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sneaky low carbing

Discussion in 'Parents' started by Matt1212, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Matt1212

    Matt1212 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    Just looking to see if anyone has any tips on reducing the amount of carb in everyday meals
    Without making huge changes to the range of foods eaten.
    This is in an effort to slightly reduce my 6 yr old T1. Daughters carb intake.

    For example :
    Cut the crusts off sandwiches = 33% less carb and she is still happy with the sandwich size
    Or if allowing a treat with lunch have peanuts rather than crisps
    Or rather than ice-cream have strawberries , cream and grated high cocoa content chocolate on top

    Any suggestions welcome

    Thanks
    Matt
     
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    SophiaW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Plain lightly salted popcorn is another alternative to crisps.

    There are lots of carb free or low carb foods that can be used to fill gaps in meals where the higher carb foods are reduced. For example a pasta meal can be reduced in size if a salad is added to the meal.

    I don't think growing children should have carbs drastically reduced but I do agree that eating on the lower end of the recommended daily carb intake for their age range is helpful in maintaining good BG control.
     
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    leggott · Well-Known Member

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    mix nuts and seeds with cereals. Flaked fish for snacks or as part of a meal. Make homemade cakes for treats rather than shop bought and use ground almonds as a part substitute for flour and reduce sugar to lower carb content.
     
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    Jen&Khaleb · Well-Known Member

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    How much does it cost to buy ground almond meal in the UK. Here it is $7 for a 200gm packet!
     
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    SophiaW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    At our local supermarket it's £2.11 ($3.14 AU) for a 200g bag of ground almonds.
     
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    Jen&Khaleb · Well-Known Member

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    Australia is a rip-off at the supermarket because we only have 2 big chains and few independent stores. It would be cheaper to get my sister to buy it in the USA and post it over than buy it at our supermarket. Only problem would be our quarantine laws not letting it in.

    As for healthier alternatives for happy BG we like to make pizza on pita bread and I cook sago in water (ends up 10gm carb/100gm) and mix it with puree fruit for nice desserts. You can even layer it like trifle with cream. I tend to buy yogurt and icecream that is not the sugar loaded variety. You have to read a lot of lables while shopping as similar products with different brands can have very different ingredients.
     
  8. Vikki2

    Vikki2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    The whole family have gone lower carb. My 6yr old daughter has T1.
    For a lot of our usual meals the proportions on the plate have changed i.e. less of a helping of the carbs and more of the veg, with meat probably staying the same. I throw in a lot more veg. The plate looks very colourful and we are lucky in that we have good eaters. Corn on the cob is great - yes, it has carbs but I find that these kinds of carbs act differently to say potatoes/rice.
    We very very rarely have pasta anymore. Despite being on the pump we still haven't mastered bolusing for pasta. But my big discovery is Shirataki noodles. They are carb free!! They are Japanese and made from the Konjac plant. I hunted high & low for them & eventually found them on Amazon (how bizarre!). Look in the grocery section. You need to boil them first so they are not too chewy and then you need to flavour them as they are tasteless. I tend to chuck them in the wok. I keep those noodles for my daughter and we eat other noodles that look the same - it's a bit too expensive for the whole family to munch on them. It's a very strange feeling letting her eat a massive bowl of noodles & veg with no insulin!!
    I find that her body can cope so much better with carbs at lunch time. We now have a CGM (self-funded) and so I can see exactly how her BG levels are coping with different foods. She stays pretty stable after carbs at lunchtime but spikes if she's had a large amount of carbs in the evening.
    All the best
    Vikki
     
  9. LaughingHyena

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    I've done a few things to slightly reduce my cab intake since being diagnosed.

    Add an extra low carb veg (broccoli & caluiflower are my current favourites) to meals and serve less potato.

    The same with sandwiches, I always make sure to add some salad and less sandwich. A lettuce leaf makes a nice alternative to a wrap.

    Greek yoghurt and berries (I keep a bag of frozen ones in stock) is a nice desert.

    I've started taking a lot more notice of the fruit I buy, both in terms of type and size. A large apple can be twice the size but I still eat the whole apple. Eating a small apple doesn't make me feel I've missed anything.

    Snack wise I like celery with a bit of peanut butter spread on it, my kids like our homemade version of dairylea dunkers a small pot of cheese spread and carrot sticks.
     
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    I make my own ice cream in an ice cream mnaker, and substitute powdered Canderel for sugar. Virtually carb free and tastes great.
    Malc
     
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