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By Diana Forbes

October 29, 2000

This is my first column for My six year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 and as a parent I'm always looking for products to help him in his daily life. I will be reviewing the latest and greatest products on the market. I will try to feature both fun and functional products, but most importantly things that will help you and your family in the care and management of diabetes.

First, let's talk about food. Argh! Kids hate it when we parents are the "food police." Try something to make it fun instead like "The Best of Master Cook" software by Sierra. There are a number of features in this program that I liked. The ability to customize recipes and to get a nutritional analysis of calories, fat, and the dreaded, "carbs" help save time. Since a big part of Diabetes management is planning, I especially liked the feature that allows you to input all of your ingredients to create something with what you have on hand. This also enables you to create a shopping list based on the meal you plan to prepare.

Swap recipes with other parents you've met on the site. If someone sends you a recipe for a really good low carb chocolate birthday cake you can simply drag and drop it into your own personal library. There are over 10,000 recipes and they appear with great pictures of the finished dish along with the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare them. And for some insider info, try using one of the instructional videos from professional chefs.

A tip: using the meal planner I printed out all of the meals for a week and brought them to my son's physician in order for her to see what his intake had been for the past week. I found this program to be easily adaptable to the diabetic diet and would recommend it.

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