Thursday, March 8, 2012

What's on my Plate Day

Hey everyone!

March is National Nutrition Month and USDA partners have announced that today is "What's on my Plate?" Day.

For those of you who don't know, there is no more food pyramid. The USDA came out with a plate called, "MyPlate."
Learn more at:

Changing the food pyramid to a plate is a fantastic idea. Now people are able to get a good visual of what exactly their plate should look like.

Today, people are encouraged to take a picture of their healthy plate and post it on the USDA's Flikr photo page:
I'm going to post a picture of my plate on here....carbohydrate count included.

Here's a picture of my dinner plate!
A chicken and vegetable stir fry served over brown rice!
I bolused for about 25g carbohydrates.

What does your plate look like....and how many carbohydrates were in it?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A New Friend

Current blood sugar: 236- guess I underestimated that banana I had for breakfast!

This past weekend, I went home to work on a case study and visit one of my best friends at school. She had a bunch of people over her apartment that night to celebrate a roommate's birthday. One person in particular really stuck out to me....mostly because I noticed he had something clipped to his hip and there seemed to be some tubing flapping around. I GOT WAY TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
I ran up to him and said, "You have diabetes. Don't you?!"
He confirmed and unclipped the pump from his pocket. I did the same. INSTANT BONDING.
I honestly have not met many other diabetics my age...just a few other counselors I met while working at a diabetes camp. It was so great to be able to talk to someone who knew exactly what I was going through.
We talked for hours about experiences with evil doorknobs (if you wear a pump, you know exactly what I'm talking about), what glucometers we use, favorite low snacks, recent A1cs, our diagnosis stories, among otheer things. I hope that we can keep in contact!
That night made me realize how valuable diabetes camp is for children. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 13 and never went to camp until I was a counselor years later. Going to camp allows children with diabetes to connect with other diabetics who are dealing with the same struggles they are. It's awesome if they keep in contact with these people throughout their lives. If you or your child have not experienced camp...I strongly suggest it. It is so awesome for these kids to be able to connect with other diabetics!
I am so, so excited to return to camp this summer!