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It makes me feel ridiculously special when someone asks to be a guest blogger on Diabetiquette or asks me to review an article or product of theirs. It is almost as though what I say matters.

I’m just kidding, it obviously matters. Just look at my huge Facebook following!

Well, a website called SlimKicker found me and asked if I’d like to try their new product next year, but first would I try the website?

slimkicker.com

Ah-ha, yes I would. 

I’ve tried online nutrition counters in the past with mixed results and I am more than thrilled to try this one! 

Also, look at the logo. Would I like to “level up my body”? 

I might not be entirely sure what that means but if it gets me anywhere closer to looking like the female (and albeit less Aryan) version of Daniel Craig’s 007–which is not natural–I’ll do it.

hotmandiet.com

As of today, I have begun.

I logged on to the website and registered myself. It asks you for your main goals and how you look now. It also promised that they’d never show anyone (you know, other than the team of market research people who are busily looking into your demographics).

Then you choose your diet/fitness goals. It let me choose to be a “just a normal” person which is just one of those things that makes me laugh. And by laugh I mean grit my teeth, but at least it was my choice.

Next, it tells you your results. Apparently I should be eating 1200 calories a day. That’s reasonable.

But, 75 carbs? Chunk that sucks. I think I eat like 45 carbs for breakfast… this is not looking good.

Later it asks you start adding the foods you’ve eaten during the day.

It gives you points (toward your reward for good behavior) just for adding foods but it does make fun of you a little for what you eat.

I added my typical soda and potato chip breakfast and got this message:

Well this is awkward.

I don’t know if I’m ready to commit to that.

As far as the SlimKicker website goes, it’s too early to tell. I’m going to keep plugging away and hit you back in a few weeks with the prognosis.

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from DrugWatch.com: Reading Food Labels and Diabetes

The Food and Drug administration has done us all a great service by putting nutrition labels on packaged food. Now we know exactly what we’re eating. Most of us have thanked the government by ignoring the labels entirely, but people with diabetes should be paying extra attention. By reading food labels people with diabetes can make sure they’re getting exactly the amount of carbs doctors recommend to keep their blood sugar at a healthy level.

When you no longer produce insulin because of diabetes it’s only too easy to eat unhealthy foods that will cause your blood sugar to rise to dangerous levels. This is called hyperglycemia. When patients hit these blood sugar peaks they can have a potentially fatal heart attack. Now nutrition labels on food seem pretty important don’t they?

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar before eating should generally be between 80 and 120 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter). This is called your fasting blood sugar. Two hours after eating your blood sugar should be lower than 140 mg/dL. If your blood sugar doesn’t drop below 130 mg/dL after three hours, you may be becoming hyperglycemic, and should take steps recommended by your doctor to lower your blood sugar. If you are taking medications to regulate your blood sugar levels, make sure to avoid the drug Actos. Actos has been linked to severe side effects like bladder cancer and liver failure. Filing an Actos Lawsuit is always an option if you’ve been harmed by this dangerous medication.

How much a food will raise your blood sugar can be predicted by the nutritional values on food labeling. The header on the label that’s particularly important is Total Carbohydrates. You can use this number to add up the total carbs for each serving of food you eat.

The American Diabetes Association says that sticking to 45 or 60 carbs per meal should keep you at a safe blood sugar level. Fiber is a good carb for diabetes. If a food has five grams or more of fiber per serving you can subtract half the fiber grams from the total grams of carbohydrate for a more accurate carb count.

It’s important to note that Total Carbohydrates and the other nutritional values listed on the food’s label pertain to that amount of serving and not the whole package. There is generally more than one serving per package.

For each serving you will also find the calories from fat, and the daily percentage you should have of each of the listed nutrients. These percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet. If your doctor recommends you should consume less than 2,000 calories these percentages will no longer apply to you.

William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com.

American Diabetes Association. Taking a Closer Look At Labels. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/taking-a-closer-look-at-labels.html

American Diabetes Association. Carbohydrate Counting. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/carb-counting/

**A note from Diabetiquette: This post pertains most to those lucky millions with type two diabetes or TTDs although it serves as a helpful remind to those of us TODs. We would like to thank DrugWatch.com for their insight**

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Double Bubble!

Two posts today because…

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We have a guest blogger!!!

DrugWatch.com is a website that gives “news and information about dangerous drugs and medical devices. Up to date information covering side effects, recalls, FDA warnings and lawsuits.”

I would suggest NOT clicking on that link that says, “Transvaginal Mesh” if you EVER want to have children. Seriously, do not click that link under any circumstances if you’re on the fence about some day having a child.

Anyway, they have written Diabetiquette an article about reading food labels. I will be sharing that with you folks tomorrow!

WE’RE FAMOUS!!!

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Speak of the Devil!

I was just browsing one of my favorite time-wasting sites ThinkGeek and saw this:

This pint glass, while not only looking sweet, will accurately measure how much alcohol you’re drinking!

So, don’t ever let it be said that I told you do something and didn’t try to make it slightly easier for you to do it!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled daytime activities…

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Diet Soda May Not Increase the Risk of Diabetes-Review

Most of you, if you know me at all, know my seriously involved relationship with Diet Coke.

Observe:

This was taken of me when I was in my first year of college and was privileged enough to travel to Georgia to The World of Coca-Cola. This is a place I’d dearly love to visit again. It’s a ton of fun, lots of history, lots of gift-shopiness, and lots of free Coke.

I digress.

Any who, diet soda is my liquid of choice. When I lived in the desert away from all civilization (internet, cell phones, air conditioning) all I wanted was a soda. I had dreams about it. I wrote about it in my field school journal, and I tried to bribe the tribesmen (look under Portfolio and then Afar Man) we lived with to bring me one from town.

Now for me personally, I was never concerned that my love of the DC gave me diabetes. Mine came when I was three from a Series of Unfortunate Events and the obsession with carbonated beverages came after.

But, there has been talk about diet soda causing diabetes.

My take on this, is that it causes more Type Two diabetes as TOD is usually an organ malfunction. Time did a story not too long ago based on a study done on this topic.

The results of the study, and I find this kind of a “DUH” was that people who drink sugary drinks are 16% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. I can only assume Type Two.

Diet soda doesn’t have the sugar that regular soda does, so your body cannot be overloaded with glucose, and your body cannot be resistant to breaking down the ABSENCE of glucose. What they study SHOULD have focused on were the adverse affects of aspartame. That sh*& will kill you.

Actually, I don’t know if it will kill you. There’s a lot of literature out there on how B-A-D aspartame is for the human body and a lot of literature that contrasts that information. All I know, is that I consume mass quantities of it, and I’m still around.

So no, obviously diet soda will not give you a higher risk of “catching” Type One diabetes; not exercising, drinking and eating nutrient dense foods, your personal genetics, and living a sedentary lifestyle in general will.

Until I find some research I believe on the effects of aspartame, drink away my diabetic friends!

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Taco Bell-This is your future.

This is for you Tyler.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Taco Bell. A lot. I don’t care if it IS only 30-something% beef.

I. DO. NOT. CARE.

But the other evening, I was sitting in Taco Bell on State St., stuffing my face with my fifth taco, and I made an observation.

The messages on the sauce packets… are sort of perfect for describing what will happen to you when you eat Taco Bell every day, or twice in one day, or for a long period of time. They are like little fortune-sauces.

For example:

“I’m single… are you?” -What will happen to me if I continue to eat here twice a day.

“Let me slip out of these wet clothes.” -What happened to me because I spilled nacho cheese over my entire body.

“Why are you staring at me?” -Because I now weigh 700 lbs.

“That’s my ticklish spot.” -My ticklish spot has expanded with my ever-growing physique.

“Is it me, or is it hot in here?” -It’s me. Like I said, I now weigh 700 lbs.

“Guess it’s just you and me now.” -Because no one else will have me. BTW Abbi, you have cheese on your face.

“I have a feeling this is going to go badly for me.” -I thought right. What happened to me because I spent all my time and money at Taco Bell and never got a job or exercised.

“Wait, I want to remember you like this.” -Right before I weighed 700lbs.

“When I grow up, I want to be a bottle.” -Bottle-shaped. Taco Bell goes straight to your ass.

“Dibs on the taco.” -What I scream at everyone around me, which is why I no longer have friends.

So, no I am not passing judgement on anyone who eats Taco Bell. It is a staple in my life.

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The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Diabetes

I bought this book from Half Price Books today for $2. (I’m fairly certain you can get this cookbook online for about $1)

As a more-than-full-time college student with two jobs and a family, I don’t cook much. I realize that this probably aids my less-than-healthy lifestyle and decided that cooking for myself would save me money and be another big step towards my 6.5 A1C.

The other thing that contributes to my lack of cooking is a filthy boy roommate who never cleans up after himself and a kitchen the size of a public bathroom stall-but that’s another story.

Anyways, I know this book says “for Children” but come on. College students are like kids; they have the same appetites and I’m pretty sure the same attention span and cooking ability of a 7-year-old kid.

I haven’t cooked anything yet, but this book rocks because it gives all the nutritional information from each recipe. Part of my cooking embargo comes from confusion over carb counting when I make something myself. The prepackaged food I eat has its carb count right on the label.

I’m looking forward to diving in to this book. It has a section entitled “The Pursuit of Normalcy” which I’m all about, and all about for newly diagnosed people who feel as though they’ll never be normal again.

It has a “Getting started” section, a “To Meal Plan or Not” section, “Day Starters” i.e. breakfast which I hate eating, a what to do when you eat at a restaurant, holidays, sleepovers (always tricky), snacks, and VERY importantly Sick-Day recipes.

It’s got a ton of other stuff too, but I’m just getting started.

So far the recipes look easy to make, hopefully I don’t lose motivation!

If anybody has any recipe they want to see me attempt to make and then fail at, let  me know!

An excellent food blogger, Alexandra Rogers,

and I will be teaming up shortly to give you a taste of terrific food that ‘s also great for diabetics! Look for that podcast soon!

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Nutrition Counters: Review of Calorie Count and Everyday Health My Calorie Counter

I know this isn’t a scheduled post but I was thinking about the article review I did earlier and realized as part of my “Get Healthy” game plan I should probably be watching what I eat.

Well I should probably be doing that ANYWAYS as a diabetic but I meant actual calorie counts.

So, I thought to myself, “Self, why don’t you try out that website you mentioned in your article review?”

Review of Calorie Count:

And then I did. Now maybe it was because I was haphazardly trying to remember and add all the foods I’d eaten and exercise I’d done while at WORK, but this website seemed to have even more ADD than a goldfish.Diabetiquette Cal Count

I added myself to their program and was fairly pleased with the ease of signing up. But then it was sort of all downhill from there… The setup of the site appears clear and simple but it isn’t.

Theoretically you should just be able to add foods to your food log under the right meal and have the website SAVE that information. This somehow is not the case. I added an entire day’s worth of food and exercise to my food log and NOTHING saved. The only thing I was able to save was from the next day when I added a donut. Of course it saves the donut.

It DOES have almost every food you could imagine (and by Brand Name too) but the ease of use is L-O-W.

If most people are as busy as I am, probably busier, they aren’t going to have 30 minutes each day to try to get the site to save all their information in the right place. Gag. I did like the grading feature although I was surprised to find out just how poorly it graded foods I considered healthy. For example a boneless skinless chicken breast was graded a B-

That was as  far as I got before just giving up entirely.

Review of Everyday Health: My Calorie Counter:

Now I’m trying this.

It seems worlds better already. Easy to use, easy to read, basic information.

I will keep you posted!

What calorie counts have you used? Any other recommendations?

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Abby and Abbi

This post comes to us from Kerri Sparling’s Six Until Me.

Abby BayerAbby writes about CGM which I spoke a little bit about before.

In this post Abby talks about a struggle with nighttime blood sugars and the twists and turns they can take, seemingly for no reason.

Kerri calls low blood sugars Larry Bird (just FYI for future readings).

Abby describes a struggle I think all TODs (type one diabetics) go through in their lifetime. How to properly adjust for a high blood sugar when you can feel yourself dropping.

Kerri and Abby are right, low blood sugars are terrifying and when you aren’t sure if your body will wake you up when you have one, they can be downright fatal.

Abby later goes on to mention her struggle with CGM. She says she’d have less trouble WITH one, then quickly mentions that she does have one but hates it.

This reiterates my previous post. The old technology is BAD BAD LEROY BROWN. Abby mentions that with her old CGM she can’t get within “20 points of my finger stick”. These old CGMs are more trouble and expense then they’re worth. My unprofessional recommendation is that if you don’t need one, don’t get one.

She later complains about insurance companies. Insurance companies will be something American’s fight with until we conquer universal health care. Kerri talks a little about this towards the end of the post.

Insurance companies are also the reason diabetics find it hard to do any long-term travel or travel to a remote part of the world. What insurance company in their right mind would allow you to purchase enough insulin for your trip ahead of time (with only one co-pay)? They’d never make any money!

Ah the travesty. I know it sucks but insurance is a money making business. We cannot fight the company because we need the supplies to live (actually literally to live) and if we fight then we won’t be able to afford basic diabetic supplies much less cool new technology like CGM.

It’s a viscous cycle.

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Six Until Me. and Diabetiquette

I’ve been searching around the internet, checking out other Diabetic blogs.

Kerri SparlingOne blog I really appreciate reading is Six Until Me. This blog is written by Kerri Sparling and offers a really nice range of information on diabetes, online support, and funny stories. Who DOESN’T need a little diabetic-pick-me-up during the day???Six Until Me.

I don’t want to copy Kerri, but I would like to someday reach her level of blog-iness. She’s so solid and has accomplished what I’m terrified of someday doing: living a real adult life.

I noticed right away that Kerri recently had a child. Pregnancy and diabetes can be a tricky combo and I’m glad I can look back on Kerri’s posts to see how she handled it. I’m a little too young to be looking at kids, but as a diabetic I need to plan 3-5 years in the future. (That any my control is not tip-top right now, which it needs to be for pregnancy. More on this later…)

Moral of the story is that Kerri is a fantastic blogger. I plan to become a fantastic blogger. We have similar thoughts but I’m coming at life a little differently. Kerri has good control, a family, and as far as I know isn’t in college anymore.

I’m just getting started. This blog is for college kids and younger. We need someone to show us their mistakes, how not to make the same ones, and that even though life takes itself seriously enough we still need to be on top of it, diabetes that is.

So Kerri, I applaud you. I aspire to be like you someday (happy, healthy, with a family) and this blog will be my journey getting to that point. I’d still love more input from you diabetics so we can make this blog more of a support system, but we’ll start slow.

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