When life Hands You lemons..

When life hands you lemons make lemonade right? Right. Well not in this instance, lets make a wonderful refreshing lemon and mint water.

I have always really loved lemons. I now love them so much more knowing the health benefits of both lemon and mint.  I just want to share some of the benefits really quick because frankly it excites me.  Im clearly easily excited, but  It makes me so happy that such a simple fruit can be so helpful and really help with so many ailments and just be plain great for you.

Lemons– Loaded with vitaman C, antioxidant, helps control blood pressure and body tempatures, reduces stroke risks, controls infection, helps with constipation,can treat kidney stones.  Lemons also help strengthen blood vessels,  which is crucial to diabetics. Just to name some benefits because I mean the list goes on, and on.

Mint– Soothes stomach and aids in digestion, helps headaches, its essentially a natural recharge for the body, helps with fatige and depression, has cancer healing properties.

Some ways I also drink Lemon is first thing in the morning before coffee or breakfast.  I squeeze a a lemon into about 6-8 ounces of warm water, I seriously notice a difference in how i feel.  Sometimes, as a diabetic of so many years you feel just exhausted, fatigued and just burnt out.  That is exactly how the body is with this disease.  Constantly fighting and trying to control sugars, hormones, stress ect.  Why not try something natural and full of juicy goodness? I try to be mindful and help this body of mine out ( even though this body doesn’t love to cooperate at times)  Even though what i reallllly want is you know a bag of Cheetos, cotton candy and a whole cake.

So below all I used in the water is two lemons, five mint sprigs and water.  You can really use as much as you would like. I never have an issue with my sugars with these waters.  They seem to help my glucose control, however everyone is different.

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Medical Alert Bracelet

As long as I could remember I have searched for a stylish medical alert bracelet.  Lets be honest guys and gals if we need to wear them we want them to at least look great.  When I stumbled across Lauren’s Hope I was ecstatic.  Her pieces are one of a kind, so stylish and can be engraved.  I love the fact they also offer an array of options, from dog tags to even stylish activewear bracelets for any lifestyle.  Take a look below at the one I purchased, I am in love and wear everyday.  I don’t have to walk around in fear of people thinking, “OMG she has a medical bracelet.  Please be sure to stop by Lauren’s Hope.  You will not be disappointed! Such a great gift also for your loved ones!

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Are all Diabetes cases the same? NO.

This is something I get questioned about often.  My Diabetes has come up in conversation of course with people from time to time.  I always get this very confused look from them and they say, “ Well geez you don’t look like a diabetic you are so thin.”  Ok so, here is the deal I am a Type1, which is insulin dependent, and an autoimmune disease.  This means I will be on insulin for the rest of my life.  My body attacked my pancreas and it stopped producing insulin, which we need in order to control the sugar that is in our bodies.  I did not over eat my whole life or give this to myself like some do presume.

Type 2 diabetics most often can improve or get rid of their diabetes through changing their diet or losing weight.  I have had other diabetics throughout the years say they would love to have “ my kind” of diabetes.  I really don’t understand that because why would you want to inject yourself with insulin to stay alive?? Many type 2 Diabetics can drastically change the path of their Diabetes.

Everyone has an opinion and that is just mine.  At the end of the day Type 1 and 2 are not pleasant and there is a lot of work around the clock 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  For some of us it is going to be FOREVER.

I am not discounting type 2 struggles by any means but they are very different.

Side note a rough estimate of how many injections I have had in the last 18 years….45,990 OUCH.

The Beginning Of Beetus…

From what I can actually remember, I felt like death. I was 12 years old, not quite sure what was going on with my body. My parents thought it was a virus.. maybe a really bad flu. I was gulping down soda, water, juice anything really that i could get my hands on. I would finish a can of soda or glass of water and immediately need another. As fast as I was drinking I was running to the bathroom to urinate. The amount of weight that I was losing was also significant, I remember at one point seeing my ribs. I was naturally thin to begin with, I was a dancer who enjoyed ballet, jazz, and hip hop. But this wasn’t “dancer thin, it was scary thin.

One early morning i recall my mom entering my bedroom. I heard her walk out of my room and say to my dad” we have to take her to the hospital, something is definitely not right.” My mom didn’t think I had the flu. She later told me my breath had a very sweet odor, and my skin had a grayish color to it. Taking me to the hospital that day turned out to save my life.. Literally.
My father took me to the hospital, while my mom stayed at home with my sisters. I don’t remember much of the next day and a half. I was in and out of consciousness. I remember hearing the doctor say if i was brought in even a day later i would be in a coma.

A coma? I am not even sure i knew what a coma was then, but i sure know how lucky I am now. It was around the clock care for about four days. I had an IV in my arm, my glucose was checked probably every hour and a half. Meeting with dietitians and meal planning started … ugh.
I have to say for me the painful insulin injections, finger pricks, drastic life changes to come were not the worse for me. The hardest thing for me was the fact I could not have cotton candy, grape soda( which is my favorite soda ). What about Halloween, what was I to do on this amazing sugar filled crazy fun, fill your pillow case with candy holiday?! Somehow I have made it through all this as well as all the other yummy food filled sugar crazed holidays. I mean lets face it almost everything seems to be about great food and drinks ;)

This year will mark 18 years of being a Type 1 Diabetic.  It has taken me a long time to be able to be open about this disease and all that comes with it. It is not easy and is beyond difficult and trying, frustrating, sad, and downright pisses me off at times. At the end of the day you realize though that this is a disease that can be controlled. I have the power through insulin, being active, eating right to prevent terrible complications hopefully for a very long time.

I know I have felt so very alone with my diabetes at times and I want you all to know that you are absolutely not alone.

Thank you to my dear friend Andi for inspiring me to write this blog.