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Diabetics Guide to the Holidays

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas a little over a month away, you’re probably wondering, if you’re a diabetic or have stayed strong on the diet all year long, how you will survive all the tempting sugary treats and high carb foods this season. For diabetics especially, overloading your plates with junk food will cause sugar spikes and raise your blood pressure as your body has a hard enough time producing insulin while eating healthy.

For many, this is among the most anticipated time of year, and while individuals have the will power to eat healthy through most holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays where they consider splurging. If you fall under this category you’re not alone. Just remember that most people who fall off the wagon on their diet do so more this time of the year than any other time. The problem with people cheating on their diet around the holidays is recovering and getting back on is harder because people tend to bring snacks to work and functions throughout the duration of the season.

So, with all of this in mind, let’s talk about how we can maintain our healthy lifestyle and satisfy some of the cravings!

Refrain from Alcoholic Beverages

For some this isn’t a big deal yet for some it’s a big downer. I’m personally not a big drinker however, if I’m at a party or a get together I tend to want to indulge in a couple of alcoholic beverages. The real problem doesn’t necessarily lie in the sensation but the amount of carbs and hidden sugars that’s loaded inside the drink itself.
My advice would be to stay clear of the alcohol! Doing this will allow you to indulge a little bit more on the treats!


Stay Clear of the Office Treats

It’s a tough time of the year to be in an office setting if you’re trying to stay on a diet. Every other day it seems someone is bringing a different dish in for everyone to try. These little treats can add up quick if you’re not careful. So, how do you resist the urge? Try staying clear of the break room except for lunch. I know it sounds easier said than done but if you can stay clear it will be less tempting to cave into the urges.

Also, telling your co-workers know in advance that you have diabetes and are on a strict diet can also help alleviate temptations.


Prioritize your Plate

Fortunately, there are a lot of healthy low carb options for the two big meals like Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and greens just to name a few. There are many options that will allow you to have a big plate and still have a low carb intake.

A great way to save those carbs for extra treats is to load half your plate with low carb veggies, a quarter of your plate with skinless turkey, and the rest with sample size portions of your favorite treats. This way, you’ll be able to have a taste of everything without breaking your diet!


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