Everybody go through this? Brain churning. Barf this out on way to baseball.
Way behind Dolores.
- We (we = entire T1D community) are at the tail end of a backlash against diet-control as part of the treatment for Type 1 diabetes
- Doctors and patients were so happy and relieved to have access to Humalog/fast-acting insulins that they sort of spazzily over-reacted and chucked the whole previous NPH treatment plan which included advice like “don’t eat starches and hot fudge”
- At the same time every thinking person notices a tightly-controlled, low(er)-carb diet helps PWT1D control their blood sugar, but no one medical wants to officially recommend it because it reminds them of How Things Used to Be before fast-acting insulins and no one wants to go back to those dark times
- Add in our generation’s current emphasis–in parenting–on making sure kids WT1D feel like they fit in, and a big part of that is eating Cheetos at parties?
But Hippocrates let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Also publisher send Bigfoot giant stack paleo cookbooks (this one current favorite) and–it slowly at first but now crash boom–Bigfoot drink Kool-aid. Whole time realize unfortunate so susceptible radical diet cookbook science.
- Why is it important for kids to fit in by eating Cheetos? (Snotty sidebar: obese children also required fit in by eating Cheetos?)
- If carby-fatty-processed foods make our diabetic kids’ insulin not do its job as well, why are we encouraged to allow them to have those foods anyway?
- Why is it OK to make our kids use insulin pumps/injections/etc. but not OK to (make them/encourage them) to eschew Cheetos et al?
- Is this really how self-esteem happens? What about kids w. celiac or nut allergies—are they just doomed to be outcasts? (Rhetorical! If outcast, it for something like nose picking or annoying personality)
- Shouldn’t families of T1D kids take food at least as seriously as celiac/nut allergy?
Pros of strict(er) diet:
- better BG control
- better health
Cons of strict(er) diet:
- Teenager w T1D will rebel (true, but at least get few good years in?)
- Makes child feel deprived/weird (maybe recompense = more Lego/car?)
- Not fair to rest of family (actually better diet for everyone, regardless T1D)
What would strict(er) diet include?
- Vegetables galore
- Meat galore
- Some fruit
- Probably lots of “cheats” too
Oh my gah but if paleo what about:
- Diet Coke
- Touching so much meat
- peanut butter
Maybe skip paleo, just go low carb, get back:
- Diet coke
- peanut butter
Feel like slowly, slowly catching on. Really hope paleo is not right answer.