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10 annoying things NOT to say to a type 1 diabetic

Time for another diabadass post!

As you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2014 (you can read my story here). The past year has been a crazy rollercoaster both physically and emotionally, and one of the things I’ve had to learn how to deal with (well, stil learning how to deal with it actually) is that everybody seems to have an opinion, yet very few people know what they’re actually talking about.

 
I can’t say I really blame them, as I didn’t really know much about it untiI actually got this illness myself, and I know that a lot of people genuinely mean well… but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s quite annoying (not to mention sometimes downright rude and offensive). So here’s a list of 10 things all type 1 diabetics are tired of hearing… Next time you meet someone dealing with this, please refrain yourself from any of these comments ;).

 
Have you tried *…*? It can cure diabetes!

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The *…* is usually some type of food (eating babanas. Eating figs. Eating cinnamon. Eating only raw vegetables.) or drink (drinking water with salt) or activity (working out). Honey… there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people looking for a cure for diabetes. There is no cure at the moment, only ways to manage it. Trust me on this one. I mean think about it: I don’t particularly enjoy having this disease, so if there was cure…don’t you think I’d already be doing it?

 

My grandma had diabetes. She lost her leg and died.

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Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I feel so warm and fuzzy inside now.

 
You have to give yourself insulin injections every day? OMG that would SO not be for me, I’d die haha!

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Well, I would actually die if I didn’t do it. Again: I’m not doing this because I enjoy it. I don’t particularly like giving myself injections 4-5 times a day. I do it because I have to in order to stay healthy and, you know, alive.

 
Just stop eating sugar.

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I could. But since sugar is carbs, you can (naturally) find it in not only rice and potatoes and beans and things like that, but also in dairy, vegetables and fruit. Unless I’m going to live on eggs and meat for the rest of my life, no I can’t just stop eating sugar.

 
Should you eat that? (usually when I’m eating something sugar-ish).

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First of all, you are not the foodpolice. I am perfectly capable of assessing what I can and can not eat. Technically, I can eat everything, I just have to inject the correct amount of insulin for it. There are moments I absolutely need to have something that is high in sugar because my bloodsugar is getting way too low and the last thing I need in that moment is the foodpolice. And sometimes I just want to have a goddamn piece of cake on a birthday party because I WANT to.

 
You have to inject insulin? So you have the bad kind of diabetes then?

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I wasn’t aware there was a “good kind of diabetes”.

 
Well, eat least it’s not that bad as cancer or something. You can live with it right?

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Well, yes sure. And I know you mean well, but honestly living with diabetes can be a giant pain in the ass. Sure I could live a long and healthy life… As long as I constantly measure myself by sticking a needle in my finger multiple times a day, inject myself 4-5 times a day, calculate carbs, avoid stress, get regular hospital checkups, and basically never stop thinking about it ever. Easy breezy.

 
I think you got it from eating too much sugar

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Someone call the Nobel Prize commity, you just discovered what causes type 1 diabetes! Not really. Athletes get it. Babies get it. They don’t know what causes this, but it’s not eating too much sugar.

 
Here’s a cookie! Oh no wait you can’t have that… I still have an apple though, you can have that one!

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There. Is. Sugar. In. Apples.

 
Just watch your diet and your sugarlevel will stabilize… seriously, how hard can it be?

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Here is a brief list of things that can mess with your bloodsugar: Exercise. Sleep. Hormones. Illness. Excitement. The Weather. I honestly work really hard to keep my levels as stable as possible, but being a diabetic means I had to learn to accept that, despite all of that hard work, sometimes I’ll still have elevated bloodsugar for reasons beyond my control. It takes dedication and commitment and hard work and then you still end up being screwed sometimes… that’s just how it is. So yeah, it’s harder than you probably think. Shut up.

 

Be honest now, how many things on this list have you ever said to a diabetic :p?

How to achieve the perfect beach mind

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With all this focus on how you’re supposed to look when you hit the beach this summer, you’d almost think media doesn’t care how you feel at the beach. I’m sure I’m just misunderstanding them and magazines and stuff really do genuinely want you to have a great time at the beach regardless of how you look (*sarcastic cough*), but just to be on the safe side let’s talk about achieving that perfect beachbody beachmind anyway!

Why? Because I know what it feels like to let insecurities hold you back. I’ve worn pants and tops with sleeves when it was 35 degrees. I’ve cancelled on trips with friends because I didn’t want them to see me in a bathing suit. I’ve kept my shorts and shirt on over a swimsuit and sat at the sideline while the others went off for a swim. I’ve cried when trying on bikinis. I’ve gone on crash diets and crazy workouts so I could “get in shape for summer”. I’ve had people laugh at me and make fun of me when they saw me at the beach and I have believed every word they said. I’ve been that girl who never had the “beachbody” and let her happiness depend on it.

 

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I still don’t have that perfect “beachbody”, but I do have a rock solid beach mind! Turns out, the secret to rocking the beach isn’t looking a certain way… it’s feeling a certain way.
So give your mind a makeover with these tips and tricks and go get that awesome beachbody mind!

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Rule 1: want a bikinibody? Put a bikini on your body.
Yes, it really is as simple as that. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not good enough to do/wear something.

 

Rule 2: make a summer bucketlist.
Make a list with all the things you think are important this summer. Friends you want to see, trips you want to take, things you want to learn. “lose 10 pounds” , “get a thighgap” or anything in that category are strictly forbidden. Whenever you are struggling, take out the list and remind yourself of what summer is really about.

 
Rule 3: go on a media-diet.
Over the course of the next 3 months, you will be bombarded with images and articles of women that look a certain way in a certain size and have a certain message (basically: “5 reasons why you’re not good enough for summer the way you are right now”). It’s like cheap fastfood: you think you want it, you’re triggered to crave it, but as soon as you have it you’re left feeling guilty and slightly nautious. So instead, nourish your mind the same way you nourish your body. Give it everything it needs and deserves to be healthy. Absorb the idea that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes and that you are beautiful.

 
Rule 4: get comfortable
Wear your swimsuit at home. Wear it to wash the dishes and watch tv. Take sexy selfies in it and dance in it. That way you get used to how it feels when you wear it, and you’ll feel so much more comfortable with it once you wear it outside. This seems like the silliest trick in the world but trust me, it works.
Rule 5: Treat your body like your best friend
Imagine your BFF. All the great qualities you think she has. How beautiful and funny and smart and awesome she is. How you want to be friends forever (yes, I’m getting a bit cheesy here, but bear with me!) and how you wouldn’t dream of saying anything hurtful to her. Now treat yourself the exact same way. Give yourself compliments, have fun and don’t talk shit about how you look. Ever.

 
My question to all girls in all shapes and sizes: how many times have you held yourself back because you were insecure about how you looked? Let’s put an end to this right now, life is too short and too amazing not to enjoy it!

 

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