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man sick in bed

On a positive note, this guy looks like he could be really cute when not sick! Photo from Flickr: spcbrass

 

So, yesterday I came down with some sort of variation of strep throat. Yuck!  I hate being sick. If I’m going to take time off work, I want it to be because I’m lying on a white sandy beach, swimming marine wildlife, or exploring the wonders of the world.

Anyway, my illness, however, reminds me to remind you that when you are sick, you NEED to remind your doctor that you are hypoglycemic.  There are several reasons for this:

  1. Being sick can affect your blood sugar levels in general. Your body is fighting something inside, remember, and that can manifest itself in odd ways. For me, it means I’m constantly starving, which really isn’t a blood sugar issue unless I totally mess up my carbs, which is a HUGE issue.
  2. Being sick can mess up your eating habits. If you are throwing up, it’s kind of hard to eat every 3 hours, isn’t it? Your doctor may need to figure some other way to make sure your sugar doesn’t crash.
  3. If your doctor’s office is like mine, you might not see your regular provider. Although doctors do look over your medical history, keep in mind that the practitioner is not as familiar with you and your overall medical condition.
  4. Even if you do get your regular doctor, what the illness is doing to your blood sugar may not cross her or his mind.

So, bottom line, an internal assessment and a gentle reminder doesn’t hurt. That means you need to ask yourself not only about your current sickness, but how it’s making you feel from a blood-sugar standpoint and then tell your doctor that too. I usually say something like “x, x, and x are my symptoms. I’ve also noticed that my hypoglycemia is a little worse right now, probably because I am sick. It seems to be dropping a lot more.”  Usually that’s all it takes for the discussion to move from just treating the current illness to treating that plus whatever it’s doing to my hypoglycemia.

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Exercise motivation

Regardless of your political/social beliefs, check out this photo George Takei posted on Facebook (and a lot of my friends subsequently reposted).

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=561573177205473&set=a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349&type=1&theater

If a 50 year old, fat, diabetic man running ahead of you in a race isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is. So, if you aren’t sick like I am today, go work out! Your body will thank you for it!

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Normally, advertising doesn’t affect me, mostly because it’s my job. But, an ad on the back of Fitness Magazine for a new product, Healthy Choice Greek frozen yogurt, definitely caught my attention. I love vanilla, I love ice cream (but can’t have it), and Greek yogurt is awesome! So, I had to try it.

A box and an individual container of Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt

Shopping experience:

It was easy enough to find. It was in the freezer section in my local HEB grocery store next to the other Healthy Choice meals. They had three flavors, vanilla bean, blueberry, and strawberry. Each were priced at $2.50 for a box of three containers, so pretty high considering what you get. The other thing I noticed is that the portion size in the photo on the box looks much larger than the actual serving to me.

Taste:

I got home from the store and tore one open right away (it was time for a snack anyway) and wow! It was really good. It wasn’t too sweet, which I liked, but the taste was flavorful. It was also incredibly smooth and melted in my mouth. It was really hard not to immediately tear open another one! Vanilla bean ice cream was a favorite of mine before I discovered I was hypoglycemic, but I think I might have just found a substitute! It’s not exact, but it’s very close.

Back of the box of Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt

Here’s a snapshot of the nutrition on the back for you to see

Nutrition:

Calorie-wise, these little treats aren’t too bad. They clock in at just 100 calories (if, after trying one, you can stick to only eating one at a time!). The fat is also low at 2 grams. And, at 17 grams for carbohydrates, it’s a good portion of carbs for a hypoglycemic (although, it’s mostly sugar as is regular Greek yogurt). My only real complaint here is the protein. When I think “Greek yogurt” I think high-protein. For example, Dannon’s Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt has 95 calories for a 1/2 cup serving and 8.5 grams of protein. If you have a hypoglycemic diet similar to mine, you need 7 grams of protein per snack. So, I was disappointed when I read the back and saw only 4 grams. I was really hoping to eat an apple and one of these cups as a snack; that would give me the carbs I need but not the protein I need. I would buy these a lot more often if they were higher in protein.

Overall:

Overall, I enjoyed this product. If you crave ice cream or just want a treat once in a while, I would recommend it. Just remember to plan out what else you are going to have to keep your blood sugar even.

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A photo of a restaurant menu

Image from Flickr: leunix

Especially if you are going on a date or trying to impress someone, starting blankly at a menu trying to calculate carbs in your head and/or trying to figure out what you can eat as a hypoglycemic (and, in my case, a picky eater) isn’t good. So, do yourself a favor and take five minutes and research the menu ahead of time. Most restaurants have their menus online these days and many even have their nutritional information posted for you.

Example:

I was going to P.F. Changs with some of my friends and I happened to look online ahead of time. What I ended up ordering is NOT what I would have ordered had I not looked ahead of time. what I thought was one of the healthiest options was on of the worst. And, it was loaded with hidden carbs. I walked in educated, and ready to eat and I walked out happy and not sick because of it.

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I know! Lets call our new coffee “Fitness Coffee” and say that it will help aid in weight loss with a balanced diet and exercise plan and sell it for about twice as much as even organic coffee! Never mind that a balanced diet and exercise plan are the true reasons people lose weight and don’t worry about people catching on to it being so expensive either; we’ll just put it at the same price as the regular coffee bags, make it just as tall, but just fill it with only have as much product. No one looks at the ounces on coffee anyway.

 

Can you tell I’m skeptical and sarcastic today???

 

And, by the way, most dietitians recommend against caffeine if you are hypoglycemic, but if you can manage that, you are stronger than I.

 

A bag of fitness coffee

Found at my local grocery store on 11/3/12

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You know you’re a hypoglycemic when…

What did you have for dinner conversation at the theater:
Woman 1: pita chips and hummus
Woman 2: pre-made deli sandwich from the grocery store
Woman 3: nachos
Me: baked chicken, pine nut couscous, spinach salad

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