Living with Diabetes: Getting through holiday eating
I’ve been dreading tomorrow.
Though I’ve never been a huge Thanksgiving person in regard to feasts, I know I probably eat a tad too much. I don’t love turkey (though the cold turkey sandwiches after are tasty), but there are enough tasty treats to make the whole day a lot of eating.
And though I’ve experienced it throughout my life, this is the first since I actually starting taking my diabetes seriously.
And this, of course, is the tip off to the holiday season. Christmas is the time where I have usually gone a little worse than normal. I love all the treats and meals associated with Christmastime and then there are all of the holiday parties and gatherings…
You get the picture.
But this year, I need to be a bit smarter. Since I’ve really started watching my food intake and what it does to me, it’s been all over the place. Some things make my blood sugar spike more than others and I’m still trying to learn all of that. One step I need to take is with keeping a food journal and my readings and such so I can start to see what things are doing. I probably should start shaking up what times I check, too, so I don’t always see the same thing.
But I still need to make it through the next month and a half of holiday fun!
I went searching for tips, with the hopes of finding a few that will hopefully help me not binge on food and make my sugars go through the roof.
As always, it’s worth noting that taking medicines on schedule and finding healthy versions of the foods we love are a big start. And try to increase some physical activity. But this is everyday stuff, too.
The American Diabetes Association has offered six extremely good tips.
Focus on friends and family – and not the food.
Don’t overdo it at a party – so eat slowly and really enjoy the foods that you don’t have often. Make sure portions are reasonable and resist the urges for a second helping.
Bring what you like – so if you are at a party, offer to bring your favorite dish. If you count the carbs (I do), try and know the nutrition facts.
Drink in moderation – Remember to eat something before to prevent the low levels later. The ADA offers that diabetics should keep it to one drink for a woman and two for men. Try and stick with sugar free mixes if you are having a mixed drink.
Stay active – The lack of physical activity can really do one in. Try and get out and plan some time to exercise.
Get back on track if you overindulge – You might eat more than planned, but it’s not failure. Stop eating for the night and focus on the people you are with. Monitor your levels and get back on track the next day.
The reality is you have to prep yourself for this time of year. Tips such as making sure you have a snack before you head to a party can help you avoid overeating. You don’t want to go hungry as it can work against you.
And this is something I truly know… but making sure to monitor blood sugars is very important.
In the end, the one tip I am going to give myself is simple — be smart. I know that I have a blood test coming up in late December/early January, so I want to make sure I don’t go crazy. And I also know this is a massive challenge for me and I want to make sure I get through it without issue.
For any other diabetics maybe reading this … do you have any tips? If so, drop them in the comments below!
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