Type 1 Diabetes and Burnout

A 2014 study by Stanford University in California, which was published in Diabetes Care, found that people living with Type 1 diabetes make an extra 180 decisions every day, on average. This is a lot, and I guarantee this also stands for parents who manage their young child’s diabetes.

I have been feeling more burned out lately, and my advice around this? Let those feelings process. Don’t rush or push them, let them be, and know, when we come together, it makes it a little less hard. Reach out to me whenever you just need to relate, vent or share.

Here are notes on my thoughts of living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Personalized Nutrition: The Importance of Hydration

Current Mental Health Stats

Nearly 1 in 5 American adults suffer from a form of mental illness. Suicide rates are at an all-time high, 115 people die daily from opioid abuse, 1 in 8 Americans over 12 years old take an antidepressant. And, if you have diabetes research shows you are at an even higher risk of anxiety and depression compared to the general American population.

What we fuel our body with plays a direct role in how we behave and feel.

I am very passionate about food and mood, especially for our children today. Our health is a factor of making better individual choices, but it is also a group, community effort. I will speak more to this in the emails to come. Until then, grab a tall glass of water and enjoy.

Hydration for Better Behavior & Blood Sugar Control

1. Drinking plain, filtered water before drinking anything else (hello sweetened and creamed coffee) can set-up your palate for the day. Drinking sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks can create cravings and the desire for treats throughout the day. Also, the more plain, filtered water you drink, the more of the plain water you will want. If you don’t like plain water, start small and build up the amount you drink without added flavors or chemicals.

2. Dehydration has been associated with increased fatigue, anger, and confusion as well as mood problems and decreased health. You need to be well hydrated for your cells to work properly.

3. Dehydration prevents serotonin production and low serotonin increases the desire to eat more and it makes someone more impulsive, including more impulsive with processed foods.

4. Hydration can improve blood sugar control as discussed in my video on water.

5. Drinking 2 cups of water before (30 minutes) each meal can support weight loss as the body has to burn calories to process the water, as well, thirst is often mistaken for hunger.

6. Drinking adequate water helps plump up skin cells, which minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

7. Water supports detoxification and helps flush toxins and impurities out of the body. On this note, I question how good it is to drink sparkling water out of a can. It’s hasn’t stopped me entirely, but I buy La Croix and the likes a lot less and resort to S. Pellegrino in large glass bottles more (I love me a sale at Costco).

8. Hydration supports digestion and nutrient absorption. We are what we absorb, not what we eat.

9. Drinking enough water can improve circulation which is very important for diabetes, blood pressure, and heart health.

10. Proper hydration is crucial for the brain and memory.

 If you desire a sparkling beverage, opt for sparkling mineral waters like San Pellegrino in a glass bottle because it contains naturally occurring minerals that are beneficial for your health.

How many of you just said to yourself, “Where is my water?”

See you next week where I am going to highlight why food dye use needs to die.

 

This is part of a 4-part series on “Personalized Nutrition.” Be sure to click through all the topics on this subject, which I’ve hyperlinked below.

The Mental Burden of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes can impact your mental health A LOT!⁠ For starters, we carry the weight of supporting and monitoring our blood sugar all day, every day.⁠

My self-care routine nurtures this mental burden and each day, week, year, I am inspired to seek out all things that can help. For inspiration, I will share a few of my self-care habits:

•I exercise most days, and I choose exercises that work well for my blood sugar control. I used to love HIIT training and heavy weight lifting, but they require more work on stable blood sugars. In 2019 I adopted a strong yoga & barre routine. I do not exercise every day, but I do exercise at least every other to maintain my insulin sensitivity.

•I take CBD/hemp most days to help with stress itself, but also support inflammation in my body, eye health, nerve function, sleep and more.

•I give back and engage in non-profits that support type 1s or type 1 research.

•I step outside every, if not most, afternoons. Rain or shine, I yearn for nature and in the end, it helps me be more productive.

•I am graceful with diabetes and I accept that I am not my blood sugar data. If I am high or low, the best thing I can do is learn from it and course correct. The only constant with type 1 diabetes is change, and sometimes that involves stepping back, taking a deep breath and riding the wave (without rage bolusing!).

What is your self-care routine with diabetes?

Paleo/Primal Book Recommendation

I have another great book to add to my Recommended List. Find the details below. Cheers to you and good health, Kel

Gut and Psychology Syndrome | GAPS Diet

New 2010 Edition with over 100 extra pages of information! Gut and Psychology Syndrome provides the information you need to heal a damaged digestive system. The perfect book for anyone suffering from Autism, Dyslexia, Depression, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Schizophrenia, and any other condition that has a link with gut dysbiosis.