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Diabetes-Meal Replacements

Monday, March 25, 2013

Although I try not to use them, at times it just makes sense to drink down a meal replacement, especially when you are on the go. As a diabetic you are supposed to eat 4 small meals a day. Even before I was diagnosed I would use meal replacement drinks on occasion! They really can stop you from eating at those fast food restaurants when you are running around like a mad person trying to get a million or so things done.

A little background here about me and meal replacements----I was always over weight, then in my senior year of high school I broke my ankle—I decided to lose weight-hey it was pretty hard to drag myself around on crutches with all that extra poundage!! Back then, as far as I remember there was only Metracal. My Mom was all for me losing weight so she went out and bought a bunch of it—of course she also made sure there were plenty of fresh veggie sticks and that I had at least one real meal a day! Long story short-I was able to wear a bikini by my senior graduation! Of course I gained it all back again and then some by the end of the next year, by then I had stopped this particular diet! Over the ensuing years, more brands came out and I occasionally would attempt to substitute a meal with one or the other of them, usually Slim Fast.

Fast forward about 20 years—Glucerna, a meal replacement drink for diabetics came out. (click here for nutrition breakdown) At this particular point my doctor had told me I was pre diabetic so I figured I’d try it. Actually it tastes pretty darn good, of course I always bought either the chocolate or coffee tasting ones!
Fast forward to today—Now, I am a Type 2 diabetic (under control). I also have tried most of the meal replacements that are sold by independent reps on the internet. Most of them, well honestly, I do not like the taste. There is one which does taste good and is okay, for me at least, as long as I do not try to mix it with milk! Almond Milk works very well with this particular brand thank heavens. I even like the taste of this brand if it is mixed with water (and it is not chocolate or coffee flavored). They do have little packages of flavors you can add if you really want a different taste. So which one is this?
Vi Salis (Body by Vi) and is sold by many on the internet-If you do not know anyone who sells this click here-I know this person will take care of you. http://jsam.bodybyvi.com/
Livestrong.com has the nutritional breakdown-click here to view.

While I do not recommend using meal replacements as a diabetic or otherwise-they can help out in a pinch-and yes I will still occasionally be using either Glucerna or Vi Salus as that extra little meal when time is not on my side!






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9 comments :

Chubskulit Rose said...

It's nice that there are alternatives available to help people who are dealing with diabetes.

Sharon Martin said...

It can be so tempting to eat the fast food meals especially when time is short, at least this can help fill that gap for those that need it.

jenn said...

i am not diabetic but still that looks like a good meal replacement if you are on a diet or want to cut off food intake. thanks for sharing.

Healy Harpster said...

I bought some of this product and sent it to my grandma and mom in Philippines. They are diabetic. And yes, they really liked the taste...

Mommy Liz said...

Maybe my mom can use this as meal replacement. she has diabetes.

Liza Barnett

Nova Hedges said...

My parents are diabetic i wish to get this for them..thank you for sharing....

seny said...

Thank you sharing. This might just help my husband, who has been wanting to shed some pounds.

sandy said...

Sounds like great products for those with diabetes.

Alaina Bullock said...

My dad would drink these as a meal replacement often. He was a tpye 1 diabetic

 
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