Thursday, September 21, 2017

Seeing Much Better Numbers

I'm very pleased and excited to be seeing more Dexcom graphs like this now:

 This is the magic number!
My next appointment with Carrie is scheduled for a month from now, but I will have to reschedule it due to a trip we want to take.  I am anxious to see what my A1C will be though.  Hopefully it will come down.  I also had to reorder a new transmitter for my Dexcom.  The battery alerted that it was low the other day.  I hope it gets here in time so that I'm not without my Dex.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Receiver Scare

Last night before bed, my receiver decided it would be fun to scare me.  Keep in mind, my receiver is 3 years old now.  Right as I was inputting my insulin for the night, the screen shut off and the buttons wouldn't make it respond.  I sat there for a minute, prepping myself to whip out my new receiver.  Was it really time to say goodbye to the receiver I'd had since the beginning?  My very first baby? 

An idea hit me and I grabbed a sewing pin out of my pin cushion on the table.  I used it to hit the reset button on the back of the receiver and it vibrated in my hand.  After a second, the screen showed that it was loading...

And it was resurrected!  Huzzah!  Not only that, but the data was all still there! 

Let's keep it going a little bit longer, Dex.  I'm not ready to say goodbye yet. 

Now let's see about these numbers...arg...


Thursday, September 7, 2017

We love Zevia!

I'd heard about Zevia on one of my diabetes Facebook groups but hadn't actively started looking for it until this past month.  I'm so glad I did!  We've both been missing root beer and cream soda, and of course I won't buy any of the brands with sugar in them!  I had heard that Bai had come out with these flavors, but they weren't in stock at our local Walmart. 

One day I was shopping at Kroger and happened to go down the aisle where the Zevia was.  I grabbed some to try and we've been hooked ever since!  No sugar, lots of taste!  And the cream soda and root beer are caffeine free!

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Nature-Throid Adventures

Friday was the beginning of our long-awaited, much needed vacation.  Hubby and I packed up and got everything loaded in the car for an extended weekend in the mountains of NC.  We had to make a quick stop at Walmart for my prescriptions, though, as I didn't have enough to last me.  The pharmacy assistant rang up my items and then had me step to the side to speak to the pharmacist about my prescription.  They do this every time I order a new prescription, but this wasn't supposed to be one of those times.  Or so I thought.

The pharmacist explained that my Nature-Throid was on company back order and they didn't have any in stock, so they swapped my prescription for Westhroid.  I explained that my doctor didn't want me to take the generic version unless he okayed them.  The pharmacist said he had okayed Westhroid, but he could call another pharmacy to see if they had the Nature-Throid in stock.  I told him that would be great, as I'd rather keep taking what I've been taking.  He called up the Walgreens across the street and found out they had some over there.  He transferred my prescription to them, had the assistant refund my money, and I hopped back in the car.  After a few minutes of waiting for them to get it ready for me, we were finally on our way!

I'll most likely have to have Walgreens refill it for me.  It's so odd that my prescription is for a 15-day quantity instead of 30.  They give me 30 pills and I'm taking 2 a day.  The Walgreens pharmacist also thought this was weird, but maybe it's because it's a new prescription and Dr. Goodyear is just having me test it out first before giving me a bigger supply?  It's only $4 each time.  Would still be nice to have more on hand, though.

I almost feel like the Nature-Throid is helping my blood sugars come down.  It's only been a month and a half since I started taking it, but my numbers this morning seemed to be lower.  My basal is still about the same, at 7 units of Levemir every 8 hours.  It's been like this for about a month.  Usually I fluctuate all over the place.  It's been nice but also frustrating as it's like playing a waiting game.  Seeing results now?  I hope so!    


Monday, July 31, 2017

Strength in Weakness

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."  - 2 Corinthians 12:9

I used to be ashamed of my weakness, to mask my struggles with a happy face.  I thought putting on a brave face was the best way to make sure my burdens were only shouldered by me.  No one else needed to be weighed down by them.  They were mine to bear, mine alone.  

Except they weren't.

They aren't.  They're too much for me, even now.  

I am weak, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.  

Weakness is not bad.  Weakness is normal.  Weakness is being human - at least, in this fallen world, it is.  In the next life, when we are perfect, our weaknesses will be no more.  But for now, they are present.  

And God's grace is enough to see us through all the weaknesses we have. 

Truth be told, I've been feeling particularly weak lately.  The past few months that I've been struggling with my blood sugars have been really weighing me down.  Between feeling like I've been failing to take care of myself and struggling to stay on top of all of my other responsibilities, I've realized just how hard I've been on myself.  

I blamed myself when my blood sugars roller-coastered out of control - but it wasn't my fault.  It wasn't my fault that my thyroid prescription was changed, and ultimately skewed my hard work.  

I'm so blessed to have a husband who is willing to share my burdens, and can see things about me that I can't see.  Last night when I was feeling particularly down, he reminded me of what my holistic doctor said at my last visit when he was going over my thyroid results.  He said, "I'm surprised that you're still awake and functioning with lab results like these.  It's a testament to how strong you are."

Strong?  I've been feeling like a failure, and yet somehow I'm being called strong.  
Because I pushed through when my body wasn't functioning right?  
Because I have stuck to my guns, I've got grit?  
Because I haven't stopped eating low carb, even though I'm discouraged and feel like I'm on a low carb roller coaster?
Because I haven't given up on taking care of myself, even though it feels like I still can't get things right sometimes?

Strength isn't just a matter of physical power.  It's not just about muscles.  It's about determination.  It's about will-power.  It's about spirit.  It's about resolve.  It's about surrendering yourself.  It's about resting in God's grace to get you through when you're too weak to carry on.  It's about not doing things in your own strength, because we are nothing without God.  We can't live, we can't breathe, without Him holding us up.  The only way I see that I've been strong is by trusting in God's power to see me through every moment of every day.  My physical body is broken, weak, barely functioning.  He's the only thing that's been keeping me going.

And I'm okay to be weak if He is my strength.  His strength is the only strength I need.  It is sufficient for me.  More than sufficient.  

Don't be afraid, little lamb.  The Good Shepherd will protect you and guide you beside still waters.  He will comfort you and lead you on paths of righteousness, for His name's sake.  Goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life, and you'll dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lemon Butter Tuna Steaks

Last night's dinner was so good (minus the high overnight blood sugars!).  We had tuna steaks marinated in butter and lemon juice, with a side of cheesy broccoli.  Even hubby liked the tuna!

I made a pound of tuna steaks (1/3 pound each) sprinkled with onion powder, garlic powder, and dill weed, with 2 tbsp Kerrygold unsalted butter and 1.5 - 2 cups of lemon juice.  I baked them in a glass Pyrex dish at 400 F for 35 minutes.  They came out perfect! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting More Answers

As y'all probably know, I got my thyroid and cholesterol levels back this morning.  My holistic doctor is amazing, and gave me the good news with the bad while also making me feel hopeful.

First things first:  My thyroid.

Apparently in mid-February, after my last appointment with Dr. Goodyear, my pharmacy switched my thyroid meds from Armour Thyroid to the generic brand, NP thyroid.  This seems to have really messed with all of my numbers, as my thyroid levels are now way out of whack, as if my thyroid doesn't even exist!

Reverse T3 came back at 7.5 (Low.  Range = 9-27)
TSH was 43.01 (High.  Range 0.45-4.5)
Free T4 was 0.5 (Low.  Range 0.8-1.8)
Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies were 60 (High - went up a few points.  Range 0-34)
Free T3 was 1.9 (Low.  Range 2.0-4.4)

Dr. Goodyear explained that generic brands are not consistently formulated, meaning that different labs make them with slightly different formulas every time.  He prescribed me a new thyroid medication that hasn't been known to have differences or issues with reliability, Nature Throid.  If my pharmacy tries to give me a generic brand, I'm going to have to make sure to fight them and call Dr. Goodyear.

So, because my thyroid is out of whack, my cholesterol and blood sugars are also out of whack.  Turns out I'm not fighting insulin resistance like I thought, as my LP-IR score came back at < 25 (range < 45).

As far as cholesterol goes, I have high cholesterol but good HDL and Triglycerides.

LDL particle number was 3354 HIGH (range < 1000)
LDL cholesterol, calculated was 322 HIGH (range 0 - 99)
HDL-C was 73 (in range > 40)
Triglycerides was 99 (in range 0 - 149)
Total cholesterol was 415 HIGH (range 100 - 199)
HDL-particle number was 24.9 HIGH (range > 30.5)
Small LDL-particle number was < 90 (range < 527)
LDL size was 22.3 (range > 20.5)
Large VLDL-P was < 0.8 (range = < 2.7)
Large HDL-P was 13.7 (range > 4.8)
HDL size was 10.2 (range > 9.2)

So, for lowering the cholesterol, Dr. Goodyear prescribed a new garlic supplement, as well as Vit K2, red yeast rice, and CoQMax Ubiquinol, along with my other supplements minus biotin.  He also said to eat fish 4x a week, cut back on red meat (beef in particular) and chicken/turkey, and to maybe try to add legumes, peas, and beans.  They are higher in carbs though so I don't know if I'll actually add those to my diet or not.

While I am worried about my cholesterol being so high and the risk of cardiovascular events is now higher than it used to be, he made me feel much better when he said that the cholesterol numbers will come down with a thyroid medication that actually works and these natural and gentle "statin" like supplements.  I should also see my blood sugars return to normal, and that will also help bring down the inflammation that is causing so many issues.

Please keep me in your prayers as I work to turn things around.  I know God's got me and everything under control, but this has been such an uphill battle and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything I have going on.    

Monday, July 17, 2017

Magnesium: The Key to Fighting Insulin Resistance

I made a keto electrolyte drink this week and then a diabetic friend posted this article:

http://drsircus.com/diabetes/reversing-insulin-resistance-the-insulin-magnesium-story/

I knew magnesium was an important mineral but I had no idea it affected insulin sensitivity so much, not to mention all the other functions it plays in our bodies!  Magnesium deficiency is often overlooked, and I don't think it's hard to figure out why.  Our modern diet is almost completely devoid of good sources and actually plays a role in depleting our magnesium stores. 

So what is magnesium and why is it so important?

Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions, including:
1.  increasing energy levels
2.  calming nerves
3.  quieting a racing mind and improving sleep
4.  improving digestion and relieving constipation
5.  relieving muscle aches and spasms
6.  regulating potassium and calcium levels
7.  supporting heart health, including blood pressure
8.  preventing migraine headaches
9.  preventing osteoporosis
(https://draxe.com/magnesium-supplements/)

It is also necessary for the function and manufacture of insulin.  I had no idea that it is responsible for transporting insulin into our cells where it is needed.  In other words, it helps insulin unlock the cells so that glucose can be metabolized.  Magnesium prevents the cells from becoming insulin resistant!

I seem to be struggling with a little bit of insulin resistance every now and then, especially at different times of the month.  Now that I've started adding this keto electrolyte drink to my diet, I am curious to see how much it helps my struggle with higher blood sugars during times of insulin resistance due to hormones.  I certainly feel more relaxed when drinking the KED (keto electrolyte drink) but I will keep an eye on the rest of my health and see where else I notice changes.

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Tomorrow I get the results of my thyroid and cholesterol lab work back.  I'll be sure to update here when I know more!   

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Keto Electrolyte Drink

I used this recipe as the base.


6 cups filtered water
The juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp NOW potassium chloride
1/4 tsp Olde Thompson Himalayan pink salt
3 tsp Natural Calm magnesium supplement, Cherry flavor
2 tbsp Pyure

Mix all ingredients together.  Drink throughout the day.


I pour the drink into 3 - 18 fl. oz. Bai bottles (after I've already had one to drink) and store them in the fridge.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

When Broken Becomes Beautiful

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 21 years ago.  
Less than 10% of the American population with diabetes has been diagnosed with Type 1.  
The remaining 90% have Type 2.  

It's interesting how much I've learned in the past year alone about Type 1.  I knew that in Type 1, the pancreas doesn't produce insulin because its insulin-producing beta cells are attacked.  I should've stopped to wonder: if there are beta cells, aren't there alpha cells too?  But this thought never crossed my mind.  As it turns out, there are alpha cells in the pancreas, and they are responsible for producing glucagon, the hormone that helps raise blood sugar when it gets too low.  So, in a nutshell, alpha cells produce glucagon to raise blood sugar and beta cells produce insulin to lower blood sugar.  Together, when in good working order, they keep blood sugars regulated in the normal range.  

In a Type 1 Diabetic, however, the beta cells no longer function and blood sugar levels rise because there's no insulin being made to lower them.  Alpha cells are left untouched and continue to produce glucagon, despite the lack of insulin to bring the blood sugar back down.  This is why Type 1 Diabetics need to inject basal and bolus insulin 24/7/365.  Glucagon produced by the alpha cells combined with carbs and fats and proteins and stress and hormones equals high blood sugars.  Diabetics essentially have to become their own pancreas.

In my 21 years on this diabetes journey, I have learned more about my condition than I ever dreamed possible.  I've gone from an angry, bitter little girl to a passionate, empowered young woman.  Health was the last thing I thought I wanted to pursue.  Now it's at the forefront of my endeavors.  It's been a hard journey with ups and downs, successes and failures, hits and misses.  It's a journey I'm immensely grateful to be on.  It has shaped my views and beliefs, as well as my understanding of myself, my purpose, and the Lord.  Above all, it has helped me grow into the woman I am today.

The future seemed pretty bleak, empty, and hopeless for years on end.  When God in His loving-kindness and mercy reached out and turned me around, I saw the beauty in my broken body.  What I once considered a curse I now see as a blessing.  It is through our trials, our hardships, and our experiences that we are best able to reach others who are struggling just as we are.  Empathy and compassion flow more freely through our veins.  Hearts and lives are touched by people who take the time to stop, listen, and relate.  

 Broken bodies are not worthless.  They are not useless.  They are not ugly.
They are in fact the most valuable, useful, and beautiful vessels.  They have toiled, struggled, and suffered.  They have been put through the fire of testing and come out the other side stronger than before.  Aren't those the kinds of stories we all root for: the overcoming underdog?  The weak who rise to the occasion, despite all odds, and emerge victorious?  Those are the feel-good stories we all love.  We cheer for them, urge them on, and feel for them because, at the end of the day, we are all underdogs.  We all have our own struggles to overcome.  We all have beauty waiting for us on the other side.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How insulin is supposed to work - low carb all the way!

This is how insulin is supposed to work - best seen on a low carb diet.














At noon, I had my usual breakfast:  a cinnamon swirl mug muffin topped with Pyure-sweetened almond milk yogurt and a coconut Bai drink.  I bolused 1 unit of Apidra for 10 grams of carbs.  My blood sugar before eating was 90.  Upon testing 2.5 hours later, at 2:24pm, it was still 90!  Gorgeous lines like this are what I want!   

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Labs redone

I got my thyroid and cholesterol labs redone yesterday.  I'll get the results back on July 18th.  Hopefully my holistic doctor can shed some light on the crazy values I got last time.

I'm still struggling with high blood sugars.  I'm really getting fed up with this.  I'm now taking 7 units of Levemir every 8 hours but I think I'll have to increase it again.  I can't get them down, even with all the corrections I'm doing.     

Monday, June 19, 2017

Redo

I ended up having to give my holistic doctor permission to send copies of my labs to my endo's office, which is a lot like trying to get everyone to play nice together.  Next week I'm having my labs redone and I'm not taking biotin so that it won't be reflected in the lab values.  Hopefully this helps to clear up the confusion and high cholesterol/TSH numbers.

I've been experimenting more with using R for protein meals.  I'm seeing some lower numbers but it's still a balancing act.  As always.  Preparing for our trip on Thursday means I have a lot to get done in a short amount of time.   

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dread Confirmed

I had my appointment with my NP today. I feel like I'm floundering and backsliding. A1C went up to 6.3 (134mg/dl). She tried to make me feel better by saying I'm a Type 1 Diabetic and shouldn't be too hard on myself when my numbers don't behave, but I have to be my pancreas and right now I'm failing. She said anything under 7 is great, but I know better. I feel awful. I know I've come a long way but I feel like all that work is lost.

She pointed out my low sodium (I haven't been drinking as much water this past week...oops!) and my high cholesterol and TSH (the only thing she cares to check, of course). I know she wants to put me back on statins but I'm still playing the baby card so she held off. Bwahaha. She also suggested adding some carbs/grains to help lower cholesterol. Nope!

My holistic doctor is testing and treating my thyroid so I'm not worried about TSH, especially since I'm taking so many supplements right now. Just feeling really discouraged.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dreading Thursday

I have to go in for labs today (for my appointment with Carrie on Thursday -- which I'm dreading).  My numbers have been running higher and I'm struggling to figure out why and how to lower them.  My 14-day average is 128 and my 30-day average is 130.  I feel like a complete failure.  I was doing so well before!  Now I'm backsliding and it's driving me crazy!  I don't know what to do.

I have also been stressing about my cat, Yuki, this past weekend.  On Friday, he only ate half the food we fed him throughout the day.  The majority of his time was spent curled up in one napping spot or another.  On Saturday, he didn't eat anything.  On Sunday, he ate a little bit of one meal and drank some water.  On Monday, he still wasn't eating much so I took him to the vet to find out what was wrong.  During the physical exam, he let the vet know that his temperature was slightly elevated and his abdomen was in pain.  We opted to have an X-ray and blood work done to rule out any organ issues (she mentioned pancreatitis) or foreign objects.  Blood work came back fine, only showing a little dehydration.  The X-ray showed some gas buildup in his colon and some constipation.  They did an enema, gave him fluids, antibiotics, and anti-nausea meds, as well as a take-home supply of laxatives.  They confirmed that he was looking better after the enema with a second X-ray and I took him home to rest.  He was a bit out of it last night and only ate one meal, but this morning he seems to be getting his energy back.  He's been eating and drinking more, which is amazing!  And he's been snuggling with me too.  He even went with Haru out into the hall with me while I was doing laundry.  I'm so relieved my furbaby is doing better.  We were both so worried about him.   

Friday, May 26, 2017

The end of my dairy elimination diet

It's been 3 months since I started my dairy elimination diet and, this week, I've been slowly reintroducing dairy back.  I've had buttered broccoli for dinner twice already and I treated myself to 1/3 of a Lily's milk chocolate bar.  They are low carb and GRIT approved and, since I haven't been able to find Chocorite bars in stores anymore, Lily's are a good alternative. 


I also managed to finally find the unsweetened almond milk yogurt at Whole Foods!  SO HAPPY!


So far, I think I've been tolerating dairy!  No big stomach upsets!  I'll be able to make my favorite meals again, including cheesy broccoli and cheddar garlic biscuits!   

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Peanut Butter Mug Muffin

This recipe was an experiment that went horribly right.  Haha.  I ran out of cinnamon for my Cinnamon Swirl Mug Muffins and decided to substitute peanut butter powder in place of it.  Hubby says he likes these better than the cinnamon ones!

2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp Pyure
1/2 tbsp peanut butter powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
4 tbsp coconut oil
1 large egg
About 1/2 cup water

Mix all dry ingredients in a mug (I just use a fork) first.
Add the egg and coconut oil, mix well.
Add enough water to get a thick oatmeal-like texture.
Microwave for 3:45 (varies depending on your wattage, but this time works for mine).
Enjoy!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Low Carb Chocolate Candy Bites

Low Carb Chocolate Candy Bites

6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or baking cocoa
6 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp granulated Pyure (or other sugar-free sweetener)

Mix all ingredients on low heat in a pan on the stove.  When mixture is liquid and ready, pour into an ice cube tray.  Freeze for about an hour, or until firm.  Keep in freezer to prevent melting.



I experimented with the first batch and added peanut butter (peanut butter powder mixed with water) to the middle, as the picture above shows.  The peanut butter became gooey rather quickly after taking it out of the freezer, but it was good!  You can also add other low carb options to the middle of the candy bar if you like.  The recipe is for the chocolate base only.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Thinking Outside The Box


 For many people, health is a field best left to the professionals.  Why worry about something when someone else has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on special training and education?


I mean, it makes sense, right?

Maybe but, then again, there's something fundamentally wrong with this thinking.

It's not the doctors who are the problem, so please don't get me wrong.  This isn't a post bashing them.  I'm not anti-doctor, by any means.

But we ARE facing a problem, and the problem isn't one that can be fixed overnight.

It's a multi-level, complicated web of intricately woven threads that has entangled our whole country.

And it's making us sick.

Autism, cancer, obesity, and diabetes are on the rise.
http://www.behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Autism-Prevalence-Graph.jpg
http://www.behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Autism-Prevalence-Graph.jpg


Image result for cancer rates graph

 https://antinuclear.net/2015/07/27/cancer-incidence-has-risen-in-tandem-with-increased-ionising-radiation/



Related image
https://bernadettekeefemd.com/2016/04/04/ultraprocessed-food-too-sexy-for-our-own-good/obesity-graphic/
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https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/national/figpersons.htm




















Does anyone else see a pattern here?

The sad thing is, most doctors are helpless to do anything because they are trapped in the system.  The U.S. health care system governs their education, what they tell their patients, and which medications they prescribe or don't prescribe.  Most doctors want to help people.  They truly care about their patients but, because of all the strings to which they are attached, the treatment options they can recommend or administer are limited.  In essence, they can't think outside the box.  The system won't let them. 

The system has become focused on making money, and having more sick people means the system can make more money.

So what caused this sticky web of sickness-driven money making?

For starters, and primarily, the publication of the low fat dietary guidelines.  

Low Fat Guidelines and Obesity Epidemic
https://authoritynutrition.com/11-graphs-that-show-what-is-wrong-with-modern-diet/
The Standard American Diet (SAD) was introduced in 1977.  It completely demonized many heart healthy foods, such as eggs, butter, and olive oil, and advocated for an increased consumption of sugar, processed foods, and overall calories.   

The typical American diet is about 50% carbohydrate, 15% protein, and 35% fat.
Compare that to the Ketogenic diet, which I follow, containing 5% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 75% fat.

We have a lot of evidence to look at that supports the detrimental effect the SAD is having on our health.  Health begins at the nutrition level.  What we put into our bodies affects EVERYTHING in our bodies.  If we don't start scrutinizing and re-evaluating our diet, our bodies are slowly (or quickly) going to suffer for it.

In the case of autism, vaccines have been found to play a huge part in the developmental regression in children.  They are pushed by doctors, who receive large monetary incentives, which are in fact the main source of their income (and the very thing which allows them to stay in practice).  Vaccines are not safety tested, and their manufacturers have full immunity from any sort of lawsuit.  This means that they are not liable for any injuries or deaths which occur from them.  Vaccines are full of toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, and endocrine and reproductive disruptors which keep our bodies from functioning correctly.  Their introduction and heavy prevalence in our society have been contributing to numerous health concerns over the past several decades, yet we've been told that they are safe.

Doctors are NOT trained in the field of nutrition.  That's why you get referred to a nutritionist or a dietician.  They're the ones who are the nutrition experts.  However, their education is just as tied into the system as doctors'.  If your health issue is nutrition-based, a doctor is only going to look at your symptoms and prescribe a medication that treats those symptoms, NOT the underlying cause.  In order to really address the issue, you have to treat the root cause, NOT the symptom. 
 
It's time we took back our health care system and focused on the importance of living long, healthy lives.  No one wants to be told they have a lifelong disease that has no cure, or that will kill them in a few years.  No one wants to live in constant misery, even though it doesn't always feel that way.  Our body is, if we are saved and in Christ, the temple of His Holy Spirit.  We are charged with being good stewards of our body, and caring for it in a way that is honoring to God.  Do you really think God wants you to eat unhealthy foods?  Do you really think He wants you to treat it as a vessel that only serves to bring you pleasure?  You were made for HIS glory and HIS pleasure.  A life change starts with a belief change. 

Isn't your health worth it?  Don't you want to live a long, healthy life?  Are you ready to start thinking outside the box?  Are you ready to take your health back?

Before I started thinking outside the box, I suffered tremendously without really caring.  I just wanted to live "normally," like everyone else.  But inside my body, everything was a train wreck.  The most noticeable issue?   My blood sugars. 


And that graph shows my blood sugars over the course of 3 days.  3 days!  Up and down and up and down...no rhyme or reason, just spike after plummet after spike...how depressing!  How hopeless!  I was absolutely miserable.  I felt out of control.  I didn't know I could think outside of the box, until I put my health and quality of life FIRST.  What the doctors were telling me, with their limited knowledge of diabetes and nutritional care, wasn't working.  I KNEW I had to do something different.

I had to take my health care into MY OWN hands, which is right where it belongs.  NO ONE else knows your body like you do.  You have to step up and take charge yourself.  You have to advocate for yourself.  You have to do your own research.  I say this to encourage you.  To empower you.  To show you that there is another way, a better way.  There's always another option.  There is hope.

Here's the ending to my story.  I spent HOURS researching, combing health and nutrition websites for ways to lower my blood sugars.  I found out about a product called a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), a device that monitors blood sugars 24/7.  With some very generous help, I was able to get one for myself and used it to help me see how bad things really were.  I started realizing that food affects my numbers way more than my insulin could handle.  I started cutting out those unhelpful foods, and slowly started to improve my blood sugars.  It wasn't an overnight fix.  In fact, it took me 2 years to get the results I wanted.

BUT I GOT THEM!!

Here's me, thinking outside the box:    

           
This was yesterday.
And this could be you.
Think outside the box, my friend.
Your health depends on it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Snowcream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Snowcream

2 cups ice
2 cups Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp Kroger baking cocoa
2 tbsp Better Body Foods peanut butter powder
2 tbsp granulated Pyure

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Makes 2 2-cup servings.  Serve in a bowl or a cup.