Holiday favorites...

By ConnieMarie Latest Reply 2012-11-10 12:28:03 -0600
Started 2012-11-02 08:40:12 -0500

since i noticed we have a lot of newly diagnosed to DC i thought maybe we could share advice and recipes for the holidays with them. i find this time of year hard because you have the "food nazi"…you know the type - should you be eating that? or "forgetful" oh i forgot your diabetic…i always pack baby carrots, string cheese and sugar free drink mix…usually make a diabetic pecan pie to share…what are your favorite tips?

16 replies

Leslie S
Leslie S 2012-11-08 07:07:58 -0600 Report

Last year was my first holidays as a diabetic. I ate sweet potatoes instead of regular and one dessert. I walk after every holiday meal. When I went to my parents for Christmas, I baked sugar free peanut butter cookies and they were delish!! My aunt also made me fruit pizza for my Christmas dessert.

Linda crutch
Linda crutch 2012-11-05 09:32:04 -0600 Report

I always have baby carrots handy. Love them raw to eat instead of potato chips, etc. If I'm on a road trip from my place in central Fl to Tampa bay to see family, I take a bag of carrots with me and my Pomeranian dog, Ethel loves them too!!

jdla 2012-11-03 00:30:30 -0500 Report

Looks like I will be the main cook this year so I am seeking out good recipes I can enjoy and my family will like ad well. I am currently working out the kinks on a quinoa version of broccoli rice cheese casserole

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-11-02 18:06:44 -0500 Report

For most family events I bring a couple of safe desserts. There are seldom any leftovers. I am the sole PWD, unless a family friend, or two of a sister's in-laws are there. We usually have to move quick to beat the non PWD to my desserts.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-02 13:05:38 -0500 Report

I killed the food nazi's by telling them it is a sign of bad manners to comment on what someone else is eating or if you spent time enjoying your meal you wouldn't have time meddling with mine. Once my blood sugar levels were controlled, my doctor gave me on free day of the week. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my free days. If my blood sugar gets a little high, I don't care. I know it will be down by the time I go to bed.

Sweet Potato Pie, cookies, Cakes oh my!!! My favorite holiday tool is either a teaspoon or a tablespoon. Serving spoons are the enemy unless it is in veggies. The spoons are for foods high in carbs. I take a little of this or that and load up on veggies and meat. I don't eat any appetizers and if going to a families house for dinner, I take either my own sugar free strawberry or chocolate mousse stick it in the fridge and tell everyone not to touch it. I take my sugar free drink mix in my 32oz water bottle and stick that in the fridge (we can do that in my family)

My tip is to take a walk before and after dinner to burn off those carbs. That way if you want a tiny slice of pumpkin pie you can have it.

ShellyLargent 2012-11-02 11:23:19 -0500 Report

My Grandma (bless her little heart) still bakes me and my husband tons of cookies and candies for the holidays. I'm diabetic, he's not, so he ends up eating most of it. She also makes this Jell-O salad that I grew up on eating during the holidays. This year I asked her I could make it. I'm going to try it with sugar-free Jell-O and the sugar-free Cool Whip. Hopefully that will cut down a lot on the carbs! I'm also gong to try my hand at a diabetic friendly pumpkin pie. We'll see how it goes!

Fefe12 2012-11-05 00:59:51 -0600 Report

My goodness stop all the stress and share your baked treats. People will love you and your Gmom can keep baking. As for the holidays, remember to excercise, watch your portions, have only bites of the sweet stuff and enjoy your day. We need to stop stressing the food thing. Its only a mind game we play with ourselves. We tell ourselves we cant so we dont. Then we tell ourselves we are doing a crappy job so lets just give up and eat what we want. Then we go home and feel bad and we've ruined what should have been a day about family and friends and being grateful we are alive. WE are bigger then our want of food, dont let food win. When you think about it everyone should be eating like us. They would be much skinnier and in better health. LOL, we arnt going to be the ones lying on the couch with the belly ache!

ConnieMarie 2012-11-03 08:22:50 -0500 Report

D-Life has some great pumpkin, pecan & apple pie recipes…my family is a mix of type2 & type1 diabetics but we live so far away we celebrate with friends instead who aren't diabetic.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-11-02 18:01:07 -0500 Report

I have made many new friends by regifting cookies and cakes. One lemon cake from The Cake Lady (aka Mom) never made it from her apartment to mine. At 6:15 am hubby and I gifted it to drive through window person who saw the cake and said 'oh man cake! I wish I could have a piece of cake now!. Suddenly the cake genie handed him an entire cake.
I dread the day The Cake Lady no longer can over supply those around her with cake.

ConnieMarie 2012-11-10 12:28:03 -0600 Report

regifting cookies & cakes or pies we do as well…around christmas there are tons of parties, dinners, get togethers…perfect way to get rid of them…"thank you for inviting us, we brought you this ___ to help with dessert & here's a little something special just for you" :D lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-02 13:20:54 -0500 Report

Shelly I use sugar free Cool Whip in my chocolate mousse and it is still good. I would let your grandmother make her Jello Salad, people who are not use to eating it sugar free may not like it. Sugar free products can cause bloating and diarrhea in some people including kids and this could ruin their day. I never ask anyone to do anything special for me because I am diabetic. Just because I am diabetic doesn't mean I am entitled to special foods at family gatherings. People still want their traditional foods and none of us diabetics in the family ever ask for anything special at these gatherings. I just eat what is served but just a little of it.

I wish my grandmother and mother was here to make me some cookies. Even as a diabetic I would still enjoy their cooking. I have not had Jello Salad in years and could use a spoonful. I wish your grandmother could send me some. Why not take some of the cakes and cookies to some seniors in your community? They may enjoy them.