Thanks for dropping in to Flawed yet Functional! I am an insulin-free, Type 1 Diabetic doing my best to live a healthy, fulfilled life inspite of my health condition. Today I thought I’d give you an update on how my day-to-day life is going.
It has been on my mind to start doing more off-the-cuff weekly updates on InstaStories or some such venue, but if I’m being honest, I just haven’t taken the time to figure out how to do that. (I also feel very old that I am saying I have not figured out a new technology. Who am I?) Also only my selfie camera works on my phone which makes videos tough. It is a thought in my mind to work on a social media outlet where I can be more real time and give quick updates. Just one more thing to add to the To Do list!
For today, you’ll have to settle with just a blog post with a couple pictures and my very first attempt at a video of me working!
On the diabetes front, it’s been a rough month or two. I had a gluten exposure in mid June, and it took 19 days to get over that. Then about a week after that I had another gluten exposure. Rats.
These exposures are completely my fault. I just stop paying attention to my surroundings when I’m at my friends’ houses. I get busy chatting and trying to feed my family that I don’t pay attention to what I’m doing. For example, one of the instances all I did was cut an apple on a cutting board that had bread crumbs on it. What a small amount of gluten!
Even though I know that my gut will heal and my blood sugar will return to normal, it is still disappointing to see high numbers when I test throughout the day. Also I fear it is taxing my pancreas more and causing it to die. I think it’s already pretty tired, having gone through two pregnancies already!
The good news is that I’ve been back to normal for about a week. I’m not trying any introductions in the near future because I want to just give my body an extended period at normal blood sugar levels without introducing a potential bad food to my diet. I totally see what is so time-consuming to an Elimination Diet and figuring out food sensitivities. Sometimes you just have to wait for everything to settle down before trying again.
Speaking of my diet, I have been on the Autoimmune Protocol for 150 days now! Isn’t that amazing? Especially since I only made it two weeks the last time I tried. 2 weeks!
On the DIY front I have been madly trying to put a clear coat on the three drawers for our buffet for a dining room. The drawers are the final piece to completing this buffet! We’ve only been working on it for 18 months. Haha!
I love painting, and I’ve been itching to do some painting lately. So this is a joy to do and yet…polyurethane can be very time-consuming. The coats go on very thin, and it takes multiple coats. When doing the drawers, I’ve been doing the bottom and sides and then when all those coats are done turning it over to do the inside. I have four coats on the outside, and I think the outside is finished. Two coats are applied to the inside, and I think if they need at least two more. The inside seems a lot rougher than the outside was, so I’m not sure if I just didn’t sand it good enough to begin with or if I just need to keep going with more coats of poly.
Here’s a little video of the poly application. I was going to put in on InstaStories but like I mentioned before, I haven’t figured that out yet. 🙂
Blueberry season just started here in West Michigan! I love love love blueberries! I have found they are the best fruit for me to eat as a Type 1 Diabetic. They are low glycemic and my body handles them very well. I don’t know how much we picked last season, but we ran out in January of this year. So my goal is to pick as much as possible so we can have a freezer full of them to last us until next summer.
I’ve made my first attempt at a low carb fresh blueberry pie. It’s not quite ready for sharing here but hopefully next week I’ll be able to make a couple more and tweak it. I’m super excited about it as it is completely from scratch including the jello/gelatin, and it should be very low carb for a dessert. I’m hoping a serving is under 10 carbs. Woot!
Fish tacos have become a regular dinner this summer. A seafood hater growing up, I’m coming around to fish. These are mahi mahi fillets with a simple cabbage slaw and mango salsa. I serve them with lettuce leaves as the “shell” or just chop the lettuce for a salad. Delish!
What are you up to this summer? House projects? Vacations? Grilling out more?