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Every time I’m in my office or somewhere else and I see other females get “the look,” then reach for their little bag or whatever it is that holds their tampons and go running for the bathroom, I desperately want to chase after them screaming “There’s another way! You don’t have to do this anymore!”

But, alas I don’t, and for the same reason I’ve avoided writing this post for a while, because it’s still a bit of a taboo subject to talk about. Thankfully for me, a friend did tell me about menstrual cups years ago and I’m passing on the favor by telling you all.

Benefits

There’s a lot of articles about benefits and such, but here are why I’m so madly in love with them:

  • On heavy days, I have to empty mine twice per day. On light days, once per day. So WAY less than tampons and way more convenient.
  • No leaky panic moments (see bullet above)
  • Partially because of the first bullet point, I’m sometimes capable of forgetting I’m having my period for hours on end. This could be a downside, however, if I forget to empty it.
  • My Diva Cup was about $30 and they last at least 5 years. How much have you spent on tampons and pads during that time?
  • Environmentally, think of all of the waste from tampons and pads
  • No leakage while working out

Functionality

But Nicole, isn’t it gross? I get this question a lot and if you get easily freaked out by the sight of your own blood, I get it. For me, blood isn’t a big deal, so it’s not so bad. They say to empty them in the toilet. I find that’s a pain and can be messy. So my solution? Take a shower twice a day when I need to empty it and dump it down the drain.

They can be a bit tricky to get out, I’ve pulled on the mine (which has the traditional stem style end) many a time and not had it just snap back like a rubber band on me. Ouch! But that’s because I have a hard time gripping it. Thankfully, Me Luna brand has ring and ball style handles that would work much better.

Feel free to comment below with questions and I’ll add to this. But you can’t say no one told you about them now 🙂

 

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I found this Met-Rx High Protein Pancake Mix at my local grocery store and, despite the high cost ($20!), I decided to give it a try with my much-loved Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup.

Positives:

  • Yay!!! Pancakes! I love pancakes and french toast.
  • 3 scoops (300 calories) and 3/4 cup of milk with espresso keeps me full for 3-4 hours and my blood sugar even.
  • They cook-up fast and nice and fluffy  with a slight crunch on the outside (note: the batter is really thick compared to normal batter).

Negatives:

  • The high cost.
  • I don’t want to say they lack flavor, but let’s just say it’s very, very subtle. I add cinnamon and a touch of vanilla to try to help this, but it doesn’t do much. If you’re looking for a wonderful buttermilk flavor, you’ll be disappointed.

Overall:

I’m not going to make this an everyday habit as I think more natural foods are better (eggs, nuts, fruit, etc.), but this is a nice treat every once in a while and especially when I need to be full for a long time.

 

 

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Me, “I need 4 oz of chicken in each salad to get my protein…how the hell am I going to ballpark 4 oz of cubed chicken? (long frustrated problem-solving pause) Oh wait! I bought a food scale a while back!” (pulls out scale, zeros it with plastic container on it, and perfectly portions 4 oz of chicken into containers.)

I bought this one in case you are curious: Weigh Masters ProChef Kitchen Scale

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Optimum Nutrition: Gold Standard 100% Casein. Cookies and Cream flavor, a glass of it mixed with milk, and a 1/2 cup measuring cup

Optimum Nutrition:
Gold Standard 100% Casein. Cookies and Cream flavor with 1/2 cup skim milk

As a hypoglycemic, I’ve found I’m much more likely to get through the night with no issues if I have some protein right before bed. So, I ordered the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Cookies and Cream protein powder.

It’s delicious! I mix 1/2 scoop with 1/2 cup skim or 1% milk and have that right before bed. It helps me get through the night very easily. And the best part? It takes like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream, which was a childhood favorite of mine.

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I’ve written several times on my constant attempts to eat healthy while traveling so much for work (see Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters and Healthy party in my hotel room). For this trip, I decided to try a new product, Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal Maple Brown Sugar. I chose it because of its low sugar content and high protein content.

Cost

At less than $3 for 8 packets, it was much less expensive than the single serve cups I love ($1.50 each), but I did need two packets to meet my caloric needs.

Portion size

As I mentioned above, at only 160 calories each, I really needed two packets to keep myself full to my mid-morning snack.

Nutrition

Less added sugar (1 g per packet) and more protein (7 g per packet) than most pre-packaged oatmeals. As a hypoglycemic, both of these are really important. You want carbohydrates, but good ones (which it has), not added sugar. And, you need a good amount of protein. It kept me decently full.

Taste

I know, this is what you really care about. My conclusion? Meh. I could definitely taste the protein powder and it had a slight chemical aftertaste. It wasn’t terrible, but I’ll definitely look for something else that has a better taste for future trips.

 

 

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A tupperware lunch'n things container with sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, naan bread, and strawberries

I eat the cucumbers and carrots during the day for snacks, the strawberries are my 3 pm snack (with some form of protein) and the whole wheat Naan bread is my carbs to go with my lunch salad.

 

As a hypoglycemic, I’m always looking for new ways to carry all of my food for the day. I’m a big fan of the Tupperware’s Lunch’n Things container because of its multiple compartments (sadly they only sell it through their fundraising catalogs).

I was in our shared work kitchen and two guys I work with walked-through while I was eating a snack out of it.

“SO HEALTHY,” said one of them (emphasis his)

“It’s like a bento box of antioxidants,” said the other (who, unsurprisingly, works in marketing)

I have to admit, that’s kinda catchy…

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A jar of PB2

PB2 tastes amazing! And is much healthier than regular peanut butter.

 

A couple weeks ago, I was traveling with friends and one of them, a fitness competitor, let me try the new PB2 product. Basically it’s powdered peanut butter with the majority of fat (and hence calories) extracted from it.  I was skeptical at first, but I have to say, it’s amazing!

I immediately went out and bought a bottle of it (available at most grocery stores). I love peanut butter, but have moved away from using it because of the fat and calories as compared to other protein sources. PB2 solves that. At only 45 calories and 1.5 g of fat per 2 tablespoons, it’s once again a viable option.

As I mentioned last week (Protein Powder Throwdown: Juice Plus vs. Optimum Gold Standard), I also figured out that, if I mix it with my Optimum Gold Standard 100% Casein chocolate powder, it tastes very close to a chocolate peanut butter cup.

Ladies and Gentleman, peanut butter is BACK ON THE MENU!

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