I started this blog in 2013, soon after my son, then aged 10, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We were suddenly faced with the new challenge of counting carbohydrates for every meal to match his insulin doses. Luckily we already ate pretty well as a family, but when scouring the web for carb-counted, family-friendly food, I drew a bit of a blank. Most diabetes recipe books and websites seemed to be focused on Type 2 and weight loss, while I needed to prepare robust, crowd-pleasing food for my two hungry, active boys, their equally hungry (and almost as active) dad, and me. So I started to log my favourite recipes down here, all carb-counted and ready to go.
A few years on, and my carb-counting kid is now a fully-fledged carb-counting teen, a good few inches taller than me, playing high level sport and raiding the fridge constantly. I’ve learnt so much in that time. While eating well and carb-counting plays a big part in managing blood sugar levels, there are so many variables. What he eats one day can have a completely different effect on his blood sugar the next: sport, hormones, growth spurts, sickness, travel, stress and, yes, even the weather – there’s an endless puzzle to piece together. You can only do your best and treat each day as it comes. And most importantly, continue to enjoy food.
I wanted to create this website so that I could share our food experiences with others in the same situation. I’m not an amazing cook, and I’m always pushed for time, so I’m all in favour of short-cuts whenever possible. I’ll also be sharing some of the brands and products I’ve been discovering that make life with Type 1 taste better. I’ll never endorse ‘diabetic’ food or fad diets – both of which you need to avoid at all costs. Oh, and all my recipes are peanut-free, sesame-free and kiwi-fruit-free (yep, we have allergies in this family too!)
I really hope you enjoy browsing my site and find some recipes that you’d like to try. I love hearing your comments and I’m always open to new ideas, so please sign up to be notified of new recipes, and follow me on Facebook and Twitter too.
Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian, so while I’ve done my best, I can’t guarantee the accuracy of my carb-counting and I don’t give any dietary advice. Always consult your diabetes team.