A 12 Year Old and Eating habits

By shawnalowe Latest Reply 2010-06-11 09:15:27 -0500
Started 2010-06-01 01:02:52 -0500

I have a 12 year old son that has Type 2 Diabetes. I have been changing so much what he eats and drinks. he is really good at drinking lots of water. he would love to drink water before Sodas. But I am having trouble getting him to understand that certain breads and pastas are not good for him. What is the best way to get him to eat the right things? He is also over weight so the diabetic Nutritionist has me cutting back on a lot of stuff. Sweets, cookies and sugar is gone. I am even trying to do the diet with him, Am I doing the right thing?

13 replies

Antique-Dave 2010-06-11 09:15:27 -0500 Report

I think its great that you are doing this with him, personally I don't like many of the foods and products aimed at diabetics (most is over priced) and would rather have a little of the real thing than more of the fake.

there are exceptions like the carb smart bars, and sugar free chocolate pudding but for the most part I don't buy low fat low calorie anything.

Cutting back on my overall carb intake, more fiber, multi grain, whole wheat pasta, dreamfields etc made a big difference. Being more active, Controlling portions too, eating a half dozen cookies with 2 large glassess of milk is a thing of the past but A cookie and a 4 oz glass of milk works for me.

Finding your balance is really the key, what is your daily carb budget going to be and what do you fit into that budget?

RAYT721 2010-06-03 20:17:10 -0500 Report

Wow… as long ago and far away as it was, I was 12 once. The teens and tweens are such a difficult age as it is. It sounds like you've got a pretty together kid there… but then he's got a pretty terrific Mom.

There's absolutely no reason to rid his life of all snacks and sweets. There are many sugar free products that quite honestly aren't bad at all. When you do your own cooking and baking, you have more control over the ingredients than the Keebler Elves or the Hostess Ho Ho Hos. Your library (and the web) will have lots of awesome recipes for "swaps" and that's really what it's all about.

Your son is about to embark on a journey but it can be a healthy journal with your guidance and support. Yes you can diet with him regardless if you want to lose weight, gain weight or maintain weight.

There are many low cal, low carb, low sugar, low fat products out there. When I talk about "swaps," think fat free yogurt instead of sugary pudding. Think Crystal Light instead of Kool Aid. Think lean roast beef on pita instead of thinking Arbys.

Want stuff to do together? Go for a walk. Grab a frisbee. Climb some stairs. Check out YouTube for old shows like Jack Lalanne home exercise episodes. Bake some healthy protein bars together. You don't need a gym for exercise or to salivate in front of Cinnabon for "sweets."

You'll both be happier and healthier if you work together.

ccritch 2010-06-03 10:19:00 -0500 Report


You are doing a great job! DC has a recipes that is great and low in carbs and shows step by step preparation. They are great tasting meals, snacks, soups, salads, etc… you should try them out. I would also suggest unsweet tea taste great. There are lots of great sugar free candies, gums, ice cream out there, walmart sells a variety, most pharmacy's sell sugar free items and I would most definitely get used to carrying Glucose Tablets in case of low sugars, he may have some lows with his diet, Walmart sells flavor Glucose tablets, strawberry, apple, grape etc…

Good Luck and as I said you are doing a great job in being a part of your son's journey to eating healthy and staying healhty. God Bless

Lakeland 2010-06-02 22:06:30 -0500 Report

I'm not a mom so I don't know if this would help or not, but I found it very interesting to eat & to test 2 hours after. I started realizing what foods do what to me. almost like a science project. the low fiber breads should spike the sugars more quickly than the whole grain kind and might catch his interest

shawnalowe 2010-06-02 10:28:47 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your great insight. I am going to do a lot of research on foods and stuff that would be better for him. Now that he is Type 2, I really worry about it.

monkeymama 2010-06-01 17:19:27 -0500 Report

Hello there! If there is a question of safe pasta & bread I can give you a few ideas and my BG have been doing great with them. I use: Healthy Life sugar free 100% whole grain bread and Dreamfields pasta instead of the regular stuff. My son is considered obese and is checked frequently for diabetes (because of family history, his weight, OCD w/food & beverage, and his disease all increase his risks). I have him eating as if he was diabetic. The one thing a Children's Hospital Dieticiian told us (and for me) that to allow 1-2 times a months that special treat but limit to how many carbs it can be. I found I was more apt to being more on track and he was a little more cooperative. It is hard but I am working with it. I actually went through my food pantry and changed everything we as a family were eating as well. I only allowed the other members in my family to each pick 2 things I would not change on them. It has worked WONDERS for us. Best of wishes to you.

Emma2412 2010-06-01 09:45:36 -0500 Report

Hi, Shawnalowe
Kudos to you for trying to make a real difference in your son's life.
I had an idea that might work with him. Call around and see if there's a juvenile diabetes program in your area that perhaps you both could attend — perhaps hospitals in your area have something like that. Some insurance companies cover stuff like; some don't. But when you think about what it would mean to your son to truly understand what he could be in for, the cost is suddenly negligible even if one is on a limited budget like most of us are.
Also, try your local large library where they might have diabetes videos or books geared to children who have diabetes or are pre-diabetic and read it/them together.
Also, since he doesn't have the disease yet, I would let him have something sweet once a week. If you don't want to do that, then look around for recipes using fruits, something sweet. You don't want him binging when he's out of the house, you know, and if he doesn't get the sweets at home, he might feel rebellious and start doing that.
About pastas and breads, there are products out there that are much better for us. You have to do your research on that. You can also ask your doctor which kinds are better for you and your son. I know they say whole grain is better for everybody, but I can't more than one slice without spiking.
I haven't been able to have pasta in a long time. I've been looking into having the gluten-free variety of pasta and breads simply because they have more protein and better grains, I think, than most breads and are more natural.
Here on DC, I learned about a product called Quinoa, a grain, got it when I went to the regular food store, and love it for its wonderful taste, the fact that it's versatile and can be used in a myriad of ways, PLUS it only raises my BS level a skinny 2 points.
So, do your due diligence and find products that are good for the whole family. Read, read, read! I don't recommend that you do a gluten-free diet, of course, unless you have Celiac Disease, but a few products in your diet that are gluten-free will be good for the whole family.
Please come here often for inspiration and tips. Isn't this site awesome? Good luck.

GabbyPA 2010-06-01 08:54:28 -0500 Report

It sounds like you are being a wonderful mom! Doing the "lifestyle" with him is great and I wish more families would do that. It really is a better way to eat for the whole family. It takes time to adjust all the bad habits. Youth is on his side, being the "because I said so" adult is on your side.

Your son is young enough, you are cooking the meals, so just cook what you know he should be eating. He might fight at first, but if you replace things he is giving up with healthy things he can enjoy, he won't miss them so badly.

If it isn't in the house, he can't eat it. That is how I try to operate. It gets hard, because half of the family will only eat some of the foods I should not have. I try to keep it to a minimum, but they are adults, so I have less "authority" shall we say. LOL Like the other day, my husband asked me to make him some oatmeal cookies. I have not made any thing for him since Christmas like that, so I did. Now I just have to keep myself disciplined.