BG-Friendly Treat: Graeter’s Low Glycemic Ice Cream

The irony of asking a person with diabetes to try a new ice creams was not lost on the folks at Ohio-based Graeter’s Ice Cream when they asked if I’d be interested in sampling their new low-glycemic flavors. Although they shipped six pints of ice cream free of charge, all of the opinions that follow are my own and I’m not being compensated for them.

I received the following flavors to try:

  • Mint chocolate chip (2 pints)
  • Chocolate chip (1 pint)
  • Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean (2 pints)
  • Butter Pecan (1 pint)

The summary of my taste test is this, each flavor tasted extremely good and although there’s nothing scientific about my testing, the impact on my blood sugar was minimal.

I love ice cream, especially in the summer time as the weather starts is supposed to get warmer. But I frequently shy away from the sweet, cold goodness that is ice cream because it’s not a smart blood sugar choice. So the Graeter’s low-glycemic ice cream was a welcome treat!

I tried the mint chocolate chip first and noticed right away that it was a smooth, light texture to it and giant chunks of chocolate, no chips to be found! The chocolate chip was the same way. Continue reading

Weekend Wines and Vines

Two weekends ago we hit the vineyards of NEO with our friends (more specifically the Madison/Geneva area).

We started off with lunch and tasting trays at Debonne Vineyards. The food was okay, but the wine was excellent. Brad and I had “paninis” which were more like melt-style sandwiches and they were good. Our friend Tyler had a Chicago-style hot dog and reported that it was okay. Natalie ordered a burger and it was not good. Since they were grilling it in the outdoor pavilion, we saw how they cooked it and if I’ve learned anything from Brad’s and my reality TV guilty pleasure Bar Rescue, you should not be cooking a burger under a dome the way that they did.

But the wine was the main attraction here. I discovered that even though I love blueberries, I do not like blueberry in my wine. Peach Grigio is a whole different story though! A couple of my favorites that we tasted were the Razzbery Rieseling and the Peach Tree Grigio, the River Blanc was also very good.

We went down the road a bit to the Red Eagle Distillery, which is NOT a winery, but was still pretty cool. It’s an old barn that was converted into a distillery where they distill whiskey, bourbon and vodka. The atmosphere was cool and the cocktail menu looked amazing.

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Wordless Wednesday: 13 inches

The wheel on our snowblower has a diameter of 13 inches… which means there were more than 13 inches of snow on our front yard yesterday.

The 42 degrees right now feels like shorts weather!


Rachel Takes on Cedar Point

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve only been to Cedar Point a handful of times and I’m an Ohio native. *gasp*

Last weekend I took on Cedar Point, my first amusement park since being diagnosed with diabetes. At this point, you may be thinking, how are visiting Cedar Point and diabetes linked? I was curious/concerned about some aspects of visiting the park with diabetes including how the rides might affect my pump, if the stress from roller coasters would drive my blood sugar up, the entire food situation and if the constant walking would drive my blood sugars down.

I did some incredibly last minute research about handling diabetes at amusement parks and the good people of Twitter pointed me in the right direction… Among many of Bennet’s posts covering diabetes at Disney especially, I found this one. The main points I took with me to Sandusky were:

1. Scientific study found: “That severe short-lived mental stress, as documented by markedly increased heart rate and blood pressure and salivary cortisol, barely affected glucose control in patients with type 1 diabetes.”

2. This advice (which came in the form of a concise tweet later): have fun. check blood. <– in that order.

We drove up the night before and stayed at the Breakers Express, which got us early admission to the park on Saturday. That evening we walked to a nearby bar to enjoy time with our friends and celebrated our friend Tyler’s college graduation. Continue reading