Type 1 Diabetes


diabetes blog week

Day 5 of #DBLOG Week: Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.

I love the end of that: “no judgments either way.”  The thing about diabetes and food is that there are so many misconceptions, especially the difference between type 1 and type 2, food restrictions, sugar vs no sugar.  My son is 14, uses the Omnipod Insulin Pump, and eats what he wants, when he wants.  Even if that means that his lunch carb count is 175! I do feel judged occasionally for being so lenient, but I don’t stress about it.

We make all of Joey’s lunches for school. They eliminated the traditional hot lunch program at his Middle school, using a company that brings a pre-ordered lunch in each day. Joey isn’t a breakfast eater during the week, unless he has an early basketball or football game, he eats at 11:30 for the first time during the day.

Since Joey’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in 2009, at age 8, there have been some food related issues. At first he wanted to hoard food at each meal.  Before T1D he was an all day grazer, then having to go to two designated snack times per day, with limited carbs at first, whew, immediately there were issues with wanting to eat as much as possible at each meal! It made me sad to see this happen, and he was gaining weight. It was like he was so afraid it was his last meal for hours and he hated the feeling of being hungry.  Even though we gave him string cheese, and other low or no carb foods as fillers for that snack addition he had.

At one of our 3 month Endo visits, we had a young doctor, was doing his residency, and he went over Joey’s records and made a comment that he needed to lose 15 lbs. He was like 11 years old at the time.  I asked Joey to leave the room for a moment and I went off on this doctor. I told him that some kids with type 1 already have eating/weight issues, and him telling an 11 year old that they needed to lose 15 lbs was like him telling me I needed to lose one hundred pounds.  I also told him that if Joey has a weight issue, it’s my fault not his, so speak to me, not him about it.  I was fuming mad. I bet that doctor never addressed weight with an adolescent again, at least addressing it to the child before speaking to the parents. Joey went into “diet” mode out of fear that next time the doctor would be mad at him.

Now that he has grown 6 inches and is planning daily workouts this summer to get ready for football in the fall, he is watching what he eats more closely.

A typical school lunch for Joey is 2 ham & provolone sandwiches on Classic White bread, a serving of CHEEZ IT’S, and a dessert of some sort, plus 2 containers of chocolate milk. Usually between 130-150 carb grams.

Dinner is whatever we are having, meat, potato, vegetable and fruit. Nighttime snack can sometimes be an entire Tombstone pizza. NO JUDGING. 🙂

All we can do is try to lead by example and educate them on nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle all together which includes exercise and eating right, and checking blood sugar every time before eating or drinking.  This is how we live our lives.


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