Well it’s that time of the year again. The holidays are approaching, with all the cookies, cakes and candy. If you’re diabetic like me, you look for sugar free and low sugar alternative goodies.
Attending those family gatherings also means many homemade traditional family dishes. The big dinners and high calorie desserts that we all have trouble saying no to. You can enjoy some of these traditional favorites through small portions and following one simple rule. Don’t let one day of indulgence turn into two, three or four days. I’ll give you some examples.
Yesterday was Halloween. I attended a Halloween party which the traditional quick dinner, cider, candy, and snacks. Yes I indulged in all of the above treats, but today I go back to my normal diabetic diet. One day won’t ruin your progress, but letting it turn into continued days and weeks may cause more damage and revert to bad habits. So enjoy through moderation,
The next example will be the ever popular Thanksgiving. The turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, and the healthier veggies. A big meal like this always puts you the couch afterwards feeling like a bloated blob. Don’t forget the pumpkin pie with whipped cream. You can enjoy this day as well, but return to your diet the next day. Take a walk after you eat this big meal to make you feel better and less of a blob.
The biggest, delicious, and most difficult holiday of them all is Christmas. All the big meals, and of course those traditional homemade cookies and cakes. This to me is the hardest and most challenging holiday for diabetics. Enjoy these treats with small portions, and try not to take a cookie tray home with you . Explain to your family and friends that you’re diabetic and you can’t go overboard.
In the end enjoy these holidays through moderation , not gluttony. Try to stay active during the holiday season, and always return to your diet the very next day after a holiday gathering. That’s the best way to maintain good diabetic eating habits.
My next blog I will have more healthy tips to help maintain your diabetic diet.
Stay safe and healthy!