I'm always very jealous of other Moms when I am eating out in restaurants. The ones who can just plop their kid into a high chair, put a bunch of food in front of them and let them go to town. I can't do that, and I hate it.
When Fred and I go out to eat, I either feed Elise beforehand and bring a bunch of free foods for her to eat. Or I bring her already-carb-counted food with us. Even though I have my handy little Calorie King book that has some restaurants and their foods listed in it, I'm a little distrustful of the people who prepare the food. How carefully do they follow the recipe? If their measurements are off by a bit, that could mean trouble for Elise. (btw, that's not the case for ALL people with diabetes, just for little ones like Elise who are on such tiny carb amounts).
But just a few days ago, we finally took the plunge. We were going to Ikea (loooove the Ikea!), and since it's quite a drive and we were going to be there at dinner time, we decided to eat in their restaurant. I wondered aloud to Fred if he thought Elise would like the meatballs, and he said, "why not try to feed her there?"
Gulp! That was little out of my control-freak comfort zone. But I knew I needed to let go at some point. So I looked up the nutritional info on line, and off we went. When we got there, I also double-checked the info with a member of the kitchen staff. We figured how much she needed to fulfill her carb requirement, and I'm happy to say she enjoyed every morsel! She liked the meatballs a lot more with the gravy. And she especially liked the fries (her first junk food).
I'm also happy to say that we didn't experience any crazy BG numbers either. So, yay us! It's the small victories, right?
1 week ago