Hi clm, welcome to our forum and I hope with time, life will become easier as you deal with the diet and guiding your daughter down the right path. I wonder if there is a support group associated with your physician's office or a local hospital, a children's hospital? Try to find out because I believe most cities have free programs. If she were to meet kids her own age with diabetes or pre-diabetes, she'd feel more comfortable. Has her doctor given her any diets or referred her to a dietician? I know you've been reading through all the posts here and that's a good way to pick up information about what we all eat. And you'll discover that we do vary in how we eat. Some of us are on meds and some not, some can eat carbs and some not. Basically, you probably understand that carbohydrates will raise the blood sugar. You named potatoes and rice and also bread, cereal, pasta fruit juices and fruit, orange juice. It's handy using a glycemic index list which will tell you which foods have a high index. I think the general rule of thumb is higher than 50 is too high if you're trying to control your blood sugar. Keep in mind that some bodies can tolerate more carbs than others. Because she's an adolescent, I would be mindful of nutrition for her age and I think it's important to talk to her doctor about getting her to a nutritionist. Meals don't have to be singled out just for her at all. Dinners can be a piece of roasted chicken and a couple of vegetables with butter or butter substitute. Check out a previous topic on mashed cauliflower - it makes a very good replacement for mashed potatoes. A small salad or salad bits of cucumber, radishes, celery..... Some of us follow Dr. Richard Bernstein (I do.) and his way of eating for diabetes and he does not ban red meats, butter, cream as he says they do not raise cholesterol. This is a new approach, or at least new to me!, and you can do some googling online (I know you hate computers!...) and find out more about him.
Check back with us and I'm sure more answers will come your way. Some members also have children with diabetes and you may get some good advice from them too.
Post Edited (lanieg) : 8/21/2007 7:02:52 AM (GMT-6)