There’s been times when Eva would be nearing her bedtime and she’s just a bit too low out of our target (approx 8mmol/L) for bedtime for our liking. And when I say a bit, I mean like around 5mmol/L. Ideally, the recommendation is for little one’s to go to sleep around the 8mmol/L mark. In the early days, we would end up giving Eva a Super C or a few sips of juice to bump up the levels a bit, but often that would just end up spiking her levels and the rollercoaster for the night would begin. Go figure.
So what if there was something magical out there that our Warrior’s could have that could bump up the levels a little but not as much as juice would? Before I get to the answer in my title, I want to share my experience with experimenting with not just Almond milk but other milks as well. Let’s take a quick look at the nutritional breakdown of some of the milks out there:
(Serving sizes are per 1 cup/250ml)
|Full cream cow’s milk||8g||12g||0g||8g||276mg|
|Skim (fat free) cow’s milk||0.61g||12g||0g||9g||316mg|
|Soy milk (unsweetened)||4.01g||4.01g||1g||7g||300mg|
|Flax milk (unsweetened, no protein added)||2.50g||1.02g||0g (depends on brand)||0g||300mg|
|Rice milk (unsweetened)||2.33g||22g||0.7g||0.67g||283mg|
It was quite astounding for me to see the dramatic differences between different types of milk. Especially, when we look at the high carb milks, we automatically know that these ones contain more sugars. In the early stages of our journey with TD1, for a week I would give Eva a 5th of a cup of warm cow’s milk, thinking that I’d just single handedly solved the nighttime lows and made this obviously very clear to my husband at the time. Boy oh boy was I wrong. That little bit of milk spiked Eva quite substantially and not only that, after the carbohydrates increased her glucose levels, the fat component was the next sneaky thing that affected her reading later. Case in point, cow’s milk did not work for her.
Almond Milk is high in protein, low in carb
Then I tried almond milk. And to be honest little discoveries like these, that help us in this TD1 journey reaffirm that we are in control of this disease and empower us in knowing our little Warrior is living her best life! So why Almond milk? Almonds are high in protein, healthy fats and fiber but most importantly, low in carbohydrate. To put it into perspective: a cup of unsweetened almond milk contains 2.12 g of sugars. A cup of low-fat cow’s milk contains 12.69 g of sugars.
But the magic really happened for us when we put Eva to bed and gave her some almond milk. And while there are a number of other factors that influence blood glucose fluctuations, we found from our usual nighttime patterns that the almond milk really seemed to stabalise her levels a lot more. So what’s left now…give it a go!
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