Feeding a T1D kid

PB Sandwich with carb counts (b)

In case you are wondering, T1D means type 1 diabetic.  I am getting lazy and don’t want to write it out every time.  Anyway, when most people think about diabetes care, they think about eating a low carb diet.  However, when Z was diagnosed, the doctor did not ask us to make any changes to Z’s diet.  I was very thankful for this fact since we already have so many dietary restrictions in our family.  In a type 1 kid, the most important thing is for the child to continue to eat healthy so that they can continue to grow.  However, even though he can eat whatever he ate before, we need to calculate the carbohydrates that he eats for each meal so we know how much insulin to give him.  This doesn’t mean sugar – it means all carbohydrates (minus fiber).  Yes, this means that all the carbohydrates you eat (minus fiber) are converted to sugar in your body – bread, cereal, cookies, cupcakes.  Measuring the carbs involves a lot of measuring cups, a kitchen scale and a calculator for every meal.

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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Many of you probably do not know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Some people I know are using the opportunity to post on Facebook every day some interesting fact about diabetes.  I am way to wordy to try to do that and will end up mile long posts.  Also, I am way too tired to think of something intelligent to say every day and would stress myself out trying to remember to do it (so maybe way too neurotic would be another problem).  So my plan is just to write when I have time to let you all know what we are going through as a family and what we have learned in the last 5 months. » Read more

And then everything changed

My Boy

I logged in today to write this are realized that it has been over a month since I have been on here.  And what a month it has been.  In some ways it feels like an eternity and in some ways it feels like the blink of an eye.  But the reality of it is, on May 20th, the lives of our whole family changed forever.  And for better or worse, there is no going back. » Read more

Breaded Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs

I made this for dinner tonight and T actually cheered when she saw it on the table.  The kids love it because its good and I love it because its easy.  It has the nice crunch of fried chicken without the fat and its easy enough to make on a weeknight.  It can also be modified to fit most diets and uses ingredients on hand.  It is a great recipe whether you have no dietary restrictions or multiple restrictions.  It can also be doubled or halved depending on how many people you are feeding and how much leftovers you want. » Read more

Allergies vs Intolerances Part 2: Food Intolerances


A while back I posted an explanation of food allergies.  Here, I am going to attempt to tackle food intolerances.  This area is a lot less well-defined and, in many cases, a lot less understood than allergies, so bear with me.  And again, I am not a medical professional and this in no way should replace any information conveyed to you by your doctor.  If you think you have a problem, see a medical professional. » Read more

Strawberry Popsicles

Strawaberry Popsicles

I bought 4 lbs of strawberries this week at Costco.  Actually, I bought 8 lbs – 4 lbs for my family to eat and 4 lbs to bring to a meeting I am going to tonight.  Well, as of today I have just over 3 lbs remaining and they are getting a little too soft to want to consume whole, especially to serve to other people.  So, what in the world do I do with 3 lbs of strawberries before they go bad (which it looks like will be tomorrow). » Read more

Free and Easy Breadcrumbs (with or without gluten)

Bread Crumbs

Making my own breadcrumbs always seemed like one of those nice things that I would do when I became a supermom or a celebrity chef.  For the rest of us, I figured the ones I bought at the store were good enough.  I mean, I am a real woman with responsibilities and not a lot of time on my hands. » Read more

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