Diabetes is very manageable during your normal routine, but managing Diabetes over the Holidays where you are surrounded by tempting, sugary treats can pose a challenge.
It all boils down to planning ahead. There is no reason that you (or your children) need to be denied a birthday party, enjoy an evening out at a restaurant or a taste of a long held family traditional treat.
There is no harm in asking your host “how is this dish prepared?” or “what ingredients did you use to bake this?” You host will be flattered that you asked, and they will be more than happy to offer, especially if they know that your request is for your overall health.
After a big meal, it has been said that to take a walk will not only to help digestion, but will also burn off the extra carbohydrates that you may have consumed.
The holidays are not complete without Grandma’s special rice pudding, but it can be slimmed-down by using brown rice, artificial sweetener and skim, instead of whole milk. Most guests will never taste the difference and be assured that they will appreciate the reduction in calories.
Instead of ringing door bells on Halloween, host your own party for the neighborhood kids. Creative games that are fun and challenging will keep them entertained for hours. Instead of having goodie bags filled with candy; have them filled with yo-yos, small magic tricks, a deck of cards, temporary tattoos and other non-candy items that children love! Remember, it is about the activity (such as apple picking, hayrides, haunted house exploration, or perhaps shopping for a Christmas tree).
Going out to restaurant is not that difficult anymore because many establishments have their menu posted on the internet. You can view it at your leisure and make a decision before you enter the restaurant. It is also helpful to order your pre-determined entrée first, so you reduce the temptation of someone else’s order. Also, many eateries have huge food portions, so immediately ask your server to box half your dish before bringing you the plate.
Traveling may be part of your holiday plans; we recommend that you pack more than your normal amount of diabetic medical supplies (close to double). Also, keep extra snacks in your pocket to avoid sugar lows that can come when you find yourself running around and not finding time to have a proper meal.
Education means power and if this is the first time you are seeing some family and friends, since you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, you may be bombarded with lots of inquiries. When you call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) they will provide you with tons of information that you can share with those that love you.
Managing Diabetes over the Holidays is easier than you think, and it should not stop you from enjoying the time spent with your loved ones.