Before sledding, the liver is filled to capacity with evaporated cane juice.

Before sledding, the liver is filled to capacity with evaporated cane juice. After, it is empty and sops up all freshly introduced glucose for its own refilling, leaving nothing for the blood/other cells. (<—Could be true.)

The inevitability of a low while sledding is equal to that of boogie boarding, but with a more dire feeling due to mittens/coldness.

Really, probably, maybe if we were fluent in bolder, longer-term insulin shut-offs and bigger pre-sledding snacks, sledding would not cause lows. Until then: cookies.

How to Sled


Require Many Cookies

Set the stage:

Dress in warm layers. Eat a mixed snack*** involving carbs and peanut butter with no insulin.

Turn down basal, but way more in advance, like before the idea of sledding crossed your mind***.

Be kind of high.

During sledding:

Be sledding.

Start moving toward double-digits.

Eat easy-access mixed snacks like trail mix-y bars, even though you do not want to.

Continue sledding.

Ask yourself, do I feel low? Kind of, yes.

Low enough to tolerate mitten removal and more trail mix-y bars? No***.

Arrive in double digits with double arrow down. Relent. Eat glucose tabs.

Feel weird, recline in snow, prefer to not get up. You’re 43.


Drink cocoa. With marshmallows. As many as you want.

Observe blood glucose remain low. Eat PB&J. Take no insulin.

An hour later, take a correction*** because you’re 239.

You’re 66. Eat cookies.

You’re 102 with a straight arrow.

(***Marks other areas for improvement: bigger snack, turn down insulin earlier in day, parent provides more appealing slope side snack option {these cookies}, don’t correct highs so promptly.)

Sledding Cookies (makes about 50)

Adapted from the cookie recipe on the back of the Trader Joe’s gluten free oats sack, and inspired by the new gluten free Girl Scout cookies called Trios.

Oven 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. In a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, combine 4T soft butter and 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar (believing, as you stir, the story about it being lower on the glycemic index.) Mix in 2 eggs with all your might. Stir in 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1 c almond butter. Fold in 3 c rolled oats, 3/4 c chopped walnuts, 3/4 c dried cranberries, and random leftover bits from bags of mini M&Ms, white chocolate chips, or whatever chocolate chips, aiming for about 1/2 c chocolate overall. Mix well so each cookie will get some nuts and berries and chocolate. Drop walnut-sized globs on to the prepared cookie sheets. I could fit 16 on each sheet at a time, leaving a little room for each cookie to expand in diameter. Bake 10 -12 minutes. Cool on a rack. Allow persons to eat as many as they want while sledding.


I did not calculate the carbs for these, but I call them 10g CHO and am at peace with that.



  1. Anonymous · February 2, 2015

    is that your own recipe? we could call it a katookie


    • Katy · February 2, 2015

      This katookie is swiped from the back of the Trader Joe’s oats bag, an tweaked to reflect available ingredients. I hope this is legit.


  2. Katie · February 2, 2015

    You make me want to go sledding, but only if it is with your family.

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  3. skchrisman · February 3, 2015

    Sledding is sucky fun. Cookies YUM.

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  4. Melanie · February 3, 2015

    “bolder, longer-term insulin shut-offs” work well for me. I’m planning to play tennis at 6pm today and I’ll use a very low temp basal from 2pm until near the end of the exercise.

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    • Katy · February 3, 2015

      Four hours! I’d never have dared. This is brilliant.


  5. fifteenwaitfifteen · February 3, 2015

    Oh, this is so my exercise life. Not with sledding (yet! Can we please get some freaking snow down here???) but with going to the gym, or taking the family out for a walk, or whatever-exercise-you-name-it. 20 years with T1 – I wish I could say the roller coaster blood sugars go away, but alas, they don’t.

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