Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Often the focus is on type 2 diabetes in the community, but today our attention will be on type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune condition where the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin, are destroyed by the body’s immune system.  Although there is currently no way to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes, it can be well managed through diet and exercise, leading to a happy and healthy life. 

The recommended blood glucose level (BGL) targets for an individual with type 1 diabetes:

 

Is it gluten or wheat intolerance?

gluten

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Some people may be intolerant to wheat, however this is not the same as coeliac disease. When someone has coeliac disease they have an immune reaction following the ingestion of gluten. Coeliac disease primarily affects the small intestine, and can lead to severe inflammation and malabsorption over time. The symptoms of coeliac disease and wheat allergies/intolerances are quite distinct, so getting an accurate diagnosis is often easier than you think. 

Iron rich sources of food

iron

Iron is an essential nutrient found in many different foods. Its primary role is to transport oxygen around the body. When you don’t consume enough iron you may feel fatigued, have pale skin or feel out of breath with minimal activity. Men and women have very different iron needs. Women in their reproductive years typically require more iron due to menstrual losses each month. 

So, with all that in mind where do we actually get iron from? 

Constipation tips

Constipation

Thanks to the current COVID-19 situation, many of us have found ourselves cooped up indoors, maybe not being as active as we once were, and not eating as we once did.  You may have noticed that a very real and frustrating part of being in isolation is that your toilet habits have changed. Specifically that you're not going as often as you used to. If this sounds like you then keep on reading for our top tips to beat constipation!

Telehealth and Phone Consults at Hardy Nutrition 

 

Telehealth and Phone Consult

What to expect from a telehealth or phone consult with your Dietitian

As the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place regarding social distancing and self-isolation, concerns about having access to healthcare services may be causing some level of anxiety or stress. However, you need not worry! Dietitian Megan Hardy is providing virtual consultations via phone or telehealth (video) so that you can still receive the support you need from the comfort of your own home. 

 

How not to overeat whilst working from home

 

workng from home COVID19

 

Now that many of us are working from home we may no longer have set break times; this can mean a lot of extra snacking and mindless eating throughout the day.  If you have noticed that you’ve been eating more than usual or find it hard to stop walking to the fridge every 10 minutes, don't worry you are not alone! We have put together some great tips to help you to get your snacking under control whilst working from home. 

 

Weight loss tips

 

Weight Loss

Are you trying to lose weight or have you in the past? Have you followed all the newest diets, only to put the weight back on in a couple of weeks? Do you feel lost and helpless? If this sounds like you, then don't stress. We have put together some of our best strategies to help you lose weight, and keep it off for good. 

Before we jump into our weight loss tips, it is important for you to understand some of the biggest factors that contribute to weight gain in the first place. Some of the most common causes are; a lack of physical activity, eating too many discretionary or high energy (calorie) foods, simply eating more than what our bodies need and yoyo dieting. 

 

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