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Recipe: Colourful Squash-Tarte

Yes, yes, I know: It’s December already! Winter, not autumn. But so what? Squash still tastes fantastic and I will keep making it into fabulous dishes as long as I can still find some. :-)

For example into a light and quick colourful tarte!

What you need:

  • puff pastry
  • 150 g goat cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 small squash (e.g. butternut oder hokkaido)
  • thyme, pepper, salt, cinnamon
  • honey and balsamic vinegar (white if possible)
  • 1/4 pomegranate
  • 1/2 bunch of arugula

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How it works:

First you preheat the oven to 180 °C and get excited! And then you get started! Cut the squash into bite-sized pieces and glaze it with honey, balsamic vinegar, pepper, salt and cinnamon. Then you put it into the oven for roughly 25 minutes, until it is soft. Now you prepare the pastry. If you’re as lazy as me, you just buy it from the store and cut it, so that nobody will call your bluff! ;-)

The pastry can already get cozy in the oven for about 10 minutes. Prick it a few times with a fork, so that it doesn’t rise too much. In the mean time, whisk the two eggs together with 100 g of goat cream cheese and season it with pepper, salt and thyme. Put this mixture on top of the pastry and put it back into the oven for another 10 minutes, until it looks tasty.

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In the mean time, the squash should be about ready and you can put it on the taste. Afterwards, decorate it with the arugula and pomegranate and a few dabs of goat cream cheese. Season the tarte to taste with more pepper, salt and thyme and ta-da – the masterpiece is complete! Enjoy!


 

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Colourful Squash-Tarte à la PEP ME UP:

  • Time: 35-45 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty: easy
  • Costs: around 10 €
  • Carbohydrates:
  • rougyhly 33 g Carbs per 100 g pastry
  • plus squash and pomegranate

Enjoy squash in all its glory, as long as you still can! And let me know how you like the recipe! ;-)

5 moments in a life with diabetes #2

Since I got such great feedback on my previous “moments with diabetes” post, I am now back with another five typical diabetes moments! Do you recognise any of these?

1. When all your storage space is full of diabetes equipment …

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2. When you accidentally confused your long-acting and fast-acting insulin pen …

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3. When once again, you have to listen to nonsense about diabetes, but just cannot take a discussion today …

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4. When someone suggests that you “simply eat less sugar” …

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5. When you are low and SOOO hungry!

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GIF-Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

What typical diabetes moment experience you have today? :) If you don’t want to miss the next “5 moments” post, make sure to follow me on Facebook! ;-)
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5 moments in a life with diabetes #1

There are a few moments that almost everyone with T1D will experience sooner or later. Do you recognise any of these?

1. When you order a diet coke, but get regular coke instead… 3h32b 2. When your next appointment at the diabetes doctor is due and you realise that once again, you haven’t kept your blood glucose diary on track … 534 …. and you then start to note down all the readings from the last quarter… ktpng 3. “Should you be eating that as a diabetic?” giphy-2 4. When you’re being told that diabetes can be cured with cinnamon and green smoothies … yea-k 5. When you’re in total control of your blood glucose! tumblr_mz1ly6uTbE1re0gcho1_250

GIF-Sources: 1, 2a, 2b, 3, 45

What typical diabetes moment did you have today? :) If you don’t want to miss the next “5 moments” post, make sure to follow me on Facebook! ;-)

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Diabetes Blog Week: Continuing Connections

Diabetes Blog Week was a blast! I am truly glad I got to take part in it, even though I missed yesterday’s post because I was busy travelling. But that is always a good excuse! ;-) Even still, I got inspired to write a few posts and most of all I got to read a lot of them, too. Here are just a few articles that I liked, but I will continue to read more!

Diabetes Blog Week was a great opportunity to get to know and connect with so many different bloggers, each with their unique perspective on this thing we all share. Feel free to connect with me as well, whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or right here on the blog. I’m always happy to make new friends, with a functioning pancreas or without! ;-)

Diabetes Blog Week: Foods For Friday

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is “Foods For Friday”. This week, I was travelling and eating in Dublin. Generally, I am the hungriest person in the world – at home or abroad. For me, food is also very important during my travels, because I see the local cuisine as a big part of the culture. So yes, I will try and eat my way through all the countries of the world … ;-)

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When I’m travelling, I mostly just want to get out and start exploring! So I just take something quick on the go, such as bananas and cereal bars. This way, I save money and time and can concentrate on enjoying the sights! :-)


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For lunch, we went to this wonderful little place called Considered Café in the city centre and had some soup and sandwiches. It was great to just sit down and relax for a while and most importantly, the food was delicious!


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When we went to Howth, a little fishing village just outside Dublin, Fish & Chips with Seafood Chowder was an obvious, but delicious choice! Also, Guiness! ;-)


THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY: THE CUPCAKE

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I love, love, love cupcakes! Love them! So while sadly I don’t have one every day, I at least have one on every trip I take. There was a lovely little cupcake stall by Lolly and Cooks in the George Street Arcade with a LOT of cupcakes. I don’t know exactly how the universe did it, but I had a little hypo right when we came across it, so these little things really helped! ;-)

Diabetes Blog Week: Changes

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is “Changes”!

This topic immediately got me excited. Change is a constant in my life and that is exactly how I like it. I’ve studied in Cologne, Moscow and Edinburgh, and I will finish my degree soon and start looking for a job. I’m already excited to see where that will take me.

When it comes to diabetes, this lack of regularity and rhythm in my life can be problematic. Every day is different, which is a huge challenge for diabetes management. It is hard to stick to diabetes routines if there’s hardly any routine in my daily life. But in the end, the diabetes has to fit into my life, not the other way around!

What really helps me fit diabetes management into my daily adventures is technology. And that is where a lot of exciting changes take place! And some of these technological advancements have really changed my life, too. Most recently, the Freestyle Libre! I never thought that such a small device could have such a big impact. It is not only a relief from constant finger pricking, but it pushed me to monitor my levels more closely, giving me a new sense of freedom and independence!

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In the past few months, I’ve also been thinking about the ultimate change in diabetes management … and I think I’m finally ready for it. Drumroll … the pump! I really don’t mind the pens, but I think a pump would enable tighter control. Initially, I wanted to go for the OmniPod, because I am so clumsy I’ll probably strangle myself in my sleep with the tube. But I have been really impressed by what I read about the MiniMed 640G and the Smartguard system. So maybe I’ll try to get used to tubes after all. Change is good and I hope this one may help me fit diabetes into my ever-changing life.

Diabetes Blog Week: Clean it out!

Diabetes Blog Week is continuing! Today’s topic is “Clean it out!”

I did not think I would be able to write a post today, since I was out and about in Dublin all day long and honestly didn’t have a clue what to write about. But now I’m back at the hotel, completely exhausted aaand I’m in the middle of a hypo. I usually turn to juice boxes, but that’s a no no on the plane. So I reluctantly started chewing on dextrose tablets and then I remembered …

… that one really bad hypo at work with only some long forgotten dextrose tablets in the back of a drawer. I knew it was the only thing around that would help get my levels back up and I took a handful of them in my mouth. Eeewww!!! That’s when I realized for the first time that those little things actually do go bad and that yes, they can taste worse than they already do. At the time, there was no alternative around so I just had to suck it up and eat them anyway. They did the job, but ever since then I say “Clean it out”! Use up the old dextrose first and if it’s past the expiration date – away with it! Hypos are bad enough, they don’t have to taste rubbish too!

But let’s be serious, cleaning it out can do more than just prevent you from tasting bad dextrose. There is a nonprofit organization called “Insulin For Life” that helps diabetics in countries with limited health care. You can donate the supplies that you no longer need but could be of great value to others. All donations must be at least three months before their expiration date, so how about just checking your storage shelf each time you add something new?

You can find more details here. So clean it out and do some good! ;-)

DIABETES BLOG WEEK: KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

It’s still Diabetes Blog Week and here is my post about the topic “Keep it to Yourself”.

I have not been blogging about diabetes for a long time, so I am still full of ideas for posts. It’s a very long list! ;-) But I already know that I will not write about cinnamon, green smoothies or other remedies that will supposedly cure us all and make insulin redundant. Granted, cinnamon is awesome in cookies and who knows – maybe I will one day jump on the juicing train and start making up recipes for delicious green smoothies. But I am not going to tell you miracle stories that will only do one thing: Hurt.

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I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes six years ago. Since then, I have been bombarded with news articles, spam emails or well meant messages from friends that promise. And I have always been fully aware that most of it is nonsense. But still, whenever I read that little word, CURE, my heart jumps a little. And then it hurts.

While I do still get excited about awesome new diabetes management technologies like amazing wristbands and contact lenses, when it comes to a cure, I’ve always been sceptical. I’m not sure, but I do have a feeling that I will be living with diabetes for the rest of my life. Yes, of course there is still that little shred of hope in the back of my mind. But I cannot get distracted by every natural remedy or scientific breakthrough. What I need to focus on is accepting my condition, taking matters into my own hands and living my life to the fullest. Making it count. Enjoying it. And that is what I do! :-)

Diabetes Blog Week: I CAN!

Yay! The sixth annual Diabetes Blog Week is here! Thanks to Karen from Bitter Sweet Diabetes for organising it! I’m thrilled to be part of it! Here is my first post about the topic “I CAN”. 

Six years ago, when I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the conversation was all about what I CAN’T do. Can’t drink juice. Can’t do a year abroad. Can’t be spontaneous.

And I listened. That’s the part that I still struggle with sometimes. I had always prided myself on making my own decisions. Taking advice, yes. Taking orders, no. But there it was: Diabetes. The diagnosis that was going to change my decisions, my behaviour, my life. And I was passive. I just listened and did what I was told. Which was not to be spontaneous, not to drink juice and not to do a year abroad.

I think that is why I needed a long time to accept the diabetes. I had to learn for myself what it meant and what role it should play in my life. It took some time and struggle but here I am: Taking advice, but not orders. For me, the most important thing about my life with diabetes is that I CAN make my own decisions. I can be spontaneous. I can travel. I can see the world. (And I can also drink juice.)

Today I know that. I’ve lived in Cologne, Moscow and Edinburgh. And I’m just about to land in Dublin. I CAN do all those things with diabetes. And I won’t listen to anyone who says otherwise!

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Higher and higher …

There is no better way to get all that exam stress out of your head than to take a little walk. Or climb a mountain. Whatever.

When you live in Edinburgh, that’s easy! Last week, we had visitors from back home and we took them up Arthur’s Seat, which is an extinct volcano right in the city. It was a really great day. But I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the view from high up in the air. As always, my diabetes monster was right there with me (in this case very high).

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Does that thing measure glucose or altitude?

But the hike and the glucose stress were well worth it. The wind blows every uni-related thought right out of your head and the view is absolutely stunning. See for yourselves:

What do you do to get away from it all? And how does your glucose monster behave? Let me know in the comments!