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Low carb living with type 1 diabetes

Count your vegetables

While many of us aren’t aware, there are quite a few carbs in vegetables. At least if you’re on a low-carb diet. When I was first sent home with an insulin kit and the quick guide to diabetes, no one told me to count the carbs in vegetables. Well, unless it was carrot, onion, beetroot…
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The Body – A Guide for Occupants

You are a marvel of information. If you took all the DNA in your body and formed it into a single strand, it would stretch ten billion miles, or beyond Pluto. The length of all your blood vessels would take you two and a half times around the earth. Learn this and many other things…
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Diabetic death loaf

Yesterday my mum sent me a recipe from one of her women’s magazines. As she told me on the phone: “It looks delicious and must be perfect for your diabetic needs, darling.” The recipe was for a diabetic loaf. I stopped reading on the second ingredient, which was 700 ml of oats. When I pointed…
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A pint of coke later

What can you expect if you don’t produce insulin and have a lot of sugar without injecting? I found out last time I went to the cinema. There was a long line, and the girl at the popcorn counter looked damp and stressed. I asked for a large diet coke while the bear had regular…
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Can coconuts cure everything?

I’ve been reading The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fyfe. The clue is in the title. Coconuts are great for everything. Not only do the medium chain fatty acids have antimicrobial properties, but they can also protect against western diseases and replace your commercial skin lotion. At least that’s what the author claims. Coconuts, together…
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Like living with an uncaged tiger

Do you know what the worst thing about living with type 1 diabetes is? You never get a day off. Diabetes doesn’t go on holiday. Every day the numbers game starts over. Diabetics obsess with numbers. It’s hard not to because diabetes is just a numbers game. The first question I ask myself as I…
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382 days of fasting

The story of Scotsman Angus Barbieri is fascinating. As an obese 27-year-old, he started fasting and lived only on tea, coffee, soda water, electrolytes, and vitamin supplements. His fast, the longest to date, lasted for a mindblowing 382 days. During this time he lost 125 kg, after starting on 207 kg…
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Cheese, please!

Charles de Gaulle once asked how you can govern a country that has more than 246 varieties of cheese. He seemed to do alright. Cheese is not only a good source of protein, but it’s also excellent when you’re trying to keep blood glucose stable. Due to its high-fat content, it slows down the absorption…
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If every famous diet idea was honest

According to Roger, just in the United States alone 108 million people are on a diet. They try and fail several times a year. Amongst those who succeed, 95 percent will regain the weight they lost within three years. With the help of his celebrity spokesperson, Roger will convince you to pay him…
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Below 7: McDonald’s double cheeseburger (fail)

All the negative things I’ve been reading about McDonald’s made me crave a cheeseburger. It’s strange, I know. I hadn’t had a meal in McDonald’s since before my type 1 diabetes diagnosis two years ago. Now I was having dirty food fantasies about egg mcmuffins, chocolate shakes, and cheeseburgers. I limited myself to a single…
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