Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Then you might find it really difficult to eat right during the holidays. Well, we’re here to help. Check out some tips below to enjoy diabetes-friendly holiday meals without having to worry.
If You Need to Take Meals with You, Do It
There is absolutely no shame in making your own meal and taking it with you to a holiday gathering if you are at all concerned that there won’t be anything healthy enough for you to eat. Let your party host know that you are going to be bringing some food with you, and that the rest of the guests can certainly enjoy the meal as well. This can apply to dessert too, so if you know that there is a sweet treat that you can prepare to enjoy guilt-free at a holiday get-together, go ahead and make it and pack it to take it with you.
Enjoy Every Course, but Watch Your Portions
You can enjoy every course of your dinner, from the appetizer to the dessert, but just be sure that you keep your portions in check. You don’t want to overdo it by eating too large a portion, and too many calories and sugar. In fact, according to Farm and Dairy, you can certainly enjoy dessert, provided that you don’t have a lot of it. You might even consider sharing the dessert with a family member, friend, or significant other so you can indulge in the flavors without having to worry about your blood sugar level.
Watch Out for the Carbs
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you prepare for a holiday gathering, particularly when it comes to the consumption of carbohydrates, which are everywhere you turn during this time of year:
- Think about how many carbohydrates you typically consume in a day in order to manage your diabetes successfully. Then, keep that number in mind as you feast at the holiday.
- Avoid skipping your usual snacks and meals before a holiday gathering. This is not a good idea because, once you start eating at the party, your blood sugar can become even harder to keep in check.
Final Tip: It Might Be Hard, but Staying Active Is Necessary
Stress can really take its toll on your health and weight, and the holiday season is known for being a major contributor to stress. Because stress causes the release of hormones that can affect your glucose level, it is really important to keep your stress level in check. The good news is that exercise can help you reduce your stress level. So, by staying on course with your physical activity, you can also take steps towards managing stress. Doesn’t get much easier than that!