By Guest Blogger Cuda Zmuda
I am a 12 year old boy that has Type 1 Diabetes. That doesn’t define who I am, but it helps understand what I have gone through over the past two years. I was diagnosed the week after Halloween with Diabetes. I thought my life was over because it changed the way I think about food. For awhile, food was the enemy. I had to take shots of insulin for the carbs at each meal. Early on, I learned that the fewer carbs I ate the fewer shots I had to take. My family tried to help me, but I was miserable.
One day toward the end of last school year, my mom asked me what inspired me because she was working on this new site. I said that I wanted to be a chef but because I had diabetes I didn’t think I wanted to do that anymore. My mom asked how come? I said that there are no great recipes that I can look at anymore that have carb counts on them. Either they are gross and have a carb count or they are good and have no carb count. My mom said that I should start a blog that focuses on good food that I want to make but has accurate carb counts.
So that’s what I did — created a blog called, My Cool Carb Recipes: Kids Taking Control in the Kitchen. This was my first time ever writing for a broader audience. I have written for my teachers and my family. But this was something for the general public and I wanted it to be informational and show who I am. I find each recipe looking through cookbooks, magazines and websites. I put my own twist on the recipe and use the ingredients to figure out the carb count, I cook it, I plate it, and I take a picture of it before I eat it. It is a good thing that my dad worked in the restaurant business and taught culinary arts because he gives me advice when I need it.
My mom says that she is proud that I am taking action on my dream. Whether I want to do this professionally or not, I believe that it is helping other families whether they have kids with Type 1 Diabetes or not. Please check out my site. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.