About founder and editor, Sysy Morales
Welcome! My name is Sysy Morales. (Sysy is pronounced like two letter C’s and yes, it’s my real name) I’m the creator of this site. I have had type 1 diabetes since age 11. I’m a wife, stay at home mother of twin toddlers, diabetes health coach, diabetes advocate, peer mentor, and public speaker. I juggle glass balls all day (you probably do, too!)
I graduated from the NYC based Institute of Integrative Nutrition to be a Certified Health Coach and to learn as much as I can about nutrition and wellness. It took a lot of work to change my lifestyle habits but when I did, my entire life changed for the better and I want to help others make the same journey. Check out my health coaching site at sysymorales.com to learn more and to sign up for a free health history consultation to find out if we’d make a good team for getting you where you want to be, or as I like to put it-revealing the real you. The best version of ourselves is just waiting to be unleashed and I love supporting people through that!
If you are a woman with any type of diabetes and want straight forward encouragement to strive to be as healthy as possible and still remain your fabulous self then you have come to the right place. I believe it’s time for diabetic women to have it all: health, energy, freedom, children, and their choice of work. I also believe it all begins with healthy glucose management, the right attitude, and self love. If you’re a man with diabetes, please stick around! You’ll find most of the site’s content is for any gender, any age. It’s just that from time to time I’ll talk about pregnancy, pms…ya know, girl stuff.
It’s the principles which have worked for me that can work for you. Not the details of diabetes management. (Remember, I’m no doctor!)
My sister Ana also has type 1 diabetes and is this site’s amazing artist and illustrator and contributing writer. Read all about her here!
Questions from blog readers answered here:
Why do you write a blog?
Because for some reason I cannot stop talking about diabetes. I’ve coined the terms “diabetify” or “diabetee” to say that I can take any topic and somehow relate it or link it to diabetes in some way. (But isn’t diabetes all up in our lives like that?)
But seriously, going from unhealthy and miserable to healthy and happy just made me want to encourage others and say “you can do it, too”.
I also notice how health impacts our world, everything from a random crime to our economy and I’m passionate about doing my part and supporting others to be healthy and happy. I believe we should all take responsibility for our health and for the way we live our lives and I believe honesty, compassion, and awareness are the keys.
How do you manage your blood sugars?
I use MDI (multiple daily injections). I take lantus each night and humalog as needed. I limit carbs and count carbs and wait about 15 minutes before eating for insulin to kick in (and more if my blood sugar is high).
What’s your typical A1c?
It’s been under 6% since 2005. That’s when I started to test more, eat fewer carbs, reduce processed food, exercise more, and it’s when I quit the pump, which I had for 7 years. I liked the pump, it’s just not the best option for me right now, personally. I’m quite “trigger happy” with that thing. Kudos to you if you have one and manage your sugars well with it.
How can you help others with health coaching/diabetes coaching?
I support others by A) helping them figure out what they want and very importantly, why they want it. B) By helping them organize and design how they will get towards their goals. And C) by treating a person like the intelligent, wonderful individual they are, full of potential and just yearning to be the best version of themselves.
I have been trained in over 100 dietary theories and have had some of the world’s most sought out teachers like Dr. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Barry Sears. I have been amazed at how much impact on my health I’ve had by using their teachings and I want nothing more than to coach others to benefit as well. We all deserve to feel good. No doubt about it.
For people with diabetes, not only can I relate to what having diabetes is like, but I can help people move towards accepting their diabetes and having a healthy attitude towards it because I’ve done that change myself and it’s made all the difference.
What type of exercise do you do?
I’m a big advocate for doing what you enjoy. Sometimes I run. I often do yoga. I like dancing, P90x, and using the kettle bell. I find that changing it up is a great way to keep things fun and effective. Of course, my husband is often my workout partner and that counts, too. ;)
What do you do on a daily basis?
I stay at home with my 3 year old twins all day which means I blog, write freelance pieces, review products, and conduct interviews at the computer while two toddlers bang on my keyboard, climb on my shoulders, and run around my office, otherwise known as “the bedroom”. I read and write a lot late at night and early in the morning. And I try to fit in some exercise each day, even if my kids are hanging off my downward dog during yoga. I often travel for diabetes advocacy related endeavors and for public speaking about diabetes. But on a typical day when my husband gets home, we take the kids out to the park or library or bookstore or museum. When the kids go to sleep I take in a deep sigh of relief and gaze upon their angelic faces, grateful that we all made it through another day.
What is your stance on health?
I don’t believe we’re made to consume any refined or processed foods or drinks (though we can get away with a little, pretty well). I believe our bodies require daily movement to stay healthy (darn it). For us diabetics, we also require great blood sugar management (so not easy, I know). I believe we all need quality sleep way more often than not. I believe we need to feel our feelings, accept them, and learn to release them. I believe we should be gentle and kind with ourselves but hold our bars high. I think it’s wise to ask one’s doctor about taking krill oil and vitamin D3 once levels have been checked. And last but not least, I believe in being aware. This way, we don’t take our lives for granted and we see the truth in ourselves-the good and the not so good. By being aware, only then can we begin to change in the direction we see fit.
What is your bottom line?
There are few things more damaging to the body than high blood sugars so I do advocate for people with diabetes to figure out what the best level of tight control is for them. Not everyone can safely go for tight control but I believe for those who can, doing so is the greatest shot for long term health. That said, I also advocate for forgiveness, compassion, and understanding. We are all on a hard road and by only supporting each other will we ever get anywhere. I hope to inspire others to think about their health in a way that makes them see how worthwhile they are to take care of.
So are you the perfect diabetic?
Hell no! I can tell you how I manage my diabetes and about how what I do usually works pretty well for me but there are still those days when all I want to do is eat ice cream in bed, watch Frasier on Netflix, and tell diabetes to go away or just kill me already. How’s that for honest?
What kind of music do you like?
I love all kinds of music. My husband is in awe about how I seem to know the lyrics to any song from any decade in any genre of music. I really should share that my little brother is an up and coming star, check him out! Here he is at age 13 opening for Tommy Castro.
What is your favorite food?
I guess my favorite food is whatever I’m in the mood for. This could be saurkraut, olives, ice cream, mango, or barbeque chicken. I am crazy about food. Craaazy.
What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
Double scotch, straight up, please. Johnny Walker Black or Chivas Regal will do fine. Those fruity drinks are nice on the tongue but not on the diabetes…
What do you think about carbs?
Carbs are great, truly, but I think processed and refined carbs like GMO white flour are contributing to killing our planet. And many people with diabetes. I also think that some carbs from healthy sources are more suitable to some people than others. I like to advocate that every individual experiment with different real food to figure out what’s best for their unique body chemistry.
Why do you blog about your husband so much?
Because A) he’s amusing. And B) he is married to me and therefore to my type 1 diabetes. He can’t escape it and I’m not about to let him forget how appreciative I am of his constant support.
If my blogging about a helpful cause to support gets that cause more support, wonderful. Most of all, if this site just inspires you to feel more motivated about learning more about your diabetes, taking responsibility for your actions, and following through with the right actions to reach your goals, then I could die happy, right now.
As always, thanks for reading.
contact me at Sysy@thegirlsguidetodiabetes.com
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