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Hi! I don't post things on many sites but I have been having trouble controlling my glucose levels. I came across this site and everyone seems so supportive and nice, so I thought this couldn't hurt. Let me introduce myself. I've been a diabetic for 14+ years and have never had real control over this disease. I actually took it as a joke when I was first diagnosed. I was a kid and young and didn't realize how serious this disease really is. I now work extremly close with an endocrinologist, a nutritionist, a chronic disease manager (or diabetes educator), a therapist, and many other medical professionals to control or help control my diabetes. The one problem I have had in the past (and still do) is giving myself insulin at mealtimes. I either forget or get too lazy. I'm also afraid that I'm going to bottom out. The hypoglycemia I suffer is absolutely terrible. When I correct those lows I always overcorrect, so my numbers swing super high. Then it is a catch up game the rest of the day. I currently take Humalog, with meals and for correcting. I also take U-500 (Humalin) insulin three times a day. I take no other diabetes medications. I test about six to eight times a day to gain better control of my diabetes. I have a horrible diet, I drink regular soda, which I'm trying to cut out of my everyday diet. I eat chips and junk food. I do love cooking however and do so whenever I can. But I do not follow a diabetic diet or make very good food choices. I do eat lower carb foods and lower fat foods and try to incorporate these into the meals I make. I do have a problem with making food in my house - my partner is not a diabetic and is a picky eater. A lot of my food decisions are based on what is brought home from the store and the meals we try to plan for the next few days. I try to accommodate the different tastes instead of my needs. I don't mind but my diabetes is suffering because of that decision. So my goals are to get better control of my diabetes and to eat better and lose some weight. Does anyone have any advice for any of these topics, particularly remembering insulin at mealtimes, tricking the picky eater and cooking better? Thank you!