The Diabetic Holiday Season
Posted: 12/17/2015 9:06 AM by
Living with diabetes presents all sorts of challenges, but never more than on holidays. This is an especially big problem in America, where every major holiday is centered on food, usually in large portions, and sometimes of the unhealthy variety.
Bigger than even Halloween with the huge amounts of sugary confections it offers, Thanksgiving Day is especially challenging.
It can be frustrating when good-intentioned, but unaware, friends invite you to fabulous Thanksgiving dinners, bake special pies and desserts and encourage you to eat large portions of everything! While you don’t want to hurt their feelings, or disclose details about your disease, you also don’t want to derail your personal eating plan or end up in the hospital.
Luckily, some tips are available to keep us feeling wonderful, no matter the day.
People with diabetes can enjoy the treats of any Holiday celebration, only in moderation. Regular exercise and sensible planning is especially important.
We offer the following tips to help people with diabetes enjoy a healthful Holiday season:
1) Follow a regular exercise routine to help regulate metabolism. Don't have an hour to spare? Try 10- or 15- minute brisk walks at intervals throughout the day. Remember, after a holiday meal, to wait 60 to 90 minutes before taking your walk
2) Enjoy those special treats in moderation. Take small portions of potatoes, breads or cakes, and just say no to concentrated sweets. You may be able to get away with a small portion, but concentrated sweets are likely to produce an increase in blood sugar, so be prepared. (See item 4.)
3) At dinner, gravitate toward the veggies and fresh fruit and stay away from alcohol. Drink plenty of water and offer to be the designated driver!
4) Remember to monitor your blood glucose level as prescribed by your doctor and be sure you don't skip meals.
5) Take extra care to be certain that your meals and snacks are nutritious, varied and balanced, and taken at regular intervals throughout the day. If you do have a treat, make sure you substitute it for an equivalent item in your regular menu.
6) Be positive. Remember that you control your diabetes; it doesn't control you.
And don't forget, the holidays are about rejoicing and relationships. Being with friends and family has no calories!