April at my house is kind of difficult if you are trying to watch your blood sugar. We have 5 family birthdays that month. I am the person who has traditionally made the cakes for 3 of these. At the beginning of the month is my Mother-In-Law’s. I made a cake for her and we took it to her house. I did real well with that–her favorite cake is not the kind that just calls to me. So I took a sugar free snack and ate that while the rest enjoyed cake.
A week later is my oldest son’s birthday. He happened to be born on my birthday. When he was little I always made him a cake decorated with the latest movie characters but since he’s gotten older my husband or mother often takes over making that cake. This year, however, was my son’s 21st birthday. Our family has developed the tradition of going out to eat at our favorite restaurant that features cheesecake on “special” birthdays. This is the only restaurant that I go to with the intention of having dessert. I decided I had better do some research. I went on- line and looked up the carb count on their menu items. They have some meals that would work just fine. (Although not the one I had gotten in the past–it was about 250 carbs all by itself!) None of my favorite cheesecakes were less than 100 carbs per serving. So I checked out their nutrition guide (be careful to note how many servings are in a dish on these guides–you would think they would all be 1–but they’re not!) and found something that sounded good. And they have a low carb cheesecake on the menu. I had grilled salmon and veggies, a half of a piece of their yummy bread, and ate half my slice of low carb cheesecake with fresh strawberries. It was real good! And I had the other half to eat the next day. My blood sugar two hours later? 96!! I was real happy with that.
A couple of weeks later was my younger son’s birthday. I made his requested White Chocolate Raspberry cake. I had the tiniest sliver (and I do mean sliver– you could nearly see through it!) after I had eaten a healthy low carb dinner. And again my blood sugar was fine. A couple of weeks after that my daughter graduated from college. Again–more cake. I bought this one and just tasted it. The problem I had that night was actually the other food–watermelon, bruschetta etc. Again though, my blood sugar was fine.
What I did notice is that my morning blood sugars–which had started to come down–started to gradually rise. They didn’t get too bad–but they did start to trend upwards. I think in the future, I will try to be more judicious in how many cake filled celebrations I take part in. But since I rarely make desserts except on birthdays and holidays, I think I will be ok, at least until that period between Thanksgiving and Christmas rolls around. Maybe by then I will have come up with some good sugar free dessert recipes.