Here are some low-carb, gluten free and keto options:

Chip Monk Cookies – Low Carb, Keto & Gluten-Free! (review by Ginger Vieira for, 15 November 2019 … made from real food ingredients, these cookies are delicious, and they will satisfy your sweet tooth while not spiking your blood sugar.  I haven’t tried these yet but I trust Ginger’s recommendations!





Chip Monk cookies are very softy and perfectly chewy. They taste like real food because they are made with real food ingredients! I really can’t say it any more simply than that.  They are delicious!

Good things never come cheap! For a box of 16 cookies, you’ll pay about $22. Take a look at their online shop (ChipMonk Baking) to find discounts and deals. 

Chip Monk cookies are sweetened mostly with allulose.  Allulose is one of the newest sugar-alternatives on the market and it’s one I’m very fond of because it tastes good, it doesn’t impact your blood sugar, and it doesn’t wreak havoc on your stomach like erythritol and xylitol.

Read more:  Product Review: Chip Monk Cookies – Low Carb, Keto & Gluten-Free!

Explore Cuisine (Thank you, Jennifer Smith of Integrated Diabetes Solutions) makes amazing organic, plant-based pastas (from beans, lentils, rice and peas) that are nutritious, high protein, low carb and gluten-free … and taste fantastic.  They hold up way better than traditional gluten-free pastas, delicious with any pasta sauces and great in any stir-fry! 

They are available on (Explore Cuisine) as well as in local health stores (currently, Sprouts has several versions on sale for $3.99/box in the southern California markets). 

Here’s a GREAT Pop Quiz about Popcorn, thanks to Gary Scheiner of Integrated Diabetes Solutions …

Can you estimate how many cups of popcorn fit in the enormous bucket from the local movie theater?


At 5 grams of carb per cup, that comes to… drumroll, please … 120 grams of carb … which amounts to 480 calories, without the butter!!!  You also get 1 gram of fiber per cup … so 24 grams of fiber, if you eat the whole bucket!

A Massive New Study of 232,149 People Says This Small Change Reduces Your Risk of Death By 27 Percent was written by Bill Murphy, Jr., for

A new study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that suggests people who go for a run just once a week can reduce risk of death from any cause by as much as 27 percent.  “Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity,” the study authors wrote. “Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than not running.”

“This is good news for the many adults who find it hard to find time for exercise,” Elaine Murtagh, an exercise physiologist at Mary Immaculate College in Ireland (not involved in the study), told Science News, where I first learned of the study. “Any amount of running is better than none.”

Read more:  A Massive New Study of 232,149 People Says This Small Change Reduces Your Risk of Death By 27 Percent

How to Coach Your Care-Partner on CGM Data was written by Kerri Sparling for, 12 November 2019. 

It’s important to have something resembling “a plan” when it comes to sharing CGM data, and part of the plan includes being able to coach your caregiver on the ins and outs of managing the data flow. So how do you get you and your caregiver in sync when it comes to acting on – and reacting to – CGM data?


  • Make sure you are both in agreement about what blood sugar number constitutes as “low” or “high.” 
  • Determine what questions need to be asked and answered before you start sharing your CGM data, and definitely have this conversation when things are calm (instead of in the throes of an awkward low).
  • “With great power comes great responsibility,”  For the friends, family, and colleagues I’ve shared CGM data with over the years, they also needed a little time to manage their responses to the numbers. The self-imposed pressure to watch, to act, and to experience blood sugar fluctuations without being able to take action to correct them can be very stressful for caregivers. 

Read more:  How to Coach Your Care-Partner on CGM Data

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