Yes you heard me! “Let them eat cheese cake” verbatim! The reference to Olivia De Berardinis art is unintentional at best, the shock value it adds to the statement is not. Please don’t google her name, please don’t get mentally side tracked, just immerse yourself in the shock of what I just said (typed).
A person (PWD) or a child with type 1 diabetes (CWD) can eat anything. Oh yes, somethings will be kinder on the blood sugar spike. High fiber and high protein can help, HELP, key word in deconstructing or reconstructing, encoding or however you may read my sentences. HELP, but it won’t be the end all be all for even blood sugars. But from time to time, day to day, the two may help. There maybe other foods that help, but no magic bullet. Remember Type 1 Diabetes means the (CWD/PWD) produces no insulin, so it must be administered to them, or by them in the correct amount to cover the carbs.
Pizza is an unkind food for blood sugar numbers. I won’t tear into the gory details, but a combo bolus can help with that. Let them eat Pizza. Let them be kids, teens or adults having fun.
I guess my point is: let them enjoy life, don’t let diabetes control them, control you as a parent. It may take a few months (years),(keep learning) to figure out how to do all the “tricks of the trade”. Come up with sensible measures while they are eating with other people. Plans, make them, make them flexible. I remember meeting a former insulin pump rep who had type 1 since his youth. That was the advice I got from him, let them be kids. Don’t keep them hooked up to the pump at the beach (unless they have a Pod). Just hook them back up and correct them. He said “look at me, I’m in my late 30 and have no health complications”. I thanked him. One golden moment I will remember.
Let them eat cheese cake, pizza, candy and other junk food. Here is a key, moderation, just like you should with healthy kid. Please do promote a healthy diet and exercise. But a few treats here and there will not hurt anyone. I know, I have 2 children with diabetes and one healthy pancreas kid.