The Cookie Conundrum

Merry Christmas, dear reader! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday yesterday. Thank you for your continued support of my blog. I’m looking forward to continue writing in the new year! Enjoy this new blog post about my favorite food weakness this time of year.

Hi, my name is Molly, and I have an addiction to cookies.

Not just any kind of cookies, though – Christmas cookies, to be exact. I think my obsession with them truly took shape when I was in eighth grade. That’s when my aunts, cousins, and I gathered for our first annual Christmas cookie swap, a joyous occasion during which we spend an afternoon sampling cookies we’ve baked. It’s just as glorious as it sounds.

Unless you’ve got diabetes, of course.

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Bags and baskets filled with sweet little sugar bombs (A.K.A. cookies!!!)

I say that because it seems no matter what I do, my blood sugar always ends up high after partaking in the cookie consumption. And I’ve tried many different strategies to combat it, including:

  • Pre-bolusing
  • Breaking cookies in half to cut down on the carb intake
  • Running a temp basal rate
  • Exercising pre- or post-swap, depending on my blood sugar

I’m fully aware that I don’t HAVE to eat the cookies – I could go to the swap and watch everyone else try them and plaster a fake grin on my face – but honestly, how miserable does that sound? I fully believe that just because I have diabetes, it doesn’t mean that I should deprive myself. And as a disclaimer, I’m not sitting there wolfing down cookie after cookie like I’m the Cookie Monster: My family sets out just enough so that each person can try one cookie from all participating bakers. So usually, accounting for all the cookies I split in half, I eat approximately 6-7 whole cookies (which vary in size but are typically no larger than 3-4 inches in diameter). All that said, I still account for at least 45 grams of carbohydrates when I bolus for the cookies, which should have me covered…

…in theory, anyways.

Hence, my cookie conundrum, which occurred yet again when I participated in the 2017 swap. I spent a solid few hours in the late afternoon and early evening battling blood sugars in the high 200s and low 300s, which proved to be extra challenging without my CGM’s aid (I had to remove it because the dreaded ??? appeared and wouldn’t go away for several hours). But I handled it: I managed to get my numbers back down, try an array of fabulous cookies, and spend an afternoon with my wonderful family members.

Cookie conundrum overcome, if you ask me.

One thought on “The Cookie Conundrum

  1. A situation I ran into just a month or so ago was the same ??? you talked about. My Dexcom only goes to 400 and the chart showed it had been above that for a few hours already. The speed at which it had climbed and how high it had gone I figured I had injected air instead of insulin for breakfast that night. I injected 22 units of insulin to correct for a higher than 600 (confirmed by forearm poke). Hours later it fell down past 400 and meter came back to life. This lead me to wonder if you meter was for some reason so high it wasn’t able to read, at all. Just a thought. Also I wonder about the carb count for those 6-7 cookies. It sounds low to me. Not sure what cookies they are but most I’ve heard of are 7 to 11 per cookie, bigger cookies even higher. So your bolus at my count would be the very lowest side 42 to 49 grams. Going to higher side you come up to 66 to 77 grams. Carb counting for cookies you don’t make can be hard if not impossible. I try not to eat others cooking very often. These are all observations from my perspective so they are not by any means fact. lol I’ve just run into too many situations where things are not always as they seem. Carbs counts are the easiest of things to get wrong. Is it possible?

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