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Low carb living with type 1 diabetes

Alcohol & Type 1 Diabetes

After ten months without alcohol, I fell off the wagon over Christmas. It reminded me of why I stopped drinking in the first place. When everyone had gone home after a successful dinner I drank the rest of an open bottle of wine while feasting on the leftover potato dauphinoise and chocolate-coated walnuts. I then…
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Veganuary

It’s that time of the year again. According to the Guardian, a record 500,000 people in the UK have signed up to the challenge to eat only plant-based foods for a month. It’s double what it was last year with Tesco and other supermarkets running ad-campaigns on tv to promote the event. Veganuary coincides with…
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The ethics of eating

Over Christmas, I’ve been reading What we eat and why it matters by Jim Mason and Peter Singer. Singer, who’s a moral philosopher at Princeton, hit fame with Animal Liberation in the 1970’s and became a front figure for the animal rights movement. He has since been busy criticising the industrial farm practices which are…
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Out of control blood sugars part 2

The results are in! After spending a month de-stressing with action movies on Netflix and John Grisham on the bedside table my blood sugar is back to normal. Changing the amount of basal insulin from 13u to 15u made a difference within a few days. Tresiba is a bit tricky in that it takes a…
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Why you should keep a blood sugar log

It’s tricky to stay on top of your diabetes if you don’t know your numbers from day-to-day. When things are out of control, the best thing you can do is start to log your blood sugar. The numbers might be depressing at times of stress, illness, or naughty eating, but it’s better to know than be in the dark with a self-managed disease like diabetes…
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Out of control blood sugars

Diabeteswise, it’s been an awful couple of weeks. It started with a home exam in central-european history, followed by a cold. With stress hormones all over the place, the result was terrible blood sugars. As the cold’s passing and I’ve figured out the long-term consequences of the Munich agreement it’s time to troubleshoot the diabetes…
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Carbophobia

I realized yesterday how carbophobic I’ve become. My friends were coming over for poker night, and I was setting the table with snacks – mini pretzels, crisps, chili nuts, and jelly candy. As I was inspecting the setup, I found myself pondering about carbohydrates and wondering why people eat these things. In the same way…
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The blood glucose meter that gives you smiley faces

I’m on the libre detox. After obsessively scanning myself thirty times a day for the past year, I’m going old-school. To celebrate I got a new meter, the Fora Diamond Prima. It came free with two boxes of strips, which makes sense because after buying two boxes you’ve most likely already paid the production cost…
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The role of insulin in the body

Diabulimia is a sad condition where diabetics skip taking their insulin in the fear that it’s making them fat. Blood sugars go up, and if you’re unlucky, you can end up with diabetic ketoacidosis and die. It helps to know a little bit about insulin as a type 1 diabetic, as you’re going to spend…
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Below 7: Roasted pumpkin (success)

It’s pumpkin season! Someone was kind enough to give me one, so the option was either to eat it or turn it into a trumpkin. I went with the eating option and chopped my pumpkin into 40g pieces, that I tossed in olive oil and salt, before roasting in the oven for 25 minutes. It…
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