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Winter hikes

IMG_1104Yesterday I went hiking at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park with my love.  We had a great time (albeit very challenging considering the 2 feet of snow) and I was toasty warm in my newly made scarf.  I love this one because its made with Malabrigio Rasta and a handspun alpaca that I got directly from the farmer.  I made it using a simple Tunisian crochet stitch, alternating the two yarns as I went.

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Baby blanket

A couple of months ago I found out that two of my friends are pregnant.  Since it was the first time for both of them, I was super excited and I wanted to make a baby blanket for each of them.  I’ve only given one blanket away so far (it was my favourite one to make!) – I made it using Noro Kirara wool and a hexagon pattern I found in the book “Granny Squares: 20 crochet projects with a vintage vibe” by Susan Pinner.  It was super easy and fun to make – and I was so happy with the outcome!  So was the momma to be!

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Life

I’ve been bad at posting. I think it’s been at least a month since my last one, and I was doing so well! Maybe I haven’t felt the need to talk about things lately or maybe I haven’t watched any movies worth sharing with people but whatever the reason I need to get back to it. I want to talk more about my personal journey with Type 1 diabetes as I still struggle to make changes with my lifestyle but I do also want this space to be a good reflection of me as a person. Both the good and the bad. I think that’s the tough part though. I need to just let go and write what’s on my mind.

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Empty Stomach

I am so hungry these days. It’s been about 6 weeks since I started seriously eating a plant-based diet but only about 3 days since I started eliminating sugar. Whoa, that’s a tough one for me. I guess I had a ‘secret’ sugar addiction. By secret I mean that I was probably in denial about how much of my diet consisted of the stuff. This week I’ve been hungrier that ever but I’ve also had more energy so I think I just need to start adding sugar free snacks to my routine. As someone who never really liked nuts it’s been hard for me to adjust but I think the more I eat them the more I can appreciate the earthy, wholesome taste! It might be time to make some more granola.

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The Staircase

This is a fascinating watch. The Staircase is a documentary movie (or seeing as it is 8 hours long I like to call it a miniseries) which follows the trial of author Michael Peterson who was accused of killing his wife Kathleen back in 2003. I don’t really want to give away any of the details because it’s better to watch it for yourself! I’d have to give it a five out of five.

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Tabloid.

This is probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. A retelling of a crime of passion committed by Joyce McKinney, a wide eyed American girl who chased her true love to London to kidnap him and seduce him into leaving the Morman church only to be arrested and thrown in jail and then have her life dissected by the British tabloids. Directed by Errol Morris the story is retold by Joyce herself and two reporters from two seperate tabloids and then also from an ex-Morman who gives some insider info into the church. I would give this one five out of five all the way!
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Whole Foods to Thrive

I just finished reading ‘Whole Foods to Thrive’ this morning before I left for work.  Although I can’t really say it was a page turner the content presented is easy to read and informative.  I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about trying a plant based diet but is unsure of it for any reason.  Brendan Brazier is a huge advocate for eating whole, nutrient dense foods to fuel your body.  ‘Whole Foods to Thrive’ also include recipes which is helpful, after reading all the benefits these ingredients have to offer you’ll want to put them to use immediately!

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Diabetes

I have been living with diabetes for fourteen years.  I was diagnosed at the age of fifteen with Type 1 (at that time it was still being called juvenile diabetes) and was hospitalized almost immediately.  For the next week I was learning all about syringes, insulin, carb counting and checking blood sugar levels.   Although I struggled with dealing with the life changing diagnoses I was totally in love with insulin.  After spending a whole summer being too fatigued to spend a day at the beach, being too thirsty to make it through a trip to the grocery store, having to pee too bad that I couldn’t make it to the outhouse in the middle of the night (on a camping trip) insulin was a revolution.  It changed the quality of my fourteen-year old life completely.  I think thats why I’ve never even considered life without it since then.

The last year or so my bloodsugar has been harder to control than ever before.  My A1C has been on the rise (the highest being 9.4), and every visit with my endocrinologist would leave me feeling frustrated and disappointed.  Things were better when I was working out consistently but I’ve been lacking the time and motivation to get to the gym 5x’s a week.  So about six months ago I decided to get an insulin pump.  This was a big step for me – ever since I was diagnosed they’ve been pushing an insulin pump but it never appealed to me.  To be honest, even after using one for six months it still doesn’t really appeal to me!  It has improved my health (I just found out yesterday that my A1C is down to 7.2 – a huge step in the right direction!) but I need to be doing more.  I feel like for the last fourteen years I’ve been using insulin as an excuse to eat whatever I want when really, I should be using food to try to fix what’s wrong with me.  I know that realistically I won’t be able to reverse my diabetes, nor will I be able to stop using insulin but I hoping with some positive changes in my diet I will be able to feel better, prevent any long term damage to my body and live a long, healthy life.  Isn’t that the dream?

I started this blog with the intention of being more open about living with diabetes – for myself and for anyone else who might be interested in reading it.  I’m hoping that in the coming months I can look back on this and see how far I’ve come – how any  changes have impacted my life and use that to keep moving forward.

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Raising Arizona

One of my favourite movies of all time.  I first watched this one about 2 years ago on a recommendation from my boyfriend and prior to watching it I HATED Nick Cage.  This movie changed everything.  Not only did I start loving Cage, but I also fell in love with Holly Hunter, the southwest, the Cohen brothers,  John Goodman (well, more like my love of him grew) and cacti.  I’d give this movie a five out of five.

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