After a break in December, we jumped back into our #DCDE (Diabetic Connect Diabetes Education) Twitter chats on January 6th. Our special guest for the night was Ginger Vieira. Ginger is a popular diabetes blogger and author as well as a competitive power lifter. She lives with type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and fibromyalgia.
We were also grateful to have Jewels Doskicz back as our host.
As diabetes brings unique challenges to weight loss and weight management, we were excited to learn from our expert as well as from each other as we kick off another new year. Our first question helped us understand where everyone was coming from.
Ginger shared her unique situation as she's about to deliver her first baby.
And from our participants, we heard a wide variety of fitness and weight loss goals.
Next we asked, "In what way does diabetes make it difficult to manage your weight?" Clearly we should have asked in what ways does diabetes make it difficult to manage your weight?
Julia (@misstrendshe) shared one of the common fears of people with diabetes: "@DiabeticConnect Q2 It sometimes makes the idea of working out fearsome because of low blood sugar. It stinks when you have to for LBS.#DCDE"
And what about the counterproductive eating that happens when you have to treat a low?
Ronel provided this helpful comparison chart showing what a difference various options for treating low blood sugars make in our long-term calories intake and nutrition.
Ginger shared one of the best diabetes tips of the night:
For question 3, we simply wanted to get a pulse for how people feel about their current state of health and energy levels. We asked, "Q3. How do you actually feel? Do you feel healthy? Energized? Lethargic? #DCDE"
And Belle (@t1d_Princess_) nailed how most of us feel most of the time:
We appreciated Jewels good advice about how to reduce fatigue and lethargy when you're diabetic. "Carbing out always equals lethargy - eating healthy and exercising makes for a 'well rounded me' not a 'round me'. #DCDE"
Q4. What is your current relationship with food? Is food a positive or stressful part of your life? #DCDE
Part of why we invited Ginger to be our special guest is because she understands this "relationship with food" part of the equation very well. We aspire to match her great approach:
Our friend, T2D_Research pointed out an important part of the equation as well: "#dcde Of course one curse of diabetes is misfiring "hunger" sensations—good to hear people can address this cognitively and/or behaviorally."
Jenn shared a great way she stays motivated: "Q5 Have distance/time exercise goals set and compete with a friend, with ACTUAL incentives (not just bragging rights). #dcde" And then she elaborated further: