Happy Holiday Season!
The holidays are here! It seems every year they just come by faster than the last with the nippy weather, presents and delicious food with the family. Who can forget the delicious sweets as well candy canes, gingerbread cookies, and eggnog. It can be easy to lose track of what they are eating and can lead to a few problems with managing ones blood glucose levels during the holidays. Here are some helpful tips to be able to enjoy the yummy holiday foods without raising your blood glucose level too high.
• Remember to know what your limits are. Everyone’s body is different and figuring out a good balance between all the different foods may be difficult. However you should already have an idea of what carbohydrate combinations and fats work best for you
• Plan ahead and anticipate what kind of food will be served at a party or gathering. If you know someone will be baking a pie plan your meals and medication throughout the day so you do not have to deny yourself that slice of dessert.
• If you are worried that there will not be any food that you can eat at a party, think about eating a meal or snack before you go.
• You may also consider bringing a dish that you know you can eat. There are many recipes and cookbooks for diabetics, there will be plenty of options to choose from. You may also want to reduce sugar or use a sugar substitute in recipes and use pureed fruit as a substitute in baked goods. The host will surely appreciate the gesture and you will be more at ease and enjoy the party knowing there is something you can eat.
Last but not least it certainly wouldn’t feel like Christmas time without some delicious gingerbread cookies. Here is a recipe for a delicious batch of sugar free gingerbread cookies.
Enjoy the festivities and remember Santa is watching you to make sure you are being good boys and girls and have a safe and healthy holiday season.