How to Manage Daytime Hunger

How to Manage Daytime Hunger

I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.Talk with your health care provider about a diabetes management plan that’s right for you. #GlucernaHungerSmart #CollectiveBias

Since I moved in with my BFF and her diabetic mom I have stopped buying the tempting, quick foods I used to. Now, I’m making the majority of meals and snacks from scratch, carefully choosing ingredients and how I prepare them. One of the hardest things about being diabetic is managing hunger in a way that won’t spike sugar levels but still leave you satisfied. (more…)

Managing Diabetes with #GlucernaContigo

Managing Diabetes with #GlucernaContigo

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I was in my 20’s when I had my first run-in with Type II Diabetes. I was talking with my neurologist about this funky looking patch on my ankle. He didn’t need to do any testing to determine what it was, he already knew. Given my family history and my other ‘symptoms’ he told me I was pre-diabetic. It wasn’t long after that, with regular A1C monitoring, that I went from the pre stage to full on diabetic. It was a shock to me, especially since I would have to dramatically alter my diet.

Managing Diabetes with #GlucernaContigo

I’d love to say my diagnosis was an immediate wake up call, but unfortunately I kept hitting the snooze button. For months I assumed I could continue living and eating the way I was use to – without limitations. My health steadily declined and I was constantly light-headed, nauseous, and/or lethargic. Something had to change. I had to change. 

Glucerna Mini Snacks

I began limiting what and how much I ate and the difference in my energy levels and overall well-being was drastic. I realized that the change was for the better and while it wasn’t easy it was necessary. I started eating better, exercising more, and keeping tabs on my blood sugar levels. Pretty soon things got easier and I wasn’t craving bad foods like I was in the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I still have cravings, but I’ve learned how to control them.

Glucerna allows me to manage my cravings without spiking my glucose levels. This is thanks to the CARBSTEADY®, or CARBSTEADY®ULTRA (found in all Glucerna products), which have slowly digestible carbohydrates that are designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes.

Glucerna at Walmart

I’m a frequent flier in the Diabetic Supply section at Walmart and that’s where I first found Glucerna. They offer meal replacement shakes and bars that are diabetic friendly and thankfully quite tasty! When I’m craving something sweet I turn to them instead of the old unhealthy and dangerous options. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the Glucerna bars is by using them in a healthy parfait!

Slow and steady wins the race. Be sure to check out the Steady Ahead video which shows that steady is exciting!

Glucerna Yogurt Parfait

With only two ingredients I have a full meal that satisfies sugar cravings and manages my hunger. Since the Glucerna Bars are available in so many flavors I can mix it up whenever I’m feeling a little bored. Making the parfait takes only a minute and is very satisfying. Just crumble a Glucerna Mini Snacks bar and layer the crumbles with a no sugar added yogurt. Alternate the layering until you’ve used all of the crumbles and enjoy!

I used to think that being Latina protected me from diabetes. That just isn’t the case. While we aren’t as susceptible to the disease as non-Hispanic whites, 23% of Hispanics in the US have diabetes. It’s also estimated that 57 million people have pre-diabetes in the US, and 35% are estimated to be Hispanic. These numbers are proof that Diabetes does not discriminate and being regularly screened for Diabetes is important.

If you are living with Diabetes, or even if you are trying to manage/lose weight Glucerna is a great solution. Try it for yourself with this coupon for $1 off of any one (1) Glucerna product. The best part – there’s no doctor’s prescription required!

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Affordable Testing for Type II Diabetes

Affordable Testing for Type II Diabetes

Having Type II Diabetes has been life altering. I’ve had to adjust what I eat, my activity levels, and my daily routine. I’ve had to learn the normal and abnormal signs my body gives out when my blood glucose is too high, too low, and just right. I have definitely become more in tune with myself; how’s that for making lemonade? Diabetes Testing One of the most important changes that comes with having Type II Diabetes is regular blood glucose testing. I’m currently testing a minimum of three times a day; more when I find myself feeling dizzy, nauseous, or faint. Testing my blood sugar regularly allows me to accurately communicate my chronic condition with my doctor so we can keep it in check. Type II Diabetes When I was first diagnosed with Type II Diabetes I didn’t have insurance. The testing supplies were far from affordable and I wasn’t testing nearly as often as I should have been. Since I was paying $$$ out of pocket I tried to make the testing strips last as long as I could (against my doctor’s recommendation.) Today there are more affordable options for those living with Diabetes. Abbott Diabetes Care offers the FreeStyle Precision Neo System which is targeted specifically towards those of us with Type II Diabetes. Their meter AND test strips are available over the counter at an affordable price without a prescription or insurance. That makes such a huge difference for those who cannot afford the higher priced options.

The FreeStyle Precision Neo system is a no-coding needed system which means you’ll be testing fast. Just insert the strip, apply the sample, and get the results. You can get the FreeStyle Precision Neo system and supplies from Walmart, CVS, and other drug stores and get started testing for less. Restocking on test strips and lancets is as easy as a visit to the store! That means no more skimping on testing or running out and having to wait on a prescription. If you’re ready tomanage your Type II Diabetes in an affordable way you can download this $2 off coupon. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FreeStyle. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freestyle. The opinions and text are all mine.