Losing and Loving It

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Losing and Loving It

Eden is SO busy!! This incredible young lady has energy abounding!!

Only a few days from the finish line of finishing her University Education, she has her nose to the grind. BUT….she has made the time to share with us more of her tips & tricks on her journey to losing weight in a healthy way while living with Type 1 diabetes.

Here is some more insight & inspiration….thank you Eden!!

“Hello Everyone,

Since I had an eventful couple days, I have not been able to post (after Saturday you will get one from me daily I promise!) So I weighed myself today and I lost 1.5 pounds….after a major plateau for a couple weeks and I am finally 172 pounds!!!!! SO HAPPY! Let me tell you I am learning a lot from about my own body on this journey!

I even learned a couple things this week.

First thing, I learned that cutting your sweetener intake ACTUALLY reduces your waist line. Now I am sure most of you use Splenda on EVERYTHING…believe me I did. On average I would use anywhere from 3-12 packets a day. In the last couple of months, I have been losing weight one week and having a plateau for 4…but as soon as I started using Truvia (Stevia) and using 1 Splenda with it, I started to see a change again. So if you can mix the Stevia and Splenda up, or just use Stevia.

Second thing, cheat days! Now lets talk about those glorious days ha ha. I follow a program where I do not eat very much gluten, and I eat 2 carb choices a day (these are usually a grain or sweet potato etc). On my program I should not have cheat days, and most people say it’s a lifestyle change and you can never have another regular cookie again. YEA RIGHT! For me (like today) I need a day sometimes to give my body something it wants because it makes me follow my program and see progress. Today I had 3 carb choices, a piece of cake and a small brownie (a bit too much sugar, but oh well). I NEVER have this every single day, and I haven’t had this much since Christmas. You do not gain all your weight back on because you had one bad day. You gain weight because you are not eating right the rest of the time. So if you splurge, do not quit! Get back on that horse the day after!

Third thing, people are so uneducated about Diabetes. Yet again in my town, I was taking insulin (by pen) in my stomach before I had my lunch on Friday…and someone came over to me and asked why I was doing a needle in public (I have actually been asked this a couple times). I explained I was Diabetic thinking she was curious, so I explained it further. During the first couple seconds of my speech, she looked like she wanted to hit me! After my speech she apologized, and thought I was taking a form of illegal drug in the local coffee shop when her child was present. I was like nope and kind of laughed it off, but I was shocked! I also have had the stupid arguments with people I know who were trying to educate me about my own disease saying it’s because I was overweight and ate too much sugar….Anyone else have this? Yes I could slap these people. If you have friends and family who know you have diabetes, maybe start educating them so they can educate others!

Sorry I had a long rant today HAHA.

Eden”

Can’t Get Enough

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Can't Get Enough

Blueberries, yum! Lately, I can’t eat enough.

For 1 1/4 cup of blueberries there is only 18 grams of carbs. The same serving size has 3 grams of fibre. Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and fibre.

The beauty of blueberries as well as other favourites such as raspberries & strawberries, unlike some fruits, do not have a dramatic spike in my blood sugar.

In researching the benefits of blueberries, all the advantages sound incredible, but many of these contain words such as “possibly”, “may” and “can”. Some study samples are small and show possibility but research is ongoing. With that being said, I won’t go into possible benefits.

What do I do with blueberries? For breakfast, after warming them up, I add them to plain Greek yogurt, chia seeds and flaxseed. If I am making Oatmeal Protein pancakes, I cook them into a syrup like reduction in the sauce pan. I don’t add sugar or artificial sweetener, which I never use anyway. If they are fresh, I add a bit of water. I love adding them to Nutrition Shakes.

With Shakes, I just go with the flow as far as adding ingredients. I keep track of carbs and fibre so I take the right amount of insulin for it. Below is the one I threw together yesterday. It tasted like dark chocolate with a hint of sweetness.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups unsweetened, chocolate Almond Milk
1/2 banana
4 tbsp Manitoba Harvest chocolate hemp protein powder
1 tbsp bee pollen (check with your Dr before eating this, if you are allergic to bee’s or are pregnant or nursing DO NOT eat)
1 tbsp unpasteurized honey with propolis (check with your Dr before eating this, if you are allergic to bee’s or are pregnant or nursing DO NOT eat)
1/4 cup Aloe Vera juice

I have posted a few recipes containing blueberries on Pinterest. Looking forward to trying them out!