Managing Your Diabetes When Holiday Treats Abound

Posted by admin on December 20th, 2017 in Holidays | No Comments

Christmas cookiesIt’s that wonderful time of year: Annual cookie baking and exchanges. Desserts lining tables. Treats at every turn. If you are diabetic, you may be dreading this time of year. We always want what we can’t have, and that’s never truer when you are tempted constantly.

The good news for you is that you don’t have to deny yourself if you have the right tips in mind.

1. Eating Right

Try to stick to your normal eating schedule throughout the season to keep your blood sugar levels steady. If you are invited to someone’s house and dinner will be served later than you are used to, eat a small snack before you leave and then eat a bit less than usual at dinner. If you decide that you want to indulge in a sweet treat, eat fewer carbs with dinner. Don’t worry if you slip a bit, just get back to your normal routine with your next meal.

2. Facing the Buffet

An entire table filled with a holiday feast is tempting to anyone. Instead of filling your entire plate at once, start with small servings of vegetables and eat slowly. Get back up and take small amounts of the other foods you’d like to enjoy. Avoid having any alcoholic beverages.

3. Don’t Skip Your Favorites

There are some meals and desserts that families only serve during the holidays. You may look forward to such a dish all year. Don’t skip it. Instead, have a small serving if it is something that doesn’t fit in with your meal plan. Don’t deny yourself everything, just don’t overindulge.

4. Get Moving

You may start to feel a bit stressed out or even guilty if you partake in foods that aren’t a part of your meal plan. You could be feeling anxious about the holidays in general. Instead of sitting and stewing, get up and move. Physical activity is great for anyone, including those with diabetes, and can help to eliminate feelings of stress and anxiety.

5. Sleep Right

Now is not the time to start cutting back on your sleep. You should be getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. If you know you will be having a late night, try to sleep in in the morning. If you aren’t able to do that, take a nap before you head out. When you don’t sleep right, it’s harder to control your blood sugar.

The holidays can be stressful for people who follow a special diet for any reason. If you are trying to control your diabetes, you don’t have to skip out on your favorites, you just have to be smart about your eating habits.

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