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Avoiding Low Blood Sugar Pitfalls: Fueling Success on Your Weight Loss Journey

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2023

Today, we're about to unlock a game-changing secret that would have saved me so much time, effort, energy, and annoyance back in the day. Brace yourselves, for we're delving into the realm of low blood sugar and its impact on your weight loss journey.

So, let's dive in and discover how to sidestep those lows and keep your weight loss progress on track, all while maintaining a cheerful and frustration-free attitude!

Picture this: every time you experience a low blood sugar episode, you find yourself reaching for quick sources of energy, right? 

But here's the catch - every time you consume those calories to treat the low, you're essentially taking away from the calorie deficit necessary for your weight loss goals. It can be a real buzzkill, hindering your progress and slowing you down in the process. And let's be honest, that's not the outcome you desire after putting in all that effort.

To keep your weight loss journey on track and avoid those frustrating lows, it's time to...

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Running Your World with Diabetes: Embracing Fulfillment and Happiness

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2023

Today we embark on a journey of inspiration and empowerment!

Living with diabetes may seem daunting at times, but we’re here to remind you that diabetes does not have to run your world. You are the one in control, the captain of your own ship. If you choose to let diabetes take a backseat, coexisting with your vibrant life, incredible things await you.

So, let's explore the boundless possibilities of living with fulfillment, happiness, and the unstoppable spirit of diabetes warriors.

Diabetes is a part of our lives, but it doesn't define who we are. It's essential to recognize that we have the power to shape our own destiny. When we view diabetes as a passenger in the back of the plane, not even in first class, simply coexisting with us, we regain our agency. With this mindset, we can take charge, keeping diabetes on the back burner, doing its thing while we soar to new heights.

Diabetes should never hold us back from experiencing all the wonders life has to offer. 

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Kayaking and Blood Sugar: Conquering the Great Outdoors with Diabetes

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2023

Today, we're diving into the thrilling world of kayaking and the joys it brings for keeping our blood sugars in check.

But here's the catch: while kayaking can be an amazing experience, it can also present challenges for our blood sugar management.  

Let's embark on an exciting journey to ensure our blood sugars stay steady during our outdoor escapades!

 

The Power of Active Insulin

Picture this: you're all geared up, ready to hit the water and embark on your kayaking adventure. But hold on a moment! Before you set off, there's one crucial thing to keep in mind: your active insulin. If you neglect to consider your active insulin prior to any outdoor activity, especially in adults, you're setting yourself up for a potential blood sugar rollercoaster.

 

The Intensified Effect

Let's unravel the mystery behind the intensified effect of active insulin during physical activity. Imagine you have one active unit of insulin. Once you become active, that single unit may...

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Insulin and Weight Gain: Debunking the Myths

Uncategorized Sep 07, 2023

Today, we're diving into a topic that's often misunderstood and can cause unnecessary worry: the relationship between insulin and weight gain. 

So, before anything else, repeat after me: "Insulin does not cause weight gain!"

Let's embark on this enlightening journey together and discover the truth behind the weight gain phenomenon.

Before we dig into the details, let's take a step back and reflect on life pre-insulin. Picture this: your body, devoid of the insulin it desperately needs, leads to a state where you're essentially excreting all the energy you consume. You're peeing out the nutrients because your body can't utilize them without insulin. This results in significant weight loss, leaving you feeling withered away. Many of us experienced this before starting insulin therapy.

Then, along comes your doctor with a vial of insulin and says, "Take some of this, it will help you feel better." Suddenly, your body has the missing piece it craved. No longer are you wasting away,...

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The Surprising Blood Sugar Rollercoaster: The Protein Predicament

Uncategorized Sep 05, 2023

Hey there! Today, we're diving into a topic that might catch you off guard: the unexpected impact of protein on blood sugar levels.

We all know that our bodies are incredibly smart, but did you know that even if you're just munching on protein, your body still craves glucose? Buckle up, because we're about to take a thrilling ride through gluconeogenesis and the blood sugar rollercoaster!

 

The Body's Clever Tricks

Our bodies are like master magicians, always finding a way to get what they need. So, if you decide to go all-in on protein and completely ditch the carbs, your body won't let that slide. It will whip out its trusty wand and perform a spectacular trick called gluconeogenesis. Through this marvelous process, your body converts some of that protein into glucose, providing the energy it craves.

 

Protein and Blood Sugar

Now, you might be thinking, "Well, if I'm not eating carbs, won't my blood sugar stay stable?" Oh, how I wish it were that simple! Let me share my...

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Crushing Workouts with Diabetes: Don't Let Low Blood Sugar Stop You!

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2023

Picture this: you're in the middle of an intense upper body workout, feeling the burn and pushing your limits. But suddenly, your blood sugar starts to drop, threatening to derail your momentum. It's a situation many of us with diabetes can relate to.

So,let me share with you one thing you should avoid and one thing you should do to ensure your diabetes doesn't interrupt your workout. Let's dive in!

Do not rely solely on your pump to save the day. Trust me, it won't respond quickly enough to prevent a rapid blood sugar drop. Remember, the number on your Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is delayed by 15 minutes, so counting on the pump algorithm to fix the situation is a recipe for disappointment.

 

Instead of putting your faith in a delayed CGM reading or waiting for your pump to catch up, here's a nifty trick to keep your workout on track:

Grab a small amount of glucose to give your body a quick boost. 

A few pieces of candy corn can do the trick. Others might opt for a...

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Diabetes and Travel: Preparedness is the Best Companion!

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2023

Traveling is an exhilarating experience that opens our minds to new cultures, sights, and tastes.

But for those of us living with diabetes, embarking on an international trip requires an extra level of preparation. In this blog post, we will explore four essential items you bring on every international adventure, ensuring that diabetes doesn't put a damper on your wanderlust. So sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of diabetes travel preparedness!

 

Double the Pump Supplies

Picture this: you're strolling through the streets of a foreign city, immersing yourself in its beauty, when suddenly, your pump site decides to have a meltdown. Oh no! The last thing you want is to run out of pump sites and be left high and dry. 

That's why it’s best to always always bring at least double the amount of pump supplies you think you’ll need. Because, let's face it, malfunctions happen, and they have a knack for occurring at the most inconvenient times. By being...

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How to Stay Calm When Blood Sugar Goes Out of Range

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2023

Managing blood sugar levels can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

We've all been there—freaking out when it goes too low or too high. But the truth is, panicking doesn't help. Together, let's explore two simple steps to handle these situations with ease and kindness.

The first step is to cut yourself some slack. It's easy to beat yourself up and dwell on the mistakes you made, but dwelling won't change the situation. Remember, you are where you are right now, and that's okay. Acceptance is key. By acknowledging the present moment, you can free yourself from the burden of self-judgment. Beating yourself up won't bring your blood sugar back in range, but showing yourself some compassion will.

Instead of wallowing in self-criticism, focus on what you need to do next. Take a deep breath and assess the situation. Ask yourself,

 "What steps can I take to improve my blood sugar?" 

This simple shift in mindset can empower you to move forward in a positive direction....

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Navigating the Diabetes Information Maze: Choose Your Sources Wisely

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2023

Living in the digital age has granted us access to an abundance of information about diabetes.

While this can be a gift, it's important to tread carefully, as the internet and social media can also be an information wasteland. 

When it comes to managing your diabetes effectively, it is important to consider the sources of information and their credibility. In this blog post, we will discuss why it's essential to be discerning about the diabetes information you consume and provide tips on how to evaluate the credibility of your sources.

 

The Importance of Source Evaluation

In a sea of information, it's easy to get lost and be swayed by misleading or unverified claims. When seeking information about diabetes, it's essential to consider the source. Start by asking yourself a few key questions. Is the person sharing the information qualified? Do they have credentials or expertise in the field of diabetes? Are they relying on research-based evidence? Validating the credibility...

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Gaining Muscle with Diabetes: Breaking the Stereotypes

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2023

It's time to debunk the notion that diabetes and muscle gain are incompatible.

In reality, the principles of building muscle remain the same, regardless of whether you have diabetes or not. It's all about understanding a few key principles, optimizing your training, nutrition, recovery, and blood sugar control.

In this blog post, we will explore how you can overcome the challenges and embark on a successful muscle-building journey, all while managing your diabetes effectively.

First and foremost, it's important to understand that gaining muscle with diabetes requires the same foundational principles as for anyone else. You need to create a slight calorie surplus, providing your body with the energy it needs to build and repair muscles. Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods that support muscle growth and aim for a well-rounded, balanced diet.

Another aspect of gaining muscle is incorporating adequate resistance training or strength training into your fitness routine. Engaging in...

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