Diabetes During the Holidays

By Meghan Bailey on Dec 7, 2015

If you are living with diabetes, it can feel like a challenge to take part in all of the season's festivities. With some simple tips, you too can enjoy time spent with family and friends around the dinner table:

  • Plan Ahead: timing of the big holiday meal is important since such meals can sometimes be served in the afternoon. Plan for snacks and insulin injections so that you can eat with everyone else.
  • Stay Active: start a new tradition by playing frisbee or football, or take a walk with the family after the meal.
  • Keep It Light: encourage family members to lighten up their food by using healthier cooking ingredients. Another tip: don't add as much sugar to your fruit pies! They'll be just as tasty with their natural sugars.
  • Enjoy Your Favorite Foods: most holiday foods are high in carbohydrates so indulge only in your favorites instead of trying everything on the table. If you can't resist sampling everything, try smaller portions!
  • Eat Your Vegetables: veggies fill you up and aren't high in carbs or calories. Make a colorful vegetable spread that everyone will enjoy.
  • What About Dessert: choose a buddy who can help you refrain from another serving of pie or even share one with you, and have them join you after dinner for a walk!
  • Moderation is Key: alcohol can lower blood glucose levels and add a lot of hidden calories to a meal! One drink for women and two for men is a good rule of thumb.
  • Get Enough Sleep: after 7-8 hours of sleep, you're less likely to binge and maintain better control of your blood sugar. Sleeping will give you enough energy to enjoy all the season's traditions.

http://bit.ly/1XPNBz2   |  American Diabetes Association
http://1.usa.gov/1gEZVcq   |  CDC