Following the Diet for Juvenile Diabetes

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by Patrice on May 3, 2011 · 1 comment

in Special Diets

Kids don’t like to be different, but kids with juvenile diabetes have specialized dietary needs. A single mom armed with information from the pediatrician and nutritionist can easily change her menu planning to promote healthy eating habits at her table. Most problems arise from the food the child eats outside of the home.

Schools usually send home a monthly lunch program menu that shows that most of the meals are not appropriate for children with special diets. Packing a lunch for the child to eat during the mid day recess is a step toward helping your child follow the special diet, but how can the mom who is not there to watch her child know that he’s not trading his apple for a cupcake?

A child with a lunch of his favorite, healthy foods is less likely to trade treats. Don’t pack the foods that are best for him if he will be tempted to trade them away. Pack the foods that are within the dietary guidelines that he will actually eat.

Make sure that the child understands why he should not trade foods with other kids. It’s a big responsibility for a child to choose portion size and content when opportunities arise. As the child gets older and spends more of his free time at the homes of other friends, at the mall or meeting after school at the fast food restaurant, peer pressure can often cloud the judgment of the child with diabetes as his friends gobble down unhealthy snacks and drinks.

When a child knows that trans fats and saturated fats should be limited in his diet and understands why, he will have added ammunition to use in his defense of succumbing to the super sized order of fries or onion rings. He’ll also be more likely to choose a sugar free drink over a milk shake.

Little things, like ordering baked chicken instead of fried, removing the chicken skin and avoiding condiments that are loaded with sugar can help the child realize that his diet, although restricted, isn’t really that much different from that of his friends.

Help your child learn how to find out how many carbohydrates are in different types of foods so that they can judge how much of the food to eat. The more they do it, the easier it will be.

The single mom has to realize that her child with diabetes will often choose a treat that is not on his diet. Counteract these little indiscretions by paying special attention to planning the family meals and purchasing the food items kept in the home.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Rik Anne May 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I am a single mother with 2 kids, one of them has juvenile diabetes and we need to consult a dietitian for his diet since my kid also have asthma at the same time. But anyway, this article helps moms like me because I know somewhere in the world out there care for parents like us.


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