I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two weeks before I turned three years old (my birthday is on November 5). When I was diagnosed, I had ketoacidosis, a blood sugar over 600 and was in a diabetic coma. I finally got out of the hospital right before Halloween. My parents didn’t really know how I should be eating, so, for Halloween they didn’t take me trick-or-treating they let me dress-up and eat spaghetti. At the time it was the right thing to do because my blood sugar was uncontrolled.
Here is my personal guide for t1ds and or parents of t1ds who are afraid of Halloween.
TIP #1: Use common sense
- If your diabetes is currently uncontrolled don’t start eating candy!
- Always check your blood sugar before you eat anything… including candy!
- If your blood sugar is high don’t eat candy!
- Check your ketone levels and if you have any ketones… don’t eat candy!
TIP #2: Do what makes sense to you!
T1Ds all have different ways of managing their diabetes. I personally won’t drink anything that has sugar in it unless my blood sugar is low, but I’ve known other diabetics who will drink a Coca-Cola when their blood sugar is normal and give themselves the correct carb-to-insulin-ratio amount as needed. So, if at the moment, as a newbie, you feel weird about eating candy don’t do it!
TIP #3: Hoard your candy
A great and easy thing to do is to save all of your candy and just give it to yourself when you need to correct low blood sugars.
TIP #4: Use your snack times to your advantage
If you’re like me, your blood sugar tends to go low at night. I always like to have a snack before I go to bed to help prevent this from happening. On Halloween, I usually will have one Reese’s peanut butter cup and an extra spoonful of peanut butter (because protein helps stabilize your blood sugar).
TIP #5: Find out how “fun size” candy bars impact you
If you’re new to the T1D life try having one small “fun size” candy bar and see how it works out for you, and try to get more of a feel for it from there. Just take it slow. No one needs to eat three giant candy bars a day.
I eat a few pieces of candy throughout the day on Halloween, but my diabetes is controlled for the most part. I’ve also had it for over 20 years, so, I have a very good understanding of how food, candy, exercise, stress, and schedule impact my body. You have to learn that for yourself for the most part because we’re all different. For instance, some T1D’s are strongly impacted by stress and caffeine, and others are not. Either way, I hope this was somewhat helpful! Please feel free to share your personal tips and comments down below.