I have been a diabetic for over 12 years now but have never really altered my life the way I should. I am starting this blog as a way to try and hold myself accountable. I know that this blog may not be of any interest to the majority but if you should take the time to read it please leave a comment with an encouraging word or a kick up the bum depending on the need at the time.


Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday 29th July 2011

So after yesterdays post I agreed to post my blood sugars on facebook but I figure this is going to become quite boring for those people who don't care.  So instead I thought I would do a little diary for each day with my blood sugars and what I've eaten etc.

So after breakfast my blood sugar was 7.2mmol/l.

At 11.25 I had not had anything to eat since breakfast which for me is an absolute miracle.  I was starting to feel a bit peckish but had a drink of water to hold me off until lunchtime.

My blood sugar before lunch was a fantastic 5.7mmol/l.

I was really pleased with my pre-lunch blood sugar - it just goes to show that no snacking in the morning makes a big difference.  I went to Greggs to get my lunch and got a chicken and bacon sub roll and a lemon drizzle doughnut.  I know I shouldn't have had the doughnut but I'm a bit emotional today so treated myself.  I went to the Greggs website to find out the carbohydrate content for the items and was shocked to find that although they list the calories and the fat content they don't actually list carbohydrate content.  I decided to see if there was anyway of contacting them to ask if they can add carbohydrate content as surely this is part of nutritional information that should be given.

My blood sugar after lunch was 12.8mmol/l a little higher than it should be but I'm happy.

I found the contact details for Greggs and sent them this e-mail.

I was looking at your website today to try and find the carbohydrate content in one of your sandwiches and a doughnut.  I am diabetic so carbohydrate counting is very important when it comes to knowing how much insulin I should be giving following a meal.  I was surprised to find that although you list calorire and fat content for your products you don't actually list carbohydrate content.  It may be that I was looking in the wrong place and if this is the case I would appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction.  If it is something that is not currently available I wonder if you would consider adding this information to your website in the future as I am sure all diabetics and others would find this information extremely useful.

Many thanks

I was quite surprised when within a couple of hours I got the following e-mail back.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us about the carbohydrate contents in our food.

I'm sorry that this isn't available on our website and I have passed your comments on to our Marketing team to take into consideration when looking at future changes.

I've attached to this e-mail a copy of our nutritional leaflet which is available in our shops.  I hope this is of help to you.

If in the future you require any information for food that isn't on the leaflet please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll be more than happy to help.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us and we hope to see you in one of our shops in the near future.

I wonder if they really meant that anything from Greggs I can e-mail them about to find the carbohydrate content because although the leaflet they attached is very comprehensive it doesn't actually cover any of the cakes!!

Anyway let me know what you think about this diary style blogging.

Thanks again for your support.



southernlass said...

Sounds like a much better day :D Well done you (and for trying to find out the information when it wasn't to hand from Greggs).

Kylie said...

I'm delighted you've embraced this idea, and I will make sure I keep up to date.

Well done with Greggs too!