Searching For Sugar
I’ve been wrestling with something lately and what better way to hash it out than this here blog? I’ve been having trouble treating lows. And I’ve been having A LOT of them lately (not sure why really – thinking it’s all the heat & humidity. Sure, let’s blame that!). I seem to be having a super fun new low symptom too – nausea. Oh yeah, nothing like your body literally NEEDING to ingest carbs while your stomach flip flops. Super fun!
When I was first diagnosed, my go to for lows was PB crackers or regular soda – because they were readily available. Mind you I hadn’t drank regular Coke in years prior to my diagnosis because it was so sweet so I really didn’t like treating with it because it tasted so awful. Then I started with juice boxes. After a while that got old too. I switched to fruit snacks shortly after Ryan & I met and we would buy a box of the Welch’s fruit snacks at Costco at least once a month. After about 3 years I started not liking those (and when I say I started not to like something I mean it would be like pulling teeth to get me to treat a low) but discovered that Target (which we STILL don’t have here in Vermont – for shame!) carried 2 flavors I liked A LOT (strawberry & tropical). Then I couldn’t stomach those anymore (I would actually dry heave if Ryan opened a package next to me because the smell was so nauseating). So I went back to juice boxes and/or raisins. I don’t love either of these options so I’ve decided to weigh the pros & cons of each of the low cures I have either used or heard of other people using in hopes of coming to some sort of usable conclusion. Here we go! (please keep in mind these pros & cons are according to MY opinions and experience – I’d love to hear yours!)
Pros: Easily portable, long shelf life, inexpensive, correct dose of carbs
Cons: texture changes over time (ugh. So nasty)
Pros: fast acting, easily portable, variety of flavors, correct dose of carbs
Cons: Can be heard to find exactly the right dose of carbs in an easily manageable size (if I need to drink more than 6oz to get my 15g? It ain’t gonna happen. Especially overnight and especially when in the 40s or lower and need closer to 30g), can be expensive, can be hard to open in the middle of the night during a low
Pros: Quick, portable, easy dosing
Cons: texture changes over time. Attracts a lot of ants (yes, experience tells me this)
Pros: Delicious, nice balance of carbs & protein
Cons: Slow acting, need to eat all 6 to get 15g of carbs, not easily portable (they smoosh!)
Pros: Fast acting
Cons: Hard to get correct dose, not easily portable but can be readily accessible
Pros: Fast acting, easily portable, variety of flavors
Cons: Chalky. So chalky. I HATE glucose tabs!
Pros: Fast acting, variety of flavors, small dose
Cons: hard to chew in the middle of the night during a low. Attract ants (again. Experience), Pricey (I will ONLY eat Jelly Belly’s and ONLY certain flavors so I have to buy them at a candy store)
Pros: variety of flavors, easily portable, no chewing
Cons: pricey. Texture is a bit strange.
What do YOU use to treat your lows? What’s the WORST thing you’ve ever tried or heard of. Any advice for me on finding the perfect low cure? xo