It’s the holiday season, and there will be so many wonderful and delicious treats to eat. But those with diabetes need to beware this time of year can be very tempting, but unless they are nibbling on sugar-free items and low in carbohydrates(starchy foods) it best to stay clear. There are many wonderful things a person with diabetes can do to watch their glucose levels during the holidays. Here are a few suggestions to make the holiday season really wonderful without having to take a trip to the emergency room.
Keep Your Glucose Meter Handy
Whether you like it or not, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes; this little gadget is most likely your life long friend. Keep your on your glucose readings. Before you sit down to eat know your numbers. You do know want to sit down to a big meal with your glucose levels already high.
Prepare Delicious Diabetic Sidedishes
Get in the practice of making delicious whole grain dishes. Prepare lots of good vegetables. Use sugar substitutes when a recipe calls for real sugar. Some sugar substitutes you can hardly notice the difference. These sugar substitutes work well in pies, cakes and other items. Just because you are using sugar substitutes does not mean you can sit and eat the whole dish. It is important to still eat in moderation, but it can be quite tempting to overindulge during this time of year.
Avoid Sugary Drinks
There will be many fruit punches, sodas, wine, and everything else you can think. These items will do nothing but raise your sugar levels and have you feeling bad. You don’t want to feel bad during the holidays, so if you are spending the holidays at someone else’s home think of taking your own favorite sugar-free beverage or plan to have good-oldfashioned water. When in doubt always turn to water.
Avoid White Bread
As a diabetic one of my biggest downfalls is bread. I absolutely love hot rolls. No other type of bread will do it for me like a hot roll. So, as long as there is no hot rolls around I am okay. I find during the holidays people who I know they are diabetic will sometimes serve only white rolls. You go into their homes for the holidays, you will notice big white rolls sitting on the table. They are not just for the individuals without diabetes they are for everyone including themselves. If you are a guest in their home you definitely can’t tell them what they should and shouldn’t be serving. However, you have two choices when it comes to situations such as this you can phone ahead and remind them you are diabetic, but if they eating this way themselves it want change much, two, next time you take the rolls. So, if you chose not to be in charge of bringing the rolls you will have to pass on the bread.
During the holidays you want to stay on top of your health. There is no one that will take better care of you than you.