Coping with Type 2 Diabetes over the Holidays

Living with Type 2 Diabetes is a challenge any time of the year, but during the holidays, managing your diabetes can be especially challenging. For many, it seems like everyone is tempting them with delicious baked treats and candies. Giving in to the temptation is easy. You can even rationalize it away by saying something like, “Just this time. I will eat better after the holiday.” But that type of thinking is dangerous, and it could set you back on your course to manage or reverse your disease.

Know the Risks

Depending on whether you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, the consequences of a holiday binge are different, but the results are the same: a worsening of the disease. For someone who is at risk of developing the disease or is considered pre-diabetic, holiday foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates can hasten the disease's development. For those who are diabetic, you can be risking having too much sugar in your blood.

Most people, diabetic or not, let their guard down during the holidays, which is why dieting is one of the top New Year resolutions. For a diabetic, you can’t let your guard down. You still need to watch the number of sugars and carbs that you are eating. An occasional treat won’t hurt you if you have proper planning.

Tips for Holiday Eating

  • If you are not eating at your regular time for the holiday meal, eat a snack to keep your blood sugar levels consistent.

  • Keep up with your physical activity and exercise. If you do overindulge, this can help to counter the effects.

  • Eat healthier versions of holiday foods (or ask the family to make them). These types of foods include using fat-free or light dressings or sour cream in casseroles, steaming vegetables instead of sautéing them, or baking with artificial sweeteners.

  • Instead of a casserole or bread dish, bring a vegetable tray with a low-calorie and low-fat dip for the holiday dinner.

  • Avoid fried appetizers.

  • Avoid or eat sparingly mashed potatoes, pies, stuffing, rolls.

  • Don’t feel like you have to eat everything that is offered. Family members won’t be offended if you don’t eat it.

  • Eat smaller portions.

  • Don't keep yourself from a favorite treat. Eating a cookie, cake slice or candy is ok. Be sure to cut back on other carbs though.

Speak to a Professional

The holidays don’t have to be a scary time for you. With some planning and effort, you can have enjoyable meals and the occasional treat. Give us a call to discuss the best plan for you during the holidays.

It takes discipline to make sure that you are eating right during the holidays, and one way to ensure that you are building that control is to find accountability. With our doctors, you can have someone who will help you manage your disease.

Contact us today to speak someone about living with and reversing your Type 2 Diabetes.

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