To control your glucose at Christmas may seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at these 5 tips to keep it in check.
In the blink of an eye, it’s almost Christmas time. That month that everyone loves so much for the parties, vacations, meals… Of course, if you have diabetes, it’s probably one of your biggest nightmares, but don’t worry, we’ve come to the rescue. If you still do not know how you are going to do this year to control your glucose at Christmas and avoid making your levels look like a roller coaster, this post is for you.
Here are our 5 tips.
To control glucose at Christmas, monitor your levels
Although measuring and monitoring your glucose is the daily ABCs for people with diabetes, at Christmas it should be even more so.
There are many factors that can affect you at this time of year: stress, eating new foods, company dinners… So, to control your glucose at Christmas, measure yourself. Measure yourself much more than you normally would. This will help you to manage possible highs and lows in time.
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People with diabetes are especially vulnerable to the dangers of colds and the flu, but there are things you can do to control your symptoms and avoid getting sick in the first place. You may maintain your health even when you’re feeling under the weather by constantly monitoring your blood sugar levels, staying hydrated, getting enough of rest, and adhering to your diabetes management plan. Additionally, you may lower your risk of getting sick and safeguard yourself from any problems by maintaining proper cleanliness, being vaccinated, and generally maintaining good health. Make sure to discuss any worries you may have with your healthcare team for advice and support if you have diabetes and are worried about managing colds and the flu.
Even if it’s hard, cut back on carbs
I know I’ve just proposed something that is very complicated to accomplish. But there is a reason for this.
Almost every dish you cook at Christmas has a lot of carbohydrates. If we multiply this by every day of celebration, our levels are going to be like a complete roller coaster.
So, it is important to control your glucose levels at Christmas as much as possible by reducing the carbohydrates you eat at each of your dinners/meals. This will help keep you more or less stable in all the chaos that is the holiday meal plates.
If you want a reference menu, you can find it in our blog. A dinner totally designed for people with diabetes. Go for it!
Don’t overdo the starters
If you’re one of those who can’t eat any more before getting to the main dish, this tip is for you.
There is no doubt that starters are very good. In fact, there’s a lot of everything. But to overindulge in them because they are small bites and you are not going to eat much is a mistake.
Snacking too much will make it harder for you to control the glycemic index of each item. And, therefore, it will be more complicated to control your glucose at Christmas.
Better leave the starters for others and focus on the main dish.
Eat as light as possible
Just because it’s better to eat a single dish rather than hundreds of starters doesn’t mean you can eat without limits.
Try to eat enough to kill hunger and not feel full. Also, if you have the choice of different dishes, always choose the lightest one. Baked or grilled foods without sauce (or with sauce on the side) will make it easier for you to control your glucose at Christmas.
Also try eating more salads or grilled vegetables. They are also a great alternative to carb-heavy and heavy dishes.
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