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Hello to all my fellow diabetic and nondiabetic inhabitants of this earth. My name is Abby, I’m a 24-year-old Vancouver native currently living in Toronto, Canada. I’m a musician, health enthusiast and lover of all things chocolate.

 

This website is a personal projection for my constant thirst for learning new and better ways to live as a type 1 diabetic. Being chronically ill has the potential to be chronically shitty, but it doesn’t have to be. Over the past 7 years of having diabetes, I’ve learned a lot about how to harmoniously coexist (for the most part) with the beast it can sometimes prove to be. I know that my blood sugar will never be perfect all the time, but knowing that I have the ability to keep it within my comfortable range, and still live a fulfilling, non-restrictive life, is empowering to me. The reason I care so much about maintaining the best blood sugar I can is because my ultimate goal is to be super old and wrinkly and not have any complications. Check out “my journey” to read more about the different diets and experiments I’ve tried that have lead me to where I am today.

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is a riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.”

 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As someone highly focused on my diabetic health, I've sometimes found myself ignoring unhealthy habits as a justification for maintaining stable blood sugar. Some examples might be skipping meals if my blood sugar is a little high, overanalyzing and fearing certain foods (which results in an unhealthy relationship with food) and missing out on certain activities out of fear or unwillingness to deal with how it will affect my levels. This type of living and coping with a chronic disease is quite normal. Getting diagnosed with anything you’re going to have to deal with for a lengthy amount o...

The winter of 2014 is when my approach to managing diabetes completely changed. Even though I was able to keep decent control for the first 4 years of my diagnosis, I was experiencing highs and lows much to frequently and was getting fed up. My A1Cs had never gone above 7.1 in those 4 years and I had never had a severe hypo or gone into ketoacidosis, but I had missed classes, canceled plans with friends and been very moody because of my diabetes. I was following the Canadian diabetes way of eating – count carbs, put in correct amount of insulin, eat food. Also I was eating whatever I wante...

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