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A female cyclist pedals up a steep hill with a vineyard next to her

Fondo update: struggles of cycling with T1D

Cycling with T1D presented me with quite a few challenges this past week. Even though I have a nutrition degree, have read extensive amounts of T1D research, and have over 30 years personal experience with type-1 diabetes, I still sometimes completely mess it all up. I am not perfect with my T1D. It’s not possible for anyone to be perfect with type-1 diabetes. And for me, “My Own Private Fondo” is a clear example of just how imperfect I can sometimes be. The fondo that was not meant to be Me and my T1D were supposed to ride the Okanagan Gran Fondo in Penticton, BC last week. I was supposed to join thousands of other cyclists as they rode up the hillsides of BC’s most prolific vineyards, and along the lakeshore of Lake Okanagan, home of the Ogopogo, traversing multiple sun-weathered communities. It was supposed to be 121 km of …

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T1D RD Katie Bartel stands on the docks of T1D camp at Evans Lake in Squamish, BC

T1D RD goes back to Diabetes Camp

I love camp – specifically diabetes camp. Two weekends ago, this T1D dietitian had the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in Connected in Motion’s Western Slipstream. Essentially, a diabetes camp for adults with type-1 diabetes. Friends, I am not new to diabetes camp. I went as a kid from the time I was 10 years old to 16 years old. And I loved it so much, that I became a camp counsellor for the same camp over spring break at 17 years old. And later, in my early 20s, I also became a camp counsellor for a non-diabetes camp in Monmouth, Maine three years running. But, it’s been a few years, and I’d forgotten the joys of camp. Connected in Motion connects A few months ago I was invited by Connected in Motion to be a speaker at their first live slipstream since Covid. Connected in Motion is a T1D …

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Diabetic to Dietetics podcast sharing the stories of people with type-1 diabetes

Diabetic to Dietetics: the podcast

People with type-1 diabetes have stories to tell – so MANY stories. And, as a person with type-1 diabetes and a diabetes dietitian, I am here to tell them 🙂 Friends, I have embarked on a new podcast project: Diabetic to Dietetics. If you’ve been with me for a few years, you will know that I created a one-time podcast episode for a school project a few years ago. This podcast is an extension of that, but broader. This podcast is all about sharing the tales of T1D. It’s about the people directly in our community doing AMAZING things. It’s an opportunity. for us to connect, but also for us to share our stories with the outer world. The stories I share will be in a narrative form. So far, the episodes have ranged between 15-20 minutes. And I’m intending to air them every 2-4 weeks, give or take. Let …

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Nutrition strategies to heal plantar fasciitis and other sports injuries

Sports injuries are not fun, especially when they take years to recover from. In this post, Katie Bartel RD provides nutrition tips to help accelerate the healing process