How to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You Have Diabetes
From Halloween to New Year’s, living with diabetes can be exceptionally challenging as the preferred cuisine of the season is rich and decadent foods that are not ideal for maintaining stable blood sugar levels. The holiday season also tends to be a period of reduced physical activity and weight gain. This means that you might have to dodge some serious landmines that could throw your diabetes management off track. Here is a quick guide to help you enjoy the holiday season and stay healthy when you have diabetes .
Track What You Eat and Drink
It can be easy to mindlessly snack on cookies, cakes, and other holiday baked goods, so tracking your food is an important step for keeping your weight and blood sugar in check. There are a handful of free apps you can download to easily track what you eat, or you can simply write down a food log in a notebook to be more aware of what you’re eating. You won’t want to forget to record what you drink as well, since egg nog, champagne, and mulled wine are all popular beverages for the season that can spike your blood sugar.
Plan Activities That Are Not Related to Food
Many holiday events revolve around food, which means you may need to get creative with your holiday planning. For example, going dancing on New Year’s Eve might keep you active and help you limit the number of drinks you consume for the evening.
Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
When you are headed to an event that will be filled with unhealthy foods, you can prepare by snacking on something healthier so that you do not go in with a huge appetite. You might keep a stash of healthy, non-perishable snacks in your desk at work or in your car so that you are always ready with a quick fix.
At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we empower our patients to live healthier with diabetes by offering free classes in medication management, proper nutrition, and physical activity. You can enroll in these classes on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.