The holidays are the best time of the year, but also, they can be the worst. With the holidays come happiness and cheer, but also… the stress. Type 1 Diabetes and stress are like oil and water… they do not mix! Stress in your body and mind can naturally create long-term high blood glucose levels. These long-term stresses are actually mainly from mental stresses. When you are stressed, your body pumps out the adrenaline and cortisol hormones that alter your blood sugars to rise. Day 14 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge I want you to focus on yourself. I would like for you to go escape from the holiday chaos for at least an hour and do something that relaxes you and relieves your stress. It can be anything from drawing, writing, watching a movie, running, walking, anything. For me, I like to go do something active. I love to —, afterwards my endorphins kick in and I feel like a whole new happy person ready to attack that hecticness in a new light!
It’s my birthday today! YAYYY! It is my first birthday as a diabetic. It is absolutely amazing how many changes can happen within one year. I have been experiencing a lot of firsts with my diagnoses and this birthday is another first to put down on the list.
I talk a lot about how I eat a healthy strict paleo lifestyle. However, I also talk a lot about how there are always exceptions and special occasions where you don’t have to feel like you have to torture yourself to avoid that piece of chocolate or a holiday cookie.. or in my case, a piece of my birthday cake! I used to be afraid to eat any carbs and sugars in the fear of what it would do to my diabetic body. Later, I have realized that for some occasions and with moderation, I just have to just allow myself to enjoy that simple pleasure. Because Type One Diabetics can have sugar if they want to! I don’t do it a lot, but when I do, it’s for a good reason. And I always do what feels right for my body. If I know that I’m going to allow myself to indulge, then I take my precautions with my insulin, do my daily workouts, and then return to my normal healthy food habits. You don’t have to be scared of food. Give yourself that leeway to enjoy the simple things every now & then as a reward for all your great work and then return back to your healthy self. Day 7’s challenge is to let go of any fears that my prevent you from a simple food happiness (with moderation of course). And, on the other hand, if you aren’t following a healthy eating lifestyle, then limit yourself on your sweets and save them for rewards and/or special occasions.
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
Nothing is better than spending a full day this holiday season with a great friend. My favorite memories are times spent doing active things with people I love. My best friend and I are both very health conscious people. We always meet to eat our favorite paleo and vegan meals and then do our favorite spin workout together. Not only is she great company, but she is amazing support to me and my lifestyle. Today’s Type Happy Holiday Challenge is to spend the day with your best friend and plan to do your favorite active activity together.
Each year I wait for the exciting moment for the Starbucks festive holiday drinks to come out! They easily make my days so cheery and bright! HOWEVER, have you ever taken the time to look at the nutritional value of the beloved Peppermint Mocha!? A medium Peppermint Mocha consists of 410 Calories, 63g Carbs, and 54g Sugars! That blows my mind. It’s hard believe that a little red cup can be so filled with all these sneaky sugars. Looking at the nutritional facts, I realize that I don’t want/need all of that in my body. I don’t always want to have to shoot myself up with tons of insulin to be able to drink it. And on top of that, it even tastes too sugary for me. Discouraged, I turned to the Skinny Peppermint Mocha.. and to my surprise it is just as amazing! It has 1/4th the amount of sugars in it compared to the regular and it tastes just as good! It has 130 Calories, 17g Carbs, 13g Sugars. That’s what I’m talking about! Starbucks tips on how to lighten up that sugar intake:
- Ask to make a drink skinny
- Ask to see what sugar free flavors they have to make a drink just as fun
- If they have no sugar free options, ask to get a regular drink, BUT have them put half the amount pumps/syrup in it and that will help cut those sugars in half.
So for Day 3 of the Type Happy Challenge, cozy up and find your favorite holiday drink and make it sugar free, or ask for half the amount syrup, or make it a skinny!
To kick off Day 1 of the 25 Days of Type Happy Holiday Challenge, here is something easy and quick to do. Since it is Cyber Monday, I figured many people would be sitting inside attached to their computers or working. So today’s challenge is to play your favorite holiday song and perform as many bicycle sit-ups as you can to the length of the song. I picked Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” song and did 403 bicycles!
Good luck and most importantly have fun!
How to do a Bicycle Sit-up:
1. Lie on your back, hands behind head, legs off the ground and bent
2. Bring your right elbow to your left knee
3. Switch and bring your left elbow to your right knee
4. Leg not being used should be straight and off the ground with toe pointed
5. Tighten your core in order to bring your elbow all the way to your knee
6. Core should stay engaged and keep alternating your legs and elbows