Holidays are coming up and I am scared to death

By melissaweeks92 Latest Reply 2009-10-14 13:30:08 -0500
Started 2009-10-08 11:49:42 -0500

Ok ready or not here they come. I am scared to death to see the holidays coming. I have been on Metformin for a 1 1/2 years now. How do you handle all the great food during Thanksgiving and Christmas? I am still trying to get my eating habits under control. The more I think about it the more depressed I get.
I am at the point where I am willing to just skip the meal part with the family. HELP ME PLEASE. How do you handle this?

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melissaweeks92 2009-10-12 13:53:11 -0500 Report

Thanks you guys for all the encouragement. Its really nice having you here going through the same thing I am. I don't feel so alone in this battle. Its still hard for me sometimes. All my life I have been able to eat what ever i wanted and now I have this black cloud over me screaming YOU CAN"T EAT THAT.

I did find a few Diabetic desserts I am going to try making. If they turn out ok I'm going to take them to my Thanksgiving get together. That way I don't have to sit in the corner and watch everyone pig out on sweets.

My sister also sent me a book called the diabetic Bible. OMG everything you want to know and then some. They have a large number of recipes for us in there. I am going to be a cooking fool for the next few weeks. I want to try some dishes so I can take them for Thanksgiving.

Thanks again to everyone.
You guys are God sent.
God Bless each one of my new Friends!

Judimar 2009-10-12 14:09:44 -0500 Report

Hi Melissa!

Just remember that moderation is the key. You just need to take a smaller portion size if y ou are unsure of how your blood sugar will react.

Just as everyone said, eat less of the carbs and more of the veggies.

Here's a funny story… My husband and I went to a Christmas party for his company a couple years ago. We were all asked to bring something. I told him to volunteer us to make dessert. I figured anything else that people brought I could eat… so I took a recipe I had for Pina Colada cake and I bought reduced sugar cake mix and low fat condensed milk… in other words I scaled it down so everything was low fat and low in sugar.. I created it to be a diabetic dessert.

At the party everyone loved my Pina Colada cake. They were so surprised when I told them it was a diabetic dessert.

Being diabetic doesn't mean we have to stop eating the things we love or living… we just need to learn to adapt and be wiser in our choices! :)


Enjoy your holidays and tell that black cloud to shut up and go away!!

melissaweeks92 2009-10-14 13:30:08 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. I am so glad I found this site. It is nice to know there are people out there that understands my feelings.

Turtle 2009-10-10 03:09:41 -0500 Report

Everyone here hits the mark for their own personal fight and wins. You can do it. My first holiday season after being diagnosed, I felt so depressed. And now I am in assisted living and cannot go to my moms for both holidays, So I picked Christmas with my mom and I have to stay here for Turkey Day. It will be ok tho. There are lots of other diabetics here too and we are all in the same boat.

Don't be "scared to death". That is so ending and you still have a lot of life ahead of you.

Wear something you like on those days/ Something comfy and cozy. Even if it means taking a pair of slippers w/ you. I think if you feel more comfy on the outside it is easier to be comfy on the inside.


Barbi 2009-10-09 13:21:38 -0500 Report

Hi! Stop scaring yourself!! And quit beating yourself up!! Being diabtic doesn't mean that you have to deprive yourself of enjoying the food of the holiday! It means you have to think, be smart, and plan ahead! If you know you are going to want a piece of pecan pie after dinner then eat smart all day and have a small piece of pie. Do an extra 5 minutes of walking, or tread mill, or on that bike that's gathering dust in the corner! It's okay to have some treats if you are smart about it. Depriving yourself only gives yourself cravings and guilt when you cheat!! Be strong, take control of your diet and enjoy being with family and friends…remember that is what the holidays are all about…not just food!

jtausch 2009-10-10 01:08:10 -0500 Report

Or just don't go to crazy but enjoy yourself than the next start watching you carbs So what if you go high usually one day is not going to hurt. if you want a full serving of a favorite pie go for it If you eat a lot of protein it probably will not be that bad

hbkunkel 2009-10-09 06:00:49 -0500 Report

Before you go to parties eat something small that is protein and then limit your snacks and try (but it is difficult) to limit what you eat at meals. Most of your close friends and family know that you are a diabetic and will understand if you limit whata you are eating. Also, and very important get as much exercise as possible so that you are helping your body with the goodies that are around during the holidays. Go out and walk, walk, walk to really help yourself. Good luck.

SkipT 2009-10-08 16:26:06 -0500 Report

I always take some of my own food when I visit friends or relatives during the Holidays. I explain to them that this is what I eat to stay healthy. I also let them know that there are certain foods that I CANNOT eat, but I have no problem with anyone else enjoying them. I have never had complaints from anyone about this.

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daniel velazco 2009-10-08 19:13:10 -0500 Report

I really have no problems as all my family and friends know that I'm diabetic. I just pick and choose and limit my intake of carbs. Dan

Alicia039 2009-10-09 02:57:50 -0500 Report

For Holiday gatherings I take along a a dessert that is sugar free. Usually there are others there that really appreciate it. And I'm lucky that my sister-in-laws include some low-carb sides :)

mamaoak 2009-10-08 13:28:07 -0500 Report

well it will be my first time for these i plan on haveing a good time i love the turkey amnd stuffing will take my measuring cups with me i know how much i can have of ever thing that the family loves we have had a couple of these meals during the summer and did ok i wll have 1/4 cup of stuffing but very light on the gravey and potatoe 2 teaspoons of p with a drizel of gravey a tab of cranbeery sauce a sliver of squash 1/8 cup of brocilly salad if we have pie i will have 1/16 slice of that and i should be ok i really watch my portions if you do you should be all right.

Harlen 2009-10-08 13:19:55 -0500 Report

I steal have the foods I like I just keep it to a min
Befor I sit down and eat I set my limmit
and when I hit it I am done with the foos this makes me picky over what I eat lol I wish you the best

Antique-Dave 2009-10-08 12:06:04 -0500 Report

We've altered some of our favorite recipes to be more low carb. I still eat most things but with some its more of a taste than a serving.

I watch the portions and I graze more thru the day. I take my glass of fiber to help slow down the absorbtion and I keep the apple cider vinegar handy.

I eat, and I'm going to enjoy my holidays, cookies and candy would be harder to fit in but most everything else works out pretty well for me. You just need to be flexible and aware of what you're doing.

Sarguillo 2009-10-08 12:05:18 -0500 Report

Family dinners are getting easier as you partake of them. Just make heathy choices. Eat move vegtables. Less stuffing. More protien. Now, I am not saying dont eat any stuffing. I hate my mother in laws stuffing so that one is easy for me. But just try it out. Have a portion of it. Just dont engourge yourself. Try to eat a normal meal. And please, do try some of the deserts. Just try some, dont eat a whole pie, Just take a small slice.

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