Diabetic Friendly Christmas Pudding 

Christmas can be a difficult time when you have special dietary requirements. Especially if your a bit of a foodie like my teenage son who has type 1 diabetes. 

This Cookbook written by Stella Bowling and published by diabetes UK had been a godsend since I discovered it. 

It contains some excellent recipes including this fail safe Christmas Pudding recipe, as well as recipes for Christmas cake and mince pies. 
This recipe is always a hit and you honestly cannot tell that it doesn’t contain any added sugar. Perfect! 


100g plain wholemeal flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice 

100g soft margarine 

2 eggs, beaten 

1 lemon, grated rind and juice 

2tbs brandy

1 Apple, grated

2 large carrots, grated

100g wholemeal breadcrumbs 

50g chopped mixed nuts 

50g glacé cherries, rinsed and chopped 

175g currents

175g sultanas 

225g raisins 

(Makes 20 servings) 


In a very large bowl sift together the flour salt and spices. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well till evenly combined. 

Divide mixture between two pudding bowls (approx 1 1/2 pint) and cover with grease proof paper and then foil. Secure with string. 

Steam the puddings for approximately 4 1/2 hours. 

The puddings will keep for up to two weeks. Not as long as a traditional pudding, but that is because the sugar that would usually act as a preservative has been left out.

If you are looking for some more inspiration to keep mealtimes interesting whatever time of year I highly recommend checking this book out. 

As all the nutritional information has already been broken down for you it also makes carb counting simpler. 

Diabetic Friendly Strawberry Milkshake | Recipe

Who doesn’t love a strawberry milkshake? My kids love them, however store bought milkshakes tend to be full of sugar. Not great then if like my Son you have diabetes.

This simple recipe for fresh strawberry milkshake is just as good, if not better than any store bought milkshake. Oh and best of all its diabetic friendly. 

All that is required is 3 ingredients and a good blender. 


300g Franks Diabetic Vanilla Icecream

250g strawberries 

400ml milk

Makes 4 small milkshakes 


Add all the ingredients to your blender, remembering to hull the strawberries. 

Blend until smooth.

Divide between 4 small milkshake glasses and enjoy. 

I told you that it was simple didn’t I. 

I’m off to experiment with different flavours. Peanut butter and banana anyone? 

Let’s cause Mummy worry!| Emergency Hospital Admission for DKA! 

Just when you thought managing a diabetic child’s  condition wasn’t challenge enough, the pre teen hormones kick in and it’s a bit like the poop hitting the fan. 

So this wasn’t what I had planned to write about today but as I’ve committed to blog everyday in May and Im unprepared whislt stuck in hospital with my Son I’m improvising. 

We are currently, fingers crossed, coming out the tail end of a DKA (diabetic ketoacidodis) after two stints of being placed on DKA protocol treatment. 

I have had one very sick young man on my hands and I’m not going to lie he scared me this time. Even when he was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes he wasn’t this poorly. 

Initially it was thought Harrison had a sickness bug, which in itself can cause complications but after 3 days of continued sickness and no body else becoming ill, well this couldn’t be the cause. 

No Harrison was in the early stages of DKA, the sickness was actually one of the symptoms that he was deteriorating and untreated this could have been life threatening. 

The Doctor’s suspect that due to his age and the increased hormones and growth spurts this meant his levels have been rising overnight for a prolonged period of time meaning his body wasn’t getting enough insulin. 

Instead of using insulin to absorb blood sugar for energy his body was breaking down fat. The harmful waste product of this process is ketones. 

As it stands the doctors have treated the DKA and are now working on getting his insulin dose increased to the right level. Fingers crossed it is enough and we don’t have a third day of going through the protocol again. 

Let’s hope that things will be resolved very soon. Though I think I’m in for an interesting few years of keeping on top of his control. Oh yes as well as all those other teenage challenges! Wish us luck!

Learning To Allow My Child To Take The Lead With his Diabetes Management 

When you have a child with a serious medical condition it can become very easy to fall into the trap of doing everything for them. Whilst this is fine when they are young, and in some cases necessary,  as your child develops into a teen and then an adult this can actually be detrimental to the long term management of their condition.

It’s a given that as your child grows their need for freedom and independence increases, consequently as a parent you are not going to be there to hold their hand through every step of their journey through life. This is why from an early age they need to be learning about their medical condition and how to take ownership of it.
What does that actually mean though? Let me fill you in a little bit about our experience so far with our son.

Harrison has Type 1 Diabetes, his diagnosis was at the age of 6 and he is now 12 years old and has just started at secondary school.

We were very worried about the move from primary to secondary school as it meant he would no longer have one to one supervision provided for his medical care. He also would have to get the bus to school with his elder sister, which meant another snack time and possible injections unsupervised.

The change to his care was inevitable so we had to prepare him for this. Although I have to admit I was very reluctant to, this resulted in us the parent taking a step back from leading his diabetes care.

I can not begin to tell you how difficult this was, any parents natural instinct is to do their utmost to help their child however possible. Handing over responsibility to Harrison for his own care has actually been a huge challenge on a personal level.

Now before we go any further I just want to say that we haven’t washed our hands completely of any  responsibility for managing his Diabetes. That would be irresponsible. Rather we have allowed him to lead the way in decision making such as working out when  insulin injections are required and the dosage required.

I would be fibbing if I told you that mistakes have’nt been made. I would say Harrison is very cautious about taking extra correction doses and will leave himself occasionally running a little high at school. We have to remind him that he should be aiming for his target range of 4-6.5 mmol and to trust his smart meter. In time though with greater confidence I’m sure we can achieve this.

Harrison has also been very resistant to injecting in certain areas of his body. He has tried injecting in his abdomin but he has little body fat here and hates injecting there as he says this area hurts more. Harrison no longer injects in his tummy for this reason and that has been his decision.

Doctors have also brought up with him about switching to using an Insulin pump instead of Injections. At the moment he doesn’t want to, but he may change his mind in the future. It’s his body and his condition so ultimately the decision will be his. Our role will be to help him with finding out the information about how an insulin pump would work and to weigh up the pros and cons.

Harrison has always been very responsible about the management of his Diabetes and his Hba1c blood tests are good. If his condition was unstable then we would have to step in and guide him back in the right direction.

I anticipate a few challenges as we progress through his teenage years. I would be very naive if I wasn’t prepared for this. Rapid growth spurts, hormones and general teenage rebellion will all have an effect on his condition.

For now it is up to us the parent to provide the education about his condition and possible side effects of poor diabetes management. It is a sound knowledge about his condition that will help him live life managing his condition rather than the condition managing his life.

Yes he’s always going to be a little bit different but we wouldn’t hold him back from doing what he wants with his life. University? travel? The world is his oyster! I can only hope that his attitude to good Diabetes management continues into adulthood. It’s our role as responsible parents to prepare him for this and if that means taking a step back from leading his care then that is something I am going to have to find peace with. Processed with Moldiv

Davina McCall 5 weeks to sugar free – Review

A couple of months ago I picked up Davina McCalls 5 weeks to sugar free recipe book. I have a son that is Type 1 Diabetic so I am always looking for inspiration when it comes to providing him a low sugar diet that is still exciting.  

 Now I have had the chance to try out several of the recipes I thought I would share my thoughts with you. 

The variety of recipes is great with some exciting mains and some great treats. It even contains a recipe for sugar free ketchup. 

I will point out that these recipes are free from artificial sugar rather than being completely sugar free. It uses ingredients such as honey and real maple syrup in it’s place. To make these recipes more diabetic suitable I substituted such ingredients with Agave syrup. It has a much lower GI number so is better for maintaining stable blood sugar levels, and doesn’t compromise on consistancy or flavour. 

The recipies are easy to work with, you don’t need any special skills. What I like also is she doesn’t use fad ingredients, just good wholesome food. 

Below are some of my attempts at reproducing some of the recipes.


Chocolate Mousse
Pork & Sweet Potato Chilli
This came out with a bit too much liquid I suggest halving the amount suggested in the book. 


Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potato toppjng
Peach Crumble
Roast Chicken, Chorizo and Chickpea Tray bake
Coconut Flapjacks

If you are looking for some healthy recipes and trying to reduced the amount of refined sugar in your diet I highly recommend this book. Don’t be afraid to substitute the recipes with Agave syrup if you want to make them for a diabetic it works well. 

This is available on Amazon right now for £8.00

Are you trying to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet? Do you have any exciting sugar free recipies I should be trying?  Feel free to leave you links to any on the comment section below. 


Cereal Lovers – No added sugar cereal that actually tastes good!

As promised in Tuesday’s post, which was all about the bloggers food festival, I have a food brand discovery to share with you.

One of the brands I met were Cereal Lovers who were very generous In gifting me some samples of their full range of cereals.  
Now, your probably thinking this is just granola right? True, but where this brand of granola is different is that it is made with no added sugar. Any sugars that are present are from naturally occurring sugars in the fruit juices that are used to flavour them, not the usual sweeteners such as syrup and sugar.

Let me put this into some figures for you, a 30g serving of the blackcurrant and apple flavour contains 20g of carbohydrates of which 3.3g is sugar.

My son is a Type 1 diabetic so for him this is the perfect cereal.  With some natural yogurt and strawberries this makes a lovely balanced breakfast. As the cereal Is high in fibre and low in sugar it really helps to maintain even blood glucose levels.

I have tried this granola myself aswell and can honestly say that they do not compromise on taste. My favourite flavour is the simply orange granola, it is really tangy.

As they are so tasty these granola can be enjoyed by anyone who wants a healthier breakfast alternative not just if you have to watch your sugar intake.

You can purchase these cereals directly from the cereal lovers website. Priced at £3.95 for 400g. Ok I won’t lie, this is a bit pricier than other granola but I’m happy to pay this for my sons  special dietary needs.

Do you like Granola? Is reducing your sugar intake important to you?

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What happens when your child with Diabetes Moves on to Secondary School?

This is not something I have talked about too much here on Schoolrunbeauty.com, mainly as this is a beauty and lifestyle blog. The inclusion of regular Mummy Monday feature though means that you will be seeing more of this type of post.

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Today I wanted to open up the discussion of children with diabetes. My son is a Type 1 diabetic, we are 5 1/2 years on from his original diagnosis. Though initially a shock it is something that we have become very used to managing. Up until now as a parent my husband and I have very much been in the driving seat when it comes to being in control of managing his care, and at school he has a  one to one TA who helps him out with his daily care needs. Come September though this is all going to change. You see Harrison is going up to secondary school.

Once your child reaches this particular mile stone provision for their care changes quite a lot. In secondary school there is no one to one supervision for diabetics. Your 11 yr old is now responsible for looking after themselves. We are talking blood testing, carb counting, injections, hypo treatment, the lot. Obviously if they were to have a severe hypo a school nurses is on the premises to assist with  emergency treatment, but it doesn’t stop the worry.

I know at some point as a parent you have to step back and let your child take responsibilty for their own Diabetes management, I’m not going to be their to hold his hand as an adult. However the time seems to have come round very quickly and I’m not sure if I’m ready to let go just yet.

We are of course taking the steps to ensure that he is ready for secondary school and all that it entails. He is now able to count his own carbs and we are gradually stopping checking every single insulin dose.

You know what kids are like though, they get distracted, or rush through their treatment. Taking your insulin is far less exciting than keeping up with the goings on of your mates. Unfortunately that is were the mistakes happen, such as taking the wrong dose or even picking up the wrong insulin pen (my son takes two different types depending on time of day). This is where I am struggling with my own personal demons. As a responsible parent I want to be checking for mistakes, but then on the other hand we learn from mistakes that we make in life. Trouble is a mistake in this context could be very dangerous for Harrison.  Again It would be very irresponsible of me to be sending him of into the world unable to look after himself.

Kids are ressiliant and I’m sure he will be fine, he’s not the first child with diabetes to go through this transition and he certainly won’t be the last. In fact there are three other kids with Type 1 starting alongside him in September. He is also lucky as our local health trust is providing a moving on to secondary school workshop for kids with Diabetes. It doesn’t stop the worry though. Mind you that’s part of being a parent, if I wasn’t worrying about this It would be about something else.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you have a child going up to secondary in september? How do you feel about the change in your child’s care?

Bye now, Katy x