Hey there! My name is Kayla (in case it wasn’t obvious :P). I am seventeen years old and enjoy adapting and inventing healthy desserts. Obviously, that’s not all I do. So…here’s a little bit about me:
I am in 11th grade and am dying to graduate. Some of my interests are archery, biology, psychology, writing, and sewing. I have Type 1 Diabetes, am a huge procrastinator, and am also the oldest in our large family. We live on a mountain somewhere with our six dogs (I know; we have waaay too many) and tons of chickens.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was seven years old. For many years, I didn’t think much about it. It was what it was. I had to prick my finger multiple times a day and give myself insulin injections, but didn’t think about it beyond that. Neither I, nor my parents, were ever told of one of the more serious side effects of insulin. We had to find that out ourselves.
When I was eleven or twelve – maybe younger – I remember that there would be times when my heart beat faster than usual. It typically happened when I exerted myself – but it didn’t take much. I would sweep, and it would beat as if I had been jogging. At the time, I thought it was because I wasn’t very active.
The years went by, and the heart palpitations subsided for the time being. A few years later, they came back with full force. Sometimes it was triggered by something as minor as bending over; but most of the time, it was completely random. It was probably happening about a few times a week by mid-2015.
One day I decided to look at the insert on my just-arrived package of insulin. Under side affects was heart problems. Come to find out, insulin weakens your heart muscles. My mom had heard something to that effect, but had thought that it was more of a concern for older individuals who have had diabetes for many years. Unfortunately, such was not the case; fortunately, we found a partial solution.
In June of 2015, our family started the introductory stages of the GAPS diet*. During these stages, my blood sugar levels were constantly going low, forcing me to lower my basal rate (that’s the insulin that is given a little at a time throughout the day). This was a good thing, as it meant I didn’t need to take as much insulin.
A month or two after the intro (which by this time we had completed, and were doing Full GAPS), I remembered my heart palpitations – I hadn’t had one since! Now, rather than one or more times a week, I only have palpitations every couple of months or so – it’s really quite rare now.
So there’s my success, or rather improvement, story. Although we’ve gradually added things into our diet which aren’t GAPS, we still stick to a few rules (except on occasion): no artificial, no sugar, no grain, no GMO, and no high processed foods.
Now that you know the back-story, I can tell you how the blog began.
About Sweet, of Course!
Since we changed our diet, we couldn’t buy dessert from the store. So, I started making dessert for Sundays, birthdays, and holidays. As I got more familiar with using Paleo-friendly substitutes in recipes – such as almond flour and honey – I began coming up with my own recipes. At first, I wanted to publish a cookbook; then I decided to write a blog instead.
When deciding a name for the blog, I went online to look for techniques to come up with names. One method was to pick a bunch of words that describe what you want your blog to be about. Then, you can look up synonyms for those words in a thesaurus. One synonym for “dessert” was “sweet course.” Hence came the name, Sweet, of Course. It wasn’t the only name I came up with; there were a lot of other choices. After my mom helped me narrow it down and the remaining names were voted on, Sweet, of Course! was chosen.
*Something I didn’t know when we had started the diet was that going too low-carb is actually not good for diabetics, as it can cause them to go into ketoacidosis, which is very serious and can be fatal (I know, really). Diabetics should have between 50-80g. carbs a day to prevent ketoacidosis while still having the advantage of lowered insulin dosage and more stabilized blood sugar levels. Please also note that going too low-carb is not the only thing that can cause ketoacidosis. Ask your endocrinologist about ketoacidosis and its causes if you need to know more.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I will not be held responsible for what happens through the use of the information posted on my blog. Consult your doctor before making any dietary changes. Diabetics should be under the supervision of their endocrinologist when making dietary changes. Please see my (official) Disclaimer.