Different highs. I can usually smell the high, it’s a strange thing to say [laughs]. It’s like ammonia or something like that. Then just a feeling of lethargy.
As a type 1 diabetic, there is a lot involved. Every day is not the same, but the more I get into the habit of what I eat and drink, the better. I know how many carbs, how much sugar is in each food, how much protein I get, and I know how it will affect my body. I can manage that and give myself insulin before that at a very precise level. It also helps my body. I know when I feel healthy, my diabetes usually gets better.
What’s your typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner like?
First, I start my day with Rockin’ Protein. I’ll have a banana, some eggs, and some oatmeal. That’s my morning routine. Normally, I would go to the gym, and I would have a different kind of Rockin’ Protein. Obviously I burn a lot of calories, do a lot of things during the day, and I’m a pretty big person who needs a lot of protein. My lunch is usually a little lighter. I’ll eat some rice, chicken and some fruit before we go to practice. After practice, it’s another Rockin’ Protein. For dinner, I try and keep it clean but it’s definitely my biggest meal since I have to replace what I’ve lost. My dishes are rice, salmon or chicken. Preferably a salad, especially if I eat fruit before that. Before going to bed, I’m taking another Rockin’ Protein.
With all the data you have from a performance perspective, is there a food you have to eliminate because of how it makes you feel?
I’ve noticed that I eat salmon, chicken, and turkey better. I think I’ll be a little slower if I’m eating red meat and I have a match the next day. I don’t think I’d be fast or twitchy if I hadn’t been a little cleaner. I think red meat made me lose weight and that’s why I’m extremely picky and too focused on my body. But I don’t have that much influence on me.
What is one game day ritual that you must do to make sure you feel comfortable when you step onto the court?
I’m a bit superstitious. I wake up and my main thing is my spirit. I try to keep the right spirit. I try and think about the right things and try to do the right things. I thank God for putting me in my situation. To be able to play this beautiful sport for a living and to be able to have my last name on the back of a shirt is incredible. There are so many things that I can play with, so many people that I can play with. There’s a whole community of diabetes that I can take with me. On gaming days, I can think about that but also do the right things when I control my numbers. When it comes to game day, that’s my job. It’s my duty to myself to play at the highest level and show people that they can do it with type 1 diabetes too. I’m very aware of what’s going on with my body. and I was very stuck in those days.
What is your central message to people with diabetes?
If you’ve just been diagnosed and are struggling, know that you’re not alone, that’s what matters most. There are other people going through the same thing you are going through. It will be a change and there will be things in your life that will be different, and you may be a little different from other people, but that’s okay. Just keep going, keep fighting every day. Don’t lose the fight or the hunger.
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