From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The holidays only come once a year, but they last for weeks—from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Day. Temptations go with the season, from treats at work to food-filled family celebrations to edible gifts.
If you have diabetes, you’re already familiar with managing what you eat to keep your blood sugar levels on target. Use these tips for a little extra help staying on track during this most wonderful—and challenging—time of the year.
1. Stick to your plan: Stay on your regular food, activity, and medication schedule as much as possible. Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast, and if you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs like potatoes and bread during the meal. If you slip up, get right back on track at your next meal.
2. Stay in control: It’s easier to do if you:
- Eat more slowly.
- Start with soup or vegetables to tame your appetite.
- Avoid drinking alcohol, which can open the gateway to overeating.
3. Fit in favorites: Savor a few special treats you can’t get any other time of year.
4. Stay active: Physical activity can help make up for eating more than usual, and it helps you deal with the stress of the season.
5. Get enough sleep: Too little sleep makes it harder to control your blood sugar, and it makes you hungry.
And keep in mind what the season is really about: celebrating traditions and connecting with the people you care about. When you focus more on family and fun, you’re likely to focus less on food. Plan ahead to enjoy the holiday season and take care of your health while you do.
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