“This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.”
Life has a funny way of throwing you curveballs, out of the blue they come whirling towards you at a hundred miles an hour. At least that’s how it feels at times. For the past six years my siblings and I have been hit with medical issues with our parents. First it was my mom and then my dad. Even to this day, when the phone rings late at night, my heart drops. An unexpected knock at the door and panic sets in. While they’re both doing well, we still have different ways we help care for them and help them manage their health issues.
Three years ago my dad was told he was pre-diabetic and he needed to make some serious changes to his diet and lifestyle. This was shortly after a previous round of medical issues, including surgery to have a shoulder replacement. With a limited range of motion in his hands and shoulder, adding exercise would be a challenge. We started by increasing his daily activity. Having him take walks daily so he’s always active. The next step was to change his diet and eating habits.
Meal Replacement With Glucerna
Helping my dad maintain better eating habits wasn’t hard at all. He did a great job sticking to his diet changes. We all know all too well what could happen if they didn’t make the changes required. When he first started on the process we looked online for recipes and meal options. He talked with his doctor and a nutritionist to get more options and suggestions for the changes required for his diet. After a while my dad hit a roadblock, and we realized he needed to switch things up so he had some variety.
Glucerna was one of the first things we thought of to help him add variety while staying on track. Neither of my parents cook often and since fast food options are limited, we plan his meals ahead of time and I’m responsible for making sure he has a supply of Glucerna shakes. He switches up which the meal he replaces with the shake. Mostly it’s either something he has for breakfast or lunch.
About Glucerna Shakes
Adding Glucerna Shakes to my dad’s diet added a sense to relief for us all. We no longer worry about him missing meals when he’s busy with doctor’s appointments or traveling. Glucerna Shakes is designed as a meal or snack replacement and includes CARBSTEADY, a unique blend of slow-release carbohydrates to help minimize blood sugar spikes. Each shake includes only 180 calories and 10 grams of protein. You can pick up club sized packages of Glucerna Shake at Sam’s Club in one of three flavor choices of Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry.
Stocking up at Sam’s Club
I’m always up for a trip to Sam’s Club, I love that I can get everyday items in bulk at an affordable price. When I’m picking up snacks, cereal, fruit, and juices for the kids I can also grab Glucerna Shake for my dad. These club sized packages last longer and cut down on trips to the store for me. If you’re a caregiver you know how hard it can be at times to get all your tasks done, regardless of who you’re caring for. Sam’s also offers a variety of caregiver products including Poise, Depends, Ensure, and Glucerna.
About Sam’s Club Caregiver Program
Caring for a loved one can be stressful, and that’s why Sam’s Club Caregiver Program works towards taking some of the stress out of the process. You can visit the club to pick up items needed for your loved one. Knowing they carry a wide variety makes it an easy choice for one stop shopping. If you’re busy and can’t shop in store, you can order products online and use club pick up. Even better Sam’s Club even offers discreet shipping options for products ordered from their website. Regardless of what option you choose, it’s sure to help relieve some of your stress.
Five Tips To Help Manage Blood Sugar
I’ve already mentioned two ways my dad has managed his blood sugar, by adding exercise and adding one Glucerna Shake a day to his meal plan. There are lots of other small ways you can work on your blood sugar like my dad, here are five tips that have been working for him.
- Monitor your blood sugar levels
- Drink lots of water and always stay hydrated
- Speak with a health-care provider about meal plans and portion control
- Control the amount of carbs you intake
- Try to reduce your stress levels
If you’re taking care of a loved one, preparing to start family caregiving, or you’re someone who receives care from friends and family, Sam’s Club Caregiver Program should be one of the first programs you check out. Visit their website to learn more and see how they can help you care smarter not harder.