Dataphile Type 1 Diabetes Diet: Step 1

DinoPicFitnessSo, I’ve begun the initial earnest stages of “getting fit” (which of course involves all the additional fun stuff that happens when you start getting fit with diabetes).  No, I don’t ever expect to look like the gladiator chick with the T-rex in the picture but I will need to borrow her warrior spirit.

Brief Backstory:  Baby No. 2 (who is now 18 months) was a total surprise!  I’m pretty old to be a new mommy again and also was told I couldn’t have any more kids.   The pregnancy was difficult on my body in many ways, not to mention being Type 1, having Graves Disease, and requiring bucu synthetic hormones to maintain it.  It took me a little over a year postpartum to feel remotely back on track (and finish nursing the babe).  Then the week before this past Christmas I had outpatient surgery (also related to baby No. 2), which I hope was the final step in getting my body more or less regulated again.  Yippee!

MyFitnessPalStep1Now, it’s finally time to lose that baby weight (and hopefully get my A1c back to where it used to be)!  I’ve been tracking my weight and BGs, and keeping a rigid food journal for about three months so that I have a realistic baseline.  Also, while counting carbs is obviously a daily occurrence, I’ve never had occasion to count calories before.  The baseline data really gave me a good idea of where the calories I’m consuming are coming from.  (Note to self:  Yet another variable that I would love to compare long-term via computer algorithm to my BGs to see if there was any correlation between high/low calorie meals or days and BG readings).  I used MyFitnessPal food journaling app and a Fitbit to collect my data.

A week and a half ago I started hitting the gym for regular exercise and cutting out enough calories to supposedly lose 1lb a week.  More on how things are going and how all this is affecting my BGs in future posts : )  Wish me luck!


Check out these related posts:

Photo-a-Day: Exercise

My Fitbit Flex: A Delightful Surprise

Photo-a-Day: Diagnosis

Photo-a-Day_diagnosisPregnant single mom gets diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in her 4th month.  Just like that. Needless to say, it was quite a ride but luckily for me, my natural go-to for dealing with rough situations has always been research, research, and more research.  We made it through and are both happy and healthy 7 years later (although some Drs. might think otherwise).


This post is one in a series for the National Diabetes Month of November.  Kerri from sixuntilme.com initiated the Photo-a-Day idea and prompts and lots of other diabetes bloggers have chosen to follow suite.

Photo-a-Day: Sweet

Thinking about “sweet” in terms of diabetes reminds me that I’ve actually never had much of a sweet tooth.  I’ve always preferred savory foods and never drank soda or juice, being more of a water, coffee, and wine girl.  Sure, I’ll have an occasional nice dessert or bake cookies once in a while but that’s it; at least that was it until I got diabetes.  In fact, irony abounds as I consume far more sweets and simple sugars with diabetes than I did without it.  Why?  Sigh…to treat lows.

Photo-a-Day_Sweet

When you’re on insulin to survive, blood sugar becomes a constant balancing act.  You can’t ever take insulin or sugar out of your body to balance the scales, so you’re left to find balance by only adding more.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not hungry or just ate a huge meal; if you’re blood sugar is low, you have to eat more.  That means in any given day I tack on calories via consumption of glucose tabs, juice boxes, or candies.  Sometimes, if I’m home I get to treat lows with actual fruit…but it doesn’t travel well and the other options have a smaller footprint for when you’re not actually hungry.  Life with diabetes: how I miss my more “sugar-free” days.


This post is one in a series for the National Diabetes Month of November.  Kerri from sixuntilme.com initiated the Photo-a-Day idea and prompts and lots of other diabetes bloggers have chosen to follow suite.