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When the Insurance Calls the Shots

When the Insurance Calls the Shots

Have you ever been forced to switch insulin brands? For 14 years, I’ve had the freedom to use Lantus and Humalog insulin without any pushback or interference from the various insurance companies I’ve had along the way.  It’s been great!  I have fine-tuned my blood […]

Seasonal Insulin Ratios

Seasonal Insulin Ratios

The weather is changing in Michigan and for those of us with Type 1 Diabetes, that means changing carb-to-insulin ratios as well…it does for me anyway. The first few years of having diabetes it was tough to pick up on yearly or seasonal trends because […]

Green Bean & Radish Skillet

Green Bean & Radish Skillet

Green Bean & Radish Skillet | typeonerevealed.com

With every meal we have, we try to have a fresh veggie side dish to go with our protein. Frozen veggies and butter can get stale and bland… so we try to maximize our time at the farmer’s markets and can/freeze any extras for dishes like this.

Green beans go fabulously with bacon like peanut butter does with jelly. Especially when using the thick organic-grass fed bacon we found locally…. nothing beats it! The farmer even told us it’s converted vegetarians back. It’s that good.

This dish is great in the summer, but I’ve also served it at our family’s Thanksgiving and it was a hit. It’s one of those classics that can be enjoyed anytime.

Green Bean & Radish Skillet | typeonerevealed.com

I love this dish because it’s super easy to make and very low-carb. And it has bacon… you could put bacon in any dish and suddenly it’s appetizing. Seriously, can you think of a recipe where bacon isn’t a good idea?!

RECIPE

1 lb fresh green beans, washed and cut
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4″ wide pieces (or more if your a bacon freak)
1/2 onion, very thinly sliced
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup radishes, thinly sliced

In a medium pot, boil green beans for about 3-4 minutes. They should be slightly crispy, yet tender. Then immediately plunge beans into cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Once the bacon is crispy, remove and place on a paper towel. Leave about 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat in the skillet.

Add onion, shallot and radishes to skillet and saute until brown. They should be caramelized nicely. Then add in the green beans and stir into onions, shallot and radishes. Cook for another 8-10 minutes until the flavors have been mixed in well. At the end, toss in the crispy bacon pieces.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Green Bean & Radish Skillet | typeonerevealed.com

Low-Carb Stuffed Zucchini

Low-Carb Stuffed Zucchini

Well, well well… would you look at that beautiful, HEALTHY plate? I’m back this week and I left the sugar in the cupboard.. for now. It’s Fall. I bake a lot all stinkin’ day. Neil and I love Italian food and anything with a good […]

Taking Off the Mask at Work

Taking Off the Mask at Work

I have a question for all of you Type 1’s out there in a working role: Have you told any of your coworkers that you have diabetes? Do they know what the signs and symptoms of lows are? Do you have a place at work […]

Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream | Dairy-free

Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream | Dairy-free

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Hey guys! …. I’m back with another dessert recipe.. Just your average D-wife here trying to derail all the diabetics out there.

Nah, just kidding. But, I DO have a good reason for it….It’s guilt-free! It’s no secret diabetics are just like everyone else. And last time I checked everyone else loves dessert too. So, my mission is to tear down the stigma of the D-life and  bring some healthier versions to your life. Because a lil healthy ice cream never hurt nobody.

Neil LOVES ice cream. If he could, he would eat it everyday. But, since I can’t have dairy and him eating ice cream daily isn’t really a good idea,  I decided to create a version that is dairy-free and much healthier. This a a win-win for us and hopefully for you too.

Some of you may remember this recipe being posted on my personal blog: Living Surrendered. Late last year I decided to pause from blogging since I had a full-time job, an Etsy shop and life at home to manage. I’ve decided to move those recipes over to this blog since this one will be our main focus for the future.

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The base of this ice-cream is something everyone has in their pantry… banana. Frozen bananas to be exact. You can then add anything to that to make your own frozen treat: chocolate, berries, peanut butter, my homemade caramel, ground coffee beans, etc.

The recipe is simple and most likely you already have everything on hand!

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Start with sliced, frozen bananas. I used my food processor (on high speed) to blitz these guys into a creamy “ice cream” texture.

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This takes a awhile, so be patient and take breaks to scrape the sides of the food processor down with a rubber spatula.

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Once the consistency is very fine granules, I add a few pieces of organic, dark chocolate and a scoop of my homemade peanut butter. Store bought is great too if that’s what you prefer. I recommend a no-sugar added or organic version if possible.

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Now the consistency is starting to resemble a “dough” and although this is getting close, it’s not quite there yet. By this point I think I’ve had the processor running for at least 5 minutes… maybe more (I didn’t time it exactly).

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… THERE it is! Perfectly creamy, smooth, ice-creamy deliciousness.

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Top with melted dark chocolate and roasted peanuts and enjoy! This recipe doesn’t store well pre-made (it tends to harden too much) so enjoy this treat as you make it.

Again, this recipe is definitely not carb/sugar free, but it is a healthier version of a classic treat. Just the way we like it!

RECIPE (serves 2 people)

4 frozen bananas, sliced (I slice mine and place on wax paper then place in the freezer)
Dark chocolate chips or crushed bar, as desired
1/4 Cup creamy peanut butter (or more if desired)
1 Tablespoon roasted peanuts for topping

*Note: I keep frozen banana slices in my freezer so when we’re in an ice cream mood all we have to do is blend it up.

  • Place banana slices in the food processor and blitz on high for about 3 minutes until a fine granule/slight dough forms.
  • Add dark chocolate pieces and peanut butter and continue blending until it’s smooth. Don’t worry if it seems like it’s not coming together, it will take a good few minutes.
  • Once it’s creamy and ice cream-like consistency, place in a bowl, top with your favorite toppings and eat right away.

Enjoy!

 

Super Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

Super Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

This weekend we celebrated Neil’s 30th birthday and he requested a caramel apple bar instead of a birthday cake. He loves the Fall season and everything that comes with it… the cooler temps, football, apples and pumpkin flavored everything. I laughed that the very first […]

Weekly Meal Plan Ideas Week 1

Weekly Meal Plan Ideas Week 1

Hey friends! I wanted to share with you one of the key components to staying on track with our meals: meal planning. I’ll be sharing  meal plan ideas weekly (straight from Pinterest) from now on in hopes of inspiring you to try out some newer, […]

Supplies, Gadgets and Insurance, OH MY!!!

Supplies, Gadgets and Insurance, OH MY!!!

One of the first things I had to get used to when I was diagnosed with Type 1, 13 years ago, was how much “stuff” came along with it.  It was a bit overwhelming, but over time, I learned how to manage it all.  I want share about that journey in hopes that you might find some encouragement and inspiration knowing that you’re not alone.

I started my insulin therapy with injections of both Lantus and Humalog, using syringes for Lantus and pens for Humalog. That meant I had to start keeping a stash of BD Ultra Fine Short Pen Needles (5/16 inch) and BD Ultra Fine Insulin Syringe Needles (3/10cc) on hand. Not to mention, the insulin vials and pens, alcohol swabs, test strips, control solution, lancets, etc. Basically, I had to devote a section of my closet to storing the many different types of supplies I would need from then on. I also had to learn how to use a new gadget, my One Touch Ultra glucometer. It was a basic meter that would check my blood sugar and keep a memory of the readings. For the first 8 or so years of being diagnosed, I had to maintain a log book as well, writing down all my blood sugar readings, carbohydrate intake, insulin doses, activity…you name it! I’ll be honest, after the first two years, I was terrible at keeping that up to date…I would find myself cramming the day before a doctor appointment, trying to remember all those details from the last 10 days. But, that’s the technology that I had available to me at the time. The other major thing I had to get used to was being involved in a constant struggle with pharmacies, insurance companies and employers always trying to sort out prescriptions, refills and coverage. I can’t tell you how many times I was given the wrong syringes and needles…how many times I ran out of them and had to reuse needles until my insurance would cover the next order… or how many times I’ve had to buy test strips out of pocket until insurance would cover my next order…it’s a never ending process. On top of that, if you have mail order prescriptions and you’re sent the wrong ones, you don’t really have much choice but to try and make them work or buy out of pocket until you can send them back and get the right ones delivered. Some of my biggest frustrations and struggles with diabetes have come from arguing with pharmacies and insurance companies…I don’t know why that is, but it doesn’t seem right.

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After 10 years of injection therapy, I finally made the switch to a pump…mostly because Steph pretty much forced me to. I was so nervous to change because for 10 years I had relied completely on myself for calculating all my insulin needs and now I would have to rely on a machine to make those calculations for me. Not to mention that I have always loved sports and any kind of physical activity and having a pump would be a bit more restrictive in that arena. But, I decided the benefits of better control and more management options outweighed the drawbacks and made the switch. Now, I have a whole new set of supplies to keep on hand, in addition to a stash of injection therapy stuff (such as emergency back-ups). I now have infusion sets, reservoirs, CGM sensors and transmitter, alcohol swabs, insulin vials, test strips, triple antibiotic ointment, IV tape (for holding CGM in place), and BARD protective barrier (protects my skin from irritation caused by the adhesive tape). In making the switch, I had to learn how to use a few new gadgets, too. My Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Revel insulin pump has a lot of management features that took some time to learn. From having varying basal and bolus rates throughout the day, to being able to set temporary basal rates, using dual and square wave boluses and even being able to shut the pump off, if needed, to help correct a low. Throw in the Enlite Sensor and CGM Transmitter and the pump has even more management features. I think Steph’s favorite feature is the “Threshold Suspend” that allows you to set a low limit that, if reached, will automatically suspend the pump from delivering any more insulin until you tell it to do so. I know she sleeps much better at night when I have my CGM on and that feature turned on. This pump even allows my new Bayer Contour Next glucometer to transmit wirelessly to it so I don’t have to enter my blood sugars manually. The cherry on top of this diabetic sundae of supplies and gadgets, is the ability to upload my CGM data to Medtronic’s Carelink network and look at reports, graphs and stats of my blood sugars. This is probably my most favorite feature, being that I’m a data freak and love graphs and numbers…I know, my nerd is showing. But it really is awesome being able to see graphs of my blood sugar trends, I love it. Ok, putting the nerd away… There is one thing that stayed constant when I transitioned to the pump, the pharmacy and insurance woes. Unfortunately, I don’t think those will ever go away, so I’ve just accepted it as something I have to live with.

Either way you manage Type 1 Diabetes, whether through injection or pump therapy, there is so much to think about beyond just carbs, insulin and blood sugars. It’s a blend of those things plus constantly managing an inventory of supplies, staying up to speed on new technology and dealing with pharmacies and insurance companies non-stop. I feel like this could be someone’s job or like there should be a college degree in diabetes management that would include all these areas…if there was such a thing, I think I’d be pretty good at it by now. Lol!

I’d love to hear from you on what type of therapy you use and what your favorite feature is, feel free to leave a comment! Did I miss anything on the supplies list?

Neil

We Don’t Do Normal… And That’s Ok

We Don’t Do Normal… And That’s Ok

I’ve been in the diabetic world for 7+ years now. It’s hard to imagine life without constant blood sugar checks, needles, test strips everywhere and the occasional paralyzing fear. I can tell people all day long that Neil and I have a normal marriage… but […]


We Don’t Do Normal… And That’s Ok

We Don’t Do Normal… And That’s Ok

I’ve been in the diabetic world for 7+ years now. It’s hard to imagine life without constant blood sugar checks, needles, test strips everywhere and the occasional paralyzing fear. I can tell people all day long that Neil and I have a normal marriage… but that’s a lie for two reasons: 1. There is no such thing as normal. 2. Diabetics don’t do normal.

In high school, I could sleep through a category 5 hurricane. I fell asleep anywhere, anytime if I was tired. Today, if I hear the “beep” of his blood glucose monitor, I immediately sit up and ask “what is it?”. If I know his sugar is plummeting and he has a few units of active insulin still in him, I somehow manage to rally through the tiredness and stay awake until he is stable. I can tell just by looking at him if his sugar is low. He has little signs/quirks that I can read to determine where he’s at on the spectrum… and more often than not I am right. I wake up and feel his skin when he’s asleep, I pop up when I hear his CGM alarm blaring and I can run like Forrest Gump down a flight of stairs clearing a 15 lb cat at 3 am to get that juice box he needs.

We can’t do normal activities without a lot pre-planning because he wears an insulin pump… a very expensive one at that.. and if it gets damaged or wet, we’d be in trouble. In fact, almost everything we do takes a lot of pre-planning. Meal times, infusion set changes, date nights, physical activity… you name it.  This drives the non-planners in our family nuts, but I’d gladly trade cards with them for a day. This is what the D-life is like. And since I am a type A personality with administrative gifts, I take this part of our lives pretty seriously. I manage everything from budgeting for the cost of durable medical supplies to meal planning 7 days at a time to keep us on track.

You see, although Neil has type one diabetes, I by proxy, live it too. There is no I in team. It’s us, we, together, team. There is no such thing as a normal, diabetic marriage. The reason I was so on board for starting a team blog with my husband is to show the multi-faceted world of care giving as a spouse. There are things a caregiver needs too and often those things are not easily found. For example, there are days when I am so absolutely exhausted from staying up through the night doing hourly checks and I just want to chat about my fears. Although they try, the people around me just don’t understand it like my fellow D-wives/husbands do and the advice is often cliché. There’s an unspoken alliance when you meet other diabetics and their significant others. My hope is to create a space where we can come together to talk real life struggles and hopefully celebrate the good numbers too.

My husband has type one, but he also has so many other things going on to fill his resume too. I want to celebrate those and always cheer him on when life gets hard. I think as spouses, we all have that goal. But, I want to cheer my fellow caregivers on too. I raise my glass to all of you hardworking, supportive, amazing caregivers out there. The ones who never complain about getting up for middle of the night lows, comforting the pain of diabetic neuropathy, picking up prescriptions, giving injections and the thousand other things you tackle everyday!

With that, I welcome you to our new blog built specifically for type one’s and their families. As a caregiver, I will be spilling my guts about my fears, hopes, trials and thoughts on topics like marriage, faith, fitness and cooking.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

Have a great day!

Steph


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When the Insurance Calls the Shots

When the Insurance Calls the Shots

Have you ever been forced to switch insulin brands? For 14 years, I’ve had the freedom to use Lantus and Humalog insulin without any pushback or interference from the various insurance companies I’ve had along the way.  It’s been great!  I have fine-tuned my blood […]

Seasonal Insulin Ratios

Seasonal Insulin Ratios

The weather is changing in Michigan and for those of us with Type 1 Diabetes, that means changing carb-to-insulin ratios as well…it does for me anyway. The first few years of having diabetes it was tough to pick up on yearly or seasonal trends because […]

Supplies, Gadgets and Insurance, OH MY!!!

Supplies, Gadgets and Insurance, OH MY!!!

One of the first things I had to get used to when I was diagnosed with Type 1, 13 years ago, was how much “stuff” came along with it.  It was a bit overwhelming, but over time, I learned how to manage it all.  I […]