Don’t Buy This

Whatever you do, don’t buy this stuff!!

Whip it goodI saw this in the grocery store and thought, huh – I should eat more protein and fat in the form of peanut butter, and need a little something different to eat with crackers when I need a tide-me-over snack and looky! (It probably didn’t help that I was shopping with a bordering-on-low-blood-sugar. That never helps with making smart buying choices.)

This stuff is *whipped* and  even has a smidgeon of chocolate in it. Perfect for when you just need a teeny bit of sugary goodness, and don’t want to go overboard on something that is more of a no-no.

One taste and I was hooked. The serving size is 2 tablespoons. Good luck ONLY having that amount on your crackers, strawberries, pretzel sticks, banana sandwich, etc. It was all I could do not to empty half the container at it’s first opening.

MmmmFor those curious, there is the nutrition information. Not the absolute *worst* thing in the world for you (but the calories….WAY TOO MANY CALORIES.) To be safe, just don’t buy it. You’ll thank me for this recommendation later.

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 3 – Snacks

My photo of go-to snacks I most always have on hand to treat low blood sugars:

Dark chocolate is my FAVORITE of these :)

  • Milk = for when it’s going low but not TOO low. One cup has just enough carbs, some protein and fat to stave off a low and also not send my blood sugar shooting for the stars.
  • Fruits = showing raspberries here, but I also like bananas, grapes, and blueberries. All in moderation, of course, and I try my best to measure out my fruit “dose” before eating it, so I know how many carbs I’m consuming.
  • Apple juice or other juice boxes = means shit is getting real, and it’s a REALLY low low, or I’m feeling the heady spiral towards an enormous crash. No guarantees that the juice will be the only thing I correct with in this case. Over-treatment of the low is a distinct possibility if I’ve resorted to juice. Forget the fifteen wait fifteen rule.
  • Dark chocolate = My sugar weakness. Pairs well with the milk for the low. Also, if I just barely have an arrow trending down on my CGM and I’m about to do some sort of activity, I’ll pre-reward myself. (But it must be specifically DARK chocolate. Milk chocolate just isn’t worth it to me anymore.)
  • No, I don’t keep my snacks outside for the squirrels to eat, I just get tired of always having my kitchen counter-top as the background of my photos.
  • I DO also keep GlucoLift glucose tablets in my car, in my purse, etc, but those are totally LAST resort. Over the years, I’ve restricted myself so much on having sweets, fruits, and things I really love because of diabetes. If the big D is going to screw up my day by giving me a hard crash, I’m going to have something I WANT to deal with it.

Low Hallucinations

(Don’t you hate it when you clickety-click around on your screen while creating a blog entry, your computer is slow, and you accidentally hit “publish” before actually creating the post? Yeah, I did that today.)

Last night, while heading out the door to go to dinner with my d-girl friends, my Dexcom starting blaring, and I (correctly) guessed it was the “blood sugar heading downwards” alarm. I didn’t even look at it. It was sooooo close to dinner. I knew better than to drive the 9 minutes to the restaurant without having something working to counteract a potential low, so I shoved a Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake! Pumpkin Cookie in my mouth, several grapes, and swigged some milk to wash it all down.  I don’t ever drive with a low, and I was still feeling OK, so I felt plenty safe enough to get in the car.

Yummy pumpkin goodness. Even raw.

“Please do not eat raw cookie dough.” Does anyone really pay attention to that warning??

On the way to the restaurant, I got stuck behind this old, beat up blue sedan, and could barely make out the back of the driver’s head through the dirty rear windshield. It appeared she had a head full of pigs in a blanket in her hair. Huh?

As the sedan turned and I managed to pass the car, I glanced over – just to make sure she wasn’t actually wearing  those morsels of tastiness – and sure enough, it was a head full of hair curlers, NOT pigs in a blanket. This kind of “low hallucination” seems to happen to me a lot. If my blood sugar starts edging towards 70 or so, food-related connections start happening more and more frequently. Now, I was barely in the 70s at that moment, which isn’t terribly low for me, and consciously I *knew* that lady didn’t really have pigs in a blanket in her hair, but I did find it amusing that it was the first thing that popped into my head.

What is your funniest low hallucination? (and now I’m off to find me some pigs in a blanket for lunch….)

Wordless Wednesday – Giving Back

Volunteered with a few hundred other co-workers and community members to sort and package foodstuffs to feed 100,000 people in our state.

Volunteered this morning with a few hundred other co-workers and community members to package 100,000 meals to feed the hungry in our state.

There are food banks all over the US…find one in your area, donate or volunteer today! http://feedingamerica.org/

A Post of Gastronomic Poop-portion

I’m sort of embarrassed to be writing about this (and trust me, it takes a LOT to embarrass me!) but I’m thinking I need to go to the doctor about my poop. There, I said it.

Poop has become a common word around my house, it’s just, we usually talk about my daughter’s poop – considering she has been potty training for a couple of months now (“Yay, you pooped in the potty!!!!), and even as a baby, pooping was a very important occurrence to track. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve talked about poop over the past 2.5 years, and just last night, during a wonderful home-made stir-fry dinner, I talked about poop with my neighbors, and a girl I’d literally just met. No topic is taboo over dinner, apparently. None of us were grossed out. Poop-talk is that common.

This always makes me giggle

You can have your own jelly bean pooping bear! (click on image to go to site from whence said photo came)

But my own personal poop? Not that common. I’m lucky if I poop a couple times a week on average. However, in the past 3-4 months or so, I’ve noticed an alarming change in my poop cycles. I’ve been going more often, and they are usually not pleasant. They are not the bastions of solidity that I am used to. They are odd colors and consistencies. They are many times urgently required to happen, if you know what I mean.

I’ve asked my endocrinologist about it, as well as my OB/gyn. Neither of them seemed particularly concerned. I’m taking Metformin, and that supposedly has the side-effect of stomach upset. But I’ve been taking that for years now, and these poop problems just started a few months ago.

This past weekend, I had a new side effect: feeling nauseous after eating lunch, and then an overwhelming fatigue that hit me like a Mack truck – so hard that I was forced to take a mid-day nap (I have NEVER been a napper, except for when pregnant, and no, I’m definitely not pregnant) and I slept for 4 hours. Even after the nap, I was still dragging, went to bed at my usual hour, and slept for 8 hours. A humongous “thanks” goes out to my husband for taking over kid-duty 100% and letting me get as much sleep as I did.

Yesterday and today I haven’t felt quite as tired as all that, but I’m still not back to normal. Poops are still weird and gross. The nausea doesn’t occur after every meal, but it seems to be barely there maybe 1 or 2 meals out of the day. I am refusing to do internet searches on symptoms, because I don’t want to self-diagnose myself with the worst case scenario. Could this be something diabetes-complication-related? Maybe. But I’m not going to blame the big D until I know more.

All this poop-talk just to say: I think it’s time I found myself a good gastroenterologist.