Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 21, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Texas, USA:
My friend and her eight or nine year old niece who has diabetes will be visiting me soon, and I want to have some snacks and food that she can eat. There will be other kids around, and I don't want her to feel left out when they are snacking on chips or any other junk food they might eat. I know that she has to count carbs, but I am not exactly sure as to what to do. Can you suggest any kind of snacks that I can buy?
I applaud you on your thoughtfulness, and I agree with your intent to not leave your friend’s niece out of enjoying “regular” foods or foods centered around social occasions. Counting carbs is important for kids with diabetes so I would encourage you to ask your friend’s niece what she would like to work into her meal plan. Hopefully, given a few healthier choices, something will work for her. All foods can fit into a diabetes meal plan nowadays; more importance is placed on portion sizes than “good food” vs.”bad foods”