Category Archives: healthy diet

Low blood sugar levels due to low carb diet for diabetes


I have had lows for the last couple of days. Obviously a medicine change is needed.

My very low carb/ketogenic diet is working. Already I am seeing a need to lower some of the insulin needs. Will talk to the dr if it keeps up. Luckily I have been home when it happens – night time and fasting.

Most days I eat less than 20 carbs, some meals are no carb therefore no insulin. So I am down to the low numbers on my fast acting insulin for meals and my Tresiba slow acting all day insulin also needs adjustment. Just not sure where I should make the adjustment.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

My Health Pledge


I pledge to be held accountable for my health. I will exercise (silver sneakers at a local health club), eat right and cut out sugar, get rid of the insulin and diabetes pills and eliminate my diabetes entirely and lose weight so I can get rid of my myriad other illnesses and pills.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Hate giving myself injections. Some do hurt!


Finding an uninjected spot is hard. My belly hurts at times and pressing against something hurts.

My sugars are still not level. I have to work harder at it.

I am happy (manic right now)

I am content

I am wise

I am going to find the perfect place to live and be able to afford it

I am healthy

I am pain free.


Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Healthy Eating (Danny Ray)


Danny you have been inspirational in my quest for healthy eating. Although I occasionally will have a treat (the sugary kind), it isn’t often anymore. My fridge has veggies and some fruit and meats. Protein is important especially to offset the carbs.

As others have said, as bad as diabetes is and being on insulin injections is no fun, it may ultimately save my life. No more grazing non-stop on sugary, high carb treats all day and night. I have to have a regular meal to go with my insulin. I am learning what my body can tolerate. My pancreas no longer produces insulin itself or not much the doctor says.

I had to go to an endocrinologist for my help with the diabetes. The general practitioner was useless. Insulin is serious, but it has been a wake up call.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

My fridge is lower carbohydrate now and more healthy


I have fresh vegetables including broccoli (Danny Ray is saying “I told you so LOL”). Meats, high in protein (good for diabetics) and no carbs.

One of my problems with the insulin is that my meals must be more regulated. No eating, munching whenever I feel like it. Will be good in the long run and may even lose weight, but driving me crazy right now.

My fitbit announced at 2PM that I had hit my walking goal for the day. My goal is still low. It is just under 2000 steps per day right now. May be time to raise it.

My antidepressant is still working except for the mood swings (manic right now, or maybe hypo-manic) and I am sleeping too much still. Appointment tomorrow. She might lower it or raise the mood stabilizer. This has been the best one so far aside from the initial reaction to the Cymbalta which lasted 8 months.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Sugars have been high all day…


Not sure what is going on. Maybe the stress of meeting with my old grade school friend in person had something to do with it.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Todays levels – fasting 110 and 5 hours later 117


I ate 3 inches of a hoagie and the meat and cheese of the other 3 inches, not the rest of the bread.

I just filled 2 weeks of pills. I hate that job. I take so many and some are day, some are night and some are both. Annoying!

One of the skills I miss the most is my typing. It now takes forever and I have a ton of mistakes to fix.

I also wish I could sleep like a normal person. I can sleep longer if I sleep during the day. Forget sleeping at night.

I have a surprise birthday/Marine Corp Boot Camp graduation party tomorrow for my grandson. Not a party or people person.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com