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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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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!)‚Ķthe 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 ūüôā .

Inside a diabetic's bag // charmingdiabetes.com

#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‚Ķ

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

photo cred: tedbaker.com

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 ūüėČ

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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. ūüôā

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

 

 

Super Simple and Diabetic Friendly Roast Chicken | www.charmingdiabetes.com

Best Chicken Ever | Diabetic Friendly Roast Chicken with Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potatoes

So having Diabetes is tough, but it can be especially difficult when juggling busy days, and kids, and dinner time.

To make things worse, I’m forgetful! I’m easily caught up in the chaos and before I know it, it’s dinner time and I’m unprepared and haven’t even checked my blood sugar.

Meal planning REALLY helps me with this. If I know what I’m going to cook, or can prepare things ahead of time, it makes everything that much easier. I can’t say enough about how much PLANNING in general is key to success with diabetes. When mealtime rolls around, I want to think about it as LITTLE as possible. This way I’m less likely to skip meals or make unhealthy spur of the moment mealtime decisions. We’ve all had drive-thru days, or “stand-at-the-counter-and-eat-whatever-I-find” meals. As a mom, some days that’s¬†just self-preservation, but as a Diabetic it really is a recipe for disaster..and poor blood sugar control, highs, lows, feeling terrible, no energy, I could go on and on…

I try to make an effort to have a plan for mealtimes, but particularly for dinner. Here are my two secret weapons:

1. NO MORE TO GO — this is a great site that sends you weekly dinner meal plans. You get the shopping list, the recipes, photos, and even vegetarian and vegan substitutes. Every recipe I’ve ever made from no more to go has been simple, tasty, quick, and the kids usually like it too. In fact, some of these recipes have become “go to” recipes that I use at least a couple of times a month. It’s GREAT. I highly recommend you try it out, especially if you struggle to get dinner on the table in the midst of hectic weeks like I sometimes do.

2. ROASTED CHICKEN — this is by far my favorite busy-week recipe. I have two young children, who can be pretty picky eaters, but this satisfies them every time. I know what you’re thinking…a whole chicken? too complicated. too long. I can’t.

But I promise you, YOU CAN! If you haven’t cooked a chicken this way, it will change your life. I haven’t cooked a plain ol’ boneless skinless chicken breast in forever because once you eat this chicken you can’t go back to plain, dry, stovetop chicken breast. Let me break it down for you:

 

 

the anatomy of YUM: a super simple fall meal in one pot. Easy roasted chicken | www.charmingdiabetes.com

The best part about this recipe for me, is that I spend about 3 minutes getting the chicken prepped, and then everything goes into the oven for an hour. I’m HANDS-FREE in the hour before dinner time which is priceless. I can play with the kids, show them how to set the table, ¬†do a couple of loads of laundry, give the girls early baths, check my blood sugar…I mean I can get a lot done in that pre-dinner hour. And it’s so much better than the usual routine of me standing at the stove, making a mess in the kitchen, playing referee for the kids while they roam the living room unsupervised and high on the freedom from said lack of supervision.

super easy roast chicken in an hour, diabetic friendly recipe | charming diabetes.com

look at that! I didn’t even tuck the wings, but guess what–DOESN’T MATTER! This is still the best chicken ever because I exerted virtually no effort to make it.

Here’s what you have to do.

Get a whole chicken ( a much better bargain than just buying individual parts, I might add). And cut out the backbone. Easy, but not the most glamorous part of the recipe. Here’s a video on that if you need a little convincing. I use a knife because I don’t have dedicated chicken shears (gasp) and it works just fine.. Or just channel Martha Stewart, or Jacques Pepin, or Julia Child. Whatever works for you, but get that backbone outta there.

Once that’s done, the rest is cake…er, chicken. I put a mix of butter, herbs, salt, & pepper, under the skin and on top. By “mix” I mean I literally just take half a stick of room temp butter and toss in whatever herbs I feel like that day, and mix it up. You can use other delicious add ins like hot sauce, dijon mustard, white wine, but I’ve got the toddlers so I keep it simple. They always clean their plates so why mess with a good thing?

I throw in two whole heads of garlic with the tops cut off, because I LOVE roasted garlic. I add a lemon (if i have one) and some fresh herbs to the bottom of the pan, then plop the chicken in there and it’s ready to go.

And I do sweet potatoes at the same time. In this picture I went through the trouble of cutting them up and putting them in the pan, but usually I just wrap them in foil whole, and put them in at the same time as the chicken.

That. is. it. After an hour at 425 degrees, Dinner’s done!

Sometimes I add a salad, or green beans (because something green on the plate makes it feel official), and bread to go with the roasted garlic cloves that I like to devour.

This meal is a total win for diabetes. The free-time while it’s in the oven gives me plenty of time to check my blood sugars pre-meal. And the sweet potatoes, even though they’re sweet, are easy on the blood sugar.

So easy!! Plus there are usually leftovers, which makes it a double win because lunch or dinner for the next day is taken care of.

Do yourself a favor–go get yourself a chicken!!!! Your family will ooh and ahh at the fancy factor, and they don’t have to know you didn’t break a sweat.

 

BEST CHICKEN EVER ROAST CHICKEN — hands on time: 5 mins TOTAL time: 1hr, 5mins

Super Simple and Diabetic Friendly Roast Chicken | www.charmingdiabetes.com

ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 heads of garlic (tops chopped off–the whole head, not just a clove)
  • 2-4 small sweet potatoes (depending on how many your family will eat, cook as many or as few as you need. I usually cook 4 and have leftovers)
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs fresh herbs, chopped ( rosemary & thyme are my go to but parsley, sage, or even just dry herbs if you don’t have fresh on hand). Plus extra for aromatics in pan if desired.
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1.  preheat oven to 425
  2.  chop heads off garlic and set aside
  3.  chop herbs and mix into room temp butter, set aside
  4. fork potatoes and wrap them in aluminum foil
  5.  butterfly chicken (remove backbone)
  6.  turn chicken breast-side up, and pat dry. using a spoon or spatula smear half of butter mix under the skin (between the skin and breast meat). Spread the rest of butter mix liberally onto the outside of the chicken** (breast, legs, wings, etc). Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper  **I keep it simple for a kid friendly version, but for an added kick, you could add a few tablespoons of white wine, a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and/or a splash of hot sauce here.
  7.  In an iron skillet or oven safe pan, place any extra dry herbs, half a lemon, and garlic tops if desired. drizzle with olive oil and place chicken on top.
  8.  place garlic heads in alongside the chicken, and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Put chicken and foil wrapped sweet potatoes in the oven for 1 hr or until potatoes are fork tender and chicken reaches internal temp of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Take all the glory for a stress free, fancy meal.

Enjoy!

xo

Sara

shrine

Make A Shrine | Surviving Diabetes With Toddlers

So I’m the head chef in our house. I cook the meals, I make the snacks, I prep the food, I simmer, stir, and sautee all the time. I LOVE IT. I love to cook. My mom taught me, and since she passed away getting in the kitchen and measuring, mixing, smelling, and taste testing is my favorite way to keep her memory close.

I may be the Chef de Cuisine here at the Charming Diabetes maison (ooh la la),¬†but by no means do I have it all under control. Yes, it’s relatively easy for me to whip up something yummy and cooking is another creative outlet for me. No arrogance in that, it’s just one of my gifts, I’m no Top Chef and I’m terrible at lots of other things.

I’m just relaying this so you understand that despite the fact that cooking food comes easily for me, I am very bad at everything else that goes along with meal time. I’m useless¬†at clean up, awful at setting the table, I usually don’t have everything finished at the same time, and I’m always forgetting the drinks. Martha Stewart I am not.

It seems that between trying to keep the kids from killing each other or tearing the house apart while I cook, I get a little distracted. I never get around to any of the dinnertime set up that needs to happen beforehand so we can eat. So every night, after all kinds of mini interventions and referee calls with the kids, at some point, dinner is ready. And then I herd them all to the table like cats. Kid one, kid two, and husband. Kid one gets down, put her back, kid two cries, get her settled, ok now we’re all at the table. Oh wait, forgot the forks. So then I scramble to get forks and napkins and sippy cup refills because I have an inability to plan ahead. ¬†And of course I’ve gotta GET THE GREEN BEANS away from someone’s APPLESAUCE. Oh and did I mention that part of this chaos stems from the fact that I usually have two versions of dinner (one version is more toddler friendly. I’m not a fan of that, btw, it’s just a self preservation that I’m working on changing).

So THEN I sit down, usually without anything to drink, but who cares because the silence that comes over the table is so seductive….

Ahhh.

The fork comes up to my mouth and….UGH!

UGH! I DIDN’T CHECK MY BLOOD SUGAR.

Every night. Right at dinnertime. Since I didn’t check it, there’s no way I can know if I need to correct it, plus I need insulin to cover the meal and now here I am ready to eat with no insulin on board. Super. So now I’m up searching for my meter and lancets and UGH. I suck at diabetes.

This is how things went for me for a long time until I decided something had to change. I have two toddlers. This season of my life will involve hectic mealtimes, certainly. I can accept that. But I couldn’t afford to completely ignore my blood sugar in the chaos.

So I made a Shrine. Here it is.

making diabetes more fun with a blood sugar testing shrine | www.charmingdiabetes.com

Let me break it down for you. My shrine is basically a cheap plate from target, with a cute bowl to hold my lancets, and that’s where I keep my meter, lancing device, test strips, etc.

I’m visual, so it was important to me to have it¬†look a certain way, hence the cute bowl and the flowers nearby. It helps me feel happier about it. The medical devices themselves are less than inspiring, so the creative in me just has to spruce it up a bit to distract from the “meh” feelings they give off.

I love having it on a plate because I can just pick the whole thing up and move it; ¬†Over to my desk if I’m working, out of the way if we need more space one the counter, beside the couch if I’m having a sick day.¬†I keep one downstairs on the kitchen counter, so that when I’m in the dinnertime trenches it’s close by, and I can check quickly and move on. I have a second one in my bedroom, so I don’t have to go downstairs at bedtime when I’ve inevitably forgotten to check it until I’m in bed.

Plus now that it’s all together, the random lancets and test strips floating around are greatly reduced. Nothing like a toddler finding a used lancet on the floor to make you feel like a good parent. The kids know this is my diabetes plate and not to touch it, and should they have a toddler moment and forget, I can easily grab it and get everything up out of their reach.

Here it is again, after I found some gold spray paint and a lost monkey and decided my shrine would need a mascot. I reeeealllly love gold spray paint.

Charming Diabetes Shrine with a gold monkey because, why not

The shrine (both with and without the monkey) has changed my life. It’s aesthetically appealing to me, which is the biggest deal, because I like how it looks. I’m bought in; I don’t dread searching for my meter, or wander around muttering curses to my faulty pancreas. I have a nice little spot set up and ready to go. I’m checking more often, and I feel less stressed about it. BOOM! Diabetes = Charmed!

All you really need to set up your own is a plate, and a container of some sort for the lancets. If your plate is big enough, you could even have a separate trash bowl on the plate to drop the used lancets and test strips in. The one in my bedroom consists of a bingo plate I liked and wasn’t using for anything else, and a short, clear plastic, party cup for the lancets. Easy. I got the extra meter FREE from the doctor’s office. Ask and you shall receive. Don’t buy a second one until you’ve checked with your doctor–odds are good they can hook you up with a freebie.

 

It works for me…I hope it works for you too! When you get yours set up, let me know!! Send me your pictures to sara@charmingdiabetes.com or share it on instagram and use the hashtag #charmingdiabetes

Happy checking!

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xo

Sara

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Diabetes from 6 am to 6:03

Here’s three minutes of my¬†morning with Diabetes. And also a good explanation of why I don’t drink coffee, and why no one¬†considers me a morning person.

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[While I check my Blood Sugar the wheels start turning]…

I need caffeine. We’re out of Diet Coke. They say Diet Coke is poison now, anyway. Coffee it is!

I can’t drink it black. Just. Can’t. Do. It. Milk, milk, where’s the milk. How much? ¬†A 1/4 cup? that’s about 8 carbs. Sugar? why bother? wasting carbs. artificial sweetener? Oh do you want diabetes and cancer, too? Plus I don’t have any. I’ve heard Truvia’s good, I’ll have to check that out¬†next time I’m at the store.

Ok so coffee with 1/4 cup of milk, 8 carbs. My blood sugar’s 116. 116? that’s kid of high for first thing in the morning. I wonder why? What was it last night? Oh I can’t remember. Did I write it down? 132. It was 132 last night. I wonder if I need to change an early morning Basal rate. I’ll have to check that later. OK so 8 carbs for coffee. I’m starving. I’ll have toast b/c I’m in a hurry. What bread do we have in the pantry? Oh the good stuff, but it has 29 carbs in one slice. Ok twist my arm I’ll eat the whole thing. And I should have some fruit. Bananas. Aren’t these like, the perfect food? I’ll eat half of that and save the rest for the girls’ cereal. That banana’s not huge. I’ll call it‚Ķ11? ¬†So 8 + 29 that’s 37, plus 11 that’s 48. Getting up there. No jelly¬†on the toast today! Darn coffee. So 12 into 48‚Ķok 10 would be 4.8 so let’s call it 3.8. Enter it into the insulin pump and…Pump says 4.0. So close! ok, 4.0 units.

Why do I have this disease if I am so bad at math? Way to throw down a challenge, God. I have a long way to go. What the, wait did I use¬†1/4 cup of milk? That’s not 8 carbs that’s only 3. Pssh.

Ugh. Brain, where are you when I need you? It’s too early. I need caffeine for this. Ok so 3 plus 29, was it? 32 plus 11 for the banana that’s only 43 carbs so I just took about half a unit too much. Which will mean low blood sugar before 10am if I’m not careful.¬†

Wait–is someone crying? Is that one of the girls crying? I’ve gottta go get her before she wakes up her sister. I better drink some of the coffee first, no way I’ll drink it all if it gets cold, which means I just took too much insulin. I really don’t like coffee.

Ok forget it. I’ll just chug this milk, eat the whole banana, and stop for a diet coke after I drop off the girls at school. ¬†

Oh my gosh is the toast burning?! 

 

Can anyone out there relate to hectic carb counting mornings?! I’m really working on being more organized in the mornings so I don’t feel so scatterbrained. Coffee always throws me off! I want to be a coffee drinker. I want to be cool enough to enter a coffee shop and have a go-to drink that I love to order, but it just doesn’t work for me and my faulty pancreas. ¬†I just can’t make myself drink it black, and¬†any other way is just too complicated for me to bother with.

I’ve pretty much accepted that my morning diet soda is probably terrible for me, and I’m trying to kick the habit, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful in finding a carb-free replacement that gives me the caffeine I crave. ¬†I also just read about a study showing that Diet Coke and artificial sweeteners can actually raise blood sugars, which I’ve never noticed.

What about you? What’s your A.M. beverage of choice? Have any of you ever experienced a rise in blood sugar after a diet soda? How do you bolus for coffee?! Leave me a comment and let me know!

xo
Sara