When you’re eating a low carb diet, whether because of diabetes or you just want to lose weight, one thing you’re probably going to have to give up is the tortilla. I know! So sad but you can do it and I can make it easier for you! I’ve created what I consider to be a fair substitute for the tortilla my Low Carb Tortilla made with cauliflower. It doesn’t sound tempting in the least but I know if you’re low carb or going low carb I can tempt you with this: 2 regular corn tortillas 20-47 grams of carbohydrates vs 2 cauliflower tortillas coming in at 5.5 grams of carbohydrates.
So I haven’t actually shared this with a lot of people but I might as well because it’s where I’m going to be for the foreseeable future. Two of my sons are type 1 diabetics, we just got confirmation about our youngest in January and it’s been a huge adjustment for us. But then also in January I got some routine blood work done and come to find out my ha1c is elevated, which means my blood sugar has been running high. Not high enough to be a diabetic or even a pre-diabetic but I’m right below that in the “insulin resistant” range. I think I was living my life as if I were invincible. Suddenly at 46 I have realized that I am not, in fact, invincible.
When you have a child that gets Type One Diabetes it’s usually diagnosed when they’re already sick, as in they need to be in the ICU kind of sick. My oldest son spent well over a week in the ICU getting his blood sugar under control, and getting a lot of diabetes education. Everything was a HUGE adjustment for him, for us really, checking his blood sugar, tracking food, taking his insulin. All of it new, all of it scary.
My youngest son was diagnosed just recently and very early with no hospital stay. Because of my older son he’d been tested for the autoantibodies that signal someone is likely going to be a Type One Diabetic, he tested position for 4/5 and he’d been in a medical trial for oral insulin since that discovery. His transition to T1 has been less traumatic, his 2 hour post oral glucose blood sugar was too high, I’m grateful for that. It’s still be a huge transition, one day he was fine, the next maybe was he wasn’t fine and then ver soon after he has to check his blood sugar and take a shot every day. How do you EVEN give your 11 year old a shot when they don’t feel sick? Well you just do it, we’ve resorted to a rewards program and its working for us.
After my first son was diagnosed I felt, for a very long time, that he didn’t have a choice and that anyone with Type 2 DID have a choice about getting their disease. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, Type 2 TYPICALLY occurs when you don’t move enough, eat too many carbs and are overweight. I think I felt that Type 2s KNEW it was coming and just didn’t do anything about it. Over the last year I’ve discovered that Type 2 can happen to anyone, overweight or not, active or not, sometimes your pancreas just gives up. Dear Type 2s I’m sorry for throwing you shade! I thought that Type 2 could always be controlled by diet and exercise but sometimes by the time someone is diagnosed it’s too late. Of course a healthy diet and exercise are never a bad thing but sometimes it’s too late to turn the tide on a Type 2 diagnosis.
And then I myself became insulin resistant. As I said before it’s ONE step below pre-diabetes. My blood sugars are too low to get any medication to help me out so IF I don’t want to be a diabetic it’s time to get my proverbial s**t together. I’ve done my research on the low carb, high fat diet and that seems to be the only logical direction for me to head. I need to drop my fasting overnight blood sugar to a normal level, once I began checking myself I found that my fasting morning numbers were above what they should be.
On the LCHF regime I’m aiming for a daily intake of less than 25 grams of carbohydrates to control blood sugar and give my pancreas a chance to catch up and heal a little bit. I’m actually getting right around 14-18 grams a day only from vegetables and some cheeses, so you can see how tortillas that range in carbohydrates from 20-47 per two tortillas just don’t fit this lifestyle.
Bye Bye Taco Tuesday UNLESS you make these amazing Low Carb Tortillas