Hi, I'm Heather

I'll keep you updated on the latest in type 1 diabetes management... mostly through my own trials and errors :)

It's PUMP'kin Spice Season...

It's PUMP'kin Spice Season...

PUMP’kin (spice ice cream) season.

Pro-tip: Non-dairy based ice creams, are well, hot. And as an ice cream obsessed t1d, I’m okay with that. Because dairy ice cream is tricky on my bgs, but vegan ice cream miraculously is not. Dairy-based ice cream is generally higher in fat, which leads to a delayed rise in bgs, often hours later. So that harmless 9pm ice cream run turns into a pumpkin aka blaring Dexcom high alert at midnight. However, vegan ice cream using nut milk bases such as almond and cashew (I personally avoid soy, it just doesn’t agree with me) tend to be lower in saturated fat & sometimes, calories.

However, look out for coconut milk ice creams. It’s a popular alternative because it’s super creamy, but that creaminess is due to a high saturated fat content. Long-term, high levels of saturated fat can elevate LDL cholesterol (the bad guys) leading to heart disease & short-term can elevate those bgs. Of course, moderation is key. I still eat coconut-based products on occasion, like last night...

Is your insulin vial going to be half full, or half empty? 

Is your insulin vial going to be half full, or half empty? 

The Bravest Life: New Science in the World of T1D

The Bravest Life: New Science in the World of T1D