Several weeks ago, Ethan Lewis, the founder of Level Foods and inventor of Level Life glucose gel emailed me to see if I would like some samples of his product to try. Unfortunately, somehow his email was sent to spam and I just recently got it! Good thing I went snooping for another email!
So, first, a little about Ethan. According to his bio, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. Lows were scary for him. But treating them with other things like soda and candy would be even more frustrating because of the swing they cause. His mission? To create a way to treat lows so that there were no bouncy after effect. Just a nice, quick way to raise blood sugar levels to they would come up and level off.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some pretty nasty glucose gel before. I’ve had some good ones too. I was sort of skeptical about this product because when it comes to treating sugars with glucose products, rarely are they tasty and good enough to want to keep treating with them…. and that’s key. I have made a pact with myself to treat only with glucose products and not other stuff since the first of the year, so being able to treat with a variety of options is key to keep from getting “glucose burnout” – - and not the meter kind.
First thing I did was bolus for one and taste it. After all, when you’re low, you don’t care quite as much about taste as you do when you’re at a good glucose level. These are pretty good. My favorite is the Strawberry-Banana. Vanilla and Orange are good too, but I just can’t take the Caramel one. I’ve never been a caramel fan, so I guess that’s no surprise.
The big test – do they work? Yes. I have to say, I have treated lows easily with these. All you have to do is rip off the top tab and just sort of push the gel into your mouth. No powder, no chalky tabs. Easy glucose that’s fast to take. And they work quite fast. Within 10-15 minutes, my sugar level was back up to normal with only one time having to re-treat.
Cost? Not bad actually. One pack has 3 squeeze packs and they’re like, $3.50 or so at Wal-Mart when I checked. And, if you really want to try them out, Ethan emailed me the link for a $2 coupon for you guys!!
But you know what’s really sweet? (HA! Sweet! Sweet? Get it?) I have a give-a-away. Your very own box with one of each flavor plus some coupons for more!
All you have to do is leave me a comment here that includes “Level Life”!!! I’ll do a random number picker to choose the winner on Thursday of next week and let you know March 1. So please share away on Twitter and Facebook!!!