I need a snack I can have before bedtime. I had a chocolate addiction and it took me two years to finally be past it. I have high blood sugar numbers and am on insulin four times a day. I am told that stress brings up blood sugars, and losing my son in a horrible accident has left me not wanting to leave the house. I struggle with health issues and the loss of my son, and now it's my diabetes. My numbers can run high (like 24 and 19 when 4 to 6 is normal for my country). It is stressing me out...I also have lots of allergies to food, so my choices are limited. Any information or recipes would be greatly appreciated.
It sounds like you've truly been through a lot. I'm Ginger, I blog for HealthCentral, I'm also a Type 1 diabetic, record-holding powerifter, and cognitive coach for people looking to make progress in their emotional and physical health at Living In Progress.
Right off the bat, it sounds like your body needs more insulin. While the cause may very well be stress, there are many things that lead to needing more insulin (changes in weight, changes in age, changes in diet)....but the point is: it's time to ask your doctor about increasing your basal rates or your long-acting insulin dose to combat whatever is making your blood sugars higher.
And good for you for trying to conquer your chocolate addiction. Food is a powerful thing especially in a life for a person with diabetes! Instead of looking at those munchies as a time when you need an easy snack maybe your body just genuinely needs more calories? Healthy calories?
Apples and peanut butter.
Mixed nuts with a bagful of veggies.
Small chicken breast and brocolli
No-butter popcorn for crunch (high in fiber, low in fat, moderate carbs)
Carrots, bell peppers and other great veggies in hummus!
It sounds as though your next great challenge is to sort through the trauma of losing your son. And it's possible, but I don't blame you for feeling overwhelmed.
If you'd like to chat more about how I might be able to help you, take a look at www.living-in-progress.com or email me at Ginger@living-in-progress.com
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