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LivLife Bread – The Low Carber’s Dream?

February 27, 2014
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Bread. Mmmmm… Bread. Lovely, fluffy, crunchy, warm, cuddle-in-your-actual-mouth bread. Like many people, diabetic or not, it’s the stuff of my dreams, and of my nightmares. Over the years me and my body have been rebounding through an intense love-hate carbohydrate relationship. The whole reason I started this site four (FOUR!) years ago was because I’d swallowed Dr Bernstein’s mammoth doorstop of a book and decided that living a life sans potato might improve my blood sugars and make me a healthier, happier person who wasn’t about to go blind. And he was right. Cutting out carbs and increasing my good fats gave me the most stable levels I’d had as an adult; it was quite frankly a revelation for a girl who when she was diagnosed had been told to eat something like 70% carbs in her diet (whaaaat?!). BUT… low carb a la Berstein is a pretty strict regime that is…

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Food & Drink, Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

The Lowest Low. The Highest High.

January 28, 2014
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I woke in a blurry haze in the dead of night and felt my chest tighten as I attempted to inhale and figure out what had interrupted my slumber. I recognised the shaky, empty, slightly numb feeling I’d had countless times before. Oh shit. Hypo. I wasn’t in my own bed – I was in a hotel room. Oh yes, that’s right, I’m in Leeds for the weekend. Oh, and I’m still a little drunk. This isn’t ideal. My chest was heavy and my thoughts were disconnected. This always happens when my sugars drop, but this time I knew it was worse than normal. I couldn’t shake myself awake; I couldn’t quite collect myself enough to think logically about fixing the problem.  I attempted to sit up, but the effort to move my body weight was too much. At least it felt like too much. To get out of bed,…

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Food & Drink, The Big Challenge, Wellbeing

I Quit! Giving Up The Booze (GASP)

August 16, 2013
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I can’t do it. It’s not worth it. I’ve had enough. So I QUIT.   Alcohol. Not the challenge. I cannot get my head around how quickly The Big Challenge has come around… despite the fact I’ve been counting down the weeks/days/hours since about May. It’s exactly three weeks til I hop on my bike and try and make it to Paris. (Note: TRY). Which means it’s exactly four weeks until I TRY and run a half marathon, or 13.1 miles, or 21 kilometres. OHHHHMYYYGGGOOOODDDDD. Now, training is going (whispers) wonderfully. I am IN THE ZONE. In fact I’m more disciplined than I’ve ever been in my life about anything, ever. I barely recognise myself, and my friends are certainly a little taken aback by the athlete in training formally known as idiot Jen. Jen who wants to do everything and so completes nothing. Jen who has a distinct inability…

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Food & Drink, Videos

Drinking With Type 1 Diabetes | missjengrieves

May 8, 2013
YFT1 Goes Drinking

WATCH first, READ second… … Oh hi! That was fun wasn’t it? Really hope you liked it; it marks an exciting gearshift for YFT1 – hopefully lots more where that came from! I wanted to make this video because, as ever, I think it’s really important to emphasise that life doesn’t have to stop because of Type 1. I do everything my friends do and more – which isn’t at all about saving the world or flying aeroplanes, but simply doing exactly what my friends are doing… enjoying life. No biggie for them, and hopefully not so much of a biggie for those of us with a defunct pancreas. And that, a lot of the time, includes alcohol. Glorious, oft sugar-laden alcohol. Hmm. There are a few things in the vid that I think need a wee bit of explaining. Firstly, for the lovely non-diabetics out there who watched (that’s…

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Food & Drink, Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Envy: Two Type 1s On The Same Night Out

October 9, 2012
Two very very sensible diabetics...

Last week I went up to my very favourite Yorkshire for my cousin Rob’s 18th birthday. To mark his foray into adulthood, he had a party. In a pub. Dozens of hormonal adolescents all looking lustfully at their pints, excessive consumption of which results in the lustful look being transferred to an equally lusty and equally drunk member of the opposite sex. Cue a few ‘seductive’ dance moves before they topple out of the fire escape and onto the gravel behind the cellar, where plans for a cheeky fumble get interrupted as the unfortunate lusty boy has to hold the lusty girl’s hair back as she vomits up the 546 fluorescent shots she drank before she arrived because she was nervous she’d meet a lusty boy and make a fool of herself. All before 11pm. And they say romance is dead. To many 25-year-olds that is potentially an absolute nightmare…

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Food & Drink

Pizza Perils… Carb Coma!

February 12, 2012

I talk a LOT about how hard it is to be a diabetic on a day-to-day basis. Not in a ‘woe is me’ way, because there are much worse things out there than diabetes, and actually, despite all the injections and the prescriptions and the hypos, I’m very thankful to be living a pretty normal everyday life, doing exactly what I want to do. But diabetes is hard because there isn’t a magic formula. You can’t just crack it and BOOM, off you skip, happily into the sunset, on six units a day, three times a day, and that’s it. It changes day by day, minute by minute, because EVERYTHING affects your diabetes. Stress, exercise, sex, sleep, food… and that’s not even accounting for that teeny weeny variable known as human error. Because, really, diabetes is often a guessing game. An estimated guessing game yes, which you can be very…

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