If eating with diabetes can seem like a challenge, doing so at this time of year is even more. Here are some things to avoid at Christmas.
We are getting closer and closer to all those Christmas dinners and lunches. Stressful, isn’t it? That’s why, in today’s article, we want to give you a hand and tell you what things you should avoid at Christmas in order to keep your glucose in check.
Now, it’s important to remember that diabetes doesn’t stop you from eating anything. You will just have to be a little more careful and be more aware of your levels. Especially at this time of year.
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With that said, let’s get to it!
Christmas sweets and candies
Well, we start off strong with this first point of things to avoid at Christmas.
Christmas sweets and candies are super typical at this time of the year, but they’re not the best choice if you have diabetes.
Well, it’s okay to eat one. But avoid eating too many. Their high sugar concentration can spike your blood sugar in less time than you think.
Another one of the things to avoid at Christmas is alcohol.
It’s okay to have a few drinks. But remember that alcohol can affect your glucose up to 24 hours after drinking it.
If you are going to have a drink:
- Don’t skip meals.
- Check your glucose.
- Be prepared for possible low blood sugar.
But, above all, drink in moderation!
Fried and battered foods
Fried and battered foods should always be consumed in moderation, whether you have diabetes or not.
If you have diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, it is better to leave them aside and go for other options. But this will also depend on your weight and health.
Also, some of these foods are coated in flour. So you have to be very careful with that as well.
Our recommendation is choosing other options that are just as tasty and will not drive your glucose crazy. Also, since they are not fried, they will not have as much fat or oil. You can cook, for example, baked or steamed vegetables. I’m sure you won’t regret it!
At this time of the year it is very typical for all desserts to have candied fruit. But this is also one of those things you should avoid at Christmas.
You may be wondering why. Well, here’s the explanation.
These foods that are used to garnish cakes and cupcakes are made in a very special way.
To make it lose all the water from inside, the fruit is placed in huge containers with sugar syrup. Well, what you get is sugar inside the fruit instead of water. This makes its calories increase a lot.
So, in short, they are all sugar.
That is why, if you have diabetes, it is better to avoid them. You can put them aside directly or, if you are the one cooking, replace them with nuts or natural fruit.
These are the 4 things to avoid at Christmas if you want to take care of your diabetes. But, remember that the most important thing about these dates will always be to enjoy your family and loved ones.
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