5 Foolproof Tips for a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Season
1. Avoid Becoming Overwhelmed By Setting Priorities
Decide what is most important to you and adjust your priorities accordingly. What do you absolutely need to get done? What would you really like to do, versus what you “should” do? Learn to say no to requests if you need time to take care of something else — or simply to relax.
2. Make Plans for Holiday Fun and a Little "Me Time"
Use a calendar to plan your days so you can easily see where you need to be and when. This not only helps reduce the stress of being rushed or overbooked, it allows you to take care of yourself by scheduling time for exercise and glucose testing. Block off time for yourself as well, so you can enjoy reading, meditation, or whatever helps you manage stress.
3. Don't Be Afraid to Celebrate (in Moderation)
With family gatherings, dinner parties and treats at work, the holidays can serve up a tempting array of foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugar. Enjoy these events in moderation. Have a healthy snack before a dinner party to take the edge off of your hunger, choose low glycemic options when available, and remember to count carbohydrates in beverages. Bring a diabetes-friendly dish to a potluck so you’ll have at least one good option.
4. Stick to Your Exercise Routine
Try not to skip your workouts. Staying active during the holidays is important for your physical health, of course, but it can help relieve stress, too. Break exercise up into 10-minute chunks if that makes it easier. Another idea is to recruit a friend, coworker, or neighbor to exercise with you; you’ll both be more likely to commit.
5. Be Prepared If You Travel
If your holiday plans include traveling, pack extra medication and supplies in case you get delayed for some reason. Keep them in a carry-on bag that travels with you at all times, and also bring prescriptions for your medications and supplies should you need to have them filled away from home. You probably won’t need it, but it’s a good idea to find a diabetes physician, hospital, and emergency care at your destination before you leave home.
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