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Nutrition & Exercise

Strategies for Managing the Effects on Type 1 Diabetes of Food and Physical Activity

One of the most challenging things about managing diabetes is dealing with the effects of food and physical activity on blood sugar. If we can manage these effects well, we can reduce blood glucose swings. If we can reduce blood glucose extremes (highs and lows) then everyone feels better: D-Moms and D-dads worry less, symptoms of high and low blood sugar are reduced, physical safety is increased, and the risk of long term diabetes-related complications is minimized. Sounds great! But how do we manage well the effects of food and exercise?

Articles on Nutrition and Exercise

This Nutrition & Exercise section of Waltzing the Dragon provides the background theory and practical tips needed to manage the effects of food and physical activity, and to put the diabetes dragon in its place. Click on one of the titles below to read that article.

Articles are categorized in terms of your Readiness Level:

Beginning articles act as an introduction to the basics of managing type 1 diabetes, written for families with a child who has been recently diagnosed (within the last 6 months or so), and for those who feel there may be gaps in what they remember from the early days. Beginning content represents the basic building blocks for what follows in Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Intermediate articles add another layer of information, expanding upon basic skills. They are designed for families who experienced a type 1 diabetes diagnosis several months (or years) ago, have the Beginning concepts mastered, and who are feeling that they want to do more than just “get by”. Intermediate topics will provide you with the skills to better manage blood glucose.

Advanced articles are designed for those type A’s in the crowd (you know who you are!) who feel that, after all the regular information out there, there must still be more to learn. You can live well with the diabetes dragon without exploring these Advanced topics, but if you are in the pursuit of excellence, and want to further refine and tweak things, the topics in this level are for you.

I sincerely hope the information on these pages helps you focus less on the dragon and more on life… Let’s dance!

Other Resources on Food & Type 1 Diabetes

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Recipes & Carb-Counting

R Crazy Incredible Life

If you’re looking for tasty, carb-counted, family-style recipes that use fresh, REAL FOOD ingredients… Check out the recipe bank at Follow the step-by-step instructions, or use the ideas as inspiration for your own creations. R Crazy Incredible Life focuses on balanced and healthy nutrition, including low carb and not-so-low carb items, family favorites, and a sprinkling of treats… Meat, fish and poultry mains, appetizers, baking, gluten-free, soups, salads, sides… Each recipe has been tested, measured and weighed at least 3 times, by a Canadian D-Mom who gets the challenges of food and type 1 diabetes.

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