After a long day you kick off your shoes, get into some comfy clothes and head to the fridge for a much-anticipated snack. Then comes dinner and usually dessert or another snack before bed. Is this story familiar? It’s not a bad situation, but when some eating habits can be detrimental to your health, especially when diabetes is involved.
Childhood obesity is on the rise. Educating parents and children alike on healthy eating habits is essential! For parents of a child with diabetes, there is no option but to be in the know when it comes to proper nutrition for children. We are here to provide some important information and tips that can help make things a little easier.
Parents lead the way when it comes to what is purchased and prepared in the home. They set the example for making healthy choices and bear the responsibility for teaching them. Lives are busy! Many families go in all different directions on any given day. That doesn’t mean good choices are thrown out the window. Managing nutrition is also the key element in keeping things under control for a child with diabetes.
Get children involved! Allow them to join you shopping to pick out fun foods or new fruits and veggies they’d like to try. Make food fun. Search online sites with fun ways to serve healthy food to kids. Cook at home and let them help you prepare the food. Grow a garden as a family and enjoy eating the fruits of your labors together. All these things provide great bonding time too!
Children with diabetes need to focus on foods such as fresh fruit, veggies, lean meats and whole grains. Have snacks ready and portioned out so they can grab a quick bite on the go. Teach about self-discipline, portion sizes and being aware of fat and sugar intake.
It isn’t always easy to stay on top of things but if diabetes isn’t managed, serious complications can arise. Foot problems are high on the list. If you or your child has foot complications from diabetes, please call our office for help. Drs. Brook and Northcutt have expertise dealing with diabetic feet in children and adults. Call Dallas (972) 566-7474 or Plano (972) 943-3323.
Looking for some nutritional recipes to try out at home? Check out our Pinterest board called “Life is Endlessly Delicious”!
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*