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Old 07-07-2013, 19:52   #1
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Good day everyone. I would just like to ask diabetic mothers here on how do you normally manage or plan the meals for your family. I know that self-management of your meals alone is already a challenge, but being the gatekeeper/homemaker for the entire family, how do you align your 'dietary needs/restrictions' with what your family wants in terms of meals? Do you make a separate meal for yourself? Or you prioritize their preferences for meals?

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Separate meals. My husband and I are BOTH diabetic so it is only 2 or 3 meals -- I have three kids, two of whom are picky eaters. To top it off I am vegetarian; the rest of the family are not.

So I eat low carb vegetarian, husband eats low carb omnivore, the kids eat high carb omnivore. I would LOVE to declare them medium or low-carb but it would be a lie -- I try to lower their carb intake, but not much luck.

One thing which HAS helped me is to bake up batches of chicken parts or fry a bunch of burgers or steaks at one time, to feed them for the week.

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Most of the time I stick with a meat entree and veggie sides. I can make sides they can eat but I can't, and it is easy to avoid that side. If I make, say spaghetti, I reserve some of the meat and sauce for myself before putting the noodles in. At times I have just made myself a separate meal, but not often.

My thoughts are: my children are at a greater risk for developing diabetes now, so I am trying to help them develop better eating habits (my girls are young, 9, 7, & 4). So I am trying to lessen the amount of carbs in their diets, and sugar. They are learning that bread is a sometimes food, not an all-the-time food. I am trying to get a balance between lessening their reliance on carb heavy foods without eliminating them entirely like I have to. Making a salad a almost constant side dish, for example. I no longer buy breakfast cereals, they get eggs. I no longer buy juice, they can have a small amount of milk or water. I only buy sugary snacks on occasion, only enough so that they will be eaten at one time. Fruit also, I don't buy as much as I used to.

Luckily, my girls love salad and veggies. Unfortunately I still hit the drive-thrus too often for them!

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I do the same thing as 3babygirls does. I make a meat/protein dish for dinner and a few sides. I have the protein and low starch veges, and leave the other side dishes for them. I cook for them, and then just pick out what I can eat. If I am still hungry, I always have low carb snacks around.

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