Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Peanut Butter and Pickles

Invariably, Christmastime leads to someone in our family getting a cold or the sniffles. It's only natural. Season's greetings mean lots of hugs and handshakes from friends and family who may be (unintentionally) carrying a bug.

This year, Cassie picked up a nasty case of the coughs. Even though it's not as serious as H1N1 or the seasonal flu, the common cold can wreak havoc on blood sugars and result in what I call the "holiday highs." Between Thanksgiving and New Years, holiday highs are stubborn blood sugars that range from 200-350 mg/dl and are super difficult to get down.

One thing we do to help keep blood sugars in check when Cassie's sick is to offer low carb or high protein choices for meals and snacks. But when you're sick, appetites ebb and flow and sometimes nothing sounds good to eat. Last night the only thing for dinner that sounded good to Cassie was a big spoonful of JIF peanut butter and a big Vlasic pickle. Both were low carb, and the peanut butter was hi-protein. It wouldn't have been my first choice, but why not let her eat whatever combination of things she wants as long as it helps keep the blood sugar down? It'll be interesting to see what kind of pregnancy cravings she'll get when she decides to have kids.

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