River spent three years eating the Standard American Diet. We were told at diagnosis that he could eat anything he wanted, and that we should just count the carbohydrate content in his food and dose insulin accordingly. I blogged about our experience and posted MANY photos of River devouring a cupcake or an ice-cream cone because he was allowed to eat ANYTHING . . . and someone DARE NOT make an ignorant comment and tell me that my kid can’t eat that. That’s how it works. Upon diagnosis, in the midst of utter chaos, parents cling to ANY piece of life that still feels normal. Because: Poking your kid in the middle of the night isn’t normal. Holding your kid down to place a pump site isn’t normal. Force feeding a child because you dosed insulin isn’t normal. So when we hear, “Feed them anything they want” – THAT feels normal. We take that as a badge of “don’t-F-with-this-area-of-my-life” and we run with it. We defend it. We post photos of ‘it’ as a big giant EFF YOU to diabetes. We feel as though showing our kids eating giant sugary treats will help to refute all of those uneducated claims that type 1 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.
But in the end, we are only hurting ourselves and our precious kiddos with type 1. This was the vicious cycle of my life. And then one day someone commented on my post in a general type 1 group and told me about a low carb diet and diabetes. Instead of telling them that they were competing with me, I listened. I researched. I tried it. And it worked. It made my life easier and it made my son’s life healthier. I sincerely want that for you TOO.