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Birthday advice

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Sad21+, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Sad21+

    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Hello I care for my mother who is newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I will propbably write a more detailed longer comment about our situation another day.

    It's her birthday tomorrow and I have no idea what to give her. I know it can't be high sugar or carbs. I feel awful she's not going to have much of a birthday with the pandemic, not being able to see family and now this. Thinking about it is stressful.

    She looks so sad. What can I give her to eat ? how do y'all celebrate your birthday's ?
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Odd.. its mine soon too.. I'm having a big fat juicy wagyu sirloin steak.
     
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  3. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Probably the simplest recipe I make is a low carb chocolate pudding with double cream, some 90% chocolate and a little sweetener such as truvia (stevia based). Whip the cream, stir in some melted chocolate, sweeten to taste, put in fridge for a couple of hours - serve with a few fresh raspberries.
    There are several low carb cake recipes around, just make sure to follow the recipe exactly if you have never made cake with ground almonds or coconut flour before - and yes you do need those extra eggs! The easiest recipes are probably lemon cakes, or chocolate cake.
    You can make chocolate covered marzipan - just mix ground almonds, sweetener and almond essence with a few drops of water, mould into balls and cover with a good quality dark chocolate.
    If you are providing a meal, choose a good cut of meat or fresh salmon for the main course, served with a variety of green veg and with either cauliflower rice or cauliflower mash?
    If you don't want to do cake just yet, real full fat greek yogurt is nice, mash in fresh raspberries or blueberries. You can even put some double cream on top.

    Don't worry about adding cream, oil, butter, etc - if she cuts down on carbs extra fats are needed and will not cause cholesterol issues. (Some research on rodents showed the worse thing for weight gain and bad cholesterol was mixing processed fats plus carbs, eg doughnuts and most junk foods, not fat on its own.)
     
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  4. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek I reversed my Type 2 · Expert

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    Are chocolatiers open where you are, or do they have a website where you can order, like the labooko sugar free bars or praline's with sweetener? Some carry chocolate without sugar in, you could give them a shout and see what they have. Is all else fails, try amazon. I celebrate my birthday with a lot of good meat these days, a mixed grill from a restaurant or something made at home. (Home made being likely this year...). But there's cake recipes online, just google cake and keto and see what comes up. All in all though.... This past Christmas I got a lot of foods I can actually eat. Extra dark chocolate, dried sausage, hard cheeses, low carb truffles, which were home-made by a friend... I doubt my birthday'll be much different, now that people are finally getting the idea that my "fad" diets aren't going anywhere. ;)

    A speciality tea might do well too... I know a hot cup and some chocolate always cheer me up. That, and cats, but I don't now whether she's already got one. ;)
    Jo
     
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  5. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Look into savoury luxuries rather than sweet replacements so perhaps a really good or expensive steak or fish, or prawns or lobster. A different or unusual cheese.
    A French restaurant near us does a special takeaway 3 course meal each Saturday a. I just ask them to replace my dessert with a selection of cheese.
    Also treats don't need to be food or drink.
    Have a bunch of flowers delivered
    We arranged a zoom party of my husband's birthday where 5 of our family and friend all dialled in at the same time and played games together. They had sent his presents by post in advance so they could watch him open them. It went really well and was special because it was different from all our other days
    Hope some of these ideas help
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Google keto chocolate mug cake. The recipe is good for 2 portions split between 2 ramekins. There are variations, lava cake interior etc.

    Google keto fat bombs. Keto muffins. I made some bounty bars. I Personally don't have a sweet tooth but the keto community are a creative bunch.

    Never thought in a million years that I would use pork scratchings instead of breadcrumbs, and the improvement in flavour is outstanding.
     
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    Sarah69 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It’s her birthday give her what she wants 1 day isn’t going to hurt!
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why does it have to involve food? Your possible treats are limited due to covid but you could give her a pamper session or a non food gift. Watch a film together or cook a lovely low carb meal. Pleasure shouldn’t necessarily involve sweetness..... apart of course your being sweet. Hope she has a lovely day.
     
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    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I eat cake for birthdays , I did pretty good with cheese cake, I do ok with a small slice of chocolate cake. It’s only one day, just keep the portion down
     
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    Fruitella Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If by care ;you mean that you help her in daily living including toileting etc. then I would avoid a sudden increase in all the dark chocolate and sweeteners. Nice slice of birthday cake without a thick layer of icing will be fine for a day, then decide between you what changes are practical for her depending on what medication mum is on. I've not had potatoes or pasta for months, much prefer butternut squash and cauli rice.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much. You advice was very helpful. Great tips.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much. I did buy dark chocolate but I was unsure to give it to her. Thank you so much. I was pretty unprepared. I should of baked her a cake. Thank you so much will definitely look into your tips.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Yes your ideas are very helpful thank you so much. You're so kind and thoughtful.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Oh wow thank you. I wish I commented on here earlier. Thank you so much.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, you are right.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Yes i do help her with daily living. Ok thank you so much. Great advice.
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Serve with double cream.
     
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