Diabetic (Keto) Shopping

So it’s been 3 months since I was diagnosed a diabetic and I generally have by blood sugar under control. When testing my blood glucose I have a general idea if it’s high or low based on the viscosity of my blood.

Yes, that was a totally random discovery that is not at all related to shopping. Back on track. I’ve found that carbs really do throw my blood sugar out of whack so I do tend to gravitate towards foods high in protein, low in carbs, and whenever possible, low in fats, especially saturated.

One of my favorite foods as a child seems to be a great fit for a diabetic. Cottage cheese! I put cottage cheese on pretty much anything. I used to put it on pizza to cool it off…. similarly hotdogs too.

My brother and I called it “chips and cheese” growing up and we always had a barrel of tortilla chips to dip. Now that I am responsible for the purveying of foods to include payment, I travel across the city to save more than 50% on this protein packed favorite!


While I didn’t have stores near me growing up, I saw them when biking in The Netherlands, and a German colleague raved about it and Lidl.

The closest store to me is about 3.5 miles away in NE DC and while I should take my own bike, I have been using the electronic assist bikes from Capital Bikeshare to get me there in under 30 minutes for $1 each way. This is pretty good considering I take city streets the entire way.

Shopping Box?

Since I’m on bike with my messenger bag I don’t take a cart inside the store, nor do I usually have a quarter to release on to begin with, I grab a medium sized thick cardboard box. I normally get several cottages cheeses at the bargain price and need a sturdy box to make it through the store. It’s too bad they don’t have baskets, but maybe it’s an issue with theft or more likely since I haven’t seen them at any of the locations I’ve been to in search of “wicked grove” hard cider which sadly I have given up, but is much smoother than Angry Orchard, believe the reasoning may be the same model that Frozen Yo uses. Give them a large cup and charge by weight. It takes a lot of self control to not spend $15 on the tart deliciousness. 🙂 Give them a shopping cart and they will fill it up! No baskets at Costco either now that I think about it. Sometimes you need a flatbed there.

Back on task…. Generally I’m able to get everything into my bag, but as I’ve discovered additional items, or those with exceptional value, I end of needing to strap a box onto the bike rack paying extra care to avoid the terribly maintained streets and planned speed calming humps.

Shopping list

  • Cottage cheese $1.59 for 24oz!
  • Prosciutto $2.69 for 4oz
  • Hot and spicy pork rinds $.95 for 3.5oz
  • Raspberries for $2.29 and occasionally $1.25 🙂
  • Blackberries
  • Pears
  • Luncheon meats and sliced cheese
  • Italian sausage and brats
  • Scallops for $5.49 a pound!

Special purchases

So there are one time buys on presumably overstocked items from mainstream companies, but the above list is what I normally go for. I didn’t find black or raspberries today which are particularly good for diabetics or those conforming to a keto diet, but I did get strawberries for $1.29 a pound which is very good considering they don’t seem to be in season now.

Another random find (that I should not have purchased due to carb content) was Bacon Habanero pretzel chips or “slims” legally. There was Parmesan Garlic in addition to the usual sea salt and everything varieties. I will have to say the generic pretzel chips don’t have the consistency of the mainstream brand, but I did taste the bacon flavor, but could have really used more habanero.

Speaking of snacks that really pack a heated punch, mainstream manufacturers are really stepping up the heat from Chex mix and Bugles to Doritos. I normally laugh at the warnings on the packaging, but heed these warnings.

20 Years Ago Did You…

It has become pretty hilarious recently seeing all of the ads for different law firms claiming they can help you get your piece of millions of dollars if you or a loved one….

Have you seen these ads?

  • Mesothelioma – Asbestos exposure
  • DePuy Artificial Hip – Defective causing cancer
  • Used a Pelvis Sling?

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Be sure you document everything you eat and do as you could be awarded money years from now. LOL  I am kidding, but it is unfortunate to see the different recalls and health hazards that have come to light years later.

  • Used Topomax for Epilepsy/ Migraines – Cleft palate and other birth defects

Day 1 Lactose Free….

After doing some digging….and after Gluten Free did not seem to have any affect, time to give up the lactose, and not milk for a few weeks to see if I am less congested and have some sense of smell.  For years my inability to smell has been a blessing most of the time, but sometimes I missed a good smell.


I have not been so keen on Soy, so I started with the lactose free milk from the grocery store.  Seems to be about the same price, $8 per Gallon.  Ouch!