I am posting here because my 10yr old just past her 1 year anniversary with T1.
We have done Bernstein's method from the start with MDI.
With the grain-free, gluten-free, low carb way of eating (which she loves, by the way....) her A1C has remained at 5.3 %. Very few lows and NO dangerous highs.
I fired the Endo very early on and hired, instead, an amazing Naturopath who agrees that diabetics should be low-carb. Also, we have a sympathetic GP who prescribes the meds.
I know many people have been led to believe that "good carbs" i.e. bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, etc. are necessary for good health. This is just a myth. My daughter's health and bloodwork are all excellent.
I just wanted you all to know that there IS a way to beat the crazy cycles of highs and lows.......it is the low carb way of eating.
Hi Taterbugs Momma,
We have chosen to be "unattached" from devices. She does MDI. There is no need for a CGM when you are low carbing....you just test with the meter. Her lows usually result from overshooting with insulin....but since her carb intake is so low, the overshoot is never very large...we are talking about boluses of .25-.5 units on average. A typical low is between 55-65...also brought on by heavy exercise. Which we ALWAYS correct with pure glucose, never food. We know exactly how much a certain piece of candy, i.e. smarties will bring her up, so we are able to bring her up to her target exactly each time.
This way of eating is so far from "nothing but greens" I don't really know how to respond to this. We eat delicious food! I just made some scones for the kids made with almond flour, coconut flour, butter, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and flavored Splenda syrup. They are being gobbled up! Yes, we must learn to cook in a different way.....but it is so worth it! Have you ever tried "Kale Chips"? It's easy....get a bunch of Kale, chop it up, and dowse it in olive oil and salt. Put it on a tray in your oven at 400 degrees--convection if you have it. Watch them so they don't burn. Take them out when they are crisp.....my kids gobble this up too!
Her average bg for this past week was 80
thanks so great to hear!! I do wish I could get kennedy earting lower carb, she has celiac so she's of course gluten free, but she LOVES SWEETS, and we really see a difference. we eat so healthy at home and her bs are great over our family dinners and breakfasts, but when she's away things definitely go crazy.
i'm trying to not be too controlling now and let her make more decisions on her own. and her ac1 is 7.2 to 7.4 great her endo says for her age, but 5.2 WOW!!!
does your daughter mind not eating sweets?
We'd be much healthier if my husband wasn't constantly bringing home ice cream, candy bars, milk shakes and fast food.
he just doesn't give a crap
I read bernstein's book and I am a believer, i dont believe in limiting fruits at all, but otherwise it's sound. There is no nutritional downside to this. Is your husband supportive? he must be a good healthy influence!
At the end of this post I will give you a GREAT recipe for the ones who love sweets! I love the name....Fat Bombs! They taste like fudge, except they are actually GOOD FOR YOU!
We do eat some sweets.....just the ones we make ourselves. We use Stevia and Splenda for sweetening/baking. We only use coconut flour and almond flour for baking.....but even these need to be limited. So my "sweet" fallback is usually the fat bombs. You can also make your own ice-cream custard style with lots of eggs and heavy cream......yum!
As for your husband....that is too bad! I know my husband did not "get it" at first...but, after he went low carb and lost his BEER GUT, he began to see things differently! He still eats more refined stuff than we do...but he is very supportive of my efforts in the kitchen.
With regard to fruits, I actually checked nutritional charts.....there is so much nutritional cross-over between fruits and veggies, that you really do not need to eat fruit. I have had no fruit in over a year....my blood sugar would go through the roof if I did. I used to LOVE fruit....but I really don't miss it...and knowing that my bloodsugar is normal is worth not having it.
Here are the Fat Bombs:
¼ cup cocoa powder
6 Tablespoons canned coconut milk or heavy whipping cream
3 Tablespoons peanut butter, or any nut butter you like
1 Tablespoon finely chopped nuts, I used pecans here in Louisiana
Stevia to taste, I used 22 drops of NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia** see note above
4 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
2 onces chopped unsweetened baking chocolate, melted with the coconut oil
½ cup coconut flakes, toasted under a broiler while watching carefully, about 30 seconds
a wire whisk or hand beater
Combine cocoa powder, coconut milk, and stevia in a small saucepan and stir. The cocoa will not mix in. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until smooth. Remove from heat and add the nut butter. Whisk or beat on low speed together until combined. Whisk in coconut oil/chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts, and most of the coconut flakes. Reserve some for topping. Spoon into 5 cupcake papers evenly and top with remaining coconut. Arrange on a plate and place in freezer until hardened. Then, transfer to refrigerator. Eat straight from refrigerator, they will melt at room temperature. Makes 5; 3g effective carbs each, and 18.8g good-for-you fat if you use peanut butter and pecans, slightly less if you sub walnuts for pecans. If you use cashew butter & pecans/walnuts, 4.25 ECC/4.15 ECC respectively.
Our son's most recent blood work showed that he has a IgA deficiency. Though he was negative in the past for celiac, our endo said that she will request a different type of test ("Igt-based"). Because our endo said she wasn't worried about it (all other lab work was "great"), I've been choosing not to research celiac or put him on a gluten free diet until we do lab work again in March. Question: were you in my situation, would you put your daughter on a gluten free diet now or wait until the next lab work came back?
Nope, definitely wait, because to cinch diagnosis you will have to have upper gi then biopsy, and if you do diet, the biopsy may revert back to normal woithin a three month time. If she is really sick, then push for the celiac antibody panel to be done sooner, so you can get the biopsy sooner. In our case she was really getting sick by the time her antibody panel came back positive, and we did have to wait another month for the biopsy, but you want to know for sure, because a lifetime of no gluten is not easy to pull off.
You will see lots of this consumer trend of people putting their kids on gluten free diets, because it is somewhat of a fad, but real celiac is a permanent diet change that must be strictly enforced, not just a cool thing to buy gluten free pizza at dominoes here and there.
Very good to know, thanks!