If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Head Over to the Experience Project.

Let me say this: The Experience Project should be a great thing. The concept is good, the idea is there, the only thing that went wrong is the human factor. You just can’t stop people from being judgmental douches.

The internet, and the people who use it, seem to seek out people seeking real help or advice and target them. It’s no secret that the anonymity of the internet has let an entire new breed of douches free in the world. What gets me is that when you sign up for the Experience Project website, you basically sign terms and conditions that supposedly stop you from being said douche. Unless you’re a liar, liar pants on fire (which a lot of people are).

Here’s why I’m bashing this site: when I was pregnant with Harper, I had a tough time getting my shit together to take my blood sugars like I was supposed to. I posted a question in the complicated pregnancy forum asking for tips on motivating myself and these people were pretty heartless. Of the 5 answers I received, 4 were nasty.

questionshitty answers

See? Unnecessary.

So while the idea of the Experience Project is great, you can’t take human nature out of humans, nor the humans from experiences, and thus you get a gaggle of douches waiting to pounce on anyone and anything.



Carb Exchange, It’s Like Weight Watchers for Diabetes.

I am a big fan of the carb exchange system. As a matter of fact, I learned about the system when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes years ago (the god old days, when the promise of cake a cookies was right around the corner!). I still use it sometimes, when I’m feeling interested in watching what I eat, that is. Sidenote – I’ve been a pretty crappy diabetic lately. I think that I actually blogged something touching on this a while back…. here it is.

Anyway, at the core, this system is pretty simple: 1 carb choice is 15 grams of carbs. Easy enough, no? The Mayo Clinic website goes into more detail about all this than I plan to. I only use this for carbs. When it comes to counting calories and all that, well I’m not too interested.

The guideline that I have always stuck to is such: 45 grams (or 3 carb choices) per meal, three meals a day, and 15 grams (or 1 carb choice) per snack, 1 – 2 snacks a day. This plan gives me 11 – 13 carb choices per day, or 165 – 195 grams of carbs per day. Looking on the internet, there are a lot of different suggestions and  guidelines, so there really isn’t much to post here in the way of reference articles. What I can say is your carb intake needs to reflect your needs and only your doctor can really give you a proper RDA (recommended dietary allowance). I have never had a problem sticking to the guideline I use for myself, and even if I’m slacking on my diet, I sometimes refer to that to kind of see “hmm can I eat this?” and it works for the most part. (Read more about carb counting here!)

If you have never tried Weight Watchers, you wouldn’t know that certain foods carry a number of “points” and you have a set limit of points per day.  Sound familiar? There are books with point assignments for foods from Weight Watchers. The good thing about carb counting is that you can figure the points out without any sort of extras! 15 = 1! (sorry math majors, didn’t mean to make you cringe) If you do want some kind of reference chart, here’s one! Aaaaaand here’s another one!

If you do one thing diet-wise for your diabetes, make it this. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to cut out all carbs, that unrealistic, impossible, and unhealthy (you need carbs for energy!). If you don’t want to be hassled with picking the right carbs right away (this will come later, naturally!), just limit what you do eat…. you need to start somewhere and for me, this was a great, easy place. Every little bit helps.


Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now! (oh yes, I did.)

I decided that I love my glucometer so much that I’m giving it to someone special. Well, not MINE, but one just like it. I thought really hard about what to do for this giveaway and even consulted my hubby (who came up with the idea even!). We decided that this meter, and all its high-tech greatness, needs to belong to someone who can laugh and give it a good home. No moping. Yuck. So I’m thinking since I happen to feel like if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ve got nothing left, I want to hear your best diabetes pun/joke. I mean yeah I know, diabetes is no laughing matter, blah, blah, blah…. BUT lighten up!

One of my biggest adversities has been accepting my diabetes and making the best of it, so I’m gonna go ahead and bet that I’m not alone in this one. Leave me a comment with a joke/pun, your email, and your name, and the one that makes me laugh the hardest wins. That’s it. Read the comments, get a laugh, feel better about your sucky situation, and maybe win a super cool meter; you can’t lose!

Here’s a link to the meter!

I’m sure that if you dig through some old blogs that I’ve mentioned my undying love for this thing…. I’m not up to the task myself… I know how much I love it, but you might be. Oh, and while you’re at it, check out my little Stick Me Designs Independent Distributor shop page on here, there’s some really great bags for sale there that you can’t find on their website (and mine are cheaper!). They make great gifts and Mother’s Day is coming up!

I’m thinking since it’s Monday (and Monday sucks) and I’m bringing the good news of a giveaway that I’ll end this next Monday (the 25th) to make next Monday less sucky, too (how great am I?!).

Okay… punny diabetes jokes…… anddddd GO! (good luck!)


2013, A White Lie for Christmas, and why I Made the Naughty List.

First off, Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating! Eh, Happy New Year too, in case I don’t get on here before then. Now that we’ve made it through the apocalypse, 2013 should be cake walk. I mean really, nothing makes a year more stressful than impending doom.

I have been seeing a lot “I hope 2013 is better than 2012 was” posts. Well now, posting a picture of those words on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page or whatever isn’t gonna do crap for you. 2013 will be better for me because I will make it that way. Yours will be better too, if you quit whining and start doing. You know… “life is what you make it”, “reap what you sow”, and so on.

Back to Christmas. One of the best “gifts” I got this year (maybe not FOR Christmas, but AROUND Christmas) is a lie, a fake-out, a commitment. How can it be? Well, I’ll explain (mostly).

I have been struggling these last few months. With my weight and with my diabetes, specifically. I don’t mind the diet, but I don’t like having to follow it. I come from a long line of diabetics, but know none my age. Even on here, I have readers my age, I have diabetic readers (t1 and t2 alike), but I have seen no other young people with t2 diabetes and to be honest, it feels isolating.

I would be flat-out lying if I said it didn’t bother me that everyone I grew up with and  met along the way gets to go out and have a few at a bar and I don’t go with them. I mean yeah, the kids thing also thwarts my apparent plans to be a raging alcoholic(?), but I can’t get a baby sitter for my diabetes. That being said, I’m not big into the party scene anyway, I’m less upset that I’m missing out (though I’m almost benefiting) than I am about missing out because I can’t. I’m interested if there are any others out there who can relate.

Enough of that whiny shit. My best friend is taking the plunge. She is totally going diabetic with me. The diet, the crappy restrictions, no cheating, no nothing. To help me. It’s awesome. I feel more accountable for my diet and exercise. If you don’t have to face the “Willie Brims” (that’s short for Wilford Brimley, the public face of diabeetus”), you don’t get it. Though, I guess there are other people who can relate out there who HAVE to shy away from foods (gluten, etc.), you guys know it sucks. But to have someone do it with you, well it makes it suck less. And THAT’S why she ave me one of the best gifts I could get for Christmas (or anytime really).

Now, for the Naughty List. I DEFINITELY sucked Christmas up, I admitted that in my most recent post. But I realized, after my Christmas crazyness died down, that among the (lacking) stocking stuffers, there were none for hubs. I mean there’s ONE, little one. A lonely thing just chilin in there. And wouldn’t you know, Walmart actually CLOSED on Christmas Day this year. (good for the people who work there though, it’s nice not to miss loved ones on Christmas) So basically, hubbs is screwed on the stocking this year. That’s how it goes, I suppose. I didn’t do much for the kids’ stockings either, Haley got a bunch of little Hello Kitty things and Harper got some puffs and stuff (she’s a baby, what do you put in a baby’s stocking?).

I guess that’s the way it goes.

In summary, 2013 is what you’ll make it, my best friend is having a healthy serving of diabeetus with me, and I sucked at Christmas this year, and that’s just the way it goes.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


What (and how) you’re eating! (with recipes!) – kind of long…


I’m making this post for a friend of mine who has insulin resistance. I guess everyone else might as well read it too, it’s full of diabetic goodness!

*NOTE: I’m not a medical professional of any kind, always check with your doctor or specialist about your diet and diabetes management.

When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes back in 2009, my insurance paid for me to take a few hours of diabetes education. There, I learned how to balance my carbs with protein, about healthy portions, and how to safely watch my glucose levels. I was given some medication to regulate, and sent on my way. I’m posting now to share some of the things and guidelines that I learned in those classes, as well as some recipes, and some helpful hints I learned along the long and tiring path to becoming a Type 2 diabetic.

One of the biggest things I get being in my early 20’s and relatively in shape is, “But you’re not fat!” and they’re right, I’m not. I’m also not fat, old, lazy, I don’t eat too much sugar, or any of the things people normally associate with type 2 diabetes. I know that my Type 1 friends go through this regularly too, it’s quite annoying. How I choose to get through it is to make the best of my disease and laugh at the people who don’t know anything about diabetes, regardless of the type.

As far as “You can’t eat that, it has sugar!” goes, well, you’re only kid of right. I can eat sugar… in moderation. Can I snag a chocolate cake and just go to town? Well yes, if I’m going for a diabetic coma, but really no. I can however, grab a piece of that cake and enjoy the hell out of it. When I took diabetes education classes I learned this guideline that I follow to this day: 15 grams of carbs = 1 unit. A snack = 1 unit, your 2 largest meals = 3, max. If you follow that, with a light – moderate exercise plan and medication (if any) you should be good. So it should be: Breakfast = 3 unit, AM snack = 1, Lunch = 1-2, afternoon snack = 1, dinner = 3, evening snack = 1 (you don’t need to have all of those snacks, but that’s the guideline they gave me.) That should be about 150 – 165 g. carbs per day. That DOESN’T mean 150 g. carbs of sugar. You need to watch the carbs you eat. Some carbs digest slower than others. Fast carbs include things like grains, sugar, potatoes, and fruits high in fructose (melon, cherries, pears, most fruits fall into this category). These carbs spike your sugar and cause you to crash later on. These spikes and drops in sugar are what causes damage to your vital organs and end up casing many of the trademark health issues for diabetics. (STAY AWAY!) Slow carbs include most veggies, some whole grains, eggs, and nuts. Check out http://www.glycemicindex.com/ for more info on which foods qualify as slow or fast carbs.

Feel like there’s NOTHING you can eat? WRONG! Check this website out, this website,  Dreamfield’s Pasta, and some of these delicious recipes I love!


  • Muffin Parfait – Halve a bran muffin or other high-fiber muffin, cover with a side of berries, and top with a dollop of low or nonfat yogurt for a fast and easy breakfast. (found here)
  • Omelet with low fat cheese, asparagus, and diced ham (I made this one up)
  • Uncle Sam Cereal! (I eat this most mornings)
  • I also go for low-fat or fat-free greek yogurt with a little  touch of honey and walnuts!





  • Trail mix (without chocolate)
  • Get up and Go Bars! (these are a little higher in sugar, so watch your portions)
  • Any natural or air popped popcorn is okay in moderation.

Remember to cruise the websites attached to the recipes (that’s why I posted the links, guys!). There are tons on great tips and other recipes, as well as meal planning and forums that you might find helpful.

Balancing your diabetes and managing your sugar HAS to work for YOU. If you can’t make it work for you, you will never manage your diabetes.

Posting all these recipes made me super hungry, so I’m off to make something delicious (and healthy!) for lunch.


My D bag!

Yeah, that’s right…. and I thought putting “baby bath salts” in my post title was going to get views, just wait.

So, during a short back and forth comment session on thediabetesgame, something that had been bouncing around my noggin finally hit me: there are pretty much no type 2 blogs on here. Tons of really good type 1 blogs, but when I search for type 2 blogs, I come across health news blogs full of crap I don’t care about. It’s good to be queen of witty type 2 blogging! Anyway, The guy that posts on this blog, Dan, said that he doesn’t know too much about type 2 diabetes. It downed on me: with so many type 1 blogs on here, I bet there’s not too many people who know a lot about type 2. I explained a little in my previous post but I also pulled that off an old blog from before I knew I was type 2 and did my research. While I’m not about to get into the good stuff (you’ll just have to read my previous post), I will put type 2 diabetes into a reasonable comparison with type 1 (T1’ers, I know you follow me, feel free to yell if I screw this up).

The best way for me to put this is exactly as I did in a comment,

“I don’t know that doctors are up for telling you [being on insulin] “inevitable”, but it’s pretty much the last stop on the D-train.”

That’s one of the big differences, in my eyes, is that I get to wait around, hoping that my diabetes doesn’t get to the point where I need insulin injections (been there, done that!), even though because I was diagnosed young, it most likely will.

“Type 2 is like diabetes Lite and a waiting game. Eventually I’ll end up shooting some insulin again like type 1′ers, but we get more time to adjust to the idea. “

I’m certainly not complaining, my diabetes means that I HAVE to be at least somewhat in shape (hello, motivation!). Without diabetes, I wouldn’t be able to whip my D bag out of my purse and make people feel uncomfortable! While I’m on the topic of my D-bag, I’d like to discuss it for a moment. Mine is a mess. It’s super handy though. I’m sportin’ a fancy Bayer Contour USB (complete with purple silicone sleeve) and some rockin’ multi-colored lancets. I have to say that I favor this lancing system over the One Touch Ultra Mini, it hurts less. The ability to plug my meter in and see how badly I’ve screwed up my diet is just super as well.

While I’m on the topic of fancy D bags, let me just pop a link on here to Stick Me Designs. It’s like a fashionable haven for T1’ers and T2’ers to come and grab awesome looking bags for all your meters, strips, insulin, pens, anything. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have had one hell of a time trying to find a bag that is not the boring black/dark grey bag of doom that screams “I’m a meter!”. Being as fashionable as I am, I need a bag that doesn’t look like crap; something neon! They run super sales too…. definitely worth clicking that link.

I wanna know about your D bags! What are you sportin’?


What You’re Making for Dessert.


I HAVE to share one of my favorite diabetes friendly dessert items with you. I found these at my local Walmart as well as the grocery store in town. Pillsbury put out a line of sugar free cake mixes, brownie mixes AND frosting. Now, before you get your big dumb white hats on and prepare to make some gourmet junk that you can shove your pancreas-impaired self into, know that (for now) there is just yellow cake and chocolate cake, regular brownie mix, and vanilla and chocolate frosting. That being said, you can take vanilla cake mix and RUN with it. Try Staphanie Ashcraft’s book, 200 Cake Mix Creations (pick up your copy here!)

So far, I have had the brownies (which I made into brownie pops!), the vanilla cake, and the frostings (which I have to say are a BIT tacky, but still good). Here are some ideas that even the most spastic bakers can pull off:

  • Nuts, chocolate chips, other sugar free/reduced ice cream toppings, additives for the brownies.
  • Add spices to the yellow cake for a pseudo-spice cake!
  • Pick up that book and go nutso in your kitchen with those cake mixes.
  • Add color or flavoring to those frosting containers for a different/festive effect. 
Obviously, adding crap into these sugar free mixes MIGHT negate the “Sugar free” part, so let’s be real about this. Throwing a ton of chocolate and toppings in, on, and around sugar free brownie mix does NOT entitle my pancreatic impaired to an entire plate. Even if you do go a little crazy with the additives, you can still sleep okay at night knowing you cut a lot of the sugar out by using sugar free mix! 
Make a sugar free change this week (start with this dessert!)
Good luck and happy face stuffing.