It’ s more than possible to enjoy Halloween with diabetes. Here are 4 tips to help you and your child have the time of your life.
That time of year that every child looks forward to is here. No, it’s not Christmas. It’s Halloween. But for some parents this day is truly terrifying. Between candy and sweets it seems impossible to celebrate this holiday if you have diabetes. And this may seem like a big obstacle. But let me tell you that it’s more than possible to enjoy Halloween with diabetes. You just have to find a way to do it.
In today’s article, we’ll give you 4 tips to make sure your son or daughter can enjoy Halloween to the fullest even if he or she has diabetes. And you with him or her, of course.
Be prepared for what’s ahead if you want to enjoy Halloween with diabetes
On Halloween, it’s almost impossible for your little one not to want to eat candy. Most of them love candy.
So it’s important to prepare you groundwork. The best thing you can do is just talk about it. Do not try to forbid him or her from eating sweets. Make sure he or she understands how they affect his/her blood sugar and why it is important to be careful with them.
If you decide to go out for treats, keep in mind that you will also have to reorganize and plan the meals for that day. Adjust the diet to avoid sugar highs and lows. This way you can fully enjoy going door-to-door trick-or-treating.
Give up the candy and go pumpkin
The change always begins at home. If you want your son or daughter to eat as little candy as possible, teach him or her healthy alternatives.
Prepare healthy snacks at home. For example, pumpkin, which is very typical at this time of year. Pumpkin and chocolate muffins are to die for. But, if they don’t catch your eye, there are plenty of options on the internet. Cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies… Whatever you want!
Don’t forget the most important part: the decoration. Add that Halloween touch to your meals by making spider webs or ghosts. You’ll see how much your child will love it!
Save the candy for later
If you go trick-or-treating, your child will grab treats. He or she may even eat some during the afternoon. But don’t let him or her gorge, it could cause a sugar rush.
With the left-over treats you can make little gift packs for when his blood sugar is low. Ask him also to help you make them. This will give your child an incentive not to eat them, and you can then give it to her or him when needed.
Don’t lose your habits: measure your blood glucose a lot!
Routines are everything when you have diabetes! If it’s important to check your child’s blood sugar levels on a regular day, it’s even more important on special occasions
On Halloween or Christmas, we always change our daily habits because they are special dates. And that alters blood sugar levels.
If you don’t believe me, download Cori and use it for a few days. You will see in the reports how your little one’s glucose levels get a little out of control on Halloween.
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Extra: don’t forget to have fun
Special dates are all about having fun. Don’t forget that the most important thing is to enjoy Halloween with diabetes or without it.
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