OCDiabetic

Low carb living with type 1 diabetes

Bring on the eggs

There’s a very famous Time magazine cover with a plate of bacon and eggs forming a sad face. Inside the magazine, there’s an article called “Hold the Eggs and Butter.” It speaks about the evils of cholesterol. The year of the article was 1984. Everywhere we demonized animal fats as we made way for healthier…
Read more

The end of the honeymoon

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. For reasons unknown, your immune system launches an attack on the insulin-producing beta-cells of the pancreas. After the initial diagnosis, many diabetics still produce some insulin in what we call the honeymoon period. It’s diagnosed with a c-peptide test and works a bit like a speed boost in…
Read more

Diabetes loves routine

For someone who writes a food-centric blog, my eating habits are pretty boring. I eat a lot of pork chops and salad. The reason? It makes it easier to manage diabetes. Well, that and I’m a lazy cook. I used to be a shift worker, so my eating and sleeping habits were all over the…
Read more

How hypoglycemia feels

I was mid-game when suddenly the track started fading in and out. That familiar tingling in my mouth. My position in the race went from first to eighth. One second I was in one place, and the next somewhere different without any idea of how I got from point a to b. I was jumping…
Read more

The folivore’s brain

Diet is related to brain size. While navigating the food aisle in the supermarket is simpler than surviving in nature, humans still spend a lot of brainpower on food selection. Omnivores, like rats and humans, have significantly larger brains than folivores. That is the herbivores that specialize in eating leaves, like pandas and koalas. Contrary…
Read more

What is feet on the floor syndrome?

Hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day in all of us. In the morning, the body’s full of wake-me-up hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These drive blood sugar up, which is a problem for many diabetics. You might need to inject insulin just for waking up. Feet on the floor is what it sounds like. The…
Read more

My ketogenic shopping list

What can you eat on the ketogenic diet? From my point of view, it’s a lot. Others, like the bear, would say it’s very restrictive. After a week of ketogenic eating, he lost the will to live, and an endless stream of complaints followed. As he put it, the keto diet is great for weight…
Read more

Bright Spots and Landmines

Bright Spots & Landmines is a self-help book and a diabetes guide in one. It’s free to download, and it’s a good read. I finished it in a very positive mood, which I think is the aim of the book. In four chapters, it deals with food, mindset, exercise, and sleep. Why sleep, you’re asking.…
Read more

16:8 diet

I’m following the 16:8 diet (again), which means eating all your meals within an eight-hour window. While I’d love to take off a few kilos of my post-pandemic weight, I’m more interested in the fasting part. If there’s anything I’ve taken away from all the diet books I’ve read, it’s that fasting is good for…
Read more

Carbs as consumed

Sometimes I feel like labels are out to sabotage you. They list carbohydrates and calories per 25 grams, per serving, per 100 grams. Just drop it. You and I both know that I’m going to eat the whole bag, so you might as well tell me how many calories are in it. I’m already committed.…
Read more