Before I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes my favorite chocolate treat was peanut butter cups. One 2-pack of them contains about 24 grams of carbs, 21 of which were sugar. Those number are tough to justify except for on really special occasions.
I was really excited to hear that LEVEL had introduced peanut butter cups and turtle bars, which made me very happy when LEVEL offered me a box of peanut butter cups and turtle bars to try out (and to give away).
I managed to not take any pictures of the turtle bars because I put them in my purse for an on-the-go snack. At 19 grams of carbs per bar, they are a peanuty-chocolatey-caramely, guilt-free candy bar.
My favorite was the peanut butter cups. They’re a darker chocolate than the traditional peanut butter cup and the peanut butter has a stronger flavor. Here are pictures of the peanut butter cups: Continue reading →
For those who have, or love someone with, diabetes I have some goodies to share!
Remember awhile ago when I shared with you about the LEVEL Life glucose gels? (Way back in March)
Well the company, which is actually named LEVEL Foods has expanded its product lines with protein shakes and bars that help keep blood sugar level. I love this graphic from levelfoods.com showing how the gels raise low blood sugar and how the shakes and bars support healthy levels.
When I was offered the opportunity to try these new products out, I responded right away that I’d love to! Not long after, my box arrived. Coincidentally, I had some level issues of my own when I opened my box.
What was in my box? Two flavors of protein shakes, two flavors of protein bars and a package of Strawberry Banana glucose gel. The Strawberry Banana ended up being my favorite flavor when I tested all of the gels.
I had heard of LEVEL Life glucose gels before and was curious about treating low blood sugar with gels. I typically treat with juice or glucose tabs.
When I received an email from Ethan Lewis, founder of LEVEL Foods who also has type 1 diabetes, offering me product samples to try and provide LEVEL Foods and the DOC with feedback on, I jumped at the opportunity. When my care package arrived with samples of each flavor (Mandarin Orange, Vanilla, Caramel and Strawberry Banana), it was really strange because I was kind of looking forward to having a low blood sugar just to try the products!
I had to wait several days to try the gels out, since I’m not in the habit of sabotaging my health with forced lows. I was out shopping with my friend and between stops, I checked my blood sugar. I’d had a bit of a breakfast mishap (read never confirmed/received first part of breakfast bolus) that had resulted in a blood sugar of 317. I’d corrected and thought I’d still be high… I wasn’t. I what a whole 54 mg/dL. And didn’t. feel. a. thing. I find that super scary that I could drop 263 points in the course of a couple of hours and not feel even a little tremble or warmth. I ripped open the packet of Mandarin Orange gel that was in my purse and was unprepared for the gel’s consistency. Aside from making a mess, the orange gel did its job and brought me back up into range.
When I got my samples, I was excited to try the vanilla, so I asked Ethan what his favorite flavor was. He said he liked the Mandarin Orange. The orange flavor was okay, but I’d say it’s not my personal favorite. I also don’t have a good track record with orange flavored anything.
The next day, in an insane turn of events, I was trembling so badly that I could barely stab my finger to test. I read at 65. I hadn’t had symptoms at 65 for months. I ripped open the vanilla, much more carefully, getting the hang of the whole gel thing. It tasted pleasant and also a bit familiar… kind of like honey. Brad tried a little taste and of course liked it (I’m sure you’re not supposed to share low treatments… but oh well.) I was back in range quickly.