Categories: 5 Star

I am a huge fan of Expression Med. They currently have tapes for products of Dexcom, Infusion Sets, and are hopefully expanding with products for Libre, Medtronic CGM and more in the future.  I have used their products before for my Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor site and had great results.

These tapes adhere to the site and not only help the site stay on, but also provide some colorful fun. I can only speak of the Dexcom CGM, but after a few days, the sites begin to peel. Or, if you use them in the pool, extended time in water, or even wearing tight clothing can cause the sites to fall off.

I have even encountered times where the sites fall off the same day (mostly because I put one on before skin was completely dry or too close to a shower), and it is a shame because the pods/sites are NOT cheap and you cannot get extra (at least with my insurance). Once you use a CGM, it is VERY hard to go back to pricking your finger multiple times per day, because you are used to knowing what your blood sugar is. So these tapes help the adhesive of the pod/site stay put!

I have personally worn the medical tapes and had no problem with them peeling off or falling off. I have relatively sensitive skin, and had no irritation. 

So why does pattern, matter?

Diabetes stinks. There is no way around it. We are given an autoimmune disease that literally controls our life. Multiple injections or site changes, finger pricks and prescriptions. Expression Med brings a tiny bit of color to a dim disease. Something to smile about, show your friends, or even let kids see that they may have an autoimmune disorder, but it does not have to rule their life, and does not make them “different”. There is no shame in being a Diabetic. Expression Med lets you appreciate what modern technology can do for you a little bit more.

Overall, great products. Please check them out! The Dexcom pieces run about 4$ each and are worth every penny!

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these products to try for free from the company.
23 Aug 2018, Comments (0)

Eat Enlightened Low Calorie Ice Cream

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ve seen Enlightened Ice cream pop up on the freezer shelves…always curious. Could it taste good? Surely 80-100 calories seems absurd for a serving of ice cream that has flavor… Well…much to my pleasant surprise.

Enlightened has a wide variety of low calorie ice cream that has a decent amount of protein per serving and relatively low in sugar per serving. It is sweetened with erythritol, a sugar alcohol, and made with rBST free milk. For example, the Sea Salt Caramel has 80 calories a serving, 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein This is an absolute dream for ice cream lovers…because who can really eat JUST half a cup!?!?

NOW–> for these ice creams, you have to let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes or so. They are low in sugar, and sugar is often what keeps the ice cream soft from the freezer. So let it thaw a bit, then enjoy!

So naturally, I tried the PB CHIP first. Because…I am the peanut butter fiend 🙂

It was UNREAL. Creamy and sweet, with PLENTY of little chocolate chips that were sweet/semi sweet in flavor. Had a vanilla-peanut butter flavor, but honestly couldn’t get over the fact it was low in sugar and how creamy it was.  I finished this pint in 2 days. An easy 5 star.

Next up, Brownies and Cookie Dough. This was a chocolate based ice cream with pieces of brownie and cookie dough bites scattered throughout. The ice cream itself was creamy, with a milk chocolate flavor. Sweet but not “sugary” sweet where it hurts your teeth. The cookie dough pieces were spot on- tasted as if it was straight from the bowl of homemade cookie dough, with the soft consistency you expect. The brownie bites were chewy, sweet and fudgy and just went perfectly with the ice cream. The best part is…there was plenty  of brownie and cookie dough bites in the ice cream. No scrimping here.

Honestly–> another 5 star from me.

Last up, Sea Salt Caramel. I was already excited to try this based on the fact I love the other two. The Ice cream itself is, again, nice and creamy, with a pretty strong caramel flavor. The caramel itself you can tell is not that sugary sweet caramel, but has more of a muted flavor (probably because it’s not loaded with sugar…). However, it’s still pretty good. There are large swirls of caramel in the ice cream, which are sweet, but has that sugar alcohol type flavor. If you’ve eaten enough sugar free/low sugar products, you know what I am talking about.

It was almost a bit too rich for me, too “sweet”, and I wish it had some sort of saltier or crunchy component. But hey, to each his own. 4 star for me.

OVERALL, I am a fan! I can’t wait to try the other flavors. I’ve seen them at Target, Stop n Shop, and other supermarkets. I will 100% buy the PB chip or Brownie & Cookie dough in the future. A definite try for those who love ice cream but may be watching their diet…or those who want an excuse to eat something sweet with some protein in it 🙂

Here’s the nutritional facts for the PB Chip — however, most of the flavors are similar, but NOT exactly the same. Visit the website for exact nutritional information!

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DISCLAIMER: I received these items to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. 

Summer brings bare feet and with bare feet comes…dry feet! No worries, Legendary Apothecary is here to the rescue with their Organic Smooth Feet Artisan Foot Care. Legendary Apothecary is a new beauty brand founded in Los Angeles California. This product in particular  organic, VEGAN, and cruelty free.

Smooth Feet is made with vegetable glycerin, grain alcohol and lavender oil as it’s only ingredients, and comes in super cute, eco-friendly packaging (that according to the pamphlet I got, is 100% sourced in the USA!).

 Look at the cute seal!!!!

More info from the pamphlet, the glycerin attracts water and helps seal in moisture, the grain alcohol helps the glycerin penetrate into the skin (and acts as a natural preservative), and the lavender oil is for fragrance as well as its antioxidant properties.

The product itself is super easy to use. You are instructed to use a dropper full on clean, dry feet before bed time. Make sure you allow it to completely dry before walking (don’t want to slip!), or wearing socks (could get sticky!).

The scent is fragrant but mild enough that it’s not overpowering. Smooth Feet is easy to work into skin, and it’s thick enough where it doesn’t run/drip all over, but liquidy enough to let you work in those hard, calloused areas.

My feet were left both hydrated, soft and smelling good!

Overall, I definitely recommend this! Especially for you beach bums who have not so moisturized feet from all the sandy beach adventures 🙂

5 star

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
30 Sep 2017, Comments (0)

Expression Med Adhesives for CGM G5

Author: Healthnuttxo

OKAY! We all know Type 1 Diabetes bites the big one in terms of autoimmune diseases. There is no sugar coating it, it stinks. All of it. But I really love these companies that try to make the disease a little less painful by providing some fun.

Most Diabetics I know nowadays have a Continuous Glucose Monitor which checks their blood sugar levels every few minutes and transmits the number to a device via bluetooth. The diabetic wears a “pod” on their skin for up to a week or so. The problem? It falls off, the edges peel when it gets wet, and well…they are kind of ugly. I wear one on my thigh, the amount of times I have ripped off a pod are unreal, and let’s face it, Diabetic Meds are NOT cheap and do NOT have time to be ripping these off. Too costly!!!

Expression Med has come up with super cute adhesives to wear over your CGM pod. I LOVE the idea, especially for kids who may feel alienated amongst their peers. I have had type 1 since I was 4, and while I was never bullied or anything of the sort, I see a lot of kids nowadays with CGMs and insulin pumps, and it may feel like a lot for a kid– he can’t act the same way as his peers, his cake and candy has to be monitored, it stinks- but its companies like this that make it just a bit better by providing cute adhesives.

The instructions are simple: 

I applied, waited my allotted time. And this is how my adhesive has held up a WEEK later.  NO peeling, nothing!

Honestly, I am impressed. No peeling, no itching, no irritation, water seal. Once the pod comes off the skin, its ability to monitor your BG levels are altered, so this is not only great for looks, but also functionality. It also helps you save money because you can get the full use out of your product and not have it peeling off, falling off when it hasn’t been on the entire allotted time. For a DEXCOM G5, I wear it up to a week, but other CGMs may vary.

I REALLY loved the elephant one I was sent (above) and I am definitely interested in buying a few more.

Overall, I love it! On the website I noticed they run you about 15$ for 5, which really isn’t that bad considering the quality. If you have kids with CGM or you find your sites falling off easily, these are a MUST!

I received this product for free, this is an Unbiased review.
22 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Ion8 Sports Bottle with ionizing technology

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

So before receiving this product and doing a bit of research, I had no idea what it meant to “ionize” your water. To me, I know cations and anions involved in body chemistry and physiology, or what an “ion” is– (which is a molecule that lost or gains electrons to give it a + or – charge)… but what does it mean to IONIZE my water?!

According to the box, I could do that to my water/drink by shaking it. What I am assuming is that you are aerating the beverage, thus ionizing it, which I’m not sure the chemistry behind that (I’m in medicine…not chemistry!) so we will just go with it and talk about the other features of the bottle.

 

The bottle is BPA free, dishwasher friendly (this one is huge for me), can be used with hot or cold beverages, big enough to add ice cubes to, odor resistant, and leak proof. It has a cap that closes snugly, but then also a little lever that you clip so it won’t open up in your bag. Which, let me tell you, I have had many “expensive, great” water bottles open up in my bag and like what is the point of spending good money on a bottle if your beverage leaks everywhere?

NO POINT THAT’S WHAT.

anyway…

 

I used this with water and iced tea mainly. Honestly, I loved it. Loved that I could just throw it in my bag, and the box claims it has a “vented, smooth liquid flow” which is 100% does. You ever go to drink out of a bottle and the flow of water is either so rapid you almost choke or barely streams out of it? Or you get a lot of “glugs” of water (I may have made that word up), where it just doesn’t flow smoothly. I really liked that the flow of water was smooth and just easy to drink.  It’s hard to explain, but I will tell you it’s much different and noticeable than drinking from other bottles.

The bottle also has a rubber portion in the middle making it great for grip, and since it’s a sports bottle (and I am assuming most of you guys get sweaty during sports with sweaty palms…) it’s easy to hold and won’t slip out of your hand. With ice, it kept my beverages cool for a decent amount of time. Unfortunately I don’t drink a lot of hot beverages besides coffee so I did not test how long it would keep something hot.

Overall, a homerun from me. Really loved this product. Solid 5/5, no complaints.

 

 

Disclaimer: i received this bottle for free. This is an unbiased review.
11 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

Author: Healthnuttxo


So I have a fancy toothbrush.

I paid 60$ for it.

& I gotta charge it once a week.

& I have to buy a new head for it that costs 20$ every few months.

& it’s nice and all. A tad abrasive. But it does the job.

But then Mouthwatcher’s offered me to try a new toothbrush.

& I’m cheating on my toothbrush now.

 

This toothbrush is made with antimicrobial bristles, which is honestly what attracted me the most to try it. THINK ABOUT IT. You brush your teeth that have been harvesting millions of bacteria ALL DAY and then you put that toothbrush in the closet and the bacteria sit and harvest and then you use that toothbrush again. And when your gums bleed? You inoculate yourself. It is your own bacteria…but still. It’s something to think about. Or maybe I just think about these things because i am paranoid…who knows.

 

ANYWHO-

These antimicrobial bristles are infused with silver technology that claims to eliminate 99% of bacteria on bristles between use. The bristles themselves are 1 micrometer thin at the tip, so it can really get into those tiny groove while brushing. The company claims people say it feels like “you just had a cleaning” at the dentist.

So what’s the verdict? 

I really liked it. Like I haven’t used my “old” toothbrush since. I have super sensitive gums and teeth in general, and this toothbrush felt like it really got to clean my teeth without being abrasive.  The bristles are much softer than other toothbrushes I have tried, which feel almost “plastic” like at times.

ALSO–> they sent me a travel toothbrush that I absolutely love. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE THOUGHT OF A COLLAPSABLE ONE! I hate those little plastic covers you put over the top of a toothbrush— once I actually found a spider in mine. haven’t been able to use it since. With the collapsable one, rinse and dry, collapse, stick in your bag, voila.

Overall, 5 stars. Really enjoyed, and keep using. They sent me 2 brushes + collapsable one, which I was going to offer to a family member, but I think I’m keeping the second one for myself 🙂

 

disclaimer: I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review. 

31 Jan 2016, Comments (0)

Telula Organic Juice

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I got some samples from a company I have not heard of before, called Telula. They make organic, NON-GMO, and not from concentrate juices made from fruits and vegetables. They are cold pressed and also are free of added sugar.

They sent me some fun flavored samples to try, in Spicy Lemon, Green Zing, and Coconut Citrus.

Let’s start with Spicy Lemon, which has 3 lemons, 6.5 peppers, and 5 teaspoons of honey in each bottle. Honey is technically sugar, so if they add that to juice, I am a little confused how they can claim no added sugar. Perhaps they meant no CANE sugar, but honey is glucose…aka sugar.
Anyway, this bottle had 70 calories a serving, 17 carbs, 16 sugars, and 0’s across the board for fat, fiber and protein.

This one was actually really good! It is like a tangy lemonade, with the slightest bit of heat, but also sweet. It is very clean and refreshing tasting. I was definitely afraid of this because of the name…I think a more appropriate name would be Zesty Lemonade or something along those lines, because I certainly wouldn’t pick this up in store based off the name alone. However, the taste is delicious! The heat from the peppers leaves a little lingering flavor on your tongue as well. 4 stars.

Next up, Green Zing. This one has 5 spinach bunches, 1.5 cucumbers, 2.5 ginger roots, 1 apple, 2 heads of kale, 1/2 a lemon, and 2.5 celery stalks in one bottle. Dang!! It has 90 calories per 8 ounce serving, with 23 carbs/20 grams of sugar.

This is so, so, SO good! I wish I could drink this all day. It is sweet,much sweeter than I expected, and you can very slightly taste the celery. It is super refreshing, which I think might be from the cucumbers, and tastes like apple juice a bit as well but not as “sugary” tasting and not as tart. This is the best juice I’ve ever had, and you cannot taste the vegetables! A great juice for kids who won’t eat veggies…just don’t tell them it’s in there! 5 stars

Lastly, Coconut Citrus + Chia.  This one has half a coconut, 2 carrots, 3/4 of an orange, 1 lemon, 1 apple, and 5 tsps. of Chia. This has 120 calories per 8 ounce serving, with 1.5 grams of fat, 23 carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein. This one was my least favorite. It was a little tangy, and thicker than any of the other juices. It had coconut flavor, but a bit of an over powering carrot flavor too. The lemon also definitely shines through here. I am not big on consistency in liquids…I don’t like pulp in my OJ and I do not like bubble tea…so the Chia seeds aren’t my favorite. I don’t like “chewing” my drinks.  This almost reminds me of a slightly fruiter V8 tomato juice. Not a huge fan. 3 stars

As a diabetic, I really do not drink juice unless my blood sugar is low. So I may buy a bottle to keep on hand in my fridge, but I will not be drinking on a regular basis. However, I really enjoyed these, ESPECIALLY the Green Zing one, so they are worth a shot!

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I received this product for free, this is an unbiased review.

IMG_4779Ahhh summer….what a great time of the year. However, with every great thing comes tiny bits of annoyances, right? Summer’s annoyances = BUGS and SUNBURN!!!! Two things that can turn outside play time into a serious pain (literally).

Selestial Soap sent me some of their natural bug sprays and sunscreen. There is the
I’ll Fly Away 100% naturally non-toxic Insect Repellent,

the Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen with skin moisturizers, SPF of 30,

& Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen/ Repellent Combo with SPF of 30.

 

So let’s begin!
I’ll Fly Away 100% naturally non-toxic Insect Repellent. I LOVE THIS STUFF! I hate the smell of traditional bug spray…smells like straight up chemicals. This has a nice lemongrass smell, not too strong, but noticeable. It is non greasy, and most of all…EFFECTIVE!!! I wore it almost every night I went out with my friends or to walk the dog. They all got bit up, and I maybe got one bug bite. I couldn’t help but brag about this product to my friends, it is relatively inexpensive, natural, and effective.  You can buy it here. 5 stars

Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen with skin moisturizers, SPF of 30

This product is a bit runny, make sure you shake it well before use. I did not do that and had a large waterfall of white liquid running down my hands. Oops.

Happy to report no sunburn with this product…I put it on my face, and although I did not break out, you could definitely feel it on. It didn’t feel greasy per se, but there was a “residue” left behind. Also…this stuff does not rub in well! Below is the product RUBBED in on my friend who is tan already for the summer, but as you can see, the white of the sunscreen is totally noticeable.

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this is an HOUR post application. It was applied liberally but not excessively. So while effective…a little annoying to have a super ghost-like face. No break outs, no burns…but I would stick to body parts and not my face for this one. 3 1/2 stars

Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen/ Repellent Combo with SPF of 30.

This is essentially the same two products in one…just as effective too. No sunburns, no breakouts, same “residue” feel on skin, and still need to shake well before use. The lemongrass scent from the bug spray component is stronger smelling than the spray alone. I think this is good for days when you’re going hiking or camping, something where you’ll be outside where bugs and sun are both factors. I like the concept! 3 1/2 stars

 

 

Overall, good products. I will definitely buy the bug spray in the future. I LOVE it!!!! The other products are worth a try as well, just be warned of the ghost-like color that may be left behind! (muhahahaha!)

 

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

Time for a review…of my absolute kryptonite! Peanut butter!

Seriously though…I can refuse any baked good in front of me, but put a jar of peanut butter and a spoon nearby, and you’ll find me melting.

I go through the temptation  thoughts like Spongebob with water when he visits Sandy for the first time.
“I don’t need it…
I don’t need it…
I DEFINITELY don’t need it…

… I   N E E D   IT !!! ”

But, alas, here I am reviewing two peanut butters from Pacific Beach. I will say I DID practice portion control, measured on my scale, and then left the jar in the other room so I didn’t finish a jar in 2 days (I made it to 3!!! [just kidding!])

The first one up- the “Our Signature” peanut butter spread.
2 tbsp is 152 calories, 12 g fat (3 saturated), 51 mg sodium, 9 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams sugar,  4 grams protein.
This one is gluten free (WAS gluten free I should say…that jar is long gone)
This…was unbelievable. I’m not going to lie, I am biased with peanut butter bc well I love peanut butter, but THIS was SO GOOD. It was sweet and creamy, but also had bits of peanuts in it so it had a bit of a crunch. It had a white chocolate flavor to it, was a bit buttery tasting..UGH it was SO GOOD! It had the perfect balance of sweetness too-not too sweet where it felt sugary. Just right. The only thing that kept my guilt at bay was it was 152 calories for 2 Tbsp as opposed to the usual 190 cals. WOO!!
5 stars

Next up, the Organic Valencia peanut butter.
2 tbsp is 168 calories, 14 g fat (2 saturated), 58 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams protein.

This one was also tasty, although definitely more moderate in flavor. I think it could have used a tad more salt, and was a teeny bit bland. But, still a good peanut butter. Again, it was creamy but also had chunks of peanuts in it giving it a bit of a crunch. A nice thick spread, that could easily be spread on bread or eaten from the jar (somehow I always dangerously choose the latter…). I think this is a good nut butter to pair with jelly on a sandwich bc it’s a good base. This one is gluten free and sugar free. I almost wish it had a pinch of sugar or something to bring out more flavor. 3 1/2 stars.

Overall, some tasty treats! I would love to try more from Pacific Beach, because I think their other flavors sounds phenomenal as well. However, currently trying to lean out for summer and I have NO self control around this stuff…bc it is too damn good.

How many of you are peanut butter addicts like myself? It’s so good it hurts!! D:

28 Mar 2014, Comments (1)

Quest Nutrition Cookies & Cream Quest Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

QUEST BARS!

I have been a fan of these bars for almost 2 years when I got a box to try from the company. Since then, I have been hooked. They seem to almost have blown up in popularity, and well deserved…these things are delicious and perfect when you are on a strict diet and need something high in fiber, low in sugar, and high in protein.

I’m sure almost everyone has heard of the new flavor of Quest Bars that came out recently- Cookies & Cream!! I got a free box of these bars to try, and I was pretty excited about it.

I mean come on…look at this bar. You can see “cookie crumbs” and chunks of white creamy “chocolate”!

First lets talk nutrition. This bar is GLUTEN FREE!, 180 calories, 7 grams fof fat (3 of which are saturated), 310 mg of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrate (17 of which are fiber), 1 gram of sugar, 2 grams of Erythritol (sugar alcohol), and 21 g of protein.

I use Quest bars as a snack, as I usually eat 3 meals and 2 snacks, or I’ll eat half when I have those bad hunger pains that just will NOT relent. The nutrition facts are quite awesome- not TOO high in fat, nice amount of fiber (which is ideal for me since I am a Diabetic for glucose control) and only 1 gram of sugar.

Okay, that’s all cool but how does it taste?
The bar is honestly, amazing. It’s my new favorite flavor. It’s chewy and dense, sweet but not overly sweet. The white chocolate chunks are creamy and have a vanilla flavor to them, reminiscent of the cream in an Oreo cookie. The cookie crumbs scattered in the bar is what won me over. Crunchy and tastes very similar to a cookie!! When you find a part of the bar with a huge piece of cookie crumbs or the white chocolate it is like hitting lotto— cookies & cream lotto 😉

Overall, I love these. I always order directly from the site, because I feel like they are freshest and softest from the website. These get 5 stars from me. I honestly can’t complain about a thing.

Q- What is your favorite protein bar? Or what is your favorite Quest Bar flavor? Leave me a comment below 🙂

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