Emergency food?

By momhargrave Latest Reply 2011-07-19 15:21:06 -0500
Started 2010-10-26 22:01:28 -0500

Emergency food. Never thought of it. Today I had to take 3 kids to the dentist. I had 1/2 a small bagel dry for breakfast.(7A.M. BS/ 167) Knew it was a bad choice but figures this was an easy trip. My numbers always run about 160- 240 reguardless of how hard I try. My problem we were there from 10- 2:30. I'd had nothing to eat and only a small glass of water. When they Dr called me back I suddenly realized my sugar had fallen. (testing showed I was at 59.) thank goodness I had glucose tablets. It took a little bit before I stopped swimming. Who has ideas for easy portable snack. Maybe something to stash in the glove box.

35 replies

MewElla 2011-07-19 09:47:19 -0500 Report

I exercise everymorning with long walks, and have on occassion dropped bg#'s quickly, I always carry glucose tablets, bottle of o j, water, string cheese (have insulated back pack) Protein is very important ..I test immediately, take snack,retest in 15 minutes and always get it under control quickly..

Watercolorist 2011-07-18 21:04:21 -0500 Report

I'm also new to this, but found some gnu bars which I carry in my pocketbook. Of course I like the chocolate the best and it would not survive in the heat. When my bs hit 66 one day I sort of went into panic mode. I called a friend and took orange juce. I wonder if a vitamin C tab would work? Anyone know?

Merrier 2011-07-19 09:39:36 -0500 Report

Taking sugar is great, but you should always follow it with a protein or you will be dropping down soon like waves in the sea. the sugar brings it up, but the protein evens it out or levels it off.

Merrier 2011-07-19 09:36:44 -0500 Report

I sometimes carry around SouthBeach Diet cereal bars. recently I found Fiber One cereal bars that work better because of their lower sugar content. Nuts are really good snacks, but checking your blood sugar works best to keep your blood sugar from getting to low. Most times it happens to me is early in the morning, and I look at it as a positive think even though you do not feel so good until you get it back up. The reason i believe is positive is because it down low since my doctor wants it down to 100- 120mg/dl, I just have to get it in balance.

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-18 21:43:16 -0500 Report

I have to agree those glucose tablets actually work wonders and quickly. We are all different I know, but don't get panicked if you can help it. Stress, anxiety, surprises (such as something you have no control over) can cause an up or down immediately. Mine is the down when I get scared or surprised and the highs when I am stressed or have a bout of anxiety. As for the Vit C tablets. I don't really see those helping. They are meant more to give you the vitamin C your not getting in your diet.

Jodyrowlett 2011-07-18 21:09:11 -0500 Report

glucose tablets do wonders. They work fast and are easy to carry!! Me, personally if I carry candy on me I eat it when I don't need it. The glucose tabs arent bad, but not something that I just want to eat. Hope that helps! :-)

Mame C
Mame C 2011-07-18 19:18:16 -0500 Report

Just wanted to share something that never was necessary in my 40 yrs of being a diabetic until the last yr or so. As important as it is to have emergency food w/you & glucose tabs @ all times, it has become necessary to test my blood sugar everytime i get in the car to drive. Due to new meds for other illness that effected my system unexpectedlly I've had some serious lows that were never felt. Never thought this would happen to me but it did. Long story short I totalled my car when my sugar fell thru the floor. Thank goodness no one was hurt but even though I wear a continuous glucose monitor it can run behind. So keep those extra foods w/you but do make sure you have those fast acting aids w/you & test before you turn those keys. Its worth the extra min. it takes to be safe!

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-18 21:35:55 -0500 Report

OMgoodness. That is certainly a serious low. Since I am getting up there in the age and had Diabetes for over 40 years I will keep this in my mind every time I get in the car. That is scary to say the least

LabRat90 2011-07-18 10:52:50 -0500 Report

I carry peanut butter cheese crackers and beef jerky around with me for lows but I don't usually run extremely low.

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-16 17:27:30 -0500 Report

I have Glucose tabs every where these days. Next to my bed, in the living room, the dining room, my purse, the car. Why so many you may wonder. I have had type 1 for 41 years I do get low obviously but on May 31 of this year I was low, got out of bed forget about testing there is no time and time was not on my at side at all that day. I went to the kitchen (at the other end of the house) got a Pepsi, walked about 20 feet passed out fell what I am told flat on my face, the pepsi is now 18 feet behind me. My son heard it hit our hutch called my husband out of the bedroom. The outcome? A broken left shoulder! Now if I am low I do not stand up or walk I get my Glucose tabs and eat about 3 then when I feel better I go eat. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to stay down. Crawl or whatever but when you fall you can have so many other problems that may happen. I am lucky I am alive. Do I remember much of anything not at all. I insisted I was not going in an ambulance that I wanted my husband to drive me and I am always asking him how come he didn't call the ambulance, where was my daughter and so on. You can very easily forget a part of your life. I am so scared in fact that I will not let my BS fall below 150.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2011-07-19 11:17:07 -0500 Report

Mrs. Pink,
I'm so sorry to hear about your scary low blood sugar episode. However, you must know that staying above 150 all the time isn't the solution. I only say this out of concern. I know it's frightening, but you should talk to your doctor about making adjustments to keep you safely between 80 and 120 or so.

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-19 15:21:06 -0500 Report

John, You are absolutely correct. Between 80 & 120 is normally where you want to be and we should all check with our Dr and make sure that is where we each need to stay at on a daily basis. Our activity levels vary greatly and so do our lifestyles, so this is something your Dr and you need to discuss in detail. It was very upseting to me to find out while in the hospital my Dr was on vacation and I wouldn't see him until next month. (he is the only 1 we have in this area) So I am having to adjust my insulin myself. Between my husband of 21 yrs and myself we are doing pretty good if I may say :0) It is requiring more bs testing but I don't mind that. I have become a little obsessive since May's accident. But I would rather be obsessive then on the floor.
I don't really aim for 150 though either. If it is 100-150 I don't panic to eat nor do I take a shot. I generally run a little high, always have and my a1c's are in the 5-7 range.
Can't wait to see the Dr though. His sliding scale sucks and needs adjusting before "it~ kills me. Is what I do an answer for any one else? No. It is a temperary fix for me.

Jodyrowlett 2011-07-18 21:22:10 -0500 Report

Wow! I'm so sorry that happened to you!! I hope your doing better now! Diabetes is such a scary disease! And I feel like people(the ones around us) don't take it as seriously as they should! My ex-husband was always so concerned when my blood sugar would go low, probably due to the fact that I had a seizure in the middle of the night on our wedding night! All I know is I kinda came to 2 with him standing over me with the phone in his hand fixing to dial 911. All I could say is 'sugar' and he ran to the vending machine and brought me a mountain due. Apparently I was severely convulsing in my sleep. The bad thing is I never knew how low my blood sugar got! That was the scariest thing I've even been through. I have also had other instances where my bs is so low I can barely open the fridge and kinda just fall in front of it. The lowest I've ever seen my bs is 19, which I'm sure has gotten lower at time. The most common time of day for me to get low bs's is in the middle of the night! Pretty scary! But luckily it wakes me up! I try to be careful now! Although I still do get in situations where my bs gets low and I don't have anything with me…I'm trying to keep glucose tablets with me everywhere I go now.
Anyway, enough blabbing about me! Hope your doing better!

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-18 21:31:01 -0500 Report

WOW 19? and to actually see that number amazes me. I am almost positive I have been near that. I get to the 30's and I am sayin "just get to the fridge, just get to the fridge." Of coarse not anymore. If I know I am able, I take it eat some tablets to bring it up just enough to go to kitchen. I had a Dr tell me to drink milk. Sometimes I am little to scared to have that be all I do.

MarkS 2011-07-16 16:00:03 -0500 Report

Two words - 'Swedish Fish' :) They are great for something that's easy to carry, withstands heat (even in a car glove box), and cold, and about ten raises my blood sugar about 15 mg/dL.

nzingha 2011-07-16 14:52:04 -0500 Report

I never go anywhere without my food.. nope. I carry a banana in my bag, an apple, almond nuts or cashews, pack of biscuits (sweet ones) If I am going to the doc, I know there will be a long wait.. always, always I have at least 2 items in my bag and sweets.. and I never usually get downs.. but just to be on the safe side.. I always. Not to mention when I am flying and I do some long flights- 9-10 hours.. I NEVER rely on their food tho I travel 1st class mostly and food is never a problem.. I carry my Doritos, chips.. the stuff that usually I dont eat but just in case. sometimes even dark choclate in case there is a reeal emergency..lol!its part of my culture/routine since diabetes.. in fact people even in my office when they r hungry..they check me and they raid my refridgerator.. which i demanded when taking the job..told them i must have one in my office tho I didnt specify that it was because i am a diabetic.. but it helps. I bought my own kettle and I think I'll get a microwave next..

boosmomie 2011-07-16 13:27:27 -0500 Report

Hi all I am new here and new to being a diabetic. I have only been one for about 2 1/2 years now. what I have found works for me is have a sealed container with both sugar sweets and sugar free sweets in it for when my sugar levals are either high or to low. But during summer no chocolate it seems to melt. so I usually use hard candy. My 11 year old son knows not to get in to it, it is to keep mom healthy.
So I hope this helps someone out.Oh I also use some of those cheese and cracker snacks also.

kkmedelberg 2011-07-16 12:05:52 -0500 Report

If you go into the snack aisle at the grocery you can find wonderful individual size snacks. They do cost a little more but are perfect for keeping in your purse and car. Before you purchase check out the carb's on them because they do vary. My favorite is the small servings of nuts, they also have breakfast granola. I will also purchase fruit strips for Luke should he need something fast. He does not like them but they do work.

boosmomie 2011-07-16 13:31:28 -0500 Report

Hi, I agree nuts are a good thing I sometimes have them in my car also when I can afford it [limited income].

grischat 2011-07-16 08:17:30 -0500 Report

when I had teeth to eat them, I found a few prunes-5 or 6, use the dried fruit that works best for you—with a handful of nuts boosted, then stabilized my levels better than anything else. Now, I carry cheese crackers, or wheat crackers & portable hummus, a small btl of tea with fruit juice, as well as water. Sweet, when my level drops, makes me vomit (which also raises my levels, temporarily)

sweetie girl
sweetie girl 2011-07-16 07:50:34 -0500 Report

I have a special insolated bag that I keep in the kitchen in case I go out in the car, it contains peanut butter and crackers, a sugar free applesauce and a sugar free cup of fruit, plus water, I pop in a freezer pack and I am off and always have something with me that is 15 carbs.

tleary 2011-07-16 15:05:23 -0500 Report

OK, I'm new to living Diabetic (have been in denial for a few years)…I haven't had my nutrition counseling yet…why carry snacks…I don't get it? Anyone can answer. Thanks.

jayabee52 2011-07-16 15:56:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Tracey. WELCOME to DC!
If you ever had a low blood glucose reaction you probably wouldn't ask that question. But if you had never had such a reaction it is a good question. We carry things a Person who doesn't have diabetes would probably question because when we take medications to control our diabetes we run the risk of going low. "Normal" blood glucose can be anywhere between 70 to 130. Below 70 is considered low. There are symptoms of lows like sweating, hunger, impaired thinking and reactions, fainting, acting like being drunk. Each person's reactions may be a little different. If one gets down too low, they could go into a coma, or even die.

So, many of us carry little emergency stashes of food or candies (I carry Skittles) so when we feel a low coming on (most of us can but some cannot), we should eat a controlled amount of whatever we're carrying, and wait 15 minutes and test our Blood Glucose levels to see if it has come up closer to normal. If not, then repeat the cycle until it does.

Blessings to you and yours

all sport
all sport 2011-07-16 17:49:08 -0500 Report

hi jaybee i get the small contaniers for childern and fill thoese up with nuts,fruit,sm crackers and anything that fits in them . Like grab ~an~go snacks also i make my own trail mix the way i make it is with nuts,m&m's ,sunflower seeds,peanuts,rasins,and any other things i can think of to put in the mix for us it last upto 1month ~enjoy everyone~ allsport!!!

Hops 2011-07-16 07:55:56 -0500 Report

1st you gotta have some protein and fat w/breakfast. A glass of 2% milk and an egg would help. Bagels are high glycemic. Fun Size Snickers Bars come 8 in a pack for $1.07. Each of these bars has 20 grams of carbohydrate.

Laurel Leigh
Laurel Leigh 2011-07-16 07:47:14 -0500 Report

I have peanut butter M&M's in my car and a couple of those single-serve boxes of cereal. If I know I am going to be out and about, I will bring apple slices or other fruit or baby carrots. Granola bars also work well in the car because they have a long shelf life and are resistant to changes in temperature.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-04-30 15:49:54 -0500 Report

I carry glucose tabs an peanut butter crackers or a protein/fiber bar for emergencies. The tabs bring me back up quickly and the extra snack helps keep me there until I can get to someplace that has real food for me to eat.

The bars and crackers are nice and small and don't take much space to carry, honestly I prefer fiber bars and protein bars to the crackers as the crackers always end up smashed to bits before long while the bars can get smooshed a bit and still not make a mess if I need to eat it.

Right now I've got a fiber one bar and one of those quaker oat bars hanging out in my purse along with my glucose tabs and a few regular sugar candies left over from before I found the glucose tabs.

Brenda_B 2010-10-29 03:17:29 -0500 Report

My son and I both like to have M&M peanuts around. Fast sugar and nuts to slow it down a bit. I get the bag that have the really little bags (like you see around this time of year)… So LOL I'm not tempted to eat too many. There are only a few in those little bags… just enough. When I was taking Glipized I had times with really low reading. I kept protein bars… lots of them…with me all the time.
I don't take that any more.

Dev 2010-10-27 14:50:31 -0500 Report

My husband keeps protein bars and a small apple. You can eat it wherever you are.

Harlen 2010-10-27 12:20:15 -0500 Report

Yep and I have used them from time to time.
Saved me when I can not get out and get anything .
Best wishes

CaliKo 2010-10-26 23:18:03 -0500 Report

For stashing in the glove box, I like those smarties candies for low blood sugar emergencies. Any kind of sugar without fats or proteins will work (slows down absorption of carbs), or lots of people prefer orange juice. Also, snacks for before you get to an emergency could be something like whole wheat crackers or pretzels, maybe dried apricots. Maybe add some nuts, so you'd have protein and fat if you had to wait so long like today. Also, its good to get in the habit of dropping something in your purse when you are going somewhere like a doctor's office where you are at the mercy of their schedule. That way is can be something fresh, I like clementines or a whole wheat bagel or cheese and whole wheat crackers, or maybe a small banana, whatever fits into your meal plan. I hope that helps get you started. Good luck!

momhargrave 2010-10-26 22:04:59 -0500 Report

The funny thing is I had just shares a video from this site with my kids. My eight year old was the one who grabbed my kit. At least she paid attention.

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