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Introducing The Lyfebulb Market Place!

Dear Lyfebulb Family:

We have curated a one-stop shop for all of your favorite diabetes-friendly products! The Lyfebulb Market Place features products that were created by Patient Entrepreneurs, aka individuals who are living with, or are affected by a chronic disease.

We are proud to currently feature Myabetic, Be Mixed, Beyond Type 1, I Have The Sugars, and Anna PS in our Market Place!

We also have our own Lyfebulb Products!

“The Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Cookbook” written by Karin Hehenberger, includes 70 delicious recipes and diabetes management tips.

We teamed up with Louise Bak Refshauge to bring you a DIY ‘Bling Your Pen’ insulin pen case sold in three options- gold, clear rhinestone, or multicolor- so you can design your pen case just the way you like it!

Finally, we partnered with boxer, painter, and T1D Omar Hassan to design t-shirts that feature his artwork, with all proceeds going towards diabetes awareness.

We believe that each of the products curated on our site will make living life with diabetes easier and more fun!

 

Kale and Goat Cheese Frittata Cups

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(adapted from thekitchn.com)

Makes 8 individual cups

Ingredients

2 cups chopped kale
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
8 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Preparation

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F. To get 2 cups kale, remove the leaves from the kale ribs. Wash and dry the leaves and cut them into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

2.  In a 10-inch skillet, cook the garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add the kale and red pepper flakes and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

3.  In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the salt and pepper. Add the kale and oregano to the egg mixture.

4.  Using a 12-cup muffin tin, use the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to grease 8 of the cups (you may also use butter or non-stick spray if you’d prefer). Sprinkle the tops with goat cheese. Bake until they are set in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Flirting with Burnout

I’m sitting here in France after a whirlwind tour of Europe. We come here every year and it’s always a bit of a challenge to juggle suitcases, meals, train and plane travel with my daily diabetes management requirements. But besides a bit of grumbling, I take it in my stride.

This year though it’s been a bit more challenging. If you’ve ever been to Italy you’ll most likely agree that the food is incredible, the people deeply heartfelt and the scenery – BREATHTAKING! But try and get something practical done with a government organization? Forget about it! Last year I had a diabetes test strip debacle when my friend sent me test strips to an address in Italy. It took oodles of red tape to wrestle the test strips from customs, only to have them arrive after I had left Italy.

It was hard not to ruminate on this kind of madness when I tried to get a seat on a train from Milan to Cannes

Imagine, I’m ready for lunch, my blood sugar is a nice 6.0 mmol. I ask my beloved to wait with the suitcases on the platform while I pop down to the reservation center to get us a seat.

Oh my god! The reservation center was filled with at least 500 gesticulating Italians. I found a line which led to a guy who was passing out numbers. I told him I wanted a seat on the 3.10 train to Cannes, which apparently was impossible. I freaked out! My blood sugar was dropping, I didn’t have anything with me and I couldn’t get in touch with my partner to bring me my food.

What to do?

I hightailed it out of there and decided to sit in whatever seats we could find. We dragged our bags onto an overcrowded train and were of course sitting in someone else’s seats. Eventually we sorted everything out and landed in Cannes. But the trip took its toll.

Higher blood sugars, physical exhaustion, and feeling frustrated were the initial symptoms. But days later I am dealing with insulin resistance and the feeling that I just don’t want to have anything to do with diabetes!

For 8 years I have managed this disease with diligence and care. I’ve cried a ton, been angry, practiced yoga every single day, surrendered, you name it. But right now as I balance between something that feels like depression and anxiety, apathy and distress I think I must be experiencing my first bout of diabetes burnout.

It’s mild and in the background but it’s there.

I can’t ever imagine not checking my blood sugar, or ignoring my daily insulin injection. But I can feel some other form of rebellion brewing. And strangely it’s taking the form of inactivity. I am not signing up for the next webinar, not updating in facebook groups, not planning our next event. Not spending all my time on twitter, Instagram etc. I’m actually reading a book, sitting in the sun, baking flaxseed muffins, taking naps and staying in my P.J’s for most of the day.

And as my burnout morphs into relaxation, I’m wondering; is burnout actually the crisis we need to take a step back and make important changes in the way we manage our diabetes?

I know for myself that being so diligent can work against me. I try too hard to get perfect numbers. My whole life has been about doing my best.

When I take a step back and accept that some things are out of my hands it can almost feel like I’m flying blind. It’s a scary and fragile feeling. And reminds me of how it feels to ride on the back of a motorbike in the wind. Holding tight to the driver’s waist I close my eyes and trust that I’ll get where I’m going in one piece.

I know that living with diabetes isn’t quite like that, I mean you can’t just ignore it. But you can trust that sometimes the way you think about your diabetes contributes as much to unstable levels as the diabetes itself.

Talking with other people who live with diabetes is, in my opinion, one of the best coping strategies. Last month I met up with fellow Lyfebulb Ambassador Hanna Boethius whose lived with diabetes for 30 years. We started discussing the process of upping our basal insulin when morning levels get higher. She shared that even though we tell ourselves it’s something else, like stress or food or whatever, taking that little bit more insulin will bring the levels down. We don’t want to believe it because we want to take as little as possible, but sometimes you just have to suck it up, inject and trust that you’ll be okay.

Something that my partner has taught me through his own assimilation of the deeper aspects of yoga is that we forget that the body is bound by time. The physical practices keep the body as healthy and fit as possible for as long as possible. Yoga also teaches us that the body is a vehicle. We’re in the driver’s seat. The parts may wear out but the driver remains. Getting to know the driver is the richest aspect of yoga. We think that getting to know the driver is all about our likes and dislikes, who we are as individuals. But the purest teachings take it one step further and pose the question; who is it that is seeing, touching tasting feeling and driving this vehicle?

Whenever I really get stuck I go back to my mat and the feelings of “I’ve had enough” give over to pondering “whose feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and burnout?”

It’s amazing how that one simple question can unravel the knots, bring me back to what matters and reset my day. It’s not that I have all the answers but I do know what I’m not.

I’m not my burnout, nor am I my disease. I’m simply a person who lives with what ever comes along, doing my very best every single day.

Punch Fitness

Working out in my case should always  be enjoyable and satisfying, simply because that way it’s easier to achieve your goals. My working out routine changes  depending on the time of the day. If I’m working out in the morning, I go more for a lighter workout that is more cardio based. If it’s at night, I go for a much harder workout that will take everything out of me.

In the morning I like to jog for 5 to 10 minutes then stretch, and then get into push ups, sit-ups, burpees, and squats. I do each exercise twenty times in three sets. Then I put my boxing gloves on and hit the bag for 4 to 6 rounds then Jump rope for 3 rounds of 3 minutes each, with 30 second rest in between.  Then I stretch and that’s my light workout  in the morning.  🙂

My evening workout  is much harder than when I workout in the mornings. I like to start with a two to three mile run then jump rope for 3×3 minutes rounds with 30 second rest in between. Then I do 3×3 rounds hitting the boxing bag and after that I do 4 round of mitt work (pad work). My coach and I then finish up on the bag for two more rounds (every round has a 30 second break in between).  I generally  like to finish with 4 sets of 25 squats, 25 burpees, 25 push ups, and 25 sit ups. To finish my workout I like to do a good stretch and then when I get home I can fall asleep in no time.  🙂

For a person with diabetes I would recommend to reduce the amount of activity and increase the rest time to a minute in between each exercise. I am a professional boxer and that’s the reason  why I work out this hard. A normal person who just wants to be healthy and fit does not need to work out as hard as I do. Just maintain a balanced, healthy diet, and a work out like my morning work out is more than enough!

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