Today I am sharing part two of the questions that were left on this post. You can read part one here.
Are there any alternative therapies you believe are supportive of your diabetes management? I know you've written about the value of apple
cider vinegar (I've seen a positive impact on my blood sugar as well).
Any other things you find helpful - supplements, foods etc.
apple cider vinegar for sure. I notice that when I drink it before a meal my post meal blood sugar is much lower compared to when I eat the same thing and do not drink the apple cider vinegar. I also have found that liquid stevia (I put it in my coffee and smoothies), matcha green tea powder and chia seeds all help to lower and control my blood sugar. Chia seeds is actually the weirdest thing yet as far as alternative therapies go. Sometimes if my blood sugar is a little on the higher side I will have a small bowl of chia seed pudding (1/4 cup of chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, stevia and cinnamon) and with just a tiny correction of insulin my blood sugar always comes down. It is the craziest thing!
Just wanted to say that
you are looking great post baby, great work! Do you attribute this to
the Paleo diet you have started more recently? What type of exercise do
Well thank you! I attribute my post baby weight loss to a combination of eating clean (Paleo) and working out. I truly believe that you really must do a combination of both in order to get results with weight loss. I do a lot of running, spin class at my gym and I recently started weight training, which I feel has made the biggest difference in my body post baby. I have also made it a priority to involve my family with exercise on the weekends. We love to go hiking, go on family bike rides, bring the boys to the park and throw around a frisbee etc. Over all for me it's about making exercise fun and involving my family so everyone benefits.
you have suggestions for low carb snacks and easy lunch ideas (Paleo)?
Here are a few snack ideas: almonds, a can of tuna, turkey jerky (my favorite), superfood energy balls, a spoonful on almond or sunflower seed butter dipped in roasted flax seeds (amazing), avocado sprinkled with nutritional yeast, hard boiled eggs and coconut milk yogurt.
Here are a few lunch ideas: baked or grilled salmon (I make this for dinner and make extra for lunch), spinach salad with whatever fixings on it you like, lettuce wraps with ground turkey and veggies, cauliflower or tomato soup, protein style hamburger (everything except the bread) and low carb smoothies or protein shakes if you are short on time.
I know getting getting my a1c under better control is #1, but what other advice do you have for a T1 woman, hoping to have a baby down the road?
Start planning financially. There is no price on a child but just be aware that being pregnant while being T1 is very expensive even if you have great health insurance.
Any experience with juicing and how to adjust for carb counts?
Yes, you can read all about it here and here. I did a carb correction for the fruit and higher carb vegetables in each smoothie ex...apples, kiwis, carrots and oranges. If I was unsure about the exact carb count I looked it up online.
Did you have to switch to carb counting when you started using a pump? If so, how difficult of an adjustment was it?
have been carb counting since I was diagnosed at seven years old, so
when I switched to the pump it was a really easy transition for me. But
if you are new to carb counting and thinking about getting the pump
there is SO much support and help from your doctor and the pump
specialists that it will soon become second nature to you.
your boys eat the same way as you (paleo)?
I would say my boys eat Paleo 80% of the time. I love to cook and try to make all the meals my husband and two year old love but with healthy Paleo alternatives. But with that said we are totally normal and have treats and non Paleo things from time to time.
Well that sums up all your questions! I hope I was able to give you a little more insight on what has worked for me and how I am managing my type 1 diabetes.