Lab and Health Updates – July 2017

Lab work done on June 29, 2017

Last week I visited both my new endocrinologist and Dr. Keh, my DAOM (Doc of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). I have several things going on lately and wanted to post an update!

I still see a Western doctor quarterly and my Eastern doctor monthly. I continue to not take insulin or any medication and I take whole food supplements by Standard Process as part of my healing regimen. I continue to get acupuncture monthly with Dr. Keh and review labs and health-related questions and updates with her. Diet remains of utmost importance, and I maintain a grain-free, low glycemic, dairy-free, plant-based vegetarian diet. You can visit my page “My Dietary Lifestyle Today” for more on that, as well as my Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/girl_against_the_grain/

First, I like my new endo. I had to part ways with my previous one because of far too many communication/scheduling problems. My new endo serves as both my diabetes doctor and my PCP. I had no idea that was possible, but I like it this way. When I first met him at the previous visit, he sat and talked to me for an hour, not behind a computer, asked lots of questions and listened. I can’t stress enough how important it is to know that your doctor is listening! That first visit, after hearing my story, he mentioned that perhaps we’ve found a new way to treat diabetes and perhaps I’d make needles obsolete. I was surprised to hear him say this, and it made my day!

The second appointment with him last week was to review the labs he ordered for me that I had done just before the 4th of July holiday weekend, on June 29th. My husband joined me for the appointment so he could listen and meet my new doc.

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Strawberry Smoothie Bowl – Paleo and Vegan

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Topped with raw cacao nibs, grain-free/low sugar granola and organic blueberries

If you’ve been following my health journey you’ve seen me post a lot about my breakfast “fat” smoothies. I even have a tab on my home page for all my fat smoothie creations. I created all my own because it’s really hard to find smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes that are not full of sugar (too much fruit = too much sugar!), grains (oats seem to be popular) or dairy.  I also needed them to be diabetic friendly, keep me satiated and nourishing.

I always add healthy fats to all my smoothies to keep me full for hours and to keep my blood sugar stable. I like to use things like avocado, almond/cashew butter, MCT oil (or coconut oil), coconut milk/nut milk and/or flax, hemp or chia seeds. The nut butters and seeds are also great sources of protein as a vegetarian.

I mostly use berries in my smoothies, including strawberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries, because they are low glycemic and have fiber/antioxidants. I have several recipes, too, that call for a half a banana, because again, I’m trying to keep it low sugar/low carb and keep my blood sugar happy!

Some of my smoothies also contain protein powder. I will rotate between shakes and smoothies during the week. The protein powder I use is by Julian Bakery and has very few ingredients, probiotics and the protein is egg whites, also a good source for vegetarians.

I hope you enjoy this strawberry smoothie bowl as much as I do!

Recipe:
Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

1/2 – 1 cup of coconut or nut milk (start with 1/2 cup and add till desired thickness)
1 cup frozen strawberries (x7 or8)
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
1 tbsp cashew butter or almond butter
1 tbsp MCT oil (optional)
cinnamon (to taste)
Toppings pictured are raw cacao nibs, organic blueberries and paleo granola by Julian Bakery

Blend all ingredients and add your favorite toppings!

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Health Update and Awesome Side Effects of a Healthier Lifestyle

Saw my DAOM (Doc of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) yesterday for my monthly visit and acupuncture. We reviewed my results from my physical last month as well as my A1C. I’m doing really well with my diet, so now time to switch gears, with a focus on female hormones. I started these female endocrine supplements today. Diet and lifestyle is hugely important in my journey, my healing and my diabetes, but there are other pieces of the puzzle, too, when you’re treating an entire malnourished system.

These last few months I’ve finally been putting on some weight. My body is finally using the nutrients it’s getting, and it’s a sign of moving in the direction of good health. It was going down, down, down most of last year after my diagnosis, so it’s good!

I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned some of the side effects of changing my lifestyle last year, so I’d like to list them! It’s really interesting to see and experience these changes when the focus is simply to be healthy.

Here’s some great side effects I’ve experienced from ditching grains, gluten, processed food, high-glycemic foods, refined sugar and flour, and drinking basically no alcohol, except a red wine on very special occasions:

• no more brain fog

• improvement of memory and focus

• no more blurred vision (from diabetes)

• healthy tongue, which was really bad at diagnosis

• increased energy

• better sleep

• my chronic seborrheic dermatitis since a teenager improving significantly

• healthier family

• healthier, nourished skin (no longer spending hundreds on peels because of chronic dry skin)

• healthier gut

• reduced inflammation in my stomach

• significantly reduced A1C without medication

So warning, side effects of a healthy lifestyle include awesome sh#!

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Tips For Living A Pegan Lifestyle

What is pegan? In short, it’s the combination of the words “paleo” and “vegan.” It is a term Dr. Hyman, functional medicine doctor and author, came up with to describe a dietary lifestyle that combines the two lifestyles.

Both lifestyles focus on eating real, whole, fresh food that is sustainably raised. And actually, both lifestyles have many things in common, such as: eating lots of veggies and fruits; eating food that is clean, organic, fresh, local and free of pesticides and hormones; food without chemicals; food that isn’t highly processed; eating good quality fats like avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds;  consuming sustainably raised and grass fed animals and eggs (if part of your diet); eating adequate protein; eating food with a very low glycemic load, so low in sugar, flour and refined carbohydrates of all kinds.

Here’s a full explanation of pegan: http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/11/07/pegan-paleo-vegan/

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Health Update 12.14.16

I’m 10 months into my healing journey and thought I’d share a health update!

I saw my DAOM today. It’s always a nice experience going to see her every month. It makes a huge difference when it comes to health and wellness to know you have someone on your team, who takes the time to listen to you and spend the time to talk with you and remembers all the details without notes in front of her!

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Sweet Potato and Vegetable Quiche (Vegetarian and Paleo-Friendly)

Makes one 9″x13″ quiche
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 80 minutes

Sweet Potato and Veggie Quiche
Sweet Potato and Veggie Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly (the slices should be thin enough to bend easily)
  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 ounce package of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3  ounces fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Health Update – Endocrinologist Appointment 11.17.16 and A1c Result 5.6%

A couple days ago I went in for some blood work to check my latest A1c percentage. The previous test in August came back at 5.9%, which I was really pleased with.

This current test is being taken 9 months into my journey as a T1 diabetic on a journey to heal my body and continue to live insulin free. I was diagnosed in February 2016.

Today I met with my endocrinologist to review this result and have my follow-up appointment. He’s asked to see me twice a year, which I do.

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