Easter with T1D 2018

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6

Happy Easter!

We went to the Easter vigil Mass last night and we all survived without meltdowns. Even me! Grasshopper was amazed that he got to hold a candle and that there was A FIRE outside. Sunshine loved the ringing of the bells when we all sang Alleluia over and over. She shook her hand like she was holding a bell and laughed and laughed. With joy we greet our risen Lord! During Lent the absence of the Alleluia reminds us that our focus is on the Kingdom coming. After a season of no Alleluia, we shout with joy on Easter, “Alleluia, Praise Yahweh!” Through Mass Sunshine was a wiggle monster trying to keep herself awake. I got a workout just holding her!! But other than the wiggling and the loud laughing she did alright for a 2 year old so late at night. We didn’t get home until 10pm. She fell asleep in her car seat and barely woke up when Mr. Mister lifted her out. She was like a little rag doll, my sweet sleepy girl.

During our neighborhood Easter egg hunt yesterday I was asked by a neighbor how we handle holiday treats. I’ve written about Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Here is our approach to Easter treats.

I put together a small basket of treats. This year I found some books for each of them at Costco. I got “Henry and Rigsby” by Beverly Cleary for Grasshopper and the “Big Blue Book of Beginner Books,” a collection of Dr. Seuss stories, for Sunshine. Stickers, modeling clay and soap filled up their Easter baskets. I found treats at some of my favorite stores, Publix, and CVS. We don’t use sugar-free treats that aren’t stevia sweetened. Personally I think that the full sugar versions taste better and they don’t have the laxative effect that many sugar-free kinds can have. If you have not yet read the Amazon reviews of Haribo sugar-free gummy bears, read it here. It is worth a few minutes of your time and laughter. Go ahead, I can wait.

Ghiradelli Bunny laughs at Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bears…

We handle treats in much the same way we would even if we didn’t have a child with type 1 diabetes. This morning the kids each chose one treat and they were allowed another treat after breakfast. For treats I prefer to use individual portions. If when he is older Grasshopper wants to take big bites out of a large chocolate bunny’s ears, he can go right ahead and do the math. Total carbohydrates / grams in weight per serving = grams of carbs per serving. Then grams of carbs per serving X grams in weight for the chosen portion = grams of carbohydrates for the chosen portion. How many grams of carbs are in those three bites you just took of bunny ears and tail??? And how much insulin should he take to cover that??? Right. Since I’m doing the carb counting now, I want to make it easy. Pre-portioned treats it is. When Grasshopper wants a treat, we figure out how many grams of carbs it is, he doses for it with my supervision, we wait a few minutes, usually 10 or so for the insulin to start working, and then he enjoys his treat. Here are the carb counts for the treats in their baskets:

Lindt Chicks = 5g carbs each

Cadbury Mini Creme Egg = 6g carbs each

Cadbury Mini Caramel Egg = 5g carbs each

Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Bunny = 6g carbs each

Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Bunny =6g carbs each

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Jelly Beans = 1g carbs each

Lily’s Chocolate=10g carbs for about 1/4 bar

Cave Man Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut = 18g carbs each

Cave Man Dark Chocolate Cashew Almond = 18g carbs each

Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bar Pineapple & Passionfruit = 14g carbs each

Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bar Strawberry & Banana = 14g carbs each

We like regular sugar treats but we also love Lily’s chocolate sweetened with stevia. It is lower in carbohydrates and calories!

Updated on April 2: I bought some treats early and then forgot to put them in their baskets, so they get an extra treat today after school!

Happy Easter from us at Sugar Rush Survivors!

How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich 

by Erin

Silly, right? Of course you take two pieces of your favorite bread, slap some PB on there, glob jelly on if you want, smush the bread slices together and serve it up to your hungry kid. Or significant other. Or yourself because it’s… Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Continue reading →

Kindergarden Confidential

Menu Planning: Grasshopper Grub

We don’t have it all figured out, but we have the beginning of a plan.

by Erin

Ok, so Grasshopper isn’t a mini Anthony Bourdain but he does enjoy food, cooking, and lately he enjoys putting together his own menus for lunch and school snacks. I like to cook but I do often get in a rut. Once a food item or meal fits nicely in the intersection of my daily vin diagram of “Nutritious Food,” “Grasshopper Approved,” and “I Know How To Dose Insulin For This Food,” I am loathe to change it out of rotation. If it WORKS and he LIKES it then by golly, you can have that every day of the week for lunch, son. But does that fly with the Grasshopper? Nope. Continue reading →