How Are You Going to Handle the Holidays?

Uncle Lew
By Uncle Lew Latest Reply 2011-11-24 07:34:55 -0600
Started 2011-11-23 07:01:36 -0600

“Above all, I try to keep holidays in perspective. They are, after all, just a day. And I give myself permission for my diabetes to not be as well controlled as it could be, knowing that the holiday will pass and I can then get back on track.”—Jen Nash

From the American Diabetes Association November 2011 issue of Diabetes Forecast article “Something More to Celebrate“. (Dr. Jen is a Type 1 diabetic and a Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in diabetes. She is based in England. Her website is and has an e-publication called Positive Diabetes. It is a good source for motivation).

How do you feel about Dr. Jen Nash's statement?

14 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 22:00:34 -0600 Report

I agree about keeping it in perspective. To me, it is a day to get with my family that i don't get to see enough of. It is not about food. That is just something we do while together. I do not let it get to me. Everything in small portions. And lots of running around with the kids afterwards!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be with your loved ones and be thankful for the gifts that God HAS given us, and not dwell on the trials we must endure. God Bless all of you!!

berrykins0 2011-11-23 15:20:59 -0600 Report

i stay on track even through the holidays no cheating allowed. i would feel gulity about it.sorry to be a party pooper. thats just fine with me to be one.

Jeanae 2011-11-23 20:04:40 -0600 Report

I agree with you. My readings aren't under control yet. I mean I watch what I eat, I count carbs, calories, fat grams, sodium… I take my Metformin and my insulin (at night) etc but I still get numbers that fluctuate. So for me this year no cheating. Maybe next year when I have a better handle on things but I am still learning and this is my first holiday so… I am going to be really good. I am making oven roasted brussel sprouts with garic and walnuts, steamed green beans with onions and garlic, and acorn squash with cumin and curry to have instead of stuffing, mashed potatoes, or sweet potatoe casserole. I am going to have a half a pear with greek yogurt instead of pie and I will be happy and have a great time with my family.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-23 22:42:08 -0600 Report

Those Brusel sprots sound absolutrly fantastic. They have my mouth watering. Hope you get your numbers under control soon. When you do get them under control do not think an occassional variation from your food regime is cheating. As Dr. Jen said the holidays will pass and she will get back on track. Also note she did not lose control but it is just not as controlled as it should be.
Happy Thanksgiving

L.Harless 2011-11-23 14:57:47 -0600 Report

I get a chance at Pecan Pie once a year!!! My insulin shot will simply be a little bigger on Thanksgiving. Perfection was only achieved 1 time in the history of the world.

jayabee52 2011-11-23 07:25:13 -0600 Report

That is in large measure how I see the holidays. As long as I get back on track after that one day of celebration I am doing well. But the rub comes when around Christmas there are ALL of those parties, and one must decide which ones are those which are worth "breaking training" for.

Thanks for sharing that Lew!