Holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family. Adding diabetes to the mix can be stressful. Here are a few ways you can make gatherings manageable with your health:
- Take your blood sugar regularly. On a day of festivities, take your blood sugar before your meal. This may mean going to the restroom to check it while food is being set out. Adjust your food intake according to your sugar levels.If your doctor has told you how to adjust your insulin, follow his or her recommendations. It might mean skipping the pumpkin pie with whipped topping, but your body will thank you for it.
- Holiday foods are usually high in carbs, sugars, and fats. If you know the food at a gathering could be costly health-wise, pack something safe for you to eat like cut fresh veggies, low glycemic fruit like berries, or a salad.
- Politely tell overly helpful people that you are careful with your food because losing a foot someday isn't on your bucket list. Keep a good sense of humor about it. They mean well.
- Do exercise regularly. Do light intervals to avoid dropping your immediate blood sugar stores too low. Keep a small snack or glucose tablets with you in case.
- Offer to bring a dish that is safe for you to eat or eat veggies or a salad before you go.
- Use the glycemic index as a guide to make better food choices.
As a personal trainer, I have worked with clients who let themselves get drawn into eating foods they should have left alone. The guilts by Aunt Betty were too much. These people paid a huge price for caving in to cravings and guilt trips.Some of them were already purple footed with sores that wouldn't heal well. If you manage your diabetes well, you will feel so much better while avoiding the toll on your health. May God bless you!
Special note: This post should not be construed as medical advice. Please, follow your doctor's recommendations. This is for informational purposes only.