My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just 3 days ago. We took her in to the doctor on the morning of August 2nd due to excessive thirst and hunger and by that afternoon, we were on our way to the hospital for a life changing metabolic disease in which we knew little about. She is 3 years old and doesn't really understand anything that is going on from why she can no longer eat the same way or have off schedule snacks, nonetheless have her fingers pricked 6 times a day and endure insulin shots 3 times a day. We know that with time things will get easier and that she will become more accustom to the way things are. As tough as it is on her, she is already making progress and starting to realize that she has to do these things as part of her routine, even though when the time comes she fights it.
I mention all this because I am looking for some advice from anyone willing to help. We met with a dietitian in the hospital that gave us a ton of good information on everyday meals and portion sizes in relation to carb counting and blood sugar levels, but I was wondering if there were some everyday food and drink products that were really good for the diabetic diet plan.
My daughter use to drink a lot of juices, milk and chocolate, but trying to stay within meal plan guidelines she can no longer really have much of these. When we were in the hospital they were giving her Lemon Lime Diet Shasta that was 0 in fat, sugar and carbs and used Splenda as a sugar substitute. When we got home today we went to the store to try to find drinks with the same criteria [including the Splenda as a substitute, because we would prefer not to have our daughter ingest anything that contains aspartame (i.e. NutraSweet, SweetNLow, etc.)] I found all of these attributes in DietRite Cola. However, we would still prefer not to have her drinking a lot of sodas. The dietitian suggested sugar-free Kool-Aid, but upon reading the labels, it too contained aspartame… as well as many snacks and things I have come across.
So for this reason, I am wondering if anyone else on this site may have struggled with the same type of things and I am wondering if anyone can make some suggestions on products in not only drink, but in snack as well that sort of meet this criteria. We just want to give our daughter the best we can and for her to have the best life she can. So if anyone can offer advice or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.