Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Website Launches!

This has been a big week for me. 

Firstly, Wednesday marked one year since I've been diagnosed.  February 15th, my Dia-versary, has come around. I survived one year and I'm praying that I have many more years ahead of me.  While reflecting over this past year, I realized that creating this blog was a beautiful thing. Not only did it give the platform to express my feelings, but it made me available to get support.  The genuine concern others have shown me is more than I would have expected in a dream. Plus, through blogging, I am able to go back and read snippets of my earlier thoughts and chart my growth. I was totally moved by seeing all the changes I've made this year. Especially, when I look back and see that I've dealt with and overcome having been diagnosed and losing my home in a tornado.

I'm not 100% recovered from the impact of that, but I'm better than I was a year ago.

Secondly, I launched my website this week.  I'm very proud of it.

Finally, on Saturday, I was a special guest speaker at the Black Expo in Raleigh, NC. This marked the first speaking engagement I had as the Founder of Black Diabetic Info.  Yeah! :-D

Here are a couple of pictures from the event.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stuff Folks Say to Me Since I've been a Diabetic

Like many people, I've been watching these "Stuff people say" videos.  None of them, however, embody my experience as a young African American woman with diabetes. So,  I decided to join in on the fun.

My Video, CLICK HERE--Stuff Folks Say to Me Since Being a Diabetic

Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did creating it.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

10 Days--No Meat with Feet

For a few years now, I have partake in a "Meatless Month".  Well, after the first year of trying it, I decided to eat like a pescetarian (almost like a vegetarian, but I eat eggs, dairy, and fish) because I didn't have the proper balance of protein in my diet. 

In 2010, my "meatless month" (or rather no meat with feet) lasted for two months (Oct and Nov) but in 2011, I didn't do it all.  I felt like I didn't understand diabetes enough nor did understand the plate method or the carb-counting method well enough to focus on the meatlessness of my plates.

It's a new year.  And although it hasn't been a year since my diagnosis, I felt like I was up for the challenge.  But, I decided to start small (only 10 days) after a chat I had with JT on tudiabetes (he's vegan).  

HOW DID IT GO: It went well.  I survived and I feel confident.  Originally, I thought that I would go beyond 10 days if I felt good after the 10 days.  However, I'm going through too many changes right now to continue.  

I'm back in the gym and since I haven't been in the gym since I was diagnosed, it's a challenge to focus on exercising, working, a proper ADA diet plan, and meatless meals.  During the 10 days, I had low blood sugar two days in a row during lunch. I didn't plan lunch time well, I did plan breakfast and dinner.

THINGS I LEARNED: Each year I do this, I learn something new.  This year, I learned that I can stay within 60g of carbs per meal, but meal planning is SUPER important.  I also learned that I need not introduce too many new things into my life and right now.  For now, I'll focus on the gym. 

I'll certainly revisit this again later in the year.  Here are some pictures of the meals I cooked that stay within 60gs of carbs per meal.  Maybe you'll try it.

Scallions, garlic, and green peppers

Breakfast: Salmon  cakes with grits

Dinner: veggies, Salmon cakes, northern beans, and rice

Curry & rice, salmon, corn

Preparing the fish

Over fried fish

Veggie Wrap