Happy Holidays with Diabetes

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A big part of the holidays is planning for the fun that’s ahead. You’re probably thinking about gifts, decorations and special events. To have a wonderful and healthy holiday season, make planning your diabetes management a priority, too.

“Stay away from alcohol or at least to limit it as much as you can.”

Daily Living

  • Eat smart every day, even when you’re busy.
  • Take your medication close to the usual times, no matter how crazy your day is.
  • Stay active! Start a game of touch football. Take a walk with a loved one right after eating.
  • Check your blood sugar more often and adjust your medication if needed.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep loss can make it harder to control your blood sugar.
  • Avoid the sweet items people bring in to the workplace this time of year. Keep a couple of healthy items at your desk to treat yourself.

Party Time

If you’re the host:

  • Include healthy dishes on your menu.
  • Bake and broil meat items instead of frying.
  • While cooking, sample as little as possible.
  • Send leftover desserts and other temptations home with party guests.

If you’re a guest:

  • Happy Holidays with Diabetes smallAnticipate the event and think ahead about how to control your eating.
  • Don't skip meals to save up for party binging. That makes it harder to keep your blood sugar in control and you’re more likely to overeat.
  • At the party, don’t hang out where the food is! Focus on socializing.
  • Choose calorie-free drinks such as water, tea, seltzer or diet sodas.
  • “Stay away from alcohol or at least to limit it as much as you can,” says Irina Gendler, MD, of Troy Primary Care Physicians. “Alcohol interferes with the sugar digestion.” If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food.
  • Bring a smart snack or dish to share.
  • Don't sample everything on the table. Take a reasonable portion of your favorites and pass on the rest.
  • Avoid dishes loaded with butter, mayonnaise or sour cream.
  • Focus on super foods: beans, nuts, whole grains, citrus fruit, berries, sweet potatoes. Dr. Gendler talks about foods, super foods and holiday eating.
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  • If you want a treat, take a small portion of something you love and don’t get often, like Grandma’s bourbon fruit cake. Don’t blow your good eating habits on store-bought cookies.
  • If you slip up, jump right back into healthy eating with your next meal.

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.

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A healthy diet and active lifestyle benefit people with all types of diabetes.