For most people, the holidays are a time for indulgence. We give ourselves a break and eat and drink whatever we want. But, if you or a loved one are living with diabetes, this can become more complicated. To help the holidays run more smoothly, here are some tips for managing diabetes through the holiday season.
If you have to make eating decisions on the spot, then you’re at a greater risk of making the wrong ones. The same goes for healthy eating in general. If you make a plan of when you’re going to eat and what foods and how much of them you’ll allow yourself, then you’re more likely to stay in control. Check out these tips for meal planning with diabetes.
Holiday schedules can be unusual. The family might have a huge meal around mid-afternoon rather than having smaller, regular meals throughout the day. This routine will make it difficult to maintain your blood sugar levels, so try to keep yourself on track throughout the day. This may mean eating a snack a couple of hours before mealtime and then eating less at the big family dinner.
There’ll likely be lots of tasty treats on offer, and you’ll want to try as much as you can. If you do want to sample everything on the dinner table, do so in a controlled way. Eat small portions of each food and try not to go overboard in general. There can be a pressure to eat a lot at the holidays, especially if someone else has cooked the meal, but don’t be afraid to say no once you’ve had enough.
If you’re preparing the meal or are bringing a dish with you, prepare healthy substitutes wherever you can. A lot of dishes, particularly desserts, can easily be made with reduced sugar or using sugar substitutes. Guests will barely be able to tell the difference and it’ll help to keep your blood sugar levels under control. Here are a few ideas for healthy holiday recipes.
Almost everyone loves a drink around the holidays, but this can really play havoc with your blood sugar. If you do want to treat yourself to drinks, then make sure you limit the amount you have. Try to always have food alongside alcoholic drinks to keep your blood sugar levels steadier.
Make sensible decisions this holiday season to keep yourself happy and healthy. If you’re caring for someone with diabetes, take a look at our tips for staying on top of these responsibilities. And if you require in-home care during the holidays, then contact us for support in the Piedmont Triad.