Tuesday, December 02, 2008

What do you think?

Our most difficult meal of the day, sugar-wise, has always been breakfast. For some reason, Riley’s carb coverage is the most at breakfast.

Riley eats the same breakfast every morning: ½ cup cereal, ¼ milk (total of 22g carbs). I know cereal is usually a no no for most PWD but Riley’s sugars usually do pretty well. Or, at least they do now.

For a while he ate a Go-tart every morning (25g of carbs). Yes, I know, lots of sugar, little to no protein, but he liked them, they were easy, and his sugars really did OK. Or, they did after a while.

Riley will eat the same cereal for a while until he gets tired of it and wants to change brands. His sugars do fine, after a while.

My point is this, I have found that when Riley switches cereal or he eats something different than he usually does for breakfast his sugar will be high 2 hours later. This will usually happen for 2-3 days. But, if we continue with the same breakfast, eventually, his sugars even out and are just fine 2 hours later.

Thoughts? Does his body get “used to” what he’s eating? Would it work with other meals?

Riley has been eating cereal every morning for a while. I was out of milk this morning, so he ate a Go Tart. He hasn’t had a Go Tart in a while. I totally expect his sugar to be high at his next check, when it is usually in range.

Does this happen with anyone else?

4 comments:

type1mom said...

Hmm....I know what you mean! Cereal is evil for Maddison though and we avoid it at breakfast. Her morning ratio is also highest in the AM, 1:13 compared to 1:26 the remaining day. I know that if she eats an unusual breakfast her blood sugar will be high 2 hrs later too! Weird!

Nicole P said...

I think the higher breakfast ratio is probably explained by Dawn Phenomenon, which most of us experience. On your other question - I have no idea why that would happen... Typically, if I eat a carb heavy breakfast with little protein and don't increase my I:C ratio by at least a little, I will end up high - no matter how many times I eat that same meal. What your describing is not something I've experienced in my adult life - but I'll ask my mom - since I can't remember my kid days all that well!

Kerri. said...

I agree with Nicole. It seems that a high carbohydrate breakfast kicks my butt unless I crank up my insulin to carb ratio big time.

I can't even imagine how I was as a kid - I was on NPH and Regular insulin. It was a hot mess. ;)

Amy said...

Ha! Thanks for this post- it gave me a light bulb moment! I'm still such a newbie at this. Jada's midmorning and lunch blood sugars have been way too high- we were thinking it was just a rebound effect from being semi-low in the mornings! This morning we tried high protein and few carbs- just some milk and when I checked her an hour ago, she was right where she needed to be! No more cereal and oatmeal in the morning for her!