dinosaur eating donut with insulin needle

To Trick -or- To Treat?

Daily T1D Inspiration, Diabetic Tips, Healthy Eating Tips

Happy Halloween! Today is the day where we get our adrenalin pumping from spooky haunted houses and indulge in some tastebud stimulating candies. Before diving into those Halloween store bought candies and trick-or-treating sugar boosted treats, I wanted to share my short philosophy. My Halloween dinosaur and I will demonstrate.

Here is how a diabetic sees sugary foods and candies.. We do an overwhelming amount of math in our head to calculate how much insulin our body needs at the moment plus how much insulin is needed for the foods we are about to eat. While most others have a working pancreas that automatically does this math for them; we have become our own thinking, calculating pancreas. Well, in my philosophy I look at each sugary food that I am about to eat and contemplate, “Is it worth taking that extra insulin injection to eat this sugary thing that will only satisfy me for a second?” In some cases, yes, but in other cases, no. Type 1 Diabetics do not have to stay away from sugar, we can eat whatever we want.. However, it means that we just have to act as our pancreas and inject the amount of insulin needed. I tend to always answer my own question by saying, “No, its not worth that extra amount of foreign insulin and I do not want to take an injection.” I don’t want to mess up my numbers by sending it on a never ending roller coaster of ups and downs.

So this Halloween, ask yourself “Is this candy worth it?” before you eat something that is not of the “healthy lifestyle.” This will definitely help improve your thinking to making healthier decisions and will give you the confidence and support in being okay with saying “No” to the sugar. Saying “I don’t want the sugar” is a lot better than saying “I can’t have the sugar.”

Stick to the tricking and save the treating for some alternative healthier treats! For some ideas, check out my Recipes page.

banana zombies and coconut ghosts

Say “BOO!” to Sugar

Dessert, Recipes, Seasonal

Since it’s almost Halloween, I think it is important to be able to enjoy this wonderful holiday with some spooky “candies” too! I’ve made two healthy, delicious, Halloween paleo treats that both kids and adults can enjoy guilt-free! Banana Zombies and Ghost Truffles! There’s no need to worry about those blood sugar spikes with these creepy creative delicacies.

Happy Halloween!!

Paleo Ghost Truffles (gluten, grain, dairy, and sugar free)

paleo coconut ghost truffles

Paleo Coconut Ghost Truffles

paleo coconut ghost truffles

Paleo Coconut Ghost Truffles

Ingredients:

• ⅔ cup raw pecans, finely chopped

• 3 tablespoons cacao paste (or 100% dark, unsweetened chocolate), chopped
• ½ cup coconut butter, melted*

• 2 tablespoons of sugar free honey

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• Pinch of salt

• ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

• Handful mini Lily’s Sweets sugar-free chocolate chips

Instructions
:

1. Melt the cacao paste slowly in a bowl

2. Mix in the chopped pecans, 4 tablespoons of melted coconut butter (reserve the remaining ¼ cup for dipping), honey, vanilla extract and salt, until all ingredients are well combined.

3. Scoop 1 tablespoonful of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your hands, shape each truffle into 1-inch balls. The batter will be slightly crumbly, so shape each truffle gently and set it on the pan.

4. Insert a lollipop stick into the center of each truffle and freeze for 20 minutes.

5. Dip chilled truffles, one at the time, in melted coconut butter, then roll in shredded coconut. Set truffles back on the parchment paper.

6. Press three chocolate chips into each truffle to create a cute face.

7. Keep refrigerated as the coconut butter melts at temperatures above 72°F.

Banana Zombies (gluten, grain, dairy, and sugar free)

banana zombies

Banana Zombies

Makes: 12-15 Zombies

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

• 3 large bananas


• 
3 tablespoons gently melted almond butter


• 
Lily’s Sweets sugar-free chocolate chips

• Sugar-free black frosting

Directions:

1. Peel bananas and slice into 1.5 inch chunks.


2. Skewer bananas with kabob skewers

3. Melt almond butter in microwave to a liquid consistency

4. With a spoon, drizzle the melted almond butter with over each skewered banana chunk while rotating it to get all sides

5. Place onto foil covered plate and place into refrigerator for 10 minutes so that the almond butter hardens a little


6. Take out of fridge and place chocolate chips on to the banana pieces for eyes and draw on a spooky zombie smile with the frosting.


7. Set on plate and enjoy!!

making chocolate truffles

Diabetics and the Chocolate Factory

Dessert

Ever having a major chocolate craving?! I have found a fast simple way to make your own cacao chocolates and truffles! And it’s all sugar free and super low carb! I know, I didn’t think it was possible either! Cacao is an amazing raw superfood that naturally raises energy, provides antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, enhances weightloss, and improves mood. (Don’t get confused with Cocoa, that’s the already processed sugary kind of chocolate, you don’t want that) This snack also works as a post workout recovery snack too because it has a great source of protein, potassium, and magnesium! Enjoy fellow chocoholics! And just a little simple reminder of the difference between Cacao vs. Cocoa as you are grocery shopping and cooking:

cacao verus cocoa chart

cacao vs cocoa chart

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Put a few spoonfuls of coconut butter into a bowl, and add about 2 spoonfuls of cacao powder to the mix (depending on how chocolatey you want it). Then add sugar free honey and stevia to it to give it that sweeter taste. Add however much sweetness you want to flavor it to your taste. Then roll the chocolate paste into a couple marble sized balls. Then just stick them into the freezer for a few minutes and BAM! You got yourself some instant yummy chocolates to eat. I sprinkled mine with cinnamon to give it another flavor. But you can add what ever you want into it to give it a different taste! Try mixing in coconut flakes, or almonds, or a little bit of raspberry, or cacao nibs, or perhaps add some cayenne pepper to give it a little spice. Be creative and have fun!

grain brain and wheat belly books

Wheat, Sugar, and Carbs.. Oh My!!

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My morning literature.

Many people ask me about what inspired my lifestyle and what books they can read. I owe it to these 2 books here. Grain Brain
and Wheat Belly. These books embody my beliefs on food and have amazing insight to how food affects us everyday, even if we don’t see it happening. It has scientific explanations about how sugar, wheat, and carbs can secretly reck your body (diabetic or not). It embraces the Paleo lifestyle and teaches you how to ease yourself into it (including food lists of what to eat which is every helpful). I’m all about that sugar free, carb free, wheat free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free lifestyle! Woot! I have received amazing results from switching to all paleo.. my energy level back to 100%, I feel great during workouts, I keep my body weight how I like it, my blood sugar levels are in good ranges (even without insulin), I sleep better, and I feel like I even save money because I’m not buying a lot of foods that most people would normally get at the store (like candies, chips, cookies, etc). They are great reads and I recommend them to everyone. It’s not just for diabetics, it’s for everyone and everyone would benefit from this lifestyle.and Wheat Belly. These books embody my beliefs on food and have amazing insight to how food affects us everyday, even if we don’t see it happening. It has scientific explanations about how sugar, wheat, and carbs can secretly reck your body (diabetic or not). It embraces the Paleo lifestyle and teaches you how to ease yourself into it (including food lists of what to eat which is every helpful). I’m all about that sugar free, carb free, wheat free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free lifestyle! Woot! I have received amazing results from switching to all paleo.. my energy level back to 100%, I feel great during workouts, I keep my body weight how I like it, my blood sugar levels are in good ranges (even without insulin), I sleep better, and I feel like I even save money because I’m not buying a lot of foods that most people would normally get at the store (like candies, chips, cookies, etc). They are great reads and I recommend them to everyone. It’s not just for diabetics, it’s for everyone and everyone would benefit from this lifestyle.

Check out my “Research” tab on the site’s menu or click on the link. It has many more recommendations of good books, other website links, and current news articles about Type 1 Diabetes

me spiralizing veggies into pasta

A Whole New World

Main Dishes

The BEST invention for making “pasta!” The Spiralizer!

This is the easiest machine to magically make veggies into spaghetti! It’s super easy and so quick! Just use any veggie you like, I used zucchini and cucumber. Then after spiraling it into pasta strands, dump whatever sauce you would like to mix in!🍴 I used a delicious spicy curry sauce. But you can add any kind of sauce! Be creative! This meal also doesn’t affect my blood sugar so no insulin was needed to eat.

We also made our own sweet potato fries by spiraling a sweet potato, putting them on a pan, then a drizzle of olive oil and then baked them for 10 minutes! So fast and easy!