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A Dozen Great Gifts for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Living with a chronic disease isn't easy and sometimes well-meaning family and friends give us gifts that make us feel worse! Here, some blood-sugar friendly snacks, books, and useful items that you might not know about unless you also live with diabetes!

beautifully-wrapped gift with white paper and pine conesDear Santa, Please don't put anymore sugar-free "goodies" into my stocking. Here are some ideas that people with diabetes would be thrilled to receive.

I've lived with diabetes (type 1) since 1999 and have been on the receiving end of more than my fair share of "sugar-free" goodies. Trust me when I tell you that your loved one with diabetes doesn't want this in his or her stocking. Aside from being just plain weird, "sugar-free" candy messes with your digestion (and makes many people gassy!), totally raises your blood sugar and tastes gross, too.

Instead, here are a few diabetes-related gifts that people with type 2 diabetes will be excited to receive! Look for the gifts with PROMO codes for special discounts for the OnTrack Diabetes audience. Hurry discounts only good for a limited time.

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas Is...

#1. Got Neuropathy? Get Siren Socks

Siren Sock Diabetic Foot Monitoring System

This wearable high-tech sock was designed to help people with diabetes detect foot ulcers that if left untreated can become serious and, in some cases, lead to amputations. If your friend or loved one has been diagnosed with neuropathy, these socks are a must. Siren Socks help find hot spots on the feet before they turn into danger spots!

Use PROMO code ONTRACK1 to purchase the first month of Siren Diabetic Socks and Foot Monitoring System free (valued at $19.95). The code expires on  January 1, 2019.

#2. The Ultimate Thin-Crust, Low-Carb "Pizza" 

Cali'flour Pizza

Cali'flour Pizza just may be the best healthy pizza option yet! Made primarily from protein and fiber-rich cauliflower, these crusts are naturally gluten free and can be topped with the same ingredients you'd put on traditional white-flour pizza crust. Cali'flour uses only 4 ingredients so you can taste and pronounce what you're eating—your favorite pizza lover won't have to sacrifice flavor or fun with this terrific alternative. 

Use PROMO code START at the checkout to purchase the starter (3 boxes/6 crusts + free pizza pan) for only $39.95. Enjoy!

#3. ZenoBar: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without the Spike

 

ZenoBars

One of the only truly low-carb snack bars on the market, the ZenoBar is sweetened with allulose, an all-natural, fruit-derived sweetener that the body doesn't break down into glucose so there is less impact on blood sugar. The strawberry flavor is sweetest and my personal favorite! But pairing the chocolate flavor with a cup of coffee on a rainy day is just about the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. With only 2 to 4 grams of net carbohydrate per bar, this snack is satisfying and made with real food that won't mess with your blood sugar.

#4. WW Subscription: The New and Improved Weight-Loss Program 
I used to be pretty skeptical of WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) because many years ago, they were only teaching calorie-restriction, not healthy eating. Today, good ol’ WW has revamped their program to encourage subscribers to eat as many vegetables and fruits and lean sources of protein as possible by making them zero points. 

I have so many friends who have lost 20 to 30 pounds thanks to this revamped approach to points and eating mostly real food. It’s not about counting carbs or feeling hungry and deprived all day. It’s about eating mostly whole, real food and being very mindful with everything else you eat. (Oprah wasn’t lying in the commercial: you can eat chips while on Weight Watchers now!)

#5.Personal Diabetes Coaching Package

Sometimes appointments with doctors aren’t enough. To really reach our goals around weight-loss, nutrition, A1C, and the emotional challenges of living with diabetes, having an awesome coach (who also has diabetes) can be an incredibly life-changing experience! If your loved one has been lamenting about struggling to lose weight or eat better, or trying to improve their blood sugar—or whatever—getting them a coaching plan with one of these awesome coaches will give them the support and guidance they need!

#6. Edible Cookie Dough: This Stuff is GOOD!

Lion's Pack Edible Cookie Dough -- Reese and Oreo

Ohhh, this is a good one! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and the best thing about it is...it contains ZERO nasty fake sweeteners or sugar alcohols, and it’s still pretty darn low-carb! The flavors of these doughs are out of this world. And they taste like the ingredients in their title: Reese's and oreo cookie, s’mores, cinnamon roll, Samoa cookie, snickerdoodle, brownie batter...and more! Lion's Pack products ain't cheap which is why they're a wonderful indulgence to receive as a gift!

#7. Test-Strip Subscriptions: Save Money, No RX Required
These days companies are getting smart and delivering test-strips in the quantities we actually need to live well with diabetes without getting prescriptions or insurance approval.

These three companies have created their own glucose meter and test-strip subscription plans (some even come with complimentary diabetes coaching with a certified diabetes educator) for the same price as a monthly copay. Way better than having insurance companies dictate how many test strips you're permitted to use each day.

These companies offer programs that cost as little as $8 month if you only need 1 or 2 strips per day, and unlimited test-strip supplies for about $40 if you test more than 4 times a day. Check out each one and see what you think!

#8. Stylish Case for Glucometer, Strips, Meds & More

Both of these companies make products for people with diabetes created by people with diabetes. Personally, I love the playful patterns favored by the Out of Sight brand—there have fun animal prints...cheetah spots and zebra stripes! I also like that it works with any glucometer thanks to a piece of velcro for the back of the meter that sticks conveniently to another piece of velcro inside the case.

#9. Knowledge is Power
Books about diabetes written by authors with diabetes! Search any of the following titles in Amazon—or shop local—and have it delivered to their door.

Need-to-Know Diabetes Management

  • Type 2 Diabetes: The First Year
  • Bright Spots & Landmines
  • Thriving with Diabetes
  • 50 Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It

Nutrition & Eating Behavior 

  • What Do I Eat Now?
  • The Pocket Carbohydrate Counting Guide
  • The End of Overeating
  • Emotional Eating with Diabetes

Getting Active

  • Yoga for Diabetes
  • Fit with Diabetes
  • Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator

The Emotional Side of Living with Diabetes

  • Balancing Diabetes
  • The Book of Better
  • Dealing with Diabetes Burnout

 

#10. Best-Ever Low-Carb Pasta

Seapoint Farms Edamame Fettuccine is my absolute favorite diabetes-friendly noodle. Not only because it holds together well but it's NEVER gummy or chewy like rice pasta and barely affects my blood sugar! It's easy to cook—boil, add pasta, drain, add sauce. Mangia Pasta in under 10 minutes! Even my picky father-in-law likes it! And if he likes it, anyone will...low-carb and so good!

#11. Quest Bars: Pricey But Worth It
Okay, so this is far from “real food” but they’re really quite tasty. If your loved one with diabetes loves protein bars, getting them a big box for Christmas of their favorite flavors will be appreciated because they aren’t cheap.

Sometimes simple and so useful treats like this—that can satisfy your sweet tooth without consuming a lot of sugar—can feel like a pricey indulgence when we buy them for ourselves. If you wrap it up with a bow and leave it under the tree (or the menorah), it’ll be that much more fun to eat!

#12. Fitness Tracker: Wearable Motivation

These are obviously very popular in the non-diabetic community, too, but for people with diabetes they offer an extra benefit: the motivation to get moving. It’s so simple that you’d think it’s unnecessary, but seeing how many steps you’ve taken each day really is an effective eye-opener for anyone struggling to make exercise a bigger priority.

They aren’t cheap either, so being the one to give your loved-one a decent quality fitness tracker like a FitBit could make you Queen of Christmas or the Hero of Hannukah or the King of Kwanzaa! (Although there are some really cheap ones, the reviews don’t look so great--I’ve spent hours reading them! So be careful!)

Happy Holidays, one and all! How ever you celebrate them, remember not to be tempted to waste your money on any more boxes of gross “sugar-free” chocolate from the checkout-line at CVS! 

* Disclosure: I write freelance articles for OneDrop and worked briefly as a consultant for ZenoBar but was not paid to promote either one in this article.

 

 

Updated on: November 29, 2018
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