Why do you log your data?
I log my data because I love seeing my trends over time — how changes to my diet, insulin, activities, and general lifestyle impact my blood glucose levels. I’ve experimented with all of these variables over the past 21 years and I wish I’d logged more diligently the whole time! It’s so nice to have a record to look back on.
Why One Drop?
I was drawn to One Drop because of the design. For a long time I felt like no one cared about making diabetes devices and applications look good… And having used all sorts of meters, pumps, sensors, etc., I was just so frustrated. One Drop seemed to be the first company to actually put the user experience first.
I love hiking, practicing yoga, singing karaoke, cooking low-carb recipes, and reading all about diabetes and nutrition.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food?
Warm bread pudding + vanilla ice cream.
Weirdest place you’ve checked your blood sugar / injected insulin / changed an infusion set … ?
It’s hard to think of a place where I haven’t done these things. I do it all in public so often that I honestly don’t even think about it. I also like to think I’m so smooth that no one notices. 😉
I feel most self-conscious when I need to shovel food in my mouth at inopportune times because of a low blood sugar… like in the middle of a work meeting or during a yoga class. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!
Anything you’ve learned on your diabetes journey that you’d like to share with the world?
I’ve learned that people with diabetes can be just as healthy and even healthier than people without diabetes — it just takes a little more focus. And the more you surround yourself with supportive people, the easier it is! I feel very fortunate to have been surrounded by supportive people my entire life.
Also, I recently switched to an extremely low-carb diet — no grains, no starches… nada — and it’s been great for me. I wish more people did it! It can be hard at first, but it’s so rewarding once you see your blood sugars (even more so if you wear a CGM!). I often wonder how I ever dealt with all those crazy blood sugar swings back when I was eating a “normal” diet (and it wasn’t that long ago…).
Eating carbs made having diabetes so much harder, emotionally and physically. Now, I finally feel free! To anyone who thinks they can’t do it, just give it a try. You’ll be amazed at how much simpler life can be when there are almost no carbs involved.