My name is Elly, I’m a working mum, and food has recently taken on a whole new significance for our family.
My 10 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2013, so we were suddenly faced with the new challenge of counting carbohydrates for every meal to match his insulin doses. Luckily we already ate pretty well as a family, but when scouring the web for carb-counted, family-friendly food, I drew a bit of a blank. Most diabetes recipe books and websites seemed to be focused on Type 2 and weight loss, while I needed to prepare robust, crowd-pleasing food for my two hungry, active boys, their equally hungry (and almost as active) dad, our 6 foot tall Swedish au-pair, and me. I reckon that if my boy has to inject himself before every meal, it’s only fair to make that meal worth eating. So I’ve been adapting my own recipes, thumbing through all my cookbooks and favourite websites, and preparing weekly meal plans with a carb-count for each one.
I wanted to start a blog so that I could share our food experiences with others in the same situation. I’m not an amazing cook, and I’m always pushed for time, so I’m all in favour of short-cuts whenever possible. I’ll also be sharing some of the brands and products I’ve been discovering that make life with Type 1 taste better. Oh, and all my recipes are peanut-free, sesame-free and, kiwi-fruit-free (yep, we have allergies in this family too!)
Please note: I’m not a dietitian, so while I’ve done my best, I can’t guarantee the accuracy of my carb-counting.