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Good News! Manage Your Diabetes During the Holidays!

Good News! Manage Your Diabetes During the Holidays! -    There’s More To Life Than Diabetes

Holiday season is yet to begin! Holidays can give you a special challenge when it comes to eating healthy – especially for people who are trying to prevent or control diabetes.

Don't let questions about what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat dampen your holiday. Plan in advance, so you can fend off stress and fully enjoy the day by keeping your diabetes on track.

Want To Enjoy The Christmas Party, And Still Stay Healthy? Read Below!

Focus on friends, family, and activities instead of food. Take a walk after a meal, or join in the dancing at a party. When you are doing something physically active, you don’t think about eating.

Instead of sitting after a big meal, plan a family game. Tag, flag, football are all activities that will get everyone up and moving. Or suggest a walk with a family member whom you rarely see. It’s a great way to work off calories, and can help lower your blood sugar levels.

If you eat more calories or food than you planned for, don’t think you have failed to control your diabetes. Instead stop eating for the night and indulge yourself in exercise, and get back on track with your usual eating habits the next day.

Healthier ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Holiday Foods

Make sure the foods you choose won't disrupt blood glucose levels before the meal. Bring a plate full of raw or cooked veggies with your favorite low-calorie sauce or have a few small pieces of low-fat cheese. Don’t indulge yourself on high-calorie or fried appetizers.

Traditional foods like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and other desserts are high in carbohydrates. So be cautious on what you’re eating. By selecting only the foods you truly enjoy, you may be able to avoid a lot of carbs and calories.

Choose low-calorie drinks such as sparkling water, unsweetened tea or diet beverages. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount, and have it with food. Talk with your health care doctor about whether alcohol is safe for you or not. Keep it to no more than 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men.

Watch the salt. Some holiday dishes are made with prepared foods high in sodium. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables with no sauce to keep your sodium intake down.

What to Avoid in your Holiday Food Menu:

  •      Fatty cuts of meat
  •      Whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk
  •      Cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, and pies
  •      Fried foods
  •      Salad dressings
  •      Lard, shortening, stick margarine, and non­dairy creamers

By following all these tips and tricks, you can enjoy your holidays without letting your diabetes get out of control. And finally, it’s important you get a chance to relax, take a break and most importantly enjoy, there’s more to life than diabetes!

Enjoy this Holiday Season In A Healthy Way!

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*Disclaimer: The results may vary from person to person, depending on age, sex, body weight and a lot of other factors.*