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We’ve had so many great comments the last few weeks on our obviously much needed discussion on diabetes!  I hope it’s been a great motivator to use your favorite search engines and look up sites that fit your lifestyle and give you the support you need.

Yes, support-Linni is just at the beginning of her trek through the world of chronic disease with diabetes and I’m a big believer in finding support.  It doesn’t have to be a big group, just one or two people who truly know what you‘re going through.

I likened it to when I found out about my RA.  I found not one but 2 sites (both aren’t around anymore) and found 2 women with whom I still e-mail and stay in close contact with.  Both are my age, one married, one not-but the thing here is this:  no matter how wonderful my husband and kids are, they know nothing of what it’s really like for me to live with a chronic disease.  These women do.  We’ve never met-but we‘re there for one another.

So get out there and research whatever you have and find a support system.

Another thing that came up is from Vikki-whose husband is just starting to find his way through a new way of dietary existence as well.  Vikki would love some ideas for snacks that she can pack that will withstand the heat of his car.

Here are some suggestions:

First-invest in good icepacks-hard plastic ones, they keep frozen longer.  My husband uses these in the lunches I pack him and they‘re still quite cold when he comes home about 10 hours later.

Or, freeze some water bottles!  They will make sure you get the water in and it will melt enough that it should keep the rest of the food fine for quite a while.

Now if that’s not going to work-pack snacks that fill the obvious requirement of not needing refrigeration of any kind:

nuts, dried fruits, veggie chips, whole grain crackers, peanut butter, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower will even last a good amount of time.  There are also items that are specifically packaged that even though they may have cheese or meats-they’ve been sealed so that they can stay in the car until needing to be eaten.  

Once opened though-eat and toss any remainders!

Now everyone has been so helpful the last two weeks with comments and ideas-keep the momentum going and share your “long-lasting” snack ideas!

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      Anne E wrote Jun 18, 2010
    • Good ideas! happy

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      Linni wrote Jun 19, 2010
    • thank you Carine for ALL your input, and for ideas! thanks gals for all your ideas! heart

      you could make a trail mix with mixed nuts, craisons ( not sure how to spell it.. lol ), raisons,( i use the golden and the dark ones ), white chocolate chips, butter scotch chips, and sesame sticks... since being diagnosed with diabetes, i havent made this.. but for hot summer, you can take out both kinds of chips, and have every thing else.. lol


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      Max0125 wrote Jun 19, 2010
    • I love these posts!

      I generally have a small bag of dried fruit and nuts or a Lara bar in my purse. Lara bars are all natural, made of dried fruits and nuts, are gluten and sugar free (except for the natural sugar) and taste incredible. I sometimes will carry a piece of fresh fruit with a small bag of nuts as well.

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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 26, 2010
    • I haven’t been able to find the Lara bars yet.... my search continues!

      I bought a few of those hard plastic freezer things and I have been making him a mix of different raisins, craisins and nuts. I also have taken the dried fruit and mixed with some nuts.

      We mainly stick with walnuts, almonds and pecans. I also freeze water bottles and have added the special k protein powders that can be added to the water when it thaws.

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