As a real food mommy, I almost live in fear of…parties. I know in my heart that real food is the way to go, but it really sucks feeling like you have to defend your kids’ mouth when you go somewhere. Luckily I can blame it on diabetes and most people don’t even care. This weekend was my son’s birthday party, and finally we were in control of the food offerings. So we did a spread of DS’ food favorites, chicken salad and ham sandwiches (though DS does not eat bread), carrots, celery, broccoli, homemade ranch, homemade mayo, pickles, kraut, and pickled tomatoes. We also made an Almond flour cake topped with mashed blueberries and raspberries (also his favorite).
I never gave it a second thought. In my mind this was an awesome spread of food. A couple of kids asked for fruit (we had a moderate selection of that in the gift bags), one had a cinnamon roll from breakfast. When I broke out the kraut, nobody touched it. Then it came to cake. When we got there I realized that I had forgotten both the recipe at home and to tally up the carb count. I was worried that I was going to have to break out a pen and paper to do this kind of math, but I was pleasantly surprised when DS took one bite of the cake and went back to his berries.
Berries are a wonderfully low in glycemic index and it takes 5 berries or so to equal just 1 carb. Granted I let him go a bit overboard (after all it was his birthday), as in he ate probably 45 carbs in the span of just an hour or so, but I was still shocked at his lack of interest in the cake. This just gives me more hope that I am doing the right thing and inspiring my child to eat the best things for him.
Later that night, DH and I got to see just what happens when we overload our little guy with sugar and run him over tired for the day. Even though he was eating all natural sugars, his insulin resistance went up, so did insulin usage, and blood sugar. This just reaffirmed my belief that low carb is best for his little diabetic body. Great weekend though. Pictures to follow.