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The National Retail Federation reports that more than half of those who attend Valentine’s Day buy candy for their lovers, which accounts for $2.4 billion spent on sugary treats. Valentine’s Day seems to be a time when most throw sugary precautions to the wind and soak up large boxes of perfectly wrapped chocolates, gooey chocolate fondue at dinner, sweet wines, chocolate martinis and pretty much nothing. anything to raise blood sugar. For this reason, it is also a holiday where diabetics may feel left out. Consuming too much sugar can lead to a life-threatening diabetic coma for diabetics according to Mayo Clinic. So if you think today may be an exception for the diabetic in your life, think again.
It’s understandable that figuring out what to buy for someone with blood sugar issues on Valentine’s Day can be tricky. That’s why we’ve got some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the diabetic you want to treat.
A bag of diabetic supplies
Between insulin, needles, glucometers, test strips, and snacks to raise their blood sugar when needed, diabetics have plenty of supplies to carry around. However, they also have to carry all the other usual items like their phone, wallet, and keys. Diabetic supply bags have traditionally been bulky and unattractive, but now there are dozens of fashionable, easy-to-carry varieties in tons of styles with lots of compartments. We love this hard case for travel that comes in several fun prints, or this plus-size option with tons of storage space.
A meal plan suitable for diabetics
Today, there is a meal subscription plan for just about every dietary need. We’ve listed some of our best black-owned meal delivery services here. Many allow you to customize your menus to accommodate issues such as food allergies, weight loss goals, and even diabetes. When blood sugar drops in diabetics, there’s no time to think about what they’re going to do. Having ready-to-go meals and snacks from a subscription service allows for quick nutrition and ensures that all ingredients in the refrigerator are low in sugar.
If you want to go the old-fashioned way and give chocolate as a gift, go with dark chocolate. You can get dark chocolate with nuts because their protein content stabilizes blood sugar. This dark chocolate is popular among diabetics because it’s sweetened with sugar-free stevia, so it’s still tasty but doesn’t cause blood sugar fluctuations. Its variety pack contains original, coconut, almond, and crispy rice options, all of which are non-GMO, fair trade, and gluten-free.
A foot massager can improve circulation – and diabetics often have circulation problems. A foot massager can also relieve pain associated with diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), which can be very uncomfortable. Moreover, it can be romantic if you use it on each other, as well as on other parts of the body.
An ADA cookbook
While the American Diabetes Association may not be a priority when it comes to top chefs, the ADA has been publishing cookbooks for 25 years. They are a great resource for endless diabetic-friendly recipes. While there are plenty of other authors offering similar reads, you can feel safe knowing that an ADA book will contain recipes that meet the necessary requirements for the diabetic in your life. You can even make one of these recipes for Valentine’s Day dinner as a nice surprise.
A low-sugar fruit basket
If you think a bouquet of flowers is boring, opt for a colorful fruit basket. There are many low-sugar fruits that are suitable for diabetics such as raspberries, grapefruits, strawberries, oranges, and tart cherries. If your relationship is romantic, it can still be sexy to feed each other strawberries or cherries. Plus, you can dip strawberries in melted dark chocolate for a fun, low-sugar dessert.