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    both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator I am simply

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  • Blood Sugar | My Favourite Number | Page 5
    shout from the Continue reading Posted in Blood Sugar Lows and Highs Tagged Blood Sugar Diabetting 5 Comments SICK Diabetes Style Posted on May 8 2009 by Laura Brandes I ve heard that the average type 1 thinks about diabetes every fifteen minutes I m willing to bet I think about it more often than that and I know I think about it more often when I m sitting on the bathroom Continue reading Posted in Blood Sugar Pumping Insulin Sick Days Tagged sick 4 Comments A quiet evening at home Posted on May 6 2009 by Laura Brandes Question Solve the following equation for x x rainy evening sore legs from mountain climbing Woody Allen DVDs gluten free pizza 40 60 combo bolus to avoid crash and spike blood glucose response to pizza Answer x Movie Continue reading Posted in Blood Sugar Celiac disease Diet and Nutrition Tagged combo bolus gluten free movie night pizza Comments Off Older posts Newer posts Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come

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  • My Favourite Number | Diabetes, Celiac & the Delicious Food That Fuels My Active Life | Page 7
    Laura and no doubt so many others to feel so much less alone During one of these conversations Laura asked if I would lend my voice and share my partner perspectives at My Favourite Number After some thought nagging and coercion I agreed So once a month I will discuss the role that I play as Laura s partner best friend teammate and sometimes caregiver I will explore how living with diabetes and celiac disease has affected my life and shaped and strengthened our relationship I will share my perspectives from the serious to the silly on being her partner her wing man her other half Posted in NaBloPoMo Partner Perspectives Tagged daniel partner 1 Comment Reinventing Ourselves Diabetes and Public Perception Posted on November 9 2009 by Laura Brandes I m not sure why the public perception of diabetes seems to be so wildly inaccurate So often I am met with statements like Oh you have an insulin pump So that manages your diabetes for you or Did you eat a lot of sugar when you were a kid No and no I don t expect that every person I meet should have a perfectly clear and accurate understanding of what living with diabetes is like I realize that this is completely unreasonable and a wee bit self centred I do however think that a reinvention of the public perception of diabetes is definitely in order Myths need to be busted and the general public needs to realize that while we may be plagued with constant finger poking carb counting and insulin dosing our lives don t have to be compromised or defined by this disease Last week Kerri Sparling of SixUntilMe com wrote a heartfelt post about diabetes guilt stating that diabetes always seems to come with some added bonus of You did this to yourself It sounds harsh but I hear it all the time I want the world to be rid of this unfounded blame and instead to see all the incredible and inspiring things of which we as a community are capable There are the cyclists on Team Type 1 and Team Type 2 showing the world that with proper management and the use of the latest in diabetes technology diabetes need not hold us back from reaching our goals and potential There s Chloe Steepe and her Connected in Motion team who are breathing fresh air into diabetes education through a face to face hands on and outdoorsy approach to diabetes education There s all my fellow D bloggers writing and vlogging about their day to day experiences educating their non diabetic readers about life with diabetes and facilitating international patient to patient dialogue about our frustrations successes insights and worries There s George Canyon Canadian country music artist who this past summer flew his own plane across the country on a Canada wide tour free to all people with type 1 diabetes focused on inspiring individuals with type 1 to pursue their life

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  • Diabetes Awareness and Education | My Favourite Number | Page 6
    Association In addition to a resource fair Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Tagged CGMS diabetes football John Chick Comments Off Global Diabetes Handprint Posted on April 5 2009 by Laura Brandes Back in July 2007 the Word In Your Hand project began with a single forum post at tudiabetes com The result of this project was a diabetes awareness video that has been picked up by close to 25 000 blogs and Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Tagged diabetes handprint Comments Off Newer posts Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator I am simply a person with a lust for life and years worth of experience living with a couple of autoimmune diseases Neither am I perfect However I do make an

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  • Blood Sugar | My Favourite Number | Page 6
    a day of festivities with my favourite number clocking in at 25 as in years old From an Easter morning church service to some late night birthday dancing the good times just kept on rolling At this point I Continue reading Posted in Blood Sugar Celiac disease Diet and Nutrition Tagged birthday Easter gluten free 5 Comments Smart Charting Posted on April 3 2009 by Laura Brandes I keep running across the idea of Smart Charting as of late Multiple times this week some complex graph table for recording blood glucose has presented itself before my eyes So for the next little while I ve decided to say Move Continue reading Posted in Blood Sugar Diet and Nutrition Exercise Tagged blood glucose Blood Sugar logbook smart chart 1 Comment Newer posts Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am

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  • My Favourite Number | Diabetes, Celiac & the Delicious Food That Fuels My Active Life | Page 8
    the mix along with your chopped spinach Stir until the spinach is nicely wilted Serve with fresh cornbread and tuck in to this lovely meal It s perfect for a dark chilly autumn night Approximate CHO 20g cup Posted in gluten free NaBloPoMo Recipes The From Scratch Era Tagged pumpkin soup squash Comments Off H1N1 Easier Said Than Done Posted on November 5 2009 by Laura Brandes Editor s N ote My childhood endocrinologist once told my mother and I that he had never believed in the flu shot until he d contracted the flu the year previously This bit of doctorly insight coupled with the fact that individuals with chronic health conditions are deemed high risk for both catching and developing serious complications from the flu has made me a devout receiver of the flu vaccine for the past seven or eight years In Canada the H1N1 Campaign began for high risk individuals and hockey players on October 26th So bright and early on that fine autumn morning I rang up my GP s office and confidently proclaimed that I was calling to book my flu shot The receptionist told me that wouldn t be possible until they received the vaccines and to call back later that week Slightly miffed I hung up waited a few days and called back This time I was told to call back early next week And early next week I was told to call back at the end of the following week With each consecutive call my GP s receptionist sounded slightly less hopeful that the office would even receive its shipment of vaccines Not wanting to wait any longer than necessary especially with all the recent press regarding vaccine shortages I gave up on my doctor s office and headed out for the Saanich H1N1 Public Immunization Clinic at the University of Victoria At 9 30am half an hour after the clinic opened the lineup of people waiting for the shot was spilling out of the auditorium turned clinic and snaking around the side of the building Thankfully I was able to take a ticket that allowed me to leave the line and return in an hour with fast track status In total my wait was close to two hours far better than some other parts of the country and before lunchtime had rolled around I was fully inoculated The nurse was even able to give me the seasonal shot Two arms Two pokes Two band aids Bingo bango just like that To tell you the truth I was quite surprised that I was able to receive both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines since earlier in the week my GP s receptionist had informed me that the seasonal flu shot wouldn t be available until January From my experience there has been a major communication fail this flu season In total I have spoken with half a dozen people my GP his receptionist and a slew of flu clinic nurses and

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  • My Favourite Number | Diabetes, Celiac & the Delicious Food That Fuels My Active Life | Page 9
    eggs picked that morning produce and island raised free range meat We cook We bake We peel We purée We chop We dice We whisk We pour We simmer We sauté And then we grab our forks delve in and more often than not groan with gustatory pleasure even when things don t turn out quite as we d initially imagined Good food is such an important part of living a healthful life and as a person with both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease I can not overemphasize how monumentally important healthy food choices are in my day to day living This is not to say that I don t enjoy cookies and chocolate and ice cream believe me I do But I also strongly believe in balance and moderation Each Friday the From Scratch Era will celebrate a single culinary topic something that Daniel and I have been exploring during the week a specific dish or baked good a seasonal vegetable or fruit or a recently tried cooking methodology We may also stray slightly from the from scratch path and promote cookbooks that we enjoy or great gluten free products that we discover All in all the From Scratch Era will be a celebration of great tasting and gluten free food made with care and made with love We hope that you will as we have find joy in the From Scratch Era We hope you will take inspiration from this new venture and be inspired to get into the kitchen and get some dishes dirty Posted in NaBloPoMo The From Scratch Era Tagged food gluten free joy love 2 Comments Zero Carbs Big Laughs Posted on November 1 2009 by Laura Brandes What better way to spend Halloween than dressed as the somewhat obscure comic strip mascots of a 50 year old bubblegum brand Exhibit A Bazooka Joe Mort Jack wanted to be handsome for Halloween I told him it didn t qualify as a costume but he wouldn t listen Exhibit B Handsome Jack Editor s Note For insight into today s title please see yesterday s post p s Today is the first day of NaBloPoMo Are you in Posted in Musings NaBloPoMo The Jack Cat Tagged Bazooka Joe Halloween 1 Comment Growing Up D Halloween Posted on October 31 2009 by Laura Brandes In a snow enshrouded graveyard Gripped by winter s bitter chill Not a single soul is stirring All is silent all is still Till a distant bell tolls midnight And the spirits work their will by Jack Prelutsky from The Dance of the Thirteen Skeletons 1976 Today on this most bubbling bubbling toiling and troubling of days I want to share with you my insights and experiences of growing up D around this candy centric sugar crazed holiday I ve been asked how I dealt with Halloween when I was kid how did I navigate my way though the onslaught of junk food and come out unscathed on the other side

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  • My Favourite Number | Diabetes, Celiac & the Delicious Food That Fuels My Active Life | Page 10
    trip drive to get my blood glucose monitor Fast forward to the start of my massage appointment Massage Therapist Hello How are you today Me Oh I m pretty good Um where should I put my bag I need it nearby since it s holding my meter and snacks in case I go low insert quizzical look from massage therapist Oh I have type 1 diabetes Probably should have told you that first Massage Therapist Oh of course You can hang the bag here Now I ll give you a moment to change This massage treatment focuses on your glutes as well so you ll need to remove your underwear Me Ummm sure Okay I have an insulin pump and it s currently clipped to my underwear but that won t be a problem I can just put it beside me I can t be unattached for more than an hour so I need to leave it on It s attached to me so please don t yank on it I haven t been to the spa since I got my pump and I have no idea what the usual protocol is Pain in the Arse Moment 2 Huzzah for Tetherage Babbling Laura We ended up wrapping the pump in a small towel and lying it on the massage table The massage therapist was great and the massage itself was heavenly 80 minutes of tension melting hot rock decadence even though 10 minutes in the alarm on my pump started going off and I had to awkwardly reach around to shut the silly thing up Pain in the Arse Moment 3 The rest of my spa day was mostly pain in the arse free unless of course you count the low blood glucose I had to treat in the time between my massage and pedicure Pain in the Arse Moment 4 All in all I must admit the day was well worth all the pain in the arse moments I got to lounge in a robe just like spa going women always do in the movies I had a lovely massage my feet were paraffined and my toes are currently Overexposed in South Beach My goal was to treat myself and indulge in a little bit of luxury and even though I can t ever shake the demands of diabetes I definitely reached my goal Posted in diabetes Tagged massage pain in the arse pedicure spa 2 Comments A Dave Stieb Kinda Day Posted on October 15 2009 by Laura Brandes Editor s Note 1 To get the full artistic effect of this post I recommend reading it while listening to the following mid nineties punk rock nostalgia Dave Stieb pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1979 to 1992 and again in 1998 He holds career records for Jays pitchers in wins games started shutouts and strikeouts Not bad Anyone who knows anything about baseball will know that perfection is not the goal of the game A batter is

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