Thanks for your input, Paul. Wasn't it you who recommended "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution"? I've been reading it over the past couple of days, and it's brought up a lot of questions.
I'm all for the low-carb diet, and am working on reducing the carbs in our family's meals as much as possible. Unfortunately it's our 8-year old who has T1, and he's a carb fiend; has been his entire life. I've been getting a little frustrated with Bernstein's recommendations, because they are clearly directed toward adults with diabetes, with just short notes here and there regarding children. While the diet he suggests may be something I would tackle for myself, it's just not realistic to expect a child to comply. And, he endorses artificial sweeteners, which I'm just not a fan of, especially with kids.
One thing I have noticed, however, is that since William's diagnosis last month, and since we've gotten his numbers mostly in his current target range (80-150), he's been satisfied eating fewer carbs with meals than he used to. And, he's not craving milk like he always had (I swear that boy drank 1/2 gallon a day by himself). It makes me wonder how long he'd been "pre-diabetic" before his diagnosis. But, I've been slowing cutting back carb portions for everyone, serving out carbs at each meal rather than just sticking the pot in the middle of the table, and everyone seems to be fine with it. But, getting William to eat veggies...well, that's just not gonna happen. Believe me, I've been trying for 8.5 years, doggedly plopping veggies on his plate at every major meal. Thank goodness he likes meat and dairy.
Right now we're testing before breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime snack, and giving Humalog before each of those meals. If we add testing before his afternoon snack, we'll basically be testing every two hours while he's awake. I may be able to sneak in that extra test without too much squabbling, so I can get a sense of what his BS is doing after lunch. Today it dropped to 60 before it was time for his snack :(
Anyway, thanks for chiming in. I've spent most of today digging into the diet issue, and have come up with more questions than answers. I'm scheduled to attend my care-taker's class on Wednesday, and am sure I'll have more questions then. If it were me, I'd be far more willing to "experiment". But, with a child, gosh, you feel like every tiny decision will have a life-long impact.