first holiday season as a diabetic

By ConnieMarie Latest Reply 2010-10-18 20:28:23 -0500
Started 2010-10-18 11:08:16 -0500

hello friends…10 months into to this living with diabetes and really needing some suggestions/advice/recipes to make it through the upcoming holiday season…can anyone help me out?

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RAYT721 2010-10-18 20:28:23 -0500 Report

Welcome to our family/community!!! This will be my first holiday season (diagnosed March 2010) so I can relate to what you are thinking and feeling but I don't know that any holiday is really going to derail me from my plans for exercise, diet, and the commitment that I made to my lifestyle change … and I hope the same is true for you and other Diabetic Connect members.

There are so many excellent diabetic cookbooks (library) and websites when it comes to healthier food alternatives to those traditional recipes and menus that you've been making. You can tweak your recipes with healthier ingredients and reading the nutritional labels on products and recipes can help you. Just make sure to really pay attention to serving sizes. There are a lot of recipes for sugar free holiday treats so you're not stuck with eating cookie crumbs and worrying about the effects from it. Use portion control and self-control and you'll be fine.

You don't have to be rude when visiting family, friends and/or work events. Stick to your guns on what you'll have and not have. Drink water to fill up when possible. Try to steer away from alcohol (empty calories) but this is not to say that you can't have a drink. Use moderation with alcohol as well as food. Don't feel guilty about what you eat or drink and the best way to avoid it is to say NO to temptation.

I will probably be going to the mall but avoiding the food courts. I'll probably be bringing a notebook instead of credit cards so I can list things (make/model/price) and then comparison shop online when I get home. The exercise will be good but I am not planning to break the bank for going nuts on buying for others. I believe that there are better deals online than in any store. If you can nab a Black Friday sale, go for it. But for the most part you are being seduced by the media to drop cash on what you don't need because of the bargain pricing. Be wary of things that sound too good to be true.

Oh I will be having turkey, lots of veggies and plenty of side dishes but this doesn't mean that I have to make the usual mashed potatoes with a stick of butter, cream cheese and sour cream that I make every year and if I do, I don't need half of my plate covered with them plus the gravy on top. I'm going to attempt a common sense holiday when it comes to cooking, cleaning, shopping and making memories. The holidays don't have to be all about spending with the exception of spending time with those you love.

I won't be having stuffing, potatoes, rice, bread or dozens of cookies on the menu this year so I will reduce the temptations in those regards. I will have the turkey and/or ham, more veggies, more low-carb appetizers, more water and more exercise to work it all off.

The keys to dieting and budgeting come from planning.

That 59 cent notebook can save you hundreds of dollars and hundreds of calories if you use it right.

SkipT 2010-10-18 17:00:41 -0500 Report

When I visit relatives or friends for the holidays I always take along my own food. I explain to them that I have certain eating restrictions an no one has every had a problem with that.

Here is a great website for low carb recipes. I use it all the time.

Harlen 2010-10-18 11:54:02 -0500 Report

Small portions and some things we just can not have at all
I hate to tell me no you cant have that lol
so for me I can have a little but just a little ofthe things I realy like lol still got to cover for them and work it off.
Check out the recipes on this site you will fined lots of good ones here
Best wishes

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