Hi, Nickie, sorry so long to resond, I didn't even see the thread! I think Dana is the one to ask about that stuff, anyway, she's the Rx queen!
Hon, please don't take that crap! It will mess up your moods, not for the better. It really doesn't give you any more energy than a couple of cups of coffee because the "natural" ones are just forms of caffiene, gurana and another one, i think it starts with a C, I don't remember. Anyhoo, they are not good. Any diet supplements are the same, they really won't help you, it's the last thing we need.
Oh, and don't ever take St. John's Wort - it reacts very badly on BPs - just the opposite. Just stick with your meds, hon and take care of your body. Besides, you have diabetes, you should know better! . (just a little scolding from someone who cares ).
Nick, I understand wanting to lose the weight, but not eating is the number one way to gain! Or, hit a plateau. Eating the small frequent meals is not only good for diabetes, it speeds up metabolism for real, not just stressing your heart. Why not carry some Triscuits in a baggie for energy (whole wheat, not bad carbs), a piece of fruit, a packet of tuna (flavored ones are good), some lowfat cottage cheese in a thermal lunchbox with an ice pack, it's great with Triscuits! Lots of protein in it, too. Half a WHOLE wheat peanut butter sandwich (all natural peanut butter has no sugar added, no preservatives, just peanuts and salt).
These are things I usually snack on, yeah it can get boring, but it's nutritious, usable energy, and it helps with weight loss. All portable, too.
I think you have a great attitude about school, i know you'll do great! Just TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!