how do you deal with the pressures of the holidays

By bleonard13 Latest Reply 2011-12-22 15:31:53 -0600
Started 2011-12-17 18:14:45 -0600

i wonder how you say no to the foods that u know u can not have it is harder during the holidays for me because i see people eating all of the good stuff. thank you for your input

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Hinboyz3 2011-12-22 15:31:53 -0600 Report

The way I deal with it is I make everyone else what they like, and I don't tell them the ingredients, in other words I make it so that I too cant eat it. And moderation is the key for me, and I also have to continue to workout every other day which isn't easy during the holiday. But it gives me so much energy.

pixsidust 2011-12-20 11:16:46 -0600 Report

The best way for me to say no is to prepare enough tasty things I can eat myself. Convert recipes to being Diabetic friendly. Experiment with soy flour and almond flour and make your own baked goods. See what we have here as far as recipes.

Success = Preparation for me.
Know Your weaknesses,
Your hunger pangs and Prepare!

Young1s 2011-12-20 13:46:44 -0600 Report

Christy: As I am running low on my white and wheat flour and need to purchase more, I was wondering if the flours you mentioned above can be used in the same functions? Are there certain types of recipes that they wouldn't work in? For example baking, sauces, etc…

pixsidust 2011-12-21 14:19:26 -0600 Report

I do not think thats completely true. The flavors are different. Thats why I suggested to experiment and to check the recipes here. I have hardly ever bake, so I do not know. I imagine dough rising is different along with taste. Some people are more experienced here like kirla. You put in soy or almond flour as a search term and the recipes pop up. Here is one that looked interesting

Young1s 2011-12-21 19:00:32 -0600 Report

Thank you Christy. I was in the store earlier today and but flour was the last thing on my mind, so I forgot to look for some. But I'll do it next time. This way I have a chance to check out the recipes ahead of time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-19 19:21:39 -0600 Report

The Force must be with you to help you resist. The only thing I use to eat a lot of over the holidays was Christmas cookies. This Christmas, I have my ginger cookies and my butter cake made with soy products and a tad bit of sugar. I will use my cookie as a snack instead of a piece of fruit which I will have for breakfast.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 07:35:33 -0600 Report

Sounds like you have gotten lots of good advice so far. I know it's hard, but following some of the things listed below will help. If i'm going to indulge in a little something-something that is not the greatest for me, I will make sure that I have eaten a lot of the fiber and protein before hand and then just have a bite of two of the bad stuff. And drinking tons of water helps alot!!! If you want to indulge in that cookie, or jello fluff, or whatever it is, just do it smart and don't go overboard. It is easier to keep yourself in control if you do things in moderation. Just be head smart to be sugar smart!! Good Luck!!
Have a Blessed Holiday,

live2120 2011-12-18 23:20:42 -0600 Report

I sip an apple cider vinegar (ACV) tonic (2 tablespoons organic ACV mixed in water) and wait a few minutes and eat in "moderation" during holidays. I have little or no sugar spikes when I take the tonic BEFORE eating a holiday meal.

Young1s 2011-12-18 11:10:13 -0600 Report

Protein, fiber and vegetables are definitely going to be your best friend this time of the year. They're filling and slow down the likelihood of your BG rising high and fast. I think it's okay to have some of the "bad stuff" but keep one thing in mind. Those little bites/spoonfuls of the "bad stuff" can turn into a full plate of bad choices very quickly. Moderation is key. You could also try eating something beforehand to cut down on wanting too much of anything. Or, you could bring something that you know is healthy for you and can eat as much as you want.

RAYT721 2011-12-18 10:45:07 -0600 Report

I can't say that the holidays tempt me any more or less than any other day of the year. Sure, there are a lot more choices staring you in the face but if you create a plan and stick to it, there should be no guilt. What the "good stuff" was to me two years ago is completely different from today's "good stuff." Along with learning about diabetes, I have learned more about food and more about myself. Because the only person you really need to be responsible for is YOU, I would suggest coming up with a plan. If you want a cookie, hold back on the egg nog. If you want a piece of cheesecake, take some to go. When it comes to the issue of control, it's important to consider weight control, glucose control, calorie control, portion control and self-control. Don't beat yourself up with guilt if you add a few extra calories to your normal diet but don't use them as an excuse to pile on more. It's not easy to find yourself surrounded by people who don't care about their health but you don't have to be one of them. If you make a plan and stick to it, you'll have less temptation and be able to spend quality time with quality people. I have learned (sometimes successfully and sometimes not) that it's best to eat to live rather than live to eat. Happy holidays. There are more calories in guilt than in common sense.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-19 19:28:10 -0600 Report

Great advice Ray. I have to work with my sister at our Flea Market table. The market is rather large and it walk around visiting vendors when it isn't busy. Since most of the foods served in the food court aren't healthy, I will eat one or two cookies. Because I am moving around a lot I burn up the carbs from the cookies and it has no effect on my BG's. If you want dessert I will cut my own slice of cake or pie and it is less than an inch. I will take it with me or eat half there and save the other half for later.

digitaldoorbell 2011-12-17 19:19:48 -0600 Report

I agree. Fill up on healthy things. You won't be tempted (or as tempted). I lost a friend to diabetes about a month ago. It was sobering and the few things (or many) things that are available this time of year aren't as tempting to me now.

Good luck with it.

Caroltoo 2011-12-17 18:50:51 -0600 Report

Seeing people eating what you want to eat is probably one of the hardest situations we have to deal with. When going into a group situation (family, party, whatever), I usually stop and consciously think about how I want to make my choices.

Sometimes I decide to allow myself a small spoonful of several things that I want but know will send my BG up, but I make sure that I offset them with lots of low GI choices that have lots of fiber and lean protein. I try to eat a little lean meat first, before adding in anything that is a no-no. This slows down the digestive process which also slows the absorption of the food and slows the rise in BG.

Another tool is to eat something filled with fiber and protein first, then eat a balanced but LIGHT meal with family.

Take snacks like carrots, celery, almonds, boiled egg … anything that is low carb and low GI that you can eat to help you resist doing the goodies in excess.

Think about which choices would work best for you, but also prepare an alternative in case the first doesn't seem to be working for you.

Then, you can always drink lots of water … helps on a number of levels including filling your stomach so you don't want to eat as much.

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