Hi Hannah! @hanstan - Happy (almost) anniversary!
I tend toward the roasted, unsalted nuts/seeds as my go-to when I want to chew and gum isn’t satisfying anymore. Baby carrots are OK (I take six to eight with me to work for the mid-afternoon blahs) and celery sticks are AWE-SOME because it takes more calories to burn them than they supply (especially a bonus when you are trying to loose or maintain weight). I like Goldfish, pretzel Goldfish, and Teddy Graham-type cookies because of the serving size - something like 1 g cho per. I also eat mini Kind bars - 100 cal, 12 g carbs. String cheese or the mixed individually packaged cheeses are another good nibble. Avocado is a good, filling snack item, too. Another option is to add different mustards to your Slim Jims (but watch the amount of sodium they supply - I prefer jerky because they aren’t all salt-cured).
Did you know you can make your own jerky to save $$? It’s incredibly easy as long as you get the right cut of meat.
What to avoid like the plague: “diet” foods, weight loss foods, things with names like “South Beach” or “Weight Watchers”, and here’s why … Foods such as I’ve named rely heavily on artificial sweeteners (which are evil anyway), but namely the sugar alcohols like mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol. Sugar alcohols aren’t digested immediately, but they metabolize over time as sugar is apt to do. The danger, and I do mean danger, is you don’t know when they will spike in your blood stream, throwing off your numbers, and possibly causing you to chase after your glucose levels - first taking insulin to cover, then treating the low, and so on, and on. I had a dietitian tell me to eat a Snickers instead of a South Beach cereal bar. (I really like Snickers anyway )
Not to derail from the topic, but part of the battle for us women is the insistence of our hormones to fluctuate from day to day throughout the month. Also, make sure you are rotating sites if you are injecting or pumping.
I hope you find something to make your menu less predictable!