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.
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.
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.
Paleo Ghost Truffles (gluten, grain, dairy, and sugar free)
• 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
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)
Makes: 12-15 Zombies
Time: 30 minutes
• 3 large bananas
• 3 tablespoons gently melted almond butter
• Lily’s Sweets sugar-free chocolate chips
• Sugar-free black frosting
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!!
Yoga is not only a wonderful strengthening and lengthening exercise, but it also helps center my thoughts and brings me peace of mind when life gets hectic. Not to mention that it helps with my bgs. It is important to at least take an hour out of the day to reflect just on ourselves. Pre-workout: 115 mg/dl. Post-workout: 100 mg/dl
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