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Diabetes Control During the Holidays

Diabetes doesn't take a holiday. Keep your glucose under control so you can enjoy family and friends during the holiday season.

When you have Diabetes, you can still enjoy family gatherings and usual holiday festivities. This isn’t a time to neglect your self care.

You can try some simple strategies to maintain good glucose levels, and prevent fatigue. You’ve been handling your glucose levels all year long and now isn’t the time to take a vacation from self care. Diabetes and glucose spikes doesn’t take a vacation. If you have been successful this far keeping you glucose levels within an acceptable range, you have been on the right track.
Remmber these points:

–Eat a small, balanced meal or snack before you leave home.before you. When you miss a meal, so you can eat more later, is counterproductive.

– Choose vegetables first. They have high fiber and filling capacity without excess carbohydrates. Try Broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower, eggplant or cucumbers. These foods also tame your appetite.

– Share your stories with family and friends away from the food displays.

– Stay well hydrated with water, club soda, or flavored seltzer, neither have sugar added.

– Invite friends for a walk after dinner.


– Limit alcohol intake, especially sweetened drinks. Make your own spritzer with seltzer or diet ginger ale.

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Howard and Barbara Lee December 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Thanks Anna, for you thoughtful reminders to those with diabetes. Holiday season is filled with so many temptations to eat sugar and little is offered as alternatives. Happy Holidays, Barbara Lee
Brent Champaco December 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Is it realistic to stick to a sugar-free diet of holiday treats?
Howard and Barbara Lee December 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
It's not just the sugar, it's the carbs that cause the problem. Moderation in some cases lets you enjoy bites of the season without overdoing it. As long as you know and monitor your BS levels you can enjoy the season. I had a piece of Black Forest Cake at a Christmas luncheon the other day. It was a sliver instead of a slice, but I knew my limits. Common sense has to prevail at this time of year! Bummer but true! Barbara
Brent Champaco December 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Indeed, Barbara, indeed!
Anna Betancourt MS, RD, CDE December 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
It's about moderation and being conscious of what you eat. Taking care of yourself isn't about deprivation. Diabetes is being sensitive to the amount of carbohydrates you consume and sugar is a carbohydrate.

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