Diabetes and the Holidays: The Blood Sugar Rollercoaster is Now Boarding!
There’s no denying that the holidays are a time to celebrate, and that means sitting down to some major meals. You might look forward to a full turkey dinner all year or that special breakfast right after opening presents. No matter what’s on the menu, keeping track of your blood sugar is important so that you enjoy the holiday. You don’t have to disrupt your holidays just because you’ve got diabetes, with a little prep you can face the holidays head-on.
Diabetes and the Holidays Tips:
- Focus on your friends and family, not the food. Slow down and catch up, play games and more. Don’t just concentrate on the meals.
- It’s a party, but that doesn’t mean you should rush into it. Make sure to enjoy the moment and resist the urge to go back for seconds.
- Don’t skip meals or stray from your normal schedule, which can spike your blood sugar.
- Bring something you love. Worried that a hostess won’t be making your favorite part of a meal? Bring it yourself. That way you can control the amount of sugar and make sure that you’re satisfied. Who knows, you might start a tradition.
- Drink in moderation. Nothing will spike your blood sugar like alcohol.
- Stay active. Don’t just lounge around because it’s cold out. Stick to your workout schedule and you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you overindulge (and we all do) don’t look at it like a failure. Instead, just get back on track. Exercise a little more, be a little more stringent with your diet and monitor your glucose levels a little closer.
The holidays are about having fun, spending time with people you don’t see often and catching up. They don’t have to be about constantly monitoring your sugar. Just make sure to stay on schedule, don’t stray too far from your usual diet and you’re sure to get through the holidays without a hitch.
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