The Holidays Are Coming! How do you cope?

By MEGriff1950 Latest Reply 2012-12-18 05:19:37 -0600
Started 2011-11-01 16:37:35 -0500

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.

7 replies

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-02 23:41:15 -0500 Report

I take the holidays into account in my weekly plan. I know for Thanksgiving I wii feast on both Italian and traditional American foods that I do not have the rest of the year except for Christmas and Easter. It may take a little more (or a lot more) Novolog to keep me in line but it is not an everyday thing. Three times a year can be handled easily.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-02 00:26:46 -0500 Report

I was a little concerned at first thinking of this. But i have a very supportive family and there will be plenty of veggies and the such for me. I'm not big on the potatoes and gravy anyway so that won't be a problem. I'm just going to keep reminding myself what the goal is. And i will allow myself ONE bite of pumpkin pie if i'm good thru dinner! The consquences(sp?) are just not worth it. I don't need the food to celebrate the holiday, all i need is my family! I will just run around with the kids, that will keep me too tired to eat much of anything!! LOL

MEGriff1950 2011-11-02 00:48:27 -0500 Report

You are correct it is all about our loved ones not the food. Thanks for your great comments I will keep them in mind when I am tempted.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-02 12:59:19 -0500 Report

Your very welcome! Also, when i'm tempted, i just ask myself, it it worth losing a digit? My eyesight? It sounds kind of morbid, but it makes me stop and think. Except for the can of coke i drank the other day(ouch). The only real bad slip i've had in over a month. For me that's good!

granniesophie 2011-11-01 19:50:24 -0500 Report

Luckily I don't like alot of holiday foods, and some of the rest I can take or leave! I know what I can't eat, so I just eat the veggies, a little carb-not the mashed potaotes or the sweet pototoes. I really HATE turkey, so thats not an issue. And I get full really fast, so I don't eat much anyway. I just wish that I could lose weight, since I don't eat much, but, alas, 'tis not to be :) I don't host, ever, so that solves the leftovers issue also. Now, if there is chocolate, all bets are off. Maybe that's why I can't lose weight, ya think??!!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-01 21:14:33 -0500 Report

You have a great plan going. I love cooking especially when I can splurge on holiday meals. I agree that chocolate is a killer, my sons expect chocolate cream pie…grrrr.

buddy2 2012-12-18 05:19:37 -0600 Report

I face the same dilema. I thought of trying sugar-free choc. pudding for the filling and sugar-free cool whip for topping. The crust could be made with graham crackers. Just a thought. I haven't gotten that far in my Christmas cooking! Kay