• Roy Whitney

Type 2 Diabetes during the Holidays

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

How to enjoy the holidays while keeping your blood sugar down.

Michael Buble is playing in the background, the smell of shortbread is in the air and the house is filled with laughter & joy, it must be that time of year again. Yes, if you have type 2 diabetes it can appear to be challenging to keep your blood sugar levels down and have a good time.

Here are 9 tips to help you maintain your blood sugar levels during the holidays

  • Try to eat close to your normal eating times to help keep your blood sugar levels in check. When meals are served later than your usual schedule, have a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less than when you join friends & family for the big dinner.

  • Offer to bring a healthy dish to contribute to the dinner

  • Do not skip a meal to save up for a big dinner. It will be harder to manage your blood sugar due to spikes.

  • Be aware of what you are eating and try to budget your sweets, treats and carbs.

  • Start with vegetables, meats and cheeses to help fill you up a little before you dive in to food that will hurt your blood sugar levels.

  • Drink water or sparkling water (with a wedge of lime)

  • Be aware of alcohol intake

  • Check your blood sugar levels

  • Stay active before, during and after big dinners. Walk around, go for a walk, help tidy up or visit the kids in the living room. You never know what kind of games they are playing.

Remember the Holidays are no different than any day. Have fun and enjoy yourself but be responsible. If you catch yourself getting off track, don't worry-start again and have fun while doing it.

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