We don’t often have the family sit down dinners. We will often eat together, but we all kind of do our own thing. I’ll cook what I want, my wife will cook something for her and the kids. I know, kind of weird, but that’s the way it is most of the time.
This sometimes presents an interesting situation for me.
When I’m in a groove, and really watching my diabetes, I actually go through the painstaking steps of measuring and weighing my food, counting every little gram of carbs & calories. I don’t pay too much attention to the condiments, as they don’t (normally) affect my blood sugar much, but for the main foods, I measure and weigh very carefully.
I use all that information to calculate & deliver the amount of insulin I need to take to cover the meal and keep my blood sugars normal.
What will sometimes happen, is my little 2-year-old daughter will climb on my lap and start asking me for the food I’m eating. I can’t refuse to give her my food – there’s just something not right about refusing to share your food with a growing child.
There goes the measurements!! She’s started to dig into my plate and eat the stuff I just measured and calculated.
The problem comes when you remember that I’ve already taken my insulin, and will go low later if I don’t compensate for the missing food.
But how do you quantify the amount of food your little girl nibbled off your plate and how much you’ve already eaten? I don’t have a photographic memory, and once I’m done measuring and weighing and all that fun stuff, I just want to sit down and eat, not think about how much of my portion have I eaten and what’s left on my plate…
Usually not a very big deal – just another “thing” I sometimes deal with.