Before I was diabetic … I used to drink milk and orange juice pretty frequently. After the big Dx (diagnosis) those were quickly added to the category of things that raise my blood sugar and are consumed in very little quantities, if at all. Especially orange juice.
If you’d ask any diabetic, he/she would likely view OJ as a treatment for low blood sugar, rather than an enjoyable Vitamin-C loaded beverage one might enjoy with his/her breakfast.
In fact, when I think of OJ, the first thing that comes to mind is the one time I did black out (which is pretty good odds that it’s only happened once in over 20 yrs) because of low blood sugars … and I “woke up” standing in my kitchen, leaning against a wall, with a jug of OJ in my hand. I’m assuming I had managed to drink some of it, seeing as how I was at that point somewhat coherent again .. but I digress.
My OB told me a couple of months ago that I should start taking iron supplements because my iron levels were a little lower than she’d like. I did. Then last week I had more blood work done, and my iron was even lower than it was before, even though I’d been on the supplements for a couple of months already. *sigh* I did some reading and found that the optimal way to take the iron pill is in the morning, with food (which I’d not been doing) and to drink it with orange juice because the citrus helps it absorb. My immediate response was “Well I’m screwed, because I can’t drink OJ!” Then I remembered how many times I’ve told people (either via my blog or verbally) that just ’cause I’m diabetic, doesn’t mean I can’t eat/drink anything I want (within reason, of course.) But I hadn’t realized until then that I was almost scared to drink OJ …. it’s always been equivalent to a high powered glucose tablet for me – never to be consumed unless treating low BG’s.
But I know how important it is to raise my iron levels … I’m only 4-5 weeks (max) from delivering these twins .. so I need to do something sooner than later. A friend asked me if I’d tried Trop50 which is low sugar OJ. I told her “It’s not the sugar I need to pay attention to, it’s the carbs” (I think I’ll make stickers or t-shirts that say that.. one of these days.) 😉
But sure enough, when I looked at the bottle of it at the store this week, it only has 13g of carbs per 8 oz serving- which for OJ is not bad at all.
So I bought a bottle, and yesterday I drank it for the first time. And lemme tell you …. It was weird. I felt like I was doing something “wrong” and that any minute, my sugars were going to sky rocket. But they didn’t. I had also made a piece of peanut butter toast, and carefully calculated and measured every carb in both the pb toast and 8 oz glass of OJ.
But there was definitely that 20 yr stigma associated with it … it wasn’t enjoyable – it didn’t taste “bad” at all but in my mind, it was like drinking medicine (for me). I’m hoping I can get past that, because not only is the Vitamin-C going to be good for me … if it helps absorb those iron supplements, I’m going to make myself down an 8 oz glass every morning. At least till these babies get here. 🙂