“Mom. I dreamed I was Christopher Columbus last night and I was in a world baking show. I discovered a new cheesecake and I saved the world.”

This is what I woke up to this morning. Kaitlyn told me about her dream, and I laughed so hard that I made her tell me about it again while I caught it on film. If you ever find a Christopher-Columbus-cheesecake-dream video online—that’s my Kaitlyn. She loves to cook so much that she even cooks in her dreams.

Ever since she was a little girl she has loved to bake with me in the kitchen. Of course, her favorite things to bake and eat were cakes, cookies, and muffins. It wasn’t always the best combination — a girl who loves to bake who has type 1 diabetes. Since then, though, her baking obsession has turned into a good thing. She has broadened her repertoire from sugary baked goods to some other really great, healthy things to eat. She can prepare all kinds of lunch and dinner foods.

In fact, her new specialty is scrambled eggs — she can actually cook them better than I can! I have never been one to strictly limit carbs because of Kaitlyn’s diabetes, but we have noticed that she feels a lot better and her blood sugar stays in range when we have a healthy balance of carbs and protein. In the mornings especially, when she has a good balanced breakfast, her school day goes much more smoothly. She spends much less time in the nurse’s office with high and low blood sugar swings, and she just feels a lot better.

Lately, our family has cut out all cereal (it’s just about the worst thing ever for Kaitlyn’s blood sugar, we’ve found) and we’re trying to limit foods like pancakes and waffles. When she does have these foods, we limit the sugar (a tiny bit of butter instead of syrup) and combine it with a larger portion of protein like scrambled eggs. Her typical breakfast is eggs with cheese and one piece of toast or a half an English muffin. This breakfast combo has really worked like magic — her blood sugar curve almost always stays flat until lunchtime!

The best part, though, is that she wakes up with a smile on her face knowing that she gets to cook in the kitchen. She makes her own breakfast every morning, and she knows exactly how much to dose for it. She takes pride in how well she can cook and wants to share it with the rest of the family. I say, bon appétit!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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