Parent24 user Sharon Swanepoel shares her story about her child's Insulin Resistance troubles.
Our food story has always been a reasonably healthy one. I always made Jessica's food when she started on solids and I think as a result of that, vegetables were never a problem for her.
She is now 10 years old and has had some weight issues for most of her life. As her father's family are all rather large and I had also had weight issues from an early age, I surmised that this was a genetic thing.
Six months ago I took Jess off to the GP for some advice as despite the fact that we were doing the healthy eating thing with only one or two treats over a weekend, Jess was not able to loose the weight.
Well, when the blood test results came back we had the reason why. She is Insulin Resistant and probably has been all her life. Her father is a type 2 diabetic as are a number of his family members, so I suppose we should have realised there could be something of this sort going on.
Looking back over the last 6 months, and all that we have learned from a book we bought, the internet and our amazing GP, I have realised that we are lucky that we live in this century of technological advancement. So many people have no idea about Insulin Resistance and the incorrect information is given even by Dieticians!
We now know all about "linking" carbohydrates and protein. Adjusting the protein to counteract the carbo's and minimise the build up of insulin in the fat layers has become second nature for both Jess and me.
Food is now an adventure for us. What can we come up with that is healthy and exciting enough to put in lunch boxes. We have a number of options and would you believe it her friends now want what is in her lunch box!
Sugar free crunchy peanut butter with pretzels for dipping is one of the favourites and then there is baby carrots, lean biltong, soya snacks with peanuts, carob ricecakes or even sugar free chocolate!
My little girl has amazed me with her complete acceptance of this way of living and we are both benefiting, those couple of centimetres that have gone from my waistline will not be missed and Jessica's teacher has noticed a huge improvement in her concentration levels, completion of tasks and attention to detail, all areas that are effected by excess insulin in the system. Her average last term was 84% with 96% for maths. Speaks for itself I think.
So our food story has changed for the better and the healthier way of life that it brings will be part of Jessica's future.
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