This past Sunday my family and I went to Easter Sunday brunch. I have always loved going out to eat for brunch. I love how many food options you get (fruit, eggs, bacon, ham, french toast, biscuits, etc) but I also love the mimosas.
However, brunch can be hard for a Type 1 Diabetic. I have found over the years that the majority of food isn’t worth a high, so even though I like french toast or waffles, I try to stay away from them. Luckily, fruit, eggs, bacon and ham don’t affect my blood sugar too much, if at all, so I can usually fill up on food pretty easily.
One thing I haven’t given up despite the carbs is a mimosa. I love champagne and while I don’t particularly care for orange juice, I love having a mimosa with brunch. I am typically just your Diet Coke and water girl because I hate drinks that have carbs. I don’t like having to bolus for a drink because it stresses me out. If a drink has say 30 carbs in it, I won’t know if I will drink all 30 carbs right away or if I will take a few hours to finish the drink, so if I bolused for the carbs, I could possibly drop low if I haven’t finished it. Now, I am willing to overlook the stress of the carbs of OJ when I have champagne mixed with it.
Normally the champagne glasses are pretty small and if the right % of OJ and champagne is used, there aren’t too many carbs to account for. This past Sunday, however, my family and I ordered mimosas and we were given a huge glass filled to the top and it included ice. I started to have a mini anxiety attack because I had no idea how much OJ was used in this big glass. I assumed they wouldn’t be filling it with a high % of champagne because that wouldn’t make economic sense since champagne is more expensive than OJ but I had no idea. I ended up asking the bartender and the bartender said it was 3/4 champagne and 1/4 OJ but I was still skeptical. I ended up putting insulin in for the OJ, not knowing how much to put in. My blood sugar did end up climbing to 300 a few hours later in the day and I’m not sure if it’s from what I ate or from the mimosa.
Something as wonderful as Sunday brunch with yummy food and delicious mimosas can turn into a nightmare for a Type 1 diabetic. Despite trying hard to avoid high carb foods and trying to accurately count the carbs I was eating (and drinking), I wasn’t able to avoid a high blood sugar. Maybe next time I should just order champagne and skip the OJ. 🙂