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Decoding Mac 'N Cheese: Expert Dosing Tips from a T1D Dietitian for Diabetes-Friendly Indulgence

Jul 18, 2023

Life is too short to not enjoy what we eat. 

In fact, incorporating foods we love into our nutrition plan can contribute to its sustainability and overall wellness.

Let’s dive into a little bit of culinary craziness – a dish that might make you think, "Holy cow, isn't this a recipe for disaster?" 

But fear not, indulging in such meals occasionally is a way to treat ourselves and maintain a healthy relationship with food. So, without further ado, let's dissect this intriguing creation: Sergeant's Voted Mac and Cheese.

Inside this tantalizing dish…

We find the beloved mac and cheese, accompanied by bacon, French fried jalapenos and onions, scallions, and a generous serving of Alfredo sauce. At first glance, it may seem like a blood sugar rollercoaster or a potential heart attack, neatly packed in a container. However, it's crucial to remember that this is not an everyday meal, but rather a splurge now and then.

Breaking down the nutritional components…..

We estimate the pasta to be a little over a cup, around 40 grams of carbs. 

The French fried onions and scallions contribute minimal carbohydrates, roughly 2 grams. 

The bacon bits might add up to 10 grams. So, in total, we're looking at approximately 67 grams of carbohydrates for the entire container.

However, the caveat lies in what happens hours after consuming this decadent delight. It's unlikely that you'll eat it in isolation. Considering the other foods you consume alongside it is crucial, as they can significantly impact your blood sugar hours later. 

The rise may occur as quickly as two hours or take as long as seven to eight hours, depending on various factors. To prevent unpleasant surprises, it's essential to account for the fat and protein content and adjust your insulin regimen accordingly.

Managing the effects of FAT and PROTEIN on blood sugar requires strategic planning, whether it's through extended bolusing on a pump, a second injection, or even a third later on. By being mindful of these factors, you can successfully navigate the potential challenges and ensure stable blood sugar levels.

We’ve covered a wide range of foods and unique combinations, but there's always more to explore. 

So, don't hold back – let us know what crazy foods you'd like us to break down for you.

If you're someone who's hesitant about indulging in the mac and cheese described earlier, fearing a blood sugar rollercoaster and going completely off the rails, know that you're not alone. 

If this resonates with you, whether you have questions or need support, please leave a comment below or reach out to our team of dietitians. We are dedicated to supporting your health journey in any way we can. 

So, bon appétit, and let the delicious adventure begin!


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