I make it a point not to publicly advocate for a lot of fundraising efforts--even on my own behalf--but the Spare a Rose campaign is worth an exception. I believe that it's really important to empower people with diabetes and show a proactive approach to this condition--and more importantly, to show that we have a choice in the way we approach its daily challenges--because many of us do. The elephant in the room is the obvious fact that not everyone enjoys that type of access to care and medicine.
by Steve Richert
I've had more than a few people ask 'what's it like in a tiny home'--or more specifically for a virtual tour of sorts. We moved into the trailer recently and the progress is slow but steady--and what better time to invite you in for a look. In this video I think you will get a sense (thanks to the ultra-wide angle GoPro lens) for how small the interior of the trailer is. Nevertheless I promised a tour and that's what you'll get!
Why would diabetes and depression possibly be an issue worth bringing up at this point? My blood sugar has been stellar of late, my climbing has been improving and I'm doing exactly what I set out to do in places that inspire me. It might seem that these positive factors would cancel out the possibility of feeling depressed--which is why Stefanie asked me, when I told her how I was feeling, 'Ok, so what is it that you're upset about?' That's a pretty natural question and I'd wonder the same thing if someone came to me feeling down--but the connection between diabetes and depression is less obvious (and I'd argue more difficult to explain, although I will give it a shot here!)
My 17th "diaversary" or anniversary of my type 1 diabetes diagnosis (January 16th, 1999) is an occasion that I enjoy recognizing. I like to think that I am "outliving" this condition because if it "gets me" in the end, I will be able to guarantee that I was, at the least, not easy prey. It's been a constant reminder that I must make time for adventure --because time is limited. Morbid, perhaps, but that's a thought that goes through my head literally every day at multiple points. That's probably why in recent years my two biggest adventures have kicked off around this time in the winter when sane people are sipping coffee and planning summer vacations.Read more
In the last few posts I've been focused on the challenges (read: chaos) of getting adapted to living in a tiny home (trailer). That process is far from complete and while we are waiting I thought I would touch on a question I've been getting from a few people regarding the keto diet that I am using to control my type 1 diabetes and improve my climbing. Having to manage blood sugar can complicate even the simplest tasks and I can honestly say that dealing with the stress of this move would be impossible for me to tolerate if I had to devote more of my focus to erratic blood sugar swings. I've written a lot about how the keto diet has worked for me (including failures and challenges) but in this post I want to focus on how living on the road has impacted my ability to eat a low-carb high-fat diet.
I know that posting a blog this near a weekend is a mortal sin in some circles but I have decided to take my chances because things are happening in a way that doesn't necessarily conform to traditional publishing schedules. After arriving in Utah with plans to be here for about a month, our first order of business is organizing our tiny home. I have to be honest and say that it's been punishing emotionally. It's more than just having fewer things--but this part of the process is about completely reshaping the way we see space. A friend commented on an Instagram post recently: "I envy your lack of things, but I'm not sure if I feel the same way about your lack of space".
I love bringing you guest posts from others who are using adventure to take control of their lives and health. I met Zach Buckmaster through Instagram a few months back and I believe that you will be reading and seeing more from him in the near future. This account is about his adaptation to year one of life with type 1 and I hope that you will find it as inspiring as I have.--Steve--
Diabetes and climbing. Most see no correlation between the two. But for me--and many others, that couldn't be further from the truth.
The hitch is on and the car is mostly loaded. It's packed full of enough climbing gear to assault El Capitan and enough media equipment to make a movie about the effort. Clothing has been pared down to one small tupperware apiece and I even manage to narrow down my library selections to the bleeding necessities because my love for paper books does not make them travel lighter. The Yakima roof box is been patched up with silicone sealant and loaded with outdoor gear. All that's left are some housewares that are currently in use and my computer. Also my insulin, test strips and remaining sensors will be among the last items to be packed away. I'm ready to go home.
In the last week or so I have been forced to reckon with the fact that my cholesterol is high and the keto diet that has enabled me to dial in my blood sugar--may be the culprit that is creating chaos in a different area of my bloodwork. Since I ultimately may have to choose between the lesser of two evils, I have decided to tweak my ketogenic diet to see if my elevated cholesterol may be due to specific items within this diet rather than the entire way of eating. Here are the steps that I have taken:
I recently got some blood work back and I wanted to share my results in hopes that it may offer some insight to others who may find themselves at the crossroads of the ketogenic diet and high cholesterol. I have been following a low-carb high-fat diet since July and generally speaking I have been really happy with how it has impacted my body composition, athletic performance, energy and blood sugar control. I've written a lot about it and I want to be fair and share the challenges that I'm having as well. What I am presenting here is in no way advice or even a solution that I have found for myself--but rather a question that I am working through. I've always had elevated cholesterol (last 10 years) and I've always prioritized my blood sugar management over cholesterol. Simply put, there are more questions about the risks of cholesterol than the risks of elevated blood sugar, so I focus on the "devil I know".