By mommyr3m2 Latest Reply 2012-11-08 20:37:17 -0600
Started 2012-10-09 11:45:14 -0500

My son is newly diagnosed and I'm struggling with how to handle birthdays. My oldest son turns 16 and then a week later my diabetic son turns 5. What do you do for birthdays? Is there a special recipe that you use?

8 replies

GabbyPA 2012-10-10 10:54:27 -0500 Report

There are some recipes that use almond flour which will cut the carbs even more than just using a low carb sweetener for it.

What John said about cheese cake is so true. I love cheese cake and there are so many ways to reduce the carbs in it and keep the texture and flavor. It is the easiest way.

With kids, the birthdays are harder, but if you can take the focus off the cake and ice cream idea of it, and shift it to an activity or something else, that really helps. Have options so the party can go on and no one feels "different" or "left out".

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2012-10-09 12:17:50 -0500 Report

That's a great question, mommyr3m2.

Birthdays and special occasions are always stressful times. But here's how we handled things when our type 1 son was young. We never found any recipe for birthday cake that helped. Of course you can use sugar substitutes and some of them are pretty good. But in the end, cake has a lot of carbs whether you're using Splenda etc or not.

So for us, we just did our best to calculate the carbs accurately and give a proper insulin dose to cover it. (With cake, we found the best way to accurately count carbs is by weighing it on a little kitchen scale. Cake is 20 grams of carbs per ounce.) So controlling portion size helps a lot.

One of the things we would try to help avoid going too high after a birthday meal would be to try to plan a meal with fewer carbs before the cake. Pot roast with carrots and a good salad is a favorite at our house and keeps the carb count very low.

I hope this helps you. Most importantly, hang in there. Stay calm. You can do this. And we'll be here to help.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2012-10-09 12:19:09 -0500 Report

Oh, yeah, and one more thought. If your kids like Cheesecake, that is an option that you can get the carb count much lower and it still tastes pretty good.

veggielover 2012-10-10 16:18:10 -0500 Report

What about Angel Food cake with strawberries and Lite Cool Whip on top?

mommyr3m2 2012-10-26 15:49:07 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much for your replies. After much looking I found a "sugar free" cake mix by pilsbury. I made cupcakes to cut the carbs down and both birthdays went great with no highs.

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:57:22 -0500 Report

Well that was a success then, and that has to make you feel great. Glad it went well for all concerned.

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