Diabetes Treat: Sugar-Free Popsicles.
Free foods pretty much ruled my freaking world when I was a kid. Sugar-free Jell-O, pickles, cucumbers, and sugar-free popsicles were stashed in mass quantities in my childhood home, so that my prying little diabetic hands would hopefully land on a popsicle instead of an "E.L. Fudge" cookie.
And even though I'm a grown-up diabetic these days, the disease remains the same. So does my struggle with food. Now it's up to me to keep my kitchen stocked with tasty sugar-free treats.
But some things are a little bit different than they were twenty years ago. For instance, Chris and I are very wary of sugar substitutes and even though I use Equal in my coffee every morning, I'd prefer a non-chemical alternative. We try to eat as healthy as possible and buy organic whenever we can (even though it's freaking pricey to buy anything in Fairfield County, where they charge $3.00 for an iced coffee without batting an eye), but avoiding those sugar substitutes is really a challenge for me. I'm used to Equal and it's mega-sweetness, and other natural alternatives don't pack the same punch. So we don't always take the organic, attempting-to-be-healthy highroad, and often times we find the grocery cart packed with sugar-free popsicles and Jell-O and other "safe for diabetics but just ignore these chemicals" items.
Because it's hard to find crap I can eat that doesn't make my numbers go berserk and isn't packed with chemicals!
I'm a sucker for a good popsicle. (And for a good pun.) I'll even eat the orange ones, even though they get a bad reputation for some reason. (Why do you eat the grape ones first, Chris? What do you have against the orange?) Popsicles are my favorite method of staying hydrated when my blood sugars get all teeth-sweaters high, and Chris can often tell if I'm working through a high by the number of popsicle wrappers that collect on the coffee table. And the effects on my numbers are so minimal that I can eat three in a row without a blip on the Dexcom.
Free foods. I love 'em. I appreciate 'em. And when I get all snacky in an unruly way, I need 'em.
What kinds of free foods are you guys snacking on?