25
Nov

Emotional Eating with Diabetes (part 1)

I've started reading Ginger Vieira's book, so here is Part 1 of what I imagine will be a 2-part review:

 

The Likes:

The writing is extremely relatable. There is no technical jargon, and the author uses plain language to describe the cause-and-effect relationships that exist between things like overtreating lows/weight gain or self-worth/self-sabotage, to name a few.

The worksheets and blank spaces give a person room to make a commitment to follow through by putting their goals in writing. For some, this can be a useful tool.

 

The Dislikes:

There's really only one that I've noticed, and it's more of a personal reflection than a critique of the book or the author. The pointed truths about how diabetes can impact eating habits and relationships with food are not easy to digest. Uncomfortable truths are just that - uncomfortable, and honestly that pretty much sums up how I've been feeling about my relationship with food since I began reading. Hopefully this discomfort can serve as the impetus for change.

 

Remember I'm not all the way through just yet, so Part 2 will include my overall thoughts on the book as a whole.

24
Nov

A quick update

November has been a busy month. Other than being Diabetes Month and having the online world be filled with World Diabetes Day-related posts and messages, that is!

In brief, a bit of what's going on:

  • How I spent about WDD: Driving! I travelled about 5hrs to visit family in a whirlwind trip that had me leave home Saturday morning and return Sunday night. I had never before taken a solo road trip that involved that many consecutive hours of driving, and on top of this I absolutely loathe long car trips, so I was more than a bit anxious to see how this would play out. Careful BG monitoring and CGM usage throughout helped to keep me in a safe range while driving, so that worked out nicely!

The only time over the entire weekend when I struggled with BGs was during my actual visit. I love my extended family dearly and was quite glad to see them (this was a last trip before they move farther than I'll be able to travel to see them), but the stress of family took all of my normal reactions to food/insulin and just about tripled them. I had multiple lows which, when treated appropriately (15-20g of carbs, wait 15 agonizingly slow and painful minutes), resulted in a super-spike. I chased the roller coaster for the entirety of my time spent with family (boo).

  • Also on WDD: I received a fun message from the company that hosts me here at deveryday. A whole mess that I couldn't deal with without my laptop resulted in deveryday being down for a couple of days, and now that we're back up and running, I need to work on restoring everything I've posted since September. It seems my fix has sucked the last 2 months' worth of posts into the void.
  • Some reading: Lately I've been finding myself flipping through Ginger Vieira's book. More on this later, but for now I'm finding it to be an enjoyable read.

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