come along with this disease. To spend your days wishing you could take the burden from us. To live in constant fear that we just won’t wake up one morning.

I’ll admit, as a person who has diabetes, these fears can be daunting, but now as a mother I know they’d be magnified by a million if it were one of my children instead of me.

If you take care of someone with Diabetes in any capacity, bless you. And if you have Diabetes, go hug your mama.

Let me know who you’re thankful for in the comments below!!

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Charming Interview : T Y P. 1 Apparel

SO excited for today’s post. We’ve got Erin & Page, founders of T Y P. 1 Apparel here to talk about their new online apparel shop, which officially launches tomorrow, Fri, June 26. Keep reading to discover more about their business and what they’re all about !

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Thanks for joining Charming Diabetes for a Q&A! Please tell us a little more about yourselves, and your Type 1 Diabetes connection:
(if that connection is you, feel free to give us all the juicy details–how long have you had it? pump or injections? favorite way to treat a low?)
Erin: Hello, my name is Erin! I am 21 years old and currently studying nutrition in college. I have been type one diabetic for over 6 years. I was first diagnosed with diabetes in 2009 at the age of 14. I was on daily injections for about a year until I got the pump! Which is a GAME CHANGER. It gave me so much more freedom in everyday life! So in my kitchen I keep a stash of cereal and it is my absolute favorite way to treat a low!

Paige: Hey! My name is Paige and I am a Sports Massage Therapist. I am 22 years old. I love travelling, food, and family time! I met Erin in 2013. She has been my lovely girlfriend now for a little over 2 years. I moved to from New Jersey to Boston about a year and a half ago to be with her. It has been amazing! My connection to Type 1 is Erin. I see her deal with being Diabetic every single day and it is the bravest thing anyone can do. She doesn’t complain or wish she wasn’t Diabetic. She just lives life to the fullest and that is amazing to me.

Why did you start T Y P. 1 Apparel, and what do you hope to achieve?
We started T Y P. 1 Apparel because we want to bring hope and inspiration to Type 1 Diabetics. We want to start a movement for this disease, to get people to be active and live a healthy lifestyle. Erin runs a diabetic Instagram called @dontpassthe_sugah where she gives very healthy food recipes, inspiration, tips, and more! We have always wanted to have a business that could benefit others in a way that would get them on the path to a healthier lifestyle, because that is what we believe in.

What has been the most exciting part of starting this business so far?
Paige: I think the most exciting part has been seeing our ideas really come to life. It is truly amazing to start with this idea in your head, and you put everything into it and it truly becomes real. It’s amazing to look at the final product and say to yourself “I created this”.

Any advice for budding entrepreneurs out there in the Diabetic community?
Paige: Anything is possible if you work your hardest for it. Don’t half-ass anything, really go for it!

Is there anything in particular that you’re looking forward to as far as the future of Diabetes is concerned?
Erin: I am looking forward to the day they say “oh, you have diabetes? We have an app for that, haha” but seriously, the clinical trials for the bionic pancreas seem to be going well so I can’t wait for that to get the stamp of approval. I must say being on social media and spreading awareness about our disease, I’ve seen a lot of positivity and I’ve also seen a lot of negativity. Some people don’t have hope that this disease will be cured one day or the feel so badly about the disease they actually hate it. I love my life. Sure, diabetes makes things a little more complicated I have to go to a million doctors and focus on every little thing I eat but I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I never got it. This disease has taught me a lot about myself and I will always have hope, as everyone should. In the last decade, science has improved so much and diabetes research has improved so much that there’s no way they won’t find a cure or a way to make life even easier in the next 10 years.

What’s the best way to connect with T Y P. 1 Apparel, and how can we get our hands on your products?

The best way to connect with T Y P. 1 Apparel is through our social media and website! We have an Instagram account @typ1_apparel where we post designs, pre-sales, info, and updates on production. We also have a link to our website http://www.typ1apparel.com where you can order your shirts and all future items! We’re having our grand opening on JUNE 26th! All shirts are 15% off! Come check us out and be part of the movement!

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Check out the T Y P. 1 website to get yours! (photo credit: TYP.1Apparel)

 

So there you go! And 15% off! You heard it here first 🙂 Go check out their instagram, and their site to get your shirt on order! A huge thanks to Erin and Page for taking the time to chat with me (virtually!).


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xo

sara

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So It Goes | Diabetes Routine

I realize I’m a leeeetle bit behind over here on the blog! I promise I have a lot more in store, but until I can get to all that, here’s the latest freebie to tide you over!

It’s summer, which means my routine changes a bit with kids at home all. the. time. I love it, but honestly it’s tough to keep up with Diabetes maintenance when you’re running around after little ones. I really need a CGM. But since I don’t have one, I’m stuck in my old test, test again, and keep testing routine, hoping for the best.  It can wear a girl out — and don’t even get me started on my fingertips. Is there a miraculous skin restoring lotion out there I don’t know about? A girl can dream.

The best I can do during summer is keep my pump site dry, and check my blood sugars before meals. Post meal check? As if. Did I mention I need a CGM?

So here’s a little iPhone wallpaper for those of you who are in that Test-Count carbs-Take insulin-Pray You Were Right-Test Again-Count Again-Ugh Diabetes is Wearing Me Out! Cycle with me. Hamster wheel, anyone?

But there’s no reason I can’t embrace the cycle, and pretty it up a bit, right?! And because I have a color obsession, I’ve made two different versions. Let me know which one you’re loving most in the comments below!

Here’s your download–right click and save away. If you need more help, or want to see the other downloads, head over to the Download Page!

Charming Diabetes Free Wallpaper

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Happy summer everyone!

xo

Sara

 

 

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The Day I Found The WRONG Endocrinologist For Me (and How to find the best endocrinologist for you )

I recently moved to a new city and learned that WOAH! all Endocrinologists are NOT created equal. I quickly made an appointment at the first office with a decent website (good reviews, health grades,etc) that I found online. It was that experience that led me to write this post because BOY was that a bad idea.

The office was VERY different than what i had seen online (the internet? misleading? who knew?), and you know you’re in trouble when you find stacks of these in the waiting room:

how you know you're in the wrong doctor's office | charming diabetes.com

I mean really?

Let me be clear that this is not a language issue. I’m fluent in español (en serio). Hablo español. Me encanta leer revistas en español, pero por Dios! No necesito ver a todo el mundo desnudo en la oficina!

For heaven’s sake! I don’t need to see the whole world naked in the Endo’s office! Does anyone? What if I’d brought my toddlers with me to this appointment? Call me a prude, but I’d prefer the content to be a little more neutral or perhaps of a medical nature. Bland diabetic magazines are fine thank you very mucho. It sends a signal.

Sometimes when you have diabetes it feels like you’re an island. Floating alone, watching people around you eat their cake and drink their lemonade, blissfully unaware of how many carbs they’re consuming! It can be a lonely disease, but every Diabetic should have at LEAST one person in their corner, dedicated to helping them. Enter the ENDOCRINOLOGIST.

The first step in getting the very best endocrinologist for you is remembering that doctors are people too. They are each going to have their own ideas, policies, personalities and those may or may not be well suited to yours. If you feel like you’re struggling with Diabetes, you should be able to call you Endocrinologist’s office and they should be able to provide you with education and resources to help you not only cope, deal, manage, but THRIVE with diabetes.

It’s a little like an interview. You’re looking to build a long term relationship, based on MUTUAL trust. You should be able to trust what the Dr. has to say, knowing he/she has your best interest at heart, and your doctor should also trust you to know your body and to do your part in taking care of yourself as best you can. It has to go both ways.

Here are some tips on how you can hone in on the traits you’ll want your doc to possess. So you’ll know when you’re in the right office!

1. KNOW YOUR NEEDS–do you use an insulin pump? If so, you need to ask your doctor if they are familiar with it, and can download it in the office. Do you want an insulin pump? Ask your doctor how he/she feels about them. I’ve heard of doctors “holding out” on patients and not “letting” them get a pump. Are you training for a physical event like a triathlon or a marathon? Your doctor should be able to give you tips on managing insulin and nutrition, and/or set you up with a nutritionist. Make sure you have a doctor that’s willing to work with you and your goals. Aside from the trashy magazines, the doctor’s office I visited was not capable of downloading info from my pump. That’s a big deal, because that’s where most of my data lives ( I don’t always keep perfect written records). So, two strikes.

2. LOCATION–start your search with the hospitals closest to you. Going to the endocrinologist is not exactly my idea of a dream day, and I’m much more likely to make the trek if at the very least the office is convenient and easy for me to get to. I realize this isn’t always possible, but it’s at least a starting point.

3. CLEANLINESS–the office should be clean, and every patient room in the doctor’s office should have a sink. It’s basic hygiene and germ control. Even better if they actually USE it and wash their hands when they enter/leave the room. The Trashy Magazine Office didn’t even have sinks in the patient rooms. Here’s my problem with that: Let’s say the patient before me has neuropathy in their feet and the doctor checks them out–or a toenail fungus–or the flu?!! See where I’m going here? The doc is quite likely to cart those germs right out of that room, all over the office, and then maybe right to me if he doesn’t wash his hands, which he can’t easily do without a sink in the office. Strike three for that office, if you’re keeping track.

4. FOOT CARE–Does your doctor check or ask about your feet at each appointment? Because he should. A great endocrinologist will be asking you about your foot care routine and doing a basic check for signs of neuropathy and circulatory problems. I’ve been to one Endo that wouldn’t touch feet–every foot question I had she pointed me to the list of podiatrists that her office supplied. There are so many reasons this doesn’t work for me, one of which is HEY MY TIME IS VALUABLE AND MY FUNDS AREN’T UNLIMITED! I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO SPEND MORE TIME/MONEY IN YET ANOTHER DOC’S OFFICE WHEN YOU COULD JUST LOOK AT THIS FOR ME (errr, but only if you have sinks in your office so you can wash your hands!!?!)!! And that’s how I feel about that.

5. LANGUAGE — Beyond just inglés or espanol (that’s important too), the language your endocrinologist uses with you, the way he/she speaks to you is important. As is their demeanor. Are they treating you like the expert you are? I don’t care what your numbers say, you live with this disease every day–you’re an expert. You may not be a medical doctor, so you need to work with the doctor to come up with the best course of action, but a great endocrinologist will take a real interest in what you have to say. Their language should never point to YOU being a bad person or bad at diabetes. This is a tough disease. The last thing I need is someone saying “Your Terrible” ( that actually happened in one dr’s office) because I’m not writing down my blood sugars in the format they prefer, or whatever the case may be. I’m looking for someone who’s going to be in my corner, and tell me the hard truths if I need to hear them, but not place a judgement on me.

How do you think I found Trashy Magazine Office? You guessed it, Google. There were all kinds of pics, great reviews, health grades, etc. But that was not the office for me. To his credit the doctor did seem to be really knowledgeable and well versed in pump therapy..but that’s not all that counts. His office has to meet my needs too.

But HOW do you find an endocrinologist that fits the bill? Especially if you’re in a new city and have no idea where to start? Well let me tell ya, a google search is prob not the best option in this scenario.

The first thing I’d do is CALL your Insurance. I know that prospect is about as enjoyable as sticking a fork in your eye, but they can give you some names of people in your network, and once you have a starting point you can call each office and straight up ASK about how things work at their office (“Can you download my insulin pump?” “Do you do blood work in the office or do I have to go to an outside lab?” etc).

As you get other doctors, internists, pediatricians, opthamaologist, etc, any and all specialties that you need in your life, ask those doctors if they have names of people they recommend.

And lastly, call the Minimed pump representative in your area. Even if you don’t wear a pump, if you can get in contact with these guys they usually have a short list of good doctors offices in the area. Again, a starting point and you can go from there.

Don’t settle for less than stellar treatment. This is a HUGE part of you life! If you find yourself in an office or with a doctor that just isn’t meeting your needs, remember you have options!

Good luck!!

xo

Sara

Inside a diabetic's bag // charmingdiabetes.com

INSIDE A DIABETIC’S BAG // surviving motherhood and diabetes with one small bag.

Confession: I’m a bag lady. I LOVE bags, purses, clutches, all of it. I’ve always been this way, but lemme tell ya, diabetes and motherhood have only made it worse. I cannot leave the house without a vast assortment of i don’t even know what. I would make a very good pack mule (Halloween Costume idea, anyone?). Today I’m sharing the guts of my very favorite little bag–the one that holds all my diabetes $hiz when I’m on the go! Which, btw, is always b/c I have TWO (count them, 1, 2) toddlers. Phew!

what's inside a diabetics bag? | CharmingDIabetes.com

Today I thought I’d share how I survive motherhood and diabetes all in one little bag. It’s full of everything I need for a diabetic or motherhood emergency! I can easily toss it inside my larger purse or diaper bag to keep all of my small necessities handy and separate from all the other junk I haul around when I’m on the go.

For me that means a glucose monitor, test strips, lancets, lancing device, a snack of some sort (because when the low blood sugar hits I don’t want to be digging through stuff, wondering where I put the juice), and of course lipgloss (priorities!)…the exact table of contents is always changing, but those are the basics. I call it a “Go Bag” which is silly I know, but when I can’t find it my husband knows we will not be GOING anywhere until i find it. I try to keep the bag stocked (with lancets. strips, etc) and ready to, ahem, GO because if not, well, I’m screwed and my day might fall apart 🙂 .

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#1,2,3,4: meter, lancing device, lancets, test strips—the bare minimum in any diabetic’s arsenal.

#5: my absolute fave for Low blood sugar on the go. fruit strips (some people call these fruit leather, but that title has always grossed me out a lithe) from my other absolute fave, TARGET!

#6,7 : A pen and paper. Yes. sometimes on the go I like to be able to write down my blood sugars. But also, that little bitty pad of paper can also save the day for my toddlers, who can use it to color if we find ourselves with an unexpected wait somewhere.

#8. lip gloss, obviously.

#9. phone. hello. (and you can grab that wallpaper right here!)

#10. An alcohol swab or two. Confession: I don’t actually use these when checking my blood sugar (It’s true. I’m a finger-licker. That sounds so wrong, but don’t judge). They’re more for the very likely event that we run into something gross and need to clean our hands or get a little scrape.

#11. Sunscreen stick. Such a necessity in Florida.

#12. Band-Aids. Because, toddlers. You’d be surprised how quickly a band-aid can stop a tantrum in it’s tracks.

#13. Crayons. Because, again, TODDLERS.

There ya go! All my must-haves for heading out into the world with DIABETES and TODDLERS!

Most important criteria for The Bag: Cuteness.

Personalization is key for me in tackling diabetes–hauling around all the diabetes gear isn’t the most fun, but at least a few fun accessories makes it a little easier.

I always use a bag that I LOVE–so whatever that means to you. If you can’t handle “cute” bags just sub in whatever adjective makes you smile. It’s all about getting as FAR away as possible from the blah black bags that come with the meter. It’s completely psychological with me–the little black pouch that holds the glucose monitor that comes straight from the manufacturer just doesn’t do it for me. And when I don’t like it, I’m less likely to grab it as I head out the door. So I set up my own little bag, that I love, and it helps me buy into the fact that I do in fact have diabetes and am going to have to suck it up and check my blood sugar in public sometimes. It’s the little things…

what's in my diabetic bag | charming diabetes.com

Here are some other little bags I LOVE that are perfect for your diabetic survival kits, Go Bag, or whatever you wanna call it!

1. Canvas Cosmetic Bag by THURSDAY FRIDAY . I am obsessed with all their bags. I have an older one, but I’m eyeing some of the new ones here and here

2. Stella Gray Vegan Leather Bag // This is a great bag from a designer out of Chicago. Mine is the Crosby Quick Cosmetics Case and I LOVE it!

3. FEED bag (pictured) // mine was a gift but there’s a similar size here

If you really want a bag with little elastic bands to hold everything in place like a traditional meter case, you can find some on Etsy that are a little more embellished that the basic black that comes with the glucose meter.

And here are a couple of others I’m obsessed with:

photo cred: noonday collection

photo cred: noonday collection

Those (above) are from Noonday Collection.

And you can’t go wrong with Ted Baker anything

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photo cred: tedbaker.com

I really feel for younger kids, where fitting in seems to be of utmost importance so a bag with a glucose meter may not be their favorite accessory. If you’re trying to help a younger child with this, my best advice is to let them have some input into choosing a bag they love, and putting together their own “Go Bag”. Personalization can be great at younger ages too (even in High School I remember writing my name in colorful letters on some of the big bulky generic looking insulin bags to feel better about them). Don’t rule out the power of a cute monogram! And remember, what goes in the bag doesn’t have to be strictly diabetes related. A small charm, or toy, or treat, golden monkey, or even a photo or inspirational quote (depending on the child’s age–you wanna be age appropriate here) but any other little token that’s personal and reminds them it’s not all bad in that bag can make it that much better.

And if all else fails, get yourself a silver sharpie and go to town decorating that boring old black meter case!!

Do you use a traditional meter case or some other style of “Go Bag”? If you have a favorite small bag you love using for all your diabetes stuff on the go I’d love to hear about it!! Always in the market for a new bag over here 😉

Follow me on instagram for more tips and general diabetic madness!

xo

Sara

jimmy carter quote | diabetes inspiration

Diabetes Inspo

Here’s what I tell myself on those difficult days…

jimmy carter quote | diabetes inspiration

Those days where I wake up with a blood sugar of 175 for some unknown reason? (can i blame this on a cortisol spike? maybe?!)

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(that time’s not right, I need a battery, is it obvious that sometimes I practice avoidance behavior with this disease?!)

Those days when I just don’t feel like checking my blood sugar, I just feel like eating without a million calculations.

i don't need a croissant. i don't need a croissant. i don't need a croissant.

i don’t need a croissant. i don’t need a croissant. i don’t need a croissant.

Those days, when Diabetes just is not bringing out the best in me. 

diabetes not bringing out the best in me | Charmingdiabetes.com

not my best. i blame diabetes

but…I can do it. I can do it.

Get more encouragement and some easy tips for getting down with Diabetes here !!

Happy blood sugars! xo

Sara

 

 

Daring to Eat Organic | charmingdiabetes.com

Daring to eat Organic-ish with Diabetes and Toddlers

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen some of the adventure that is me going organic. It’s not easy, especially with 2 toddlers, and our pantry isn’t completely organi-fied (making up words) yet. I’m a little too practical to just throw everything out, so we still have some non-organic peanut butter left over, and oil and some random crackers around that we’ll use before we’re fully converted. So at the moment, we’re Organic-ish. 🙂

Daring to Eat Organic | charmingdiabetes.com

But WHY am I doing this?! Ugh. The short answer is : It’s been coming for a long time.

My mother suffered two completely unrelated cancers, the second of which(stomach cancer) took her life. I’m diabetic and I believe that food is powerful. The only part of diabetes that I can really control is the food I put in my body. And of course, I’ve watched a documentary or two in my day. I just had to make my health (and my kids’ health) a top priority. And after lots of research, I decided that the GMOs just aren’t for me. I want them out. I don’t want Monsanto to own me or run the world. Despite what they say I do believe it’s possible to feed the world with organic farming. It is time for me to vote with my dollars.

Overall, making a meal totally organic is not too difficult as long as I’ve done some meal planning, but it is complicated by the fact that I am not trying to be vegan, or vegetarian, or gluten free. I don’t mind eating that way every once in a while, but I love carbs. I love snacks. I love veggies too, but I can’t have all my meals be all veggie all the time. I need the bread and meat balance. I love to cook, and organic veggies are easy enough to find, it’s all the other things that can prove difficult. Organic meats are expensive and harder to find, and bread or grain based products are also tougher to find with organic whole wheat, etc. For the most part, packaged goods have had to go because if they are organic, they’re crazy expensive.  If I’m having a biscuit craving, I’m better off just making it myself. But I also have 2 little girls.  They  just don’t go for veggie or fruit all the time.

So it’s a bumpy road for now. For the most part, the girls snacks are where I struggle the most. Having to exert more effort on snack planning, as opposed to just grabbing a bag of goldfish or cereal for them when we’ll be out running errands is still tough. And to buy organic versions of those things is not cost effective. And I have one still in diapers, so let’s face it, we can’t eat raisins all the time!

But every time I’m tempted to think “this is impossible” and throw in the towel, I remember my trip to Blackberry Farm. The first place I recognized organic eating as exciting, inspiring, and bountiful—and not a complete hassle. Eating organic can be comforting, and beautiful and fun! Even for kids. Below are a few images of the trip that changed my way of thinking. Below I’ll list some other links that have helped me in this journey.

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So gorgeous! Those heirloom tomatoes came from 100 year old seeds. The thing is, I didn’t even think I liked tomatoes, until I ate that one.

But then reality sets in and the sad fact is, I don’t live on Blackberry Farm..very sad fact indeed. So I have to do some leg work to get the organic goods.

It’s hard to pass up 2 regular grocery stores on my way to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Keep in mind I do this with two toddlers in the car, so it’s like “cry myself to sleep” hard. It’s even harder to use up precious time out of my week to go to more than one store to get what we need. I’m not gonna buy paper products or bottled water at the organic stores–doesn’t make sense. We get things like diapers delivered, which helps, but I still feel like I spend half my week either in the store, or driving to/home from it! Not exactly the organic dream.

As tough as it can be, the payoff is worth it. The food is better, we feel better, and my blood sugars way way down. Always a plus.

Here are a couple of things that helped me out:

1. Blackberry Farm : I can’t say enough about the magic of this place. Go if you can. If you can’t, read about their 100 year garden and get inspired by their website.

2. 100 days of Real food : great resource for real food recipes, especially ideas to keep kids happy. Not everything here is organic, but it’s easy enough to get a recipe or meal plan or snack idea and make it organic.

3. Wildly Affordable Organic : a great cookbook and meal planning resource. One of the biggest obstacles to eating organic can be the cost. This book gives super easy to execute recipes and meal plans on a food stamp budget.

Especially if you’re struggling with blood sugars, I strongly encourage you to make a move towards organic eating. And definitely cut out all the artificial sweeteners if you haven’t already. No diet drinks, sodas, sports drinks–get it out of your system. I was SHOCKED at how my blood sugars dropped just by doing that one thing. But more on that later.

And if you’re looking for more pics from Blackberry Farm (a.k.a. Heaven On Earth), just head over to my photography site! I promise you will fall in love with this place. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll run home to plant a garden and eat organic forever and ever.

If you’re not as emotional as me, and prefer more scientific evidence, here is some of that as well.

xo

Sara

 

 

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Stocking Stuffers for the Diabetic in Your Life

I don’t know about you guys, but I spend soooo much of time during the holidays counting carbs and trying to justify indulging in just one more dessert. Food is love, and our family loves to cook (and by that I mean I love to cook) and I love dessert. But by the time Christmas rolls around I’m often feeling slightly guilty (and/or high) over some of my choices.

Stocking stuffers are are real problem for me, because my own go to stocking stuffer is…candy. Chocolate. Nothing says “christmas time” like some delicious chocolate, foil-wrapped treat. But those add up, so this year in an attempt to save myself some blood sugar grief, I’ve made a quick reference guide for anyone wanting to get a last minute gift that won’t offend the pancreas.

stocking stuffers for diabetics that won't offend the pancreas | charming diabetes.com

1. Egyptian magic–a miracle cure for dry diabetic feet, and also just the greatest ever all around moisturizer. love.

2. More Sugar coffee mug, by Ashley Brooke Designs. I may be drinking my coffee black to save carbs, but I cannot resist a super cute sugar reference.

3. Burt’s Bees Sugar scrub— because you can find it at Target and drugstores, so it’s the perfect last minute sugar rush for those of us who shouldn’t actually be eating it.

4. Sugar lip gloss , by Fresh Beauty.  I heart these. Again, I love a sugar reference. My pancreas may not process it, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to coat myself in it.

5. iPhone cover (Diabetes Sucks) from CafePress. I mean, any technology friendly gift is always welcome in the stocking, but this feisty number shows that you feel my pain. A sure way to win favor with your diabetic loved one.

6. RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream — the best stuff ever. great for moisturizing and general happiness. I believe in the power of coconut. I love it so much I try to work it into all the online shopping guides I’ve ever made. #Loyal.

7. Klein Tools Canvas Pouch — this seems random, I know. But I love bags–total bag lady–and I’d argue that most diabetics have to be. There are so many blood sugar test strips, glucose meters, glucose tablets, syringes, log books, etc to keep up with I’m always looking for a cute new pouch to load everything up in and throw in my purse, or use for travel. This one I love because it’s out of the box and different. It’s inexpensive, and since it’s made for tools it’s sure to be durable enough for all the sharps I have floating around. If you’re not into this specific one, I highly recommend checking out other brands/styles because every diabetic needs a good carrying case!

8. Simply Balanced Fruit Strips –I get mine at Target, but apparently you can get a sweet deal on these with amazon prime. I adore these, not only because they’re tasty, but they are so so handy to carry around for low blood sugar. This isn’t just superfluous candy, this is a legit way to raise blood sugar, sure to satisfy the glucose-tablet-hating-diabetic in your life (aka All Diabetics Ever) Plus BONUS! they’re so slim they take up virtually no room in bags/purses/pockets. Should you want to fill the pouch above with diabetic friendly doo-dads, this is a great place to start.

9. Lancets! This might require intimate knowledge of the recipient, as many of us use different lancets or prefer a specific kind–but work it into conversation, or steal one from the bottom of their purse or the floor of the car (where these things always end up), and get a diabetic something they have to have, but absolutely hate to buy. Do you know how lame it is to go to Walgreens and spend your budget on torturous medical supplies?! It’s not fun. Help them get a head start on the stockpile that every diabetic secretly longs for in order to avoid yet another trip to the drugstore (or..sorry..maybe that’s just me).

Hope that helps!

Happy Last Minute Shopping To All….

xo

Sara

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December iPhone 5 wallpaper download from Charming Diabetes.com | Fa La La La La

December Download!

Happy December, guys. This whole season is flying by pretty quickly–I still feel like I’m recovering from Thanksgiving, but Christmas is right around the corner! No matter how much I try to plan, it always sneaks up on me.

So just in case your a little behind getting in the spirit like me, here’s your free December iPhone wallpaper, designed to get you in a holiday mood!

December iPhone 5 wallpaper download from Charming Diabetes.com | Fa La La La La

As always, this download is optimized for iPhone 5. Grab it above, or check out the download page if you need some technical assistance.

xo

Sara

PS… I own this image. I took this photo, and I created this graphic to be used as an iPhone wallpaper. It would be against US copyright law to copy it, pass it off as your own, try to sell it, or do anything with it other than use it on your own personal iPhone. Thanks!

Thanksgiving Sides to Charm Your Diabetes | charming diabetes.com

Thanksgiving Sides to Charm Your Diabetes

Thanksgiving with Diabetes is for the birds…so sorry. These things just pop into my mind and I can’t resist.

But seriously, Thanksgiving can be particularly hard on the blood sugars, so this year I’m switching it up. I’m on the hunt for recipes that are simple (since I have picky toddlers), easy on the blood sugars, and still comforting and delicious. That’s a tall order, I know.

I’ve spent countless Thanksgivings calculating carbs, choosing which foods I’d have to skip, and overall worrying about blood sugars. My family’s traditional Thanksgivng meals include things like casseroles, stuffings, rolls, and foods that in general are low on health and high on carbohydrates, plus really hard to count carbs for. And then I spend all kinds of energy just working around it, taking more insulin, and doing my usual “I can eat anything” song and dance.

And you know what? I can. I can eat anything. But sometimes just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

I had this lightbulb moment where I decided, you know what, it’s ok for me to adjust the traditions to make it easier on myself. There is no shame in admitting to myself, or to anyone else, that certain casseroles are just hard on me and the blood sugar. Or that sweet potatoes are just fine by themselves and don’t actually need marshmallows on top.  Or that the extra sugar in the cranberry sauce to make it palitable is just not doing me any favors. And dangit, it’s hard to guesstimate how many carbs are in that casserole topped with breadcrumbs…er, wait those aren’t breadcrumbs. What are those? Are those cheez-its?…

Yep, I’m still from Tennessee so these things do happen.

So I’m breaking up with traditions this year and making a Thanksgiving meal that isn’t loaded with breads and unnecessary carbs but is still comforting and delicious.

Here’s my criteria for finding recipes to Charm my Diabetes on Thanksgiving:

  • gluten free (I know, eye roll)
  • little to know added sugar (which, sadly, eliminates cranberries)
  • simple and easy to make (because, toddlers)
  • yummy (because, again, toddlers)

 

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Let me clarify: I am NOT gluten free. But the carbs coming from breads and bread based dishes were just too much. I’m cutting out the gluten so I have room for other carbs I love–like sweet potatoes, roasted apples, and maybe even grits.

And let’s not forget dessert. I love dessert.

I don’t want to confuse anyone–I’m not trying to cut out all carbs, or fat, or be particularly “health” conscious on this holiday dedicated to Giving Thanks and Eating. I’m just re-working some of the Thanksgiving regulars that don’t really work for me with Diabetes. I want to get rid of some of the carbs in my meal so that I can enjoy the others more, and dessert.

It’s like editing. And it’s a trade off. If you hate pumpkin pie but really can’t do without a bread based stuffing, then maybe your trade offs will be different.

Or maybe you do what I’ve done for SO so many years and say to yourself “SELF! I love you, but today I trade nothing”! And then proceed to eat all the carbs you want. I won’t judge you. I just know that this year, for me, I want to make some changes so I’m not stuck glaring at my glucose meter in frustration and disbelief later.

So there will be turkey, and there will be pumpkin pie. But where I really struggle with the carb counting is in the side dishes. I wanted sides that would feel traditional, but without all the guilt that normally accompanies my usual holiday side dishes. These are the ones I’ve found so far that look like they could make me a happy girl this Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving Sides to Charm Your Diabetes | charming diabetes.com

 

Best Green Beans Ever (Ree Drummond)

Green Beans With Lemon & Garlic (Food Network) I’ll have to choose between green bean dishes…

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Martha Stewart)

Roasted Squash with Red Onion, Oregano, + Mint (Food & Wine Magazine)

Cheesy Grits Casserole (Food & Wine Magazine)

Rosted Brussel Sprouts (Simply Recipes)

Sauteed Apples With Thyme (Martha Stewart)

That’s the short list of recipes I’m considering so far. There will be no rolls. That is CA-RAY-ZAY, I know, but I’m trying to reduce the overall carb numbers and save the gluten for dessert only. That means the rolls had to go. That also means these sides have big, carby, shoes to fill! Wish me luck!!

What about you? Are you going all out on a carb-centric or are you looking for ways to charm your diabetes too? Either way, I hope you find a way to eat all the foods you love this Thanksgiving, and enjoy them!!

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xo

Sara

p.s. those recipe cards are from Rifle Paper Co.

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