I'm getting a little frustrated with the meal thing for our 8-year old with T1. I need a really good book or on-line resource for diabetic kids meals. I've got a couple of nice books for grown-ups who have diabetes, or adults who just want to cut back on the carbs, and while the recipes are definitely something I would gobble up (I love the "French Women" style of cooking), most of it is stuff our son wouldn't eat if he were starving. Literally.
Now, our son has been a picky eater since before he was eating solid foods. Really. He preferred the left over the right. He wouldn't touch "baby food" ever (not even the home-made stuff), and didn't eat any real food until he was 10 months (scrambled eggs, bread and bananas...that's it). He has an intrinsic suspicion of anything even remotely resembling a vegetable, and has an incredible talent for picking every single vegetable out of a cassarole or mixed dish (I do a lot of them, hoping the vitamins from the vegetables will rub off onto the carbs). I've tried smothering veggies in melted cheese and Ranch dressing (which I detest...have you read the ingredients?!?), but he manages to pick off the cheese or lick off the dressing, leaving the vegetable intact and on his plate. He's even been known to selectively pull the bits of oregano out of his mouth from each bite of marinara sauce on his spaghetti. Before his diagnosis, if we tried to "force" him to eat a balanced meal, he would literally skip eating 2-3 meals in a row, waiting for the carb-fest to be served up (his maternal grandmother was the same way, so he comes by it honestly).
In his defense, and lest you come to the conclusion that our little guy is just being "difficult", he's got Central Auditory Processing Disorder. For some reason, sensory processing disorders and eating challenges seem to go hand-in-hand for many, many, many kids (believe me, I've done the research on LD's). It seems to be a combination of taste, tactile, texture and "touching food" issues all coming together to make eating an obstical course to be negotiated, rather than a multi-sensory pleasure (as it is for me:). His younger brother, who's been raised in exactly the same circumstances (same guidelines for eating, same meals), will eat just about anything you plop in front of him.
Final challenge. I try to avoid manufactured (pre-packaged) foods as much as possible, and stick to organics whenever I can. So, kids' meals based on a box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese won't do me much good :)
Thanks for letting me vent. Sorry for being so difficult. ANY input would be greatly appreciated by this worn-out mom :)
Mom to William, DX T1 5/13/09