3 Tips To Dominate Uncharted Food Territory

Symposium

Last night I returned home from the Oklahoma Symposium and am happy to report my diabetes didn’t slow me down. The weekend was packed with panels, lectures and networking – not to mention a beer tasting and nightly cocktail hour. In years past this eventful weekend has been a bit of challenge, but this year I took charge. I’m happy to report three shifts in thinking that proved smoother sailing when navigating uncharted food territory.

1. Don’t be afraid to express your dietary needs.

The Saturday evening meal looked wonderful, but happen to be a filet so I was served the other option – white pasta w/red sauce and sautéed carrots. No thank you! I asked the server if the kitchen would be kind enough to whip together a grilled chicken breast and some steamed broccoli. After speaking with three servers and the chef, I was served exactly what I requested. YAY ME!

Symposium Dinner (more…)



Tracking Sugar On The Slopes — Colorado Spring Break

Ryan went out to ski at Eldora in Colorado during Spring Break a few weeks back. He tracked a day on the slopes and the self-proclaimed “Big Air” he got, we’re skeptical.



The Spring Break Guide: 4 Tips To Have The Time Of Your Life

The Diabetes Spring Break Guide

Let’s talk about Spring Break. I can feel it. I know you can too. It’s starting to warm up. Winter is fading away, well, for me because I live in Oklahoma, not Minnesota, and it’s trip taking time. Spring break is doable with diabetes. No doubt. Being out of college, I now look back fondly on the naivety of previous trips, filled with great memories and great luck. That being just said, here are my tips on how to not only survive spring break, but make it one for the ages.

Bring your glucagon kit

You know that red thing with a prescription label on it, probably in the back of your fridge? Either grab it, or pick up a new one at the pharmacy because that one in the fridge expired 3 years ago. (more…)



Diabetes Hospitality Done Right

king william manor

As I’ve recently posted about diabetes related, travel debacles, I wanted to start your Monday morning with a positive travel experience.  I’m not bragging, but I’m lucky enough to visit dear friends each January in San Antonio who own what used to be called a “bed & breakfast”.  King William Manor no longer serves breakfast, but Craig & Alison are a wealth of knowledge as to local places to visit depending on our preferred diet.  They listen and sincerely care about your health problems or restricted dietary needs and offer a variety of options within walking distance.  Should you not want to walk you can rent a bike or grab a pedicab.  For those of you who travel – you NEED to make the King William Manor a future travel destination.

New restaurants and shops are popping up all the time in this historic arts district, but there are a few local venues you don’t want to miss. (more…)



How to Do Diabetes at the Beach

Getting some feet wet in the rising tide.

Getting some feet wet in the rising tide.

Mid-august has arrived. Summer is holding on for dear-life. The chance for one last adventure looms. Us Oklahomans just spent a week on the Carolina coast, a place unfamiliar to the land-locked. Sun was had, drinks were guzzled, laughs were aplenty, and diabetes subtly influenced it all.

While out by the water, mostly drowning in an attempt to body-surf, we came up with 6 sure-fire ways to live it up on the beach with insulin-dependence: (more…)



The First DDG Roadtrip

Diabetes Road Trip

The DDG has officially embarked on our first road trip.  We set out for Emerald Isle, North Carolina somewhat early last Sunday. Ryan’s car was packed to the rooftop with Amber’s ridiculous luggage (ample amount of clothing and shoes for any social situation) and Ryan’s athletic crap (bike, camping gear, etc.)  The one thing that both DDG’ers combined their efforts on included groceries, LOTS of groceries.  We packed fresh fruit & veggies, nuts, trail mix, blue corn chips, salsa, hummus, some weird vegan stuff , cashew butter, good beer and red wine.   North Carolina here we come!!! (more…)