Eating my way through the holidays

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2010-10-13 16:38:54 -0500
Started 2010-09-30 14:13:13 -0500

I've found that it always takes extra effort to keep my blood sugars balanced throughout the holidays. There is just so much deliciousness out there. I have yet to come up with a good strategy for taking on the holidays.

What do you do to keep your blood sugars under control in the holiday season?

23 replies

RockyMtnGal 2010-10-13 16:38:54 -0500 Report

Needing to stick more closely to a schedule can help here. We usually do late lunch type meals for the holidays, so I plan on making 2 plates: one for the meal and one for dinner. That way I can balance out the goodies and have time for a walk or other exercise in between. Still gonna splurge on my diet, but at least I can balance it some.
Now to tackle the bountiful cookie dilema…

jeffrey9127 2010-10-05 19:48:16 -0500 Report

This will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas as a Diabetic. I hope to make good choices when I eat, but I know that the temptation to eat what I should'nt will be very strong. I will try to control my portion size and stay away from desserts and carb-rich food items. I am sure that following the Holidays we all will have some good stories to tell about our successes and failures. After all, we are only humans doing the best we can.

leonmelton 2010-10-05 18:56:27 -0500 Report

i try to eat what i want during the holidays BUT eat smaller portions. my family fixes foods and desserts sugar-free as much as possible and that helps. by taking smaller portions, i can usually eat all the things i like and feel satisfied. good luck!!!

RAYT721 2010-10-02 09:24:51 -0500 Report

This will be my first holiday season as a diabetic but to be honest, I am not worried about it. Over the past few months (and with the help of friends here) I have learned about good and bad food choices, portion control, and self-control. I have found some low carb recipe options to replace higher carb choices of yesteryear. There are cookies, side dishes, and even appetizers that are better for me than in years past. Even one of my favorite cookies from the past will be better for me than the dozen that I used to make and/or eat. I have the support of family (real and virtual) to help with the emotional support to take better care of myself. The holidays are and will be times of blessings and I've learned that I don't need food to feel better about myself. I need food for energy and life. I'm not about to let my diabetes get me down on any holiday any more or less than any other day of my life. I've be substituting lower fat and lower carb products and using a little common sense for a wonderful and joyous holiday season… and I wish the same to you and to all members. This is a great year to make memories of pleasure rather than guilt.

GabbyPA 2010-10-02 13:19:57 -0500 Report

One of the biggest keys is just what you shared about food not being what makes your holidays good. It is knowing your are blessed and finding non-food focused celebrations.

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speak up 2010-10-01 15:36:54 -0500 Report

This is going to be my first Holiday Season and I am not looking forward to it, Mom does not understand that I have to eat differently now and has already said that I can make the cookies and pies and such for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have never been a big sweet eater but would bake during the Holidays so that she would not have to and then I would take the entire meals to her house along with all the sweets, but I am not sure how I am going to handle it this year unless she understands.

I wish you the best of luck and Pray that God gives you streangth.

CaliKo 2010-10-01 16:50:07 -0500 Report

Perhaps you could offer to prepare some appetizers and/or side dishes instead of desserts - and make them diabetes-friendly for all to enjoy. Good luck.

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speak up 2010-10-02 08:19:22 -0500 Report

CaliKo, that would be a great idea, but I think I am going to my 28 year old daughters house instead of my Mom's see it is a long story but I will make it short, my family says I do not have Diabetes, that it is all in my head and I am only looking for people to feel sorry for me, if that is the case then why am I taking 1,000 mg of Metformin every morning and every night, Mom says I can eat anything I want and that it is all in my head, my family is selfish and since my Dad passed away in 2002 from his heart exploading my faily has treated me like crap and so I normally go for the Holidays, do the cooking spend the entire time in the kitchen and wash the dishes, but when I was dx with congestive heart failure in 2002 and I lost 158 pounds in a year and I went home for Easter my brother asked my Mom (within ear short of me) is she going to die, I laughed and thought yeap someday but hopefully not today! I stay by myself and am only invited to Holidays because the rest of the family does not like to cook and they know I do, but either they eat what I can eat or they eat alone this year, I might be hard nosed but I am tired of being crapped on by people who are suppose to stand with me. My daughter supports me and is always on the lookout for food that I can eat, she has low blood sugar so she understands kinda, and she does call and check on me. I could spend the Holidays with my dogs and cats and be happier than with my family.

CaliKo 2010-10-02 13:16:59 -0500 Report

Hello, I'm sorry you don't get the understanding and support from your Mom that you should. It reminded me of a dinner gathering at my house with family and extended family. I was telling what I thought was a very amusing story of a not-so-funny thing that happened to me in my teenage years. At the end of the story my 86-year-old Mom looked up from the other end of the table and said "Well, that never happened." As you can imagine there was this rather awkward silence while everyone looked at her and then back at me. Then I just did my best impersonation of a 12-year-old and stage-whispered back, "Did too!" and my sister burst out laughing and the moment passed. I guess my point is that, at least where my Mom is concerned, she thinks she knows and understands everything about me, and she simply doesn't. Maybe its a form of denial, and she just doesn't want some things to be true, when it would be ever so much more helpful if she'd listen and talk to me about them. Anyway, my best advice is to surround yourself with people that let you eat when and what you should, and if that's your cat and this virtual community, well, we're hear to listen and talk. Hugs and Good luck.

Pynetree 2010-10-01 09:02:05 -0500 Report

After doing the holiday thing my normal way for a few years, I find I had to give up baking cookies and cake decorating. My willpower is non-existant. Thought I needed to continue to bake so I could continue to give them to family and friends. But was making myself sicker! So that was a BIG concession for me. Now I make one giant batch, just to keep up tradition! Most everyone I gave cookies to over the years, doesn't need them any more than we do. Just hate feeling like "oh poor me! Another thing I can't do anymore!". And it is one in a growing list!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2010-10-06 17:23:10 -0500 Report

I'm with you on that one. I don't have much willpower either when it comes to holiday food. I have had diabetes for 13 years and I still have a hard time controling what I eat on thanksgiving. I have learned though that if I avoid the desserts as much as possible I'm ususally better off.

Pynetree 2010-10-07 12:49:08 -0500 Report

Not me…I'll pass on the potatoes and rolls, before I forego PIE! Then I just try to go for pumpkin and not pecan pie!!

CaliKo 2010-10-07 13:31:56 -0500 Report

Me too, I love pumpkin pie. I'm not eating the crust, though. Hmmm, I wonder if pumpkin mousse might be an option… have to investigate.

GabbyPA 2010-10-01 08:36:36 -0500 Report

Pray...a lot.

I always start out with good intentions and if I take that first step into compromise, I am lost. My first holiday season I did great. Last year, not so hot. I gave in and that started the downward trend. So for me, the best defense is to be strong. It is only food, and I have plenty of things I CAN eat, why focus on what I SHOULDN'T.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2010-10-06 17:26:58 -0500 Report

That is so true. There are plenty of things that we can eat. It is too bad that the one's I want are those that I shouldn't :) my best defense that I have learned over the years is portion size. if I can limit myself I usually allow myself to indulge a bit.

Guardianstone 2010-10-01 10:26:08 -0500 Report

You are correct. It's only foo . . . food. (smacking lips, swallowing repetedly) We have many things to eat. Like a small serving of skinless turkey, no gravy or stuffing. Small salad, no dressing. A small apple. OMG is it that time already. I've . . . got to . . . ummmm . . . Gotta go.
Guardian stone

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-09-30 21:41:45 -0500 Report

This will be my first year joing the big family pre holiday baking days since being dignosed this year. I am hoping I can do lower carb for a few of my favorite recipes by then. I have played around with a few recipes already and was able to eat a small piece and then get them out of the house by giving the rest to non diabetic family members. It helped my craving and saved me from eating more than I needed to.

Gwitt 2010-09-30 14:38:33 -0500 Report

I'm trying to figure out the day to day stuff. I can't even think what it's going to be like when all the pies, cakes & cookies come out of the oven.