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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…)
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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