Confessions of a Bad Diabetic

Confessions of a Bad Diabetic

I just read a study that says it’s OK for diabetics to do their shots through their shirts, or through their jeans, or bathing suits or any fabric. Way back in 1997 five researchers studied 50 diabetics who practiced this … Read more

Transition to a Gluten-Free Diet

Transition to a Gluten-Free Diet

Yesterday I took down the artificial Christmas tree and moved it to the attic.  This morning my husband and I lugged a 110-pound boxed furniture kit from the minivan to the garage. Once it slipped, and in trying to raise … Read more

Gingerbread Houses and Diabetes

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We have a Christmas tradition of baking, building, and decorating a gingerbread house, packed with as much candy as we can squeeze on. The candy is purely for decoration, not for consumption, but inevitably there’s some snacking along the way. … Read more

Pasta, Gelato, and the End of the Diabetes Honeymoon

Bisi and her brother, Jamie, near the top of a bell tower in Florence, looking out over the Duomo

About 10 days after Bisi started on the pump, the four of us joined my mom for a week in Tuscany. We had a great time; how could you not? But in terms of Bisi’s diabetes, the trip was difficult. … Read more

Diabetes Management: When Does the Exception Become the Rule?


Do you ever get caught in the dilemma: Hot or Iced? That used to be one of my nonsensical problems. But when I was pregnant with Maya, the coffee decision resolved itself. I always wanted iced. I treated myself to … Read more

Left Out of a World Obsessed with Food


I stand on the outside, looking in. That’s how I would describe my feeling, as a person with Type 1 diabetes and now celiac disease, in our food-obsessed culture. Outside, looking in. A couple of weeks ago, I went to … Read more

Good Blood Sugar Causes Bad Mood

Good Blood Sugar Causes Bad Mood

I never thought I’d complain about a good blood sugar. But as I write this, I’m fuming a bit over my current reading of 132 mg/dL. Why? It’s a Sunday afternoon, which translates to the prime time for this college … Read more

It’s Halloween: Hold the Treats

Halloween and Diabetes

A lot of people who follow my blog suggested that I write about Halloween, and the difficulty of facing a night of obsessive candy-collecting when your child has type 1 diabetes. I wasn’t going to, since I figured that this … Read more

12 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight for Good

12 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight for Good

You’re 10, 20, 30 or more pounds overweight and you’ve dieted, on and off, for years. You’ve lost weight and then put it back on and more. Why? Diets don’t work. Today we know diets don’t work. Even Weight Watchers … Read more

Drinking from the Nutrition Fire Hose: First Steps at Learning the Gluten-Free Diet

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 At the Massachusetts of Technology, where I work and teach, there is a well-known expression in our community about how it feels to be a student there. The educational experience is described as “drinking from the MIT fire hose.” There … Read more

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