Ugh! I finally have control of my blood sugars and soon will be facing the holidays. Yesterday I spent a lot of time searching the internet for suggestions on how to survive. Duh I already knew the answer, eat veggies, fruits, lean meat and count the carbs. I did see a lot of suggestions for switching to low or no fat dairy products. I know those sound healthy but when I read the lables on them most make up the flavor problem with sugars and or sodium.
If you are not hostessing the event one suggestion was talking to the hostess about meal times and what you might bring to help keep your diabetes on track.
All of my life my holiday meals centered around the mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, homemade dinner rolls and dutch apple pie. I know this is where I am going to go out of control. One suggestion I saw is that if I am hostessing the dinner I should send the high carb leftovers home with my guests. That I think is a great idea as long as I keep just enough for one correct serving of each for the next day.
A couple suggested adding extra exercises just before the holiday and going for a walk or playing in the yard with family after the dinner…football, frisbe etc.
I like this suggestion of enlisting others to help in the clean up right after the meal instead of leaving the food sit to pick on. If others are helping then I can't stand in the kitchen and get 4 or 5 extra servings of carbs in front of witnesses.
What do you do to cope with the temptations? Cancelling the holidays I don't think is an option.
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