For anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile, you will know that I not only have Celiac disease but I also have Type 1 diabetes. Today marks a celebration of sorts for me that I felt the need to share with the blog world. I will warn you that this is not directly related to gluten free foods, gluten free living or gluten free anything specifically for that matter. Today marks a very different and special celebration for me....
On August 24, 1989 I was with my family in Winnipeg, celebrating my grandmothers 65th birthday and I was just not myself. I will spare you the details, but the end result was that I was diagnosed that day with Type 1 diabetes. Today marks 25 years (completed) of managing and living with type 1 diabetes for me!
Now to some this is not a reason to celebrate and to others I should be celebrating even more than I am. But to me, it is important to share with people that I (and my family and friends) have been through many experiences directly related to my diabetes and I am so very thankful for my family and friends who have been there with me every step of the way.
I recall as if it was just yesterday that after finding out about my diagnosis, one of my oldest friends in the world, who at the time was living very far away, decided that because I couldn't eat Halloween candy she too was abstaining from eating Halloween candy. Now, when you're 11 years old this is really a huge deal. Only a true friend would give up their Halloween candy because they love me that much. Other friends & family (Including Abisaac), have been there when I have experienced low blood sugars. These friends and family have helped me through the minor lows where they just grabbed me a simple glass of juice to major lows where they've had to call 911 and be at my side. Even my old dog, Cookie, would even sense when my blood sugars where heading downwards and would stay by my side till someone noticed to help me out.
Over the years, I've fought the misconceptions of having type-1 diabetes. People have asked "It must be hard to travel with your diabetes and live away from home". I have been able to travel abroad, I have lived away to attend University and then lived away long after that. When I was first diagnosed, I even had sleepovers at friends houses, and started to manage diabetes on my own because I didn't want me parents coming over to the sleepover to make sure I take my insulin.
People have commented about having children "Are you allowed to have kids?" asked one nurse during my first pregnancy which surprised me the most. With lots of diligence, exercise, and tight management of my diabetes, I have two beautiful children that are the joys of my life.
I remember everyday where I started on this diabetes related journey and just how far I have come. I also know how much farther I still have to go.
Thank you all for your support and appreciation for everything we do here at Gluten Free Edmonton.
On a recent trip to Sobey's in the west end of Edmonton in an effort to fill my cart with foods that would help get me to the $75 mark in order to get the 75 bonus air miles (yes I am a sucker for these deals and try to cash in on them whenever possible). I was just shy of reaching my $75 and I didn't really want to purchase anything that wouldn't be used or wasn't actually needed or useful to our family just for the sake of getting the air miles. I like my air miles, but I do not like to throw money away or waste food.
First I was in the gluten free section located near the front of this particular store. Beside the gluten free section is a small Kosher section (there's also Kosher meat located in the meat department in this store for those who didn't know this already. I was pleased to find that they had one of my old favorites Garden Lites in Broccoli & Cheese, The company also makes a variety of other products that are gluten free and kosher. They are all basically a single serving meal or addition to a meal. This one is my long time favorite. I hardly ever buy these types of things anymore, but as I said I needed to get those air miles, right. I think this item costs about $5 but I truly cannot remember. I enjoyed it for lunch that very same day, though I will share that my little one ate most of it and she loved it.
I was later walking through the bakery section, which you would think would not be where you would likely find a gluten free shopper. However, I was in search of the Our Compliments bread as I have not yet tried it. It seems that every time to go looking for it, they are always out. When I turned around I saw this new product on the shelf that caught my attention. I admit it mostly caught my attention because it was only $2.99. The product is called Broghies. I would describe these as puffed corn shaped similarly to a pita or shell. They are so light and filled with air. The company is a Canadian company and who doesn't like to support fellow Canadians? Right. This product does not say Gluten Free on the package and I know that the only ingredients listed are corn flour, masa (corn) and salt. These make a nice light snack and have a great crunch that makes them great when you are looking for just a little something to tide you over.
I am pleased to say that my shopping trip was a success, I found a few new gluten free items and of course I got my other groceries as well. Now, if only I can actually find that Our Compliments gluten free bread to try out...hmmm
Have you ever looked in your cupboards and just hoped that something, anything would simply jump out and say "I'm healthy, choose me!" Well that is what happened to me this past week. I was feeling snacky (yes it's a made up word) and did not want anything that I could actually see in front of me when I stared into the fridge, freezer or even cupboard. So, instead of reaching for something wholly unhealthy and filled with calories, fat and sugar (yum) I chose to use up a box of muffin mix I had in the cupboard and had always been meaning to use.
Enter in Heartland Gourmet Gluten Free cornbread mix (purchased at Winners).
Heartland Gourmet Gluten Free Cornbread mix
I decided to make this super easy mix into muffins and since I added a few things to jazz it up a bit, I was able to get not only 12 full sized muffins but also 12 mini muffins. I must say that those mini muffins make for a great after school/daycare snack for little ones! I added some fresh thyme, old cheddar cheese, a touch of garlic powder and a handful of frozen corn kernels tossed in at the last moment.
They freeze well and taste excellent, which reminds me I need to keep an eye out for this stuff the next time I am at Winners.