Do you find it hard to manage your diabetes during the holidays? The holidays are meant to be a time for family, friends, and fun. Unfortunately, for many people with diabetes, they can be very stressful. The meals are large and usually unhealthy. Snacks are bottomless and it feels like you can't move ten feet without someone offering you more food! If you're on track in managing your diabetes, you’ve worked hard to keep your blood glucose in range, exercise, and watch your diet. And you're not going to let that go!
Keep On Keepin' On!It's important to avoid, or at least limit, foods that can make your blood sugar skyrocket -- mainly carbohydrates (carbs). Carbs are found in many popular holiday foods including pasta, bread, cakes, cookies, and ice cream. The key to staying in range is to plan ahead! Tell yourself you will only have a few bites of something you really want and decide ahead of time how you will deal with social pressure. Remember--you can always just walk away.
Pro-Tip: It takes 20 minutes for you to realize you're full.Luckily, staying on track during the festivities is totally possible--it just requires a bit of planning! It's easy to feel empowered and prepared for the holiday festivities. Here are just a few pointers: