Picky eater

By awellener Latest Reply 2014-09-15 00:46:15 -0500
Started 2009-10-28 08:04:21 -0500

My 10 year old daughter has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 5 years now. The older she gets the less food she likes. She needs around 40 carbs for breakfast,lunch,and dinner. Breakfast is a nightmare. She doesn't like to eat in the morning. She'll eat sausage, but that's only 2 carbs a link. She doesn't like toast or cereal or waffles. Any suggestions?

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Sunshine225 2014-09-15 00:46:15 -0500 Report

We are dealing with this now with my 9 year old son who was diagnosed with Type 1 last year. You might find some help from a book called, "Just take a Bite" on Amazon. Also "Growing Connected Families" has good advice for picket eaters and how not to let emotions get the best of us! God bless you!

SeansMom 2009-12-11 08:22:28 -0600 Report

My son is 20 and had diabetes for 15 years. He is also a very picky eater. My feeling is try to get her to change her habits now. My son will not eat meat, loves pasta and a few vegies. I do cut a cumber or apple up before dinner so that way he has something more healthy before he eats all that pasta. Plus he is addicted to ketchup. That goes on everything, but he will eat vegies if he gets to dip it in ketchup. Now that insulin is fast acting do you think you can force her to eat something healthy then give her the insulin? Also a reward system may help. Have her keep stickers on a chart for a week. We all know how they like to be rewarded.
My son does like smoothies so we buy Soy Protein Powder at Trader Joe's or Wholefoods. I get vanilla yogurt and put frozen strawberries along with the protein powder. Unfortunately he will not even eat breakfast. I put breakfast bars near his keys and he still will not eat breakfast. You still have control over her so use it to your advantage…
Has she been to diabetic camp? If she goes there she will see how necessary it is for her to eat healthy along with her peers.

Good Luck!

SeansMom 2009-12-11 08:23:39 -0600 Report

Also, does she eat mashed potatoes? Throw in some cooked cauliflower and maybe some cheese. Just an idea that I saw in Food Network

kristyns way
kristyns way 2009-11-01 10:20:45 -0600 Report

hi.. pickey eater .. as well with your daughter mine as well is a pickey eater ( the good foods any way) i think that being a diabetic for years for a young child is underated to (they bounce back) basically being told they cannot endulge in their favorites any more ia a real let down…for one and how they should eat it.. in a pacific time (well you know) this puts a dismal look on the varieties of food our children eat to a stand still… as with mine ..no fruites she will touch.. 2 vegtables are exceptable… and the list goes on.. sound familiar?…as one helpfull reader put it look on the internet for dishes or take her to the food store and let her pick some things out . also if its breakfest thats the challenge try and get those little boxes of cereal..i think 8 bxs to a pkg..different varieties and shes sure to find a faverite also it cuts down the waste if she doesnt like it…i find wether our loved ones are a diabetic 1 day in or 5 yrs in.. they need to feel their incontrol not diabeties..and for our pickey eaters??… to the food store we go.. hope this is helpfull…and gives you both some options.. take care from my daughter to yours.. kristyns way

salmanda 2009-10-28 20:05:47 -0500 Report

Fruit might be an option. It has complex carbohydrates which are good. Like Betsie said…a fruit smoothie might appeal to her. Good suggestion Betsie about taking her to help choose food.

hbkunkel 2009-10-28 12:37:44 -0500 Report

Take her to the grocery store with you and have her pick out things that she might like. Also look over the recipes on this site and see if she might like any. Did you ever try the glucerna liquids? They have lots of nutrition and come in different flavors. Think outside the box. Maybe a smoothie would be her thing for breakfast or something else that is not traditional breakfast food. Make sure to include her in the decision making so she feels she has a part that is important to her.

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