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How I Travel in Summer with FreeStyle Libre 2 System

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What does Summertime mean to you? For me it means relaxation. Whether it’s a staycation in my own city, visiting my mother in another state, or taking a trip to a new destination, I’m going to find a place and time to relax. I’m excited because I just went on a girl’s trip weekend cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. 

However, with Type 1 Diabetes, you can’t always just grab a bag and go. There’s always a plan in place. For my girls’ cruise trip to Cozumel, I had to map out what I need to take especially since it’s an international trip. Normally, I would have to count out how many finger strips I need to check my glucose. If I’m checking it at least 4-6 times a day, for 5 days that’s at least 20 – 30 strips plus or minus 5 for any mistakes. With that also comes 20 – 30 needles, 20-25 alcohol pads (to clean my fingers before and after pricking them), a reader, a charger, and insulin for 5+ days…

Whew!

Benefits of traveling and using the Freestyle Libre 2 sensor

What’s been great over the last few summers is using the FreeStyle Libre 2 system, which is a continuous
glucose monitor (CGM), I have been able to eliminate the extra materials and devices that come with
traveling with diabetes. Now, I use the FreeSyle Libre 2 app* on my smartphone and scan the FreeStyle
Libre 2 sensor on my arm. Then, all I need is an extra sensor if I need to change it while on vacation. Talk
about a technology upgrade!

Benefits of traveling and using the Freestyle Libre 2 sensor:

  • If you’re traveling by air, you can have your sensors in a carry-on bag
  • It is water resistant, so you can swim † with the sensor
  • No more finger pricks ‡
  • Your phone acts as a reader* §

When you’re on the beach or at the pool, the last thing you want to do is prick your finger. But with the
FreeStyle Libre 2 system, it’s literally just scan and go. The sensor is comfortable to wear and applying it
is so easy #1,2 that I can do it anywhere † – I’ve applied my new sensor at track meets, in car rides, and the dinner table.

After you clean the area you’ll be applying your sensor, you snap the sensor applicator into the sensor and then push it firmly into your arm (you can watch this video on how to apply your FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor as well). Voila! You’re almost there. Then you just scan the device to start the activation process and you can get a glucose reading anytime**.

This summer is going to be busy. I will be at quite a few track meets around the country, visiting my mom
in Atlanta, cruising with the girls, and hopefully a romantic getaway with my favorite guy. Knowing that all I
need is my phone to check my glucose is the perfect piece of mind.

Indications and Important Safety Information​

Where are you headed to this summer? Wherever it may be, the FreeStyle Libre 2 system is the perfect
companion – check out https://www.freestyle.abbott/us-en/products/freestyle-libre-2.html to learn more
and see if it’s right for you.

Visit https://www.freestylelibre.us/safety-information.html for safety information.
* The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please
check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the
FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.
† Sensor is water-resistant in up to 1 meter (3 feet) of water. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes. 
‡ Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see
Check Blood Glucose symbol in the first twelve hours.

§ The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features.
Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when
your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations.
#  Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system.
FreeStyle Libre 2 has the same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with optional real-time glucose
alarms. Therefore the study data is applicable to both products.
** Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when
you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading.
1. Haak, T. Diabetes Therapy (2017): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6.
2. Campbell, F. Pediatric Diabetes (2018): https://doi.org/10.1111/pedi.12735.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is indicated for use in people with diabetes age 4 and older.
Medicare coverage is available for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system if the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader is used to
review glucose data on some days every month. Medicare and other third party payor criteria apply.
Abbott provides this information as a courtesy, it is subject to change and interpretation. The customer is
ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes, coverage, and payment policies for
individual patients. Abbott does not guarantee third party coverage or payment for our products or
reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third party payors.

Visit https://www.freestylelibre.us/safety-information.html for safety information.

Food & Health

Why Goli Gummies Are Getting All of My Money!

I initially learned about Gummies from the famous Tabitha Brown. I kept thinking, what is this gummy she keeps raving about? It wasn’t until she started promoting the Blue Goli Ashwagandha gummies that my interest peaked. She mentioned something about it making you want to get ummmmm “a tad more frisky in le bedroom” ok, those are my words but she said something like that. 

Since then, I’ve bought the blue ones, the red ones, the orange ones and now the green ones! It’s like Goli Gummies has just taken all of my money. The good part is that I really like these gummies and have no problem paying for things that are good for me and good to me.  Use code: BernettaStyle for 10% off your purchase to try one or a few.

Who is Goli? Why do they do what they do? 

Goli Nutrition is an inventive, people focused nutrition company that is committed to providing the world with a key to sustainable wellness through innovative products that are suitable for any lifestyle. Goli Nutrition strives to make health simple by helping consumers reach their nutrition goals with products that make taking daily supplements enjoyable. Goli Nutrition’s deep rooted commitment provides the world with easy access to wellness through innovative products that are Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gelatin-Free, Kosher and free of colors and flavors from artificial sources.

Here’s a summary of what the Goli Gummies can do for you:

OUR PATENTED FORMULA COMBINES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH VITAMIN B9 AND B12 TO HELP SUPPORT:

Immune Health The ingredients in Goli ACV Gummies help to support a healthy immune system.

Cellular Energy Production The ingredients in Goli ACV Gummies help convert the food you eat into cellular energy, giving your body the healthy support it needs to get you through the day.

Heart Health The ingredients in Goli ACV Gummies play a fundamental role in maintaining homocysteine levels, which help support a healthy heart.

Healthy Nutrient Metabolism The ingredients in Goli Gummies help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively.

Healthy Nervous System The ingredients in Goli ACV Gummies help support healthy nervous system function.

Overall Good Health The ingredients in Goli ACV Gummies promote overall health and wellbeing.

 

ASHWA Gummies

The ancient Indian herb, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), has been recognized for its medicinal properties for over 5,000 years. It is rooted in Ayurveda, a holistic and natural system of medicine based on the concept that health and wellness depend on a balance between physical and mental health by utilizing natural medicine.

Ashwagandha is also an adaptogen—a plant that helps the body maintain balance and adjust to stress. This function of Ashwagandha is well-documented and heavily backed by modern science. KSM-66® Ashwagandha is the highest concentration of Ashwagandha extract on the market with extensive research behind it that supports various health benefits.

KSM-66® Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to:

Help reduce stress and tension

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Support endurance, strength, muscle size

Improve sleep quality

Support sexual function

Reduce and maintain healthy body weight

CLEAN, PLANT-BASED BEAUTY & WELLNESS GUMMIES – SUPERFRUITS

Their unique blend captures the distinctive properties of vitamins, minerals and botanicals resulting in a perfect synergy of beauty, wellness and nutrition.

Their delicious Superfruits Gummies are filled with antioxidants and essential nutrients for real results. This proprietary formula improves collagen formation and skin elasticity, restores skin’s radiance, supports a healthy immune system and so much more!

INGREDIENTS

Bamboo Shoot Extract (Silica) Bamboo extract is a rich source of natural silica, commonly referred to as Bamboo Silica, a trace mineral that supports the production of collagen, giving skin a more plump and youthful appearance.

Vitamin A Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in supporting a healthy immune system and maintaining vision.

Vitamin C Vitamin C is well-known for its powerful antioxidant activity and immune support capabilities. It also aids with collagen production which improves skin’s elasticity and overall appearance.

Vitamin E Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that supports immune health and maintains healthy eyes.

Zinc Zinc is a necessary nutrient for immune support and overall health. It aids with collagen synthesis and improves wound healing.

Pectin Pectin is a unique fiber found in fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other gummies on the market that are made with gelatin, Goli Superfruits Gummies are made with pectin, from fruit peels, making them vegan friendly and as such, enjoyable by many different lifestyles and diets.

Goli® Supergreens Gummies

Goli® Supergreens Gummies are made with a nutrient rich blend of 11 super greens, probiotics, essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals that help provide so many incredible benefits! Our plant-based formula helps you incorporate nutrient rich ingredients into your daily routine, in a delicious and convenient way! 

So as you can see there is a variety to choose from. I love that each one does something different for the body. That’s probably why I feel I want them all. Have you tried one? Which one is your favorite? What do you think about the brand new Supergreens?

 

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Family Food & Health

Our first hand experience with COVID

I promise, I thought we made it. Meaning, we had went over a year without being personally impacted by COVID. Then it paid us a visit.

My daughter and son went to teen night at the skating rink one Friday in July. Then they went to teen night at the church the following night. A few days later (Wednesday), Bailee just wasn’t looking right. It was a look in her eyes. A look of tiredness. I touched her and she was HOT! I took her temperature and it was 102.6. That night her temp got as high as 104.

The next day we got her tested for COVID and it was positive.

I was so scared. SCARED!

There were so many questions about what will happen next. Then came my tears.

The doctor at urgent care told us to give her vitamin D, vitamin C, super B Complex, Zinc and Tylenol. We also added elderberry. We all started taking it, just in case it was coming our way. Two days later, my oldest son had a temperature of 102. And was in the bed all day. We tested him the next day. Positive.

Bailee was down for about 4 days. Earl was down 3. Once that fever broke, they were feeling better and quickly got back to normal. At the same time, I started to feel weird. Oh no!!!!!! Please don’t tell me I have COVID.

I never got tested, but as soon as they were feeling better, I got a fever and felt so weak. I was in the bed for 3 days and lost 5lbs. Day 4, I could hardly walk but it wasn’t because I was sick, it was because I hadn’t eaten. I was weak. After I started eating more, my strength came back and I started to feel better. I only had a fever on day one. I had a headache and just tiredness. Towards the end of the week, my taste and smell left for a few days, but came back. Day 5, I was taking my first walk around the block (with help).

My husband started feeling sick the same day I did (Monday), but unfortunately had a fever for 9 days. The fever lingered between 99 – 102. We were still giving him all of the same vitamins, medicine and even tried some other things people told us to try. Still, a fever for 9 days. I was TERRIFIED! I called his friends and ask them to PRAY! They did.

Prayer works

The fever finally broke on day 10. Currently, we are day 14 with my husband. He is on the other side of it but trying to get his energy back. I’m grateful through it all, he could still breathe and didn’t have any major pain. Just tired and weak. He lost 10 pounds!

I think our cases were still very mild compared to others and for that I’m grateful.

I’m sad that my daughter missed the Jr. Olympics in Texas. She was devastated, but we reassured her she still had an amazing track season, and we will go for it again next year. It was the first week in August, and although she was feeling good – she missed a week of practice and we know she wouldn’t have been competing at her best. Also, because her dad was still recovering, we couldn’t have went anyway.

I took off work to go to Houston, but I spent my vacation nursing my husband back to health and getting my children ready for school. I do not wish Covid on anyone, and that’s even the mild case. The scariest part is not knowing how it will affect you. You just don’t know. Taking care of 2 children COVID, trying to prevent your 3rd from getting it, then nursing yourself back to health while trying to help your husband and still make sure the kids are ok is ALOT!! 

Can you say this woman needs a break? Friday, I left and just went to treat myself to a crab boil. It was delish! And next month, I will be headed to Arizona for the first time with friends. I can’t wait. I need this! 

Food & Health

MyFreeStyle provides a chance to sample FreeStyle Libre 2 System

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. FreeStyle Libre

When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2015, I had no idea what that meant for me or my way of
living. I didn’t know about finger pricks, A1C, all the supplies you need and how you keep track of your
glucose levels.

For the first couple of years, I was a finger pricker. I hated it. With every finger prick it reminded me of my situation and how my life is now different. Not to mention, always trying to remember which finger I pricked last and the clean up around the pricked area. It was just #teamtoomuch.

About two years ago a friend emailed me to ask if I’d heard about the Freestyle Libre 14 day system. She
described it: “run this machine over a device, scan, and poof – no more finger pricks. No more trying to
remember what your last glucose levels were.”

I told her I had seen a commercial and it looked like a dream come true, but I honestly wasn’t sure if I could afford it or if my insurance would cover it.

Sometimes when you want something, you make excuses of why you can’t get it because you just don’t
believe you can have it. I thought it was out of my reach before I even tried to get one.

I finally made it to my doctor’s office, and he was concerned about my A1C. He wanted to track it a
different way, and that’s when he recommended, I try the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. I was SO
EXCITED to try it out. It felt like next-level living. Fast forward two years and I’ve recently upgraded to the
FreeStyle Libre 2 system.

So what even is a CGM?

A CGM is a continuous glucose monitor. It’s a small system that continuously monitors your glucose
levels in real time. The FreeStyle Libre 2 is a small sensor (1/3 thinner than other sensors)* 1,2 about the size of two stacked quarters. It sticks directly to upper portion of your arm for up to 14 days before I have to switch to a new sensor. From there, FreeStyle Libre 2 does what it does best – measure my glucose levels while I’m enjoying life.

Some of my other favorite benefits of this device include:

  • No Fingersticks – you can make treatment decisions anytime, high or low, no fingersticks
    required†
  • Optional Alarms – one of my all-time favorite benefits! You can set the system to alert you when
    your glucose levels rise or drop. You can also set the alert parameters and customize how you’re
    notified (rings/vibrations). ‡
  • Show Trends and Patterns – the FSL 2 reader stores up to 90 days’ worth of your data, so you
    can save and email the results right to your doctor to talk through together during your next
    appointment§
  • Less Time In Hypos|| 3,4 – You can literally see in real-time how food and exercise affect your
    blood glucose levels. You can also catch hyperglycemia (too-high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (too-low blood sugar) as they happen, avoiding a potentially dangerous situation.

How you can try out FreeStyle Libre 2 system for FREE with the MYFREESTYLE Program

I’m excited that FreeStyle Libre is making their CGM more accessible with Abbott’s MyFreeStyleProgram. (www.myfreestyle.us)

If you’re on the edge, deciding if a CGM is right for you, the MyFreeStyle program gives you the opportunity to sample FreeStyle Libre 2 for FREE¶ 

But much more than just a free sample, you’ll get curated, actionable tips and tricks along throughout the program, so you get the most out of what CGM has to offer and learn how small actions can make a huge difference when it comes to managing diabetes.

References:
*Based on a comparison to Dexcom G6.​
1. FreeStyle Libre 2 User's Manual.​
2. Data on file.  Abbott Diabetes Care.
3. Haak, T. Diabetes Therapy (2017): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6.
4. Bolinder, J. The Lancet (2016): https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31535-5.
† Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see Check Blood Glucose
symbol in the first twelve hours. 
‡ Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet of the reading device 
§  Reader stores up to 90 days of glucose data so patients can see their patterns and historic trends
|| Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. FreeStyle Libre 2 has the
same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with optional real-time glucose alarms. Therefore the study data is applicable to
both products. ​
¶ Eligible patients will receive one (1) FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor and reader at $0 copay. The expiration date of the voucher is 60 days from the issue date. Limit one offer per lifetime. This program is not available for patients with gestational diabetes. Only patients 4 and older are eligible to receive an offer. This offer is void where prohibited by law. Abbott may modify or rescind this offer at any time without notice. The discounts are not available to beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid or other federal or state healthcare programs or residents of Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and other US territories. The free sensor and reader are provided as a sample and is limited to one NDC per eligible person. The sensor and reader cannot be re-sold, traded nor submitted to any third party payer for reimbursement and is not provided as any inducement for future purchases. The free sample card is not health insurance.
Indications and Important Safety Information FreeStyle Libre 14 day system: Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 14 day system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or https://www.FreeStyle.abbott/us-en/safety-information.html for safety info.
FreeStyle Libre 2 system: Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 2 system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or https://www.FreeStyle.abbott/us-en/safety-information.html for safety info.
Food & Health Product Reviews

Winc is a Wine Subscription for Wine Lovers

Winc #drinkWinc

Who knew trying wine could be so easy? 

A little over a month ago, I was given the coolest opportunity to try a wine company that delivers up to 4 bottles of wine to your door. You go to their site and take a survey about the different types of food you like. Based on your answers, they send you a variety of wine. You can select if you want white, red or a combination of both. 

It’s just that easy! 

Bottles of WincWinc – A Party in a Box

When my bottles arrived from Winc (Yes, no ‘e’ on the end.) I was excited, as you can see in the picture. I didn’t know which one to try first. Is it wrong to open up 4 bottles of wine at once?

I love a sweet red wine. Right now I’m loving a soft sweet red called Oliver that my sister-in-love, Felita, shared with me. Every time I can get a bottle or a glass, I will. 

#drinkwincThe red wines that I received from Winc weren’t sweet. I believe it’s because of my survey. Although I love sweet wine, I’m not a sweets eater. On my survey I remember saying, I like some salty foods and/or salt caramel type things. I guess this is why my reds had a strong flavor.

The good part of this experience was that it opened me up to new wines. I probably would’ve never tried the bottles that were sent to me and now I have a few new names to add to my list. 

If I ordered again, I would remember to tell more of my drink preferences versus food. In my box, the wines were a tad bit tastier than the reds. 

#drinkwinc 1If you love to try new things but also don’t mind someone else doing the grunt work, try Winc. It’s a party in a box. The bottles start at $13 a bottle. 

Winc from A-Z

One of my favorite things about my Winc order was the book on Wine. It’s was an A-Z booklet all about wine. If you didn’t know about wine, this is an amazing visual crash course. 

winc #DrinkWincWhether you’re a wine lover or new to wine this is the perfect opportunity to taste new amazing wines. Visit www.Winc.com to check out how to get started. 

Follow the #DrinkWinc hashtag on social media to see how others are enjoying their wines. 

Food & Health

5 Reasons LaCroix is My Water of Choice

LaCroix Water

Growing up, I did not like water. I wanted no parts of it, although my mother and grandmother always said, “Drink water! You will understand more as you get older!”

They were right, and as I got older I started to learn the benefits of drinking water:

  • Relieves fatigue
  • Improves mood
  • Helps digestion and constipation
  • Aids weight loss
  • Flushes out toxins

I started drinking more water with a lemon or lime. My one requirement was that it had to be ice cold! For some reason, it’s easier for me that way.

For health reasons, I stopped drinking a lot of sugary drinks. There’s no more pop (soda), kool-aid, sweet tea, punch or whatever else in our home except for special occasions.

It’s only water. (Well, some wine here and there!)

Drinking only water, although healthy, can be very boring.

Enter LaCroix!

Before I tried LaCroix, I’d never tasted pure sparkling water before. I tasted sparkling beverages (there is a difference), but not pure sparkling water.

Fast forward to 2015, somehow I wanted to drink water with a kick but without anything in it but the kick! The kick happens to be the bubbles and flavor. LaCroix allows me to drink water but allows me to feel like I drinking a pop!

Mind games!

I tried LaCroix again and we (my family) now had a new rock star in our home. I have now tasted every flavor and buy them almost every other week. I still drink regular water with lime, but when I want some flavor & bubbles – LaCroix it is.

You can add fruit to the Lacroix Sparkling Water for a more powerful taste or add it to different drinks for a new recipe all together.

LaCroix

5 Reasons LaCroix is My Water of Choice:

  • 100% Natural Sparkling Water | LaCroix has no extra added anything but flavor. The flavors aren’t words you can’t pronounce either. They are everyday fruit that we love to enjoy infused into the water! There is No Caffeine, Sugar, Calories/Fat or Sodium. It’s 100 percent innocent. Which makes me feel good about drinking 2 or 3 cans in a row!
  • 20 Flavors | Pick yours. If one doesn’t work for you, you have 19 other choices to choose from. We all have different favorites in my house. My favorites are Coconut, Lime, & Berries.
  • Healthy Alternative | If you have diabetes, you have to limit your sugary intake. If you eat clean (Whole30), you normally watch everything you put in your mouth as well. LaCroix is an alternative to sugary drinks but not a compromise on taste.
  • Great as a Cocktail Mixer | Now for the Martha Stewarts of the world, you can use LaCroix as great drink mixers. Check out all the recipes right here.
  • My Children can Drink Them | Although I do let my children drink more than water, I never feel guilty when they grab a LaCroix. There’s no extra food coloring or high fructose corn syrup to worry about, just bubbles!

As a person whose decided to make clean eating a lifestyle, I feel overjoyed to have natural drink options outside of plain water. My husband like to drink them too (see his quote below)!

Earl

If you visit their website, you will see that the possibilities are endless when it comes to LaCroix Sparkling Water. Although they have 20 flavors, you can mix and match with fruit and herbs (ex: mint) to create some great custom drinks.

Here’s one we can try together:

Mangojito Mocktail

mangojito mocktail

Ingredients

  • 4 mint leaves
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 5 oz. Mango LaCroix Sparkling Water

Instructions

Muddle mint leaves and 1 lime wedge in bottom of glass. Atop with mango LaCroix. Add crushed ice and garnish with remaining lime wedge.

 

Have you ever tried LaCroix? What is your favorite flavor? 

Disclaimer: I was compensated with this product, but these thoughts are 100% my own. I really love this stuff!!