Happy Thanksgiving! This quote speaks millions for me. Type 1 diabetes is the biggest battle that I have ever had to deal with and it sucks. However, without it, I would of never discovered the strength and courage that I have inside myself. Having Type 1 has pushed me to become the person that I have always wanted to be and showed me what I truly want in life. I’m thankful for this blessing in disguise. So much of my gratitude goes to all the amazing Type 1s that I have met in this community and for everyone continuing to inspire me everyday. It makes me so happy to see so many other amazing diabetics doing fantastic things in life. I am unbelievably thankful for my wonderful family & friends who constantly support me and help me through this crazy journey. So much to be thankful for this year and it all goes out to you all, diabetics, nondiabetics, friends, family, and the science that is getting us one step closer to a cure.
To continue my theme of all things pumpkin and excitement for the upcoming holidays, I woke up craving pumpkin pancakes! Skipping down the hallway to my kitchen, I gathered my ingredients to make a paleo, grain free, gluten free, low carb, sugar free festive fall breakfast.
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 T almond milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 t maple syrup (I use Walden Farms sugar free syrup)
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 2 T coconut flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 t cinnamon, or to taste
- 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
- coconut oil or olive oil for cooking pancakes
- Cacao nibs (optional, if you want a chocolate chip flavor)
- Mix pumpkin puree, almond milk, eggs, syrup, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.
- Whisk coconut flour, baking soda, salt, almond flour, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and cacao nibs (optional) together in a separate bowl.
- Stir pumpkin mixture and flour mixture together until well incorporated. *Add more almond milk or water to the batter if the mixture it is too thick.
- Heat coconut oil in a skillet over low heat. Pour circles of batter into the hot oil. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes per side.
It’s November 14th! I’m throwing up my syringes and insulin pens in the air (instead of confetti) to celebrate World Diabetes Day! And of course, wearing my blue beanie for awareness day. I wanted to express my love and gratitude to all of the amazing diabetics that I have had the honor in meeting. There are so many wonderful Type 1s that inspire me to continue to live the life I love. This blessing in disguise can take us to new heights and we are the strong people that have been chosen to deal with it 24/7. Together we stand, support, and learn from each other. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing community of people and I honestly couldn’t be where I am now without all of them. Thank you fellow Type 1s and keep rockin’ it out there! We all have each other for support.. Dont forget that.
Looking back on my diabetic journey so far, I can easily say that being diagnosed with Type 1 has been one of the best things that has happened to me.
Before being Type 1, I graduated college, worked at a job, and was utterly confused about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. There were a lot of things that I was interested in pursuing, but nothing that I was extremely passionate about. When I quit my job to go travel the world, I left the country in the hopes of finding myself and finding my purpose in life. I wanted to see how other people live their lives and what others did to make their living. Little did I know that being diagnosed overseas would grant the answers to all these questions that I have been desperately asking myself. My answer came to me by becoming Type 1.
After being diagnosed and eventually accepting it, diabetes has given me my life’s purpose. Type 1 has given me the push in the right direction that I needed in order to pursue my true desires. I have found a way to put all of my passions of health, fitness, cooking, helping people, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, social media, etc. all into one package. I now see a clear pathway for myself and I am constantly excited to see where it leads me.
I am thankful for this diabetic struggle that I have been given in my life because it proves to me every single day how strong I (and all diabetics) really am. Positivity is everything.
With festive Thanksgiving around the corner and with November being Diabetes Awareness Month, I really want to make my next couple of posts about how to make this Thanksgiving a delicious and healthy one! I am creating yummy foods packed with pumpkin, spice, and everything nice… and can’t forget healthy too! Today’s Thanksgiving featured treats are Pumpkin Cakes with Pecan Praline! I found the recipe on this month’s Paleo Magazine issue. These are amazing because they are paleo, but I have made a few alterations to make them sugar free and low carb too. Perfection for that Thanksgiving feast.
3/4 cup almond flour
1 T coconut flour
1 t cinnamon
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 T coconut oil, melted
3 T sugar free honey
1 t vanilla
1. Mixed together the dry ingredients
2. Blend the eggs, honey, pumpkin, and vanilla until well combined
3. Add the dry ingredients and mix well
4. Pour into greased ramekins (muffin sheets work too)
5. Bake in a 350°F oven for 25 minutes
6. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the cakes from pan and let cool completely
Pecan Praline Topping
1/3 cup sugar free honey
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
3 T chopped pecans
1 T butter
1. Combine all ingredients over medium-high heat and then bring to a boil
2. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the mixture thickens for about 10 minutes
*You could also just microwave the mixture to make your topping instead of using a stove
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly
4. Drizzle the topping onto your cake and enjoy!
Today I was a part of JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes event. This was my time participating in a Diabetic walk and it was so humbling to be a part of this amazing organization and experience. It was so great to see so many people out on a Sunday morning at Anaheim’s Angel Baseball Stadium coming together as one to walk as one unit supporting each other in something that we all strive for… a cure. It is truly unbelievable to see the amount of people and family members that Diabetes affects, and yet, there is no cure. For a disease that is ranked globally as one of the top 10 leading disease of death, it deserves to have more attention and awareness.
Some quick facts. Type One Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. This occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas called beta cells. This disease has nothing to do with lack of diet and exercise lifestyles. It cannot be prevented or cured. Around 26 million Americans have Diabetes, only 3 million of those Diabetics have Type One. People need to understand that there are two different kinds of Diabetes and it is a serious condition that needs to be focused on.
I wanted to express my grateful gratitude towards my amazing team that came together for the walk and to my supporters that help me in my every step. It felt so great to walk side by side with my friends, family, and the thousands of other diabetics there raising awareness and donating towards a cure! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Not only was it a great day for the cause, but coming together as a family was one of the best gifts of the day. We were walking together with love to make a difference in something that we strongly believe in. My hope is that everyone out there can find an organization to be passionate about to make difference in the world.