Low carb dinner ideas needed

By Bayz Latest Reply 2013-12-10 09:43:36 -0600
Started 2013-12-03 14:23:52 -0600

My 8 year old was recently diagnosed with Type I. As I am completely clueless when it comes to watching the diet, I need all the help I can get to make sure my son's carb intake is under control. Got any food ideas?

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Bayz 2013-12-10 09:43:36 -0600 Report

I really appreciate all your responses. My son's initial Endo advised that he can eat whatever he pleases and correct the carbs. However, that doctor is out on leave and the covering doc has a different method. She is strongly against too much carbs and is against snacking on carbs between meals. My little one wants to be like everyone else in school and only wants chips and snack like all other kids. Therefore, I'm tying to minimize the carb intake later on in the day. Additionally, the new Endo does not advise nutritionists as she claims, "they haven't helped the society with obesity till now. Their method is ineffective."

IronOre 2013-12-05 10:34:13 -0600 Report

I have been T1 for over 38 years, with absolutely no complications, and I have never been on a low-carb diet, but I eat sensibly, which is probably the way everybody should eat.
I think the best thing for you is find a good Endocrinologist connected iwth a diabetic clinic, and they will connect you up with a dietitian who will guide you in the right direction . . . she will tell you that your child can eat what everbody else eats, including potatoes. The trick is adjusting the insulin per what is eaten, which isn't much of a trick, and is very easy to do.
I think having things like mashed califlower instead of mashed potatoes makes life unnecessarily complicated, and will taste gross with gravy.
Going "low carb" can be dangerous, because the body requires carbs, especially when growing up.
So just let your child have as normal of a life as possible, have fun, and let him eat what everybody else eats . . . because I did.
One more thing that I wan to add. In this forum you will get responses from people who have both T1 and T2 diabetes. They are similar, yet differnt, so you need to be careful with the advice that you get.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-04 12:54:29 -0600 Report

It might help if you ask his doctor to refer you to a nutritionist who can help you will meal plans for him. The entire family will be able to eat what he eats.

Bayz 2013-12-03 20:15:35 -0600 Report

Thank you for replying. Your suggestions are all wonderful. Mspiggy, thanks for the link. I'll look into it. Kim, I actually use a scale but haven't been so consistent. I now see the importance of it. Shelly and Nick, these tips are exactly what I'm looking for! Got any others?

Nick1962 2013-12-04 13:13:11 -0600 Report

J Kate, one of the CA’s here would be a good one to talk to http://www.diabeticconnect.com/profile/108000... she has two diabetic (T1 I’m pretty sure) youngsters.
I can only speak as an adult on a carb controlled diet, but there are lots of options. A decent, common-sense healthy diet will work, and since he’s young yet, you can “model” him into it. Our society has developed such carb-centric diets, it might be a big change, but it’s also something that might be good for the whole family. As long as he’s not sitting down to a meal of just mac & cheese, or nothing but a bowl of cereal that’s the first step. Sure he can have the stuff, but make sure it’s about half a portion with some solid protein on the side, like a small portion of spaghetti-o’s with a “slider” size hamburger patty maybe. We do “pub night” about once a month during which I grill up a mess of stuff to freeze for quick weekday meals like burgers (full and “slider” size), chicken wings/drummies/legs, Italian sausages/bratwurst. A Saturday even “pub” meal might be a mess of chicken wings (no bbq sauce), fresh raw veggies with dip, and maybe a small 4 oz. bit of soup. We got used to eating a lot of things “naked” (no bun), and the few processed things like deli meats and cheeses we’ll eat wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Chicken or tuna salad with some nice celery sticks works too. Of course peanut butter and celery is always a great snack. Just my 2 cents, I know there are others out here with some great ideas, and like Joyce says too, a nutritionist can be a great help.

Nick1962 2013-12-03 18:58:30 -0600 Report

All the responses have been spot on so far, and Shelly’s idea of mashed cauliflower is a good one - he might not be able to tell the difference. We roast ours a little in the oven after par-boiling to get the moisture level down. Being an 8-year old he might go for hot dogs without buns, and we often do ½ oz. plain frozen meatballs with a small amount of sauce with a veggie or salad. Might want to look into the Paleo diet (but not strictly) which is something the whole family can do. This way he’s not the odd one and you’re not cooking special meals.

ShellyLargent 2013-12-03 18:00:15 -0600 Report

If he likes mashed potatoes, you can substitute boiled cauliflower for either half the amount of potatoes you usually use, or for all, if you like. Boil the cauliflower until soft in salted water, then mash like you usually do for the potatoes.

kimfing 2013-12-03 18:00:08 -0600 Report

Welcome:-):-) i agree w mspiggy. Just going to add, go out and get a food scale. Measure and weigh everything so you know how many carbs your son is eating each meal. For something sweet with low carbs i like the adkins products

mspiggy81 2013-12-03 15:10:30 -0600 Report

I just posted a link for a free Diabetes cook book that will help. One good place to start is try Dreamfield's brand noodles instead of traditional spaghetti noodles, whole grain breads in moderation instead of white breads. Most health depts and hospitals have free nutrition workshops you can attend. Call around your local area and see what is available. When you fix his plate think of the food pyramid, The largest serving should be low carb/low starch veggies, followed by high protein lean meats, and breads/starches being the smallest portion. Use small eating spoons to serve carbs and starches instead of a large serving spoon. This will help keep portions small. A good portion of diabetes is moderation/portion control. Spend time with the recipe section here, there are a lot of really good ideas there. Most importantly, each diabetic is different, take advise as a starting point, you will have to tweak and adjust according to your son's glucose response. Test often, log every food and in time you will see a pattern in how he reacts to different foods. There really is no true "diabetic diet" It's mainly common sense healthy eating, limited sweets, limited breads, limited potatoes and pasta, and lots of fresh veggies, low glycemic fruits, and lean meats. http://www.lowglycemicdiet.com/gifoodlist.html
One last thing, toss out the juice and soda's and push water, water, water,