About Juliet

Twenty-something type 1 diabetic. Lover of running, coffee, and chocolate. Come with me on my T1D journey.

Whole30 Week 1 Meal Plan

This is what we are eating this week!

Monday/Tuesday: Juli’s Buffalo Chicken Casserole from her new cookbook (which is AMAZING)!

Wednesday-Skinnytaste Garlic Shrimp recipe with zoodles and roasted broccoli

Thursday/Friday-ground turkey and mushrooms with roasted potatoes (all from my own head, at this point)

Saturday-Skirt steak recipe with parsnip fries (all from this book again)

Sunday we will start all over again!

Lunches are going to be mostly salads with a BUNCH of stuff thrown in (beets, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, MEAT). Breakfast is going to be…probably eggs. Lots of eggs.

Our plan is to do most of our shopping on Saturdays so that we can meal prep on Sunday, but last weekend we did a lot of prep on Saturday, and that was pretty great! Who knows what routine we will fall into, but I’m pretty excited about it all!



Whole30 Journey

My fiance and I are starting the Whole30 journey TODAY, and I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty pumped about it! We did some MAJOR food prep over the weekend, as well as purged a bunch of food that doesn’t follow the guidelines.I started a Pinterest board with some ideas, and we purchased this book to help us understand it all. I’m really excited to see how this will help my blood sugars (as well as my overall health) because this last month has been…wild. And I just got blood work done, so it will be nice to see how my vitals are different after this journey.

My hope is to recap each day here, along with sharing links to the recipes that we are using. My thought is that if I have to write about it, then I might actually stick with it. I mean, it’s just 30 days, right?!

New year, new me, new A1C! (Kind of rhymes!) Also, this wedding is coming up REALLY fast, so I’ve got to stay focused.

“Midnight Three & Six”

Did you hear about this new documentary? It’s about a girl, Grace, who was diagnosed in 2006 with T1D, and how her family copes with dealing with the disease.

Nothing super new that us T1Ds haven’t heard before, I’m sure, but it made the opinion section of the New York Times. That’s gotta be good!

Go watch!


Accessing the DATA

While I’m really good about using my Dexcom religiously, I rarely ever download my data to look at long-range trends.

And by rarely, I mean, I never have. Because I am a twenty-something who obviously owns a MAC.

I know that, as a twenty-something, I should be all for using all these different devices to manage my diabetes health. And that I should be SO excited when they give me the option to create an Excel spreadsheet.

But honestly, I kind of hate having to use SO many devices to do something that I should be able to do on my iPhone #amIright??? Like, I have my Omnipod meter, my Dexcom, my other meter because my insurance company hates me, and my little pouch with strips, insulin, and lancet device.

And then Dexcom wanted me to get another computer so that I could download the data?

I guess that’s what makes diabetes so damn difficult. You know what you should do, you can visualize yourself doing it, but then, life gets in the way and you think, “Well, things are just fine the way that they are.” And then, you push it off again.

But today I saw that Dexcom finally created a program so that Mac users could download their data from their receivers. And, do you know what I did??? I actually downloaded my data!

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There it is!

Now, it’s not the prettiest graph I’ve ever seen, and it did make me realize that I have some work to do (don’t we always), but I was damn proud of myself for actually doing something good for my diabetes (other than the 900 other things that I do daily).

Only time will tell if I actually keep up this trend, but this is a good start…right??

I should probably go set a calendar alarm to remind me to do it, but I kind of hate using my iPhone calendar.

I think I’m a lost cause.

Things I Will Regret.

Got low last night after my sweet potato fries high.

Went to the kitchen and my brain totally disregarded the fact that I have juice boxes on top of the fridge. Nope, low-brain went right for the good stuff.

Candy corn.

Yup, you can taste the rebound high, can’t you.

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Also, I totally ripped off the serving size.

That also is something that I will regret.

Pure Barre and sweet potato fries

My sister and I have wanted to try Pure Barre for awhile. I mean, of course we have, since we are both 20somethings living in a city.

So we finally took the plunge and signed up for our first class. It was $15, and my booty will thank me for it tomorrow, I can tell you already!

I woke up on the lower side (and by lower, I mean 100). I drank my normal morning smoothie (banana, almond milk, chia seeds, spinach, cinnamon), and bolused like I normally do, expecting my little Dexcom sensor to start talking to me right away since I always suffer from a bad case of the crazy morning after breakfast blood sugars.

At the start of the class, I was 132 with 1.3 units still on board…WOW! I mean, I love a good diabetes/bolus win, but right before working out…I don’t think so. Normally, when I do any strength classes, I don’t need to do lower my basal, but since I A) had never taken this class before and B) still had SO much insulin on-board, I thought it was a good idea. I also was a total rule-breaker and brought my Dexcom and Omnipod into the class.

I’m so glad that I broke those rules because my Dexcom finally starting singing…just as we were moving from leg work to abs.

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See that dip in the red. That is about 3/4 of the way through the class, when we were doing our 100th hip thruster.

I was starting to feel a little bit low, so I grab my Omni and paused my basal. I tried to do some math but my body and brain don’t work out at the same time. So paused basal won.

Not only was I low and trying to fit into the new class, but then at the very end, the teacher started playing 90s throwback song Whoomp There It Is (which I always sing Whoop) that just made me start giggling so hard! I was a big mess.

I got through the class, but I meant to go up to the instructor and tell her that I wasn’t a rule breaker, that my problem during class wasn’t a missed text, but an uninvited low. I never got to. My sister and I were the last ones to leave…we had to pick ourselves up off the floor and slowly drag our booties out of there.

I definitely want to go back to Pure Barre…I might just buy there new member package of unlimited classes for $100 bucks for a month. But next time, I’ll be prepared!

Oh, and that long stretch in the red…those were the sweet potato fries I ate at dinner. Didn’t pre-bolus, didn’t even give myself the correct amount (40 carbs is not enough for half of a veggie burger with half of the bun and sweet potato fries, for the record).

But it’s ok…I worked out today, dontchaknow.

Anyone else do Pure Barre? How does strength work affect your blood sugar? Does Whoomp There It Is make you laugh hysterically?

Mindful Choices

what you eat

This should end with “on your Dexcom.”

As a diabetic, I have to be mindful of what goes into my body. No excuses.

But when holidays come around, like Valentine’s Day, I’m more likely to slack on my diet, which always ends terribly.

Every holiday I tell myself that I will do better. That I will make a different choice. But recently, I haven’t been sticking to my guns, and I’ve been giving into temptation.

It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m currently training for a 1/2 marathon, and this makes me believe that I can do no harm (even though I feel like the 1/2 marathon training is messing up things more than a giant bag of chocolate ever could).

Sorry, this is a terrible rant, but basically, I need a reset button. But diabetes doesn’t come with one of those. So I’m going to dedicate this week to healthy, no, mindful choices.

Here’s to drinking lots of these. Fuel and Lemon Love are my favorites.

Here’s to eating lots of this. It is my favorite low-carb dinner right now.

And here’s to using some of this in my morning smoothies to keep me full. I love mine with banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chai seeds, flax, and spinach. YUM.

No one likes being a bloated Debbie Downer, so here’s to being a Healthy Halle? Excited Emily?

Ok, I’m an Obnoxious Olive.

And, I’m out.