Conquering life living with Type 1 Diabetes

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sugar sugar EVERYWHERE

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The longer I eat low carb - no grains, no starch, no sugar --  the more I am disgusted at what these food manufacturers have done to the American public.  READ labels--- everything has SUGAR in it.  Dextrose, maltodextrin, CORN SYRUP, etc is just insane.  Why do we need to have sweetened meat products in this country?! WHY?  I cant find any pepperoni, beef, turkey or ham ANYWHERE that hasnt been processed with sugar or corn of some form. 

I give up!

Can anyone point me in a direction where to get some freaking sugar/grain less meat products? Even the grocery story deli department meat you get sliced has freaking SUGAR in it!

AHHHH, eveyone is going to get freaking Diabetes of some damn form if they dont stop cramming sugar into every freaking food item. 

Land of Lincoln Health insurance and why you should never buy a plan from them....

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7 months of fighting to get a claim corrected.   I am getting billed 75 instead of 20 and now the doctors office is charging me interest even though my insurance has called them several times stating that they owe the difference not me.  It's been reprocessed several times and it is still not correct.  Each reprocess takes them over 30 days. 

8 months of fighting to have the only fast acting insulin I can take approved at the preferred copay level because I am allergic to Novolog.   Then they finally denied my claim after calling them for 8 months.  So now I pay 75/month for insulin instead of the lowest tier of 30.00

Every single time I call to inquire on a claim or my benefits I am on hold for over 15 minutes.  That's right 15 minutes.  Insanity.  THEN typically whoever I get on the phone cannot answer my question so they put me on hold again for at least 10-20 minutes to investigate my question.  This is freaking ridiculous! I am currently on hold with them now, which inspired me to write this wonderful statement about Land of Lincoln Health insurance.  Going on 20 minutes on hold now.  WHAT in the world!?

30-60 days to process every single claim, which I guess it typical but when you are coming from Blue Cross Blue Shield and a claim is processed in 7-14 days you get spoiled I suppose.

22 minutes on hold now.  I am losing my sanity here and the on hold music should be a form of torture.

45 minutes, hung up called back and now on hold again for 20 minutes.  This is really really out of control.  Let me leave a message or something.....AHHHHH.

Update: So after being on hold for over an hour I called my insurance broker to get an answer for me.  Then in the mean time I messaged them via their Facebook page and BAM I got an answer and a message that someone would be calling me.  An hour or so later I got a call from one of their agents that has helped me in the past and she said she would be getting my daughters claim from JANUARY reprocessed today.  So I wont hold my breathe but I do hope she gets it fixed. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Road ID for your Fitbit? What? No way!

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Just got this in my email today!  I would be way more excited if I had a phone that worked with Fitbit, which is the only reason I dont have one yet.  BUT I love my Road ID and wear it every single day of my life! 

(insert sad face)

Road ID for Fitbit®. Say Goodbye to that extra tanline.Fitness tracking just got some peace of mind and your wrist a little less crowded. Introducing the Road ID for Fitbit Flex® and Road ID for Fitbit Charge™.  Order Yours

16 weeks

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I am 16 weeks into my lifestyle change of low carb high fat (lchf) eating no grains, no starch, no real sugar and no fruit (I eat limited fruit).  My A1C in April was 8.0% and this month it is down to 6.9%!  Four months and I am down 1% and my goal is to go to 6.0% by December but hopefully sooner.  The month after my grandmother's passing was rough and I ate a lot of carbs. My A1C isn't where I want it to be but it is the best it has ever been while not pregnant. 

Finding new things to cook seems to be the biggest hurdle but that hurdle is very much worth the effort.  My weight has never been easier to maintain and I am NOT hungry all the time like I was before when I was eating more carbs.  My husband and I are much healthier and feel much better that we did when we would eat food out of a prepackaged box/bag/frozen dinner.  Now that we are eating better and I know there are no chemicals or additives in the food we are eating, I just dont see how I could ever go back without feeling immense guilt and guilt about feeding my 2 year old junk food. My husband even ran a 5k all terrain run last weekend with minimal training ahead of time and did it in 22 minutes!  He attributes his quick time and ease of running to our healthier way of eating now!

Going out to eat can be challenging, I have so far mostly stuck with salads of all kinds... aaaaand steak, gotta love steak. 

My number one tip to staying on track is support.  You gotta find a group or facebook group that follows this diet and ask for help/support/tips/recipes.  Like today a wonderful woman I met in the typeonegrit group shared a bread recipe with me!  I will gladly share it with you all!  I am missing bread something fierce so I am going to try this recipe as soon as I get time!

The breadsticks I posted the other day are AWESOME and I am going to try it as pizza crust next with no garlic.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Parmesean garlic breadsticks...mmm mmm good

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I just made these tonight and they are really really good. If youre missing good ole parmesean garlic bread sticks then these are for you!

Friday, August 7, 2015

The best low carb brownies I have made so far in my LCHF journey.

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So far these are the best low carb brownies I have made: 

I used a milk chocolate Lilly's bar (sweetened with stevia) instead of the unsweetened cocoa.

If you give them a try let me know what you think!