Anytime someone asks me for suggestions on what books to read or any of our favorite T1d related items, I send them this list of Quick Referrals. Whether they’re newly diagnosed, or know someone who is, this page is a good starting point. I’ll be adding some more brands or items periodically so be sure to check back often and follow us on Instagram @type1diabetic_life and/or Facebook @typeonediabeticlife for new finds. I am not sponsored in any way for any of the following brands nor do I receive any compensation whatsoever (that would be nice).
Some of our favorite things
THE CEREAL SCHOOL – The first low carb cereal (5g net carbs per bag) with great taste we’ve actually managed to bolus for on point! Pair it with either Premier Protein or Fairlife milk for a LCHPHF quick and easy breakfast or on-the-go snack! See details on our Instagram post @type1diabetic_life. This is a must-have for busy pancreas momagers!
PROYO TREATS – the best and only ice cream I can find high in protein and fiber and low fat, sold at Ralphs. Check their site for retailers near you.
OLLY PROTEIN – They have a wide variety of vitamins and proteins, but the kids protein is our go-to since of late and we love it because Coral will drink it with water! We mix 1/2 scoop Olly Protein with 2-3oz water before bed nearly every night to prevent constant lows overnight especially if her BGs trending down from the low 100s.
PREMIER PROTEIN – The best tasting, lowest carb and major high protein “shake” we could find either at Target, Sprouts, or Amazon.com. We usually give Coral 1oz Fairlife milk with 2oz Premier Protein vanilla shake before bed on nights where she refuses to eat her dinner to prevent constant stubborn lows overnight. Click the link to view their nutrition facts, flavors and more info.
QUEST PROTEIN – tasty protein bars, cereal, powder, chips and cookies high in protein and fiber. Also available on Amazon.com
SUN WARRIOR PROTEIN – natural protein powder replaces the protein your T1dLittle may be lacking and needs to maintain stable BGs for longer than an hour post-prandial (after meals) or when fasting
HAPPY FAMILY BRANDS – mindful snacks made by families for families
DEXCOM – continuous glucose monitor or CGM used to monitor BGs in real-time using a sensor that’s inserted in the interstitial fluid under skin and a transmitter that emits a signal to a Bluetooth device (aka her iphone/medical device). Learn of our experiences on my technical review here.
ANIMAS – insulin pump system (now managed by Medtronic) after Johnson & Johnson left the diabetes market in 2017.
TINI BOY LANCETS – smallest and nearly painless lancet we could find online for when Coral was first diagnosed at 15 months old and used them up until she was 4 1/2.
PIP LANCETS – self-enclosed lancets that are safe and easy to use. Just twist the cap off, press and poke! Learn more at Piplancets.com and see our video post on Instagram. They’re just like what our endo’s office uses but slimmer and we’re so excited to share it with you guys because everyone should know about it! We use the 30G lancet (smallest size) for Coral.
MY GENTEEL lancing device
SUGAR MEDICAL – Diabetes supply cases, Omnipod gel skins and more! Keeps all your necessities organized daily or while traveling. Use code TYPE1DIABETICLIFE10 for 10% off a single purchase on sugarmedical.com. Offer ends 12/2020.
FREESTYLE LITE METER and STRIPS – requires only 0.3uL of blood to test and can continuously add to the test strip within 60 seconds
MY IDENTITY DOCTOR – medical alert bracelet on Amazon.com
- You may also like Lauren’s Hope, American Medical ID, Medical Alert Foundation for medical alert accessories
Daily diabetes kit or “D-kit” – Chill Pack on Amazon.com
OPSITE FLEXIFIX – strong and flexible adhesive tape sold on a roll to add beneath and/or over sites to keep them on longer and prevent or reduce skin irritation. Also available on Amazon. This is our favorite tape for Coral’s sensitive skin (we’ve tried everything and cannot use any fabric adhesives).
Clean Well – A wonderful line of cleaning products that are kid-friendly and environmentally friendly using botanical ingredients. We first fell in love with their spray sanitizer (I’ve collected many) to use during BG checks prior to poking Coral’s finger and now love all their products. Order direct on their website or find it at a location near you.
Favorite and Most Useful Books I’ve Actually Read
My top 3 must-haves are listed first:
Pumping Insulin – the most technical yet worthy book when using a CGM and/or insulin pump if you’re serious about self-managing diabetes wisely and effectively in a timely manner. It has tons of charts and graphs for those who are visual learners like myself. It will help you to learn how to read the Dexcom trend arrows and be able to make better BG predictions when timing a correction or pre-bolus for a meal or snack without overcorrecting. This book pairs perfectly with Sugar Surfing by Stephen Ponder (listed below).
Taking Control of Your Diabetes – written by Steven Edelman and friends. Straightforward and empowering. Get this book and you’ll soon learn why and what hormones can affect BGs and so much more to make living with T1d more manageable.
Think Like a Pancreas – written by T1d, MS, and CDE, Gary Scheiner. Get it. You won’t regret it. Practical, educational book. A must-have for any diabetic especially caregivers to T1ds.
Understanding Diabetes: A Guide for People Who are Living with Diabetes – if your diabetes care team let you walk out of the hospital without this book, then find a new care team or request a free copy. It got us through the first couple weeks after Coral was diagnosed. It even goes into explaining school and T1d and was the basis for me writing that blog post. Ask for it ASAP or get it on Amazon.
Sugar Surfing – learn the modern dynamic approach by T1d, MD, CDE Stephen Ponder to managing Type 1 diabetes using a cgm and MDI or pump so you can start riding waves on a graph. If you can understand this simple concept, paired with tips from Pumping Insulin, you will learn how to prevent major spikes and hypos throughout most of your day. Remember, flat lines on a CGM graph are either for dead people, OCD perfectionists on low carb diets and eat on a strict schedule. Flat dotted graphs are not necessarily realistic for young children with T1d, per our endo. Then again, remember, you’re on my blog where I give my honest educated opinions. We ride waves most days. Also, I actually used to surf back home on Oahu a ton before diabetes happened. Sugar Surfing is a super easy concept to learn. We were already doing it shortly after she got her Dexcom G5 and MDI before reading this book. I’m sure some of you are doing it too and wasn’t even aware of this book until someone else mentioned it on social media. If you decide to pass on this book, Dr. Ponder gives educational talks on occasion. Check out his blog here.
Type 1 Diabetes Caregiver Confidence by Samantha Markovitz – quick read for newbies and their families. Not overwhelming at all. Handy glossary in the back of the book which I plan on extending and adding to my blog.
Recommended Books I Haven’t Read Yet
Brightspots & Landmines by DiaTribe columnist Adam Brown – Haven’t read this one yet, but first saw a few others mention it on Instagram. It appears to be an easy read and great addition to any diabetes book collection. It’s definitely on my Amazon list.
Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solutions – Great read for T1d adults or those looking to achieve more stability in managing BGs with a LC diet. I “literally” read the first several pages, put it down, and thought: “This will not work for us because Coral refuses to eat really low carb [less than 30g per day]” and I will not force her into a strict LC diet at only 2 years of age, diagnosed at 15 months old. Believe me, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars and time on low carb meals (ex: zoodles, cauli-rice, etc – nope!) that she refused to eat. I will and have learned how to pre-bolus her, allowing her to eat most foods in moderation so she can continue to thrive as a Type 1 toddler. A1c has been in the low 6s since four months post-diagnosis, healthy weight, doing well in school (TK) and she’s happy! As always, do what works best for you and/or your child so you all can thrive too. Refer to our Good Glucose Snacks page for some of our fav truly great tasting LC snacks and beverages. I, personally, enjoy eating LCHP because I’ve maintained my weight for the past three years give or take 8lbs after having a second child. Diabetic or not, being carb-conscious is beneficial to all of us.
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Last updated 2/16/2020