Seriously, what is not to love about this book?! When I got my copy of Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes (published by the same Lilly/Disney collaboration that produces this website), I was more than a little excited. As a Disney fan, ANYTHING that combines type 1 and Mickey Mouse is just cool in my opinion. I know my kids share that view. What's more, I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed by the content.
First, this book navigates the sometimes convoluted and contradictory issue of "healthy" food and "regular" food that kids with type 1 encounter. I'm constantly reminding friends and acquaintances that although James has diabetes, he can eat just like his friends! Thanks to improved insulin regimens, James can eat almost anything. On the other hand, because of my hyper-attention to carb-counting and label-reading, I naturally prefer healthier food. This book is both healthy and regular -- that is, the recipes are made with normal ingredients and acceptable for anybody. I can't overstate how key this is for our family!
As if that weren't enough, the recipes are very kid-friendly. They were definitely prepared with children in mind -- children who, like mine, might not try a recipe if it looks too weird, but on the other hand might try something outlandish if it looks fun enough. Attractive presentation is a big part of this book! Cute characters that fit the theme of each dish aren't bad either.
I'm also just thrilled that it has so much variety. In my effort to make appealing, healthy dishes for my family, I often feel like I'm in a rut, and I get sick of the same fare (although I can't always say my kids feel the same!). I like that it has dishes that I haven't tried before with my family but that look appealing to me (as an adult) and that I'm fairly certain will be hits with the kids.
So what makes this specifically for kids with type 1? Well, the recipes are healthy and lower in carbs, and each one includes a nutritional profile. There are also recipes and tips for kids who must avoid gluten, as lots of kids with type 1 also have celiac disease.
Overall, it's a useful cookbook because it's great for kids with type 1, but will be great for all kids, too -- underscoring once again that what is good for our kid with type 1 is good for the whole family. Bravo, Disney and Lilly! If you'd like to get your hands on your own free copy, just ask your endocrinology healthcare provider.
About the author: My name is Jennifer, and I live in Southern California with my husband, Craig, and our three boys. Our oldest son James has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I’m thankful for this opportunity -- along with my sister-in-law Kim and her daughter Kaitlyn, who also has type 1 diabetes -- to share our struggles and triumphs with our friends in the diabetes community.
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.