4. Be honest with hunger. Faced with the endless parade of holiday goodies, ask yourself each and every time if you actually are hungry, and if you're not, just say no! You don't have to give into every whim. And if you are hungry, first have a glass of water, coffee, or tea. Being honest with yourself and skipping a treat here and there is better than having to buy clothes in an entirely new size.
5. Dress for success. And speaking of clothes, don't wear anything that is too comfortable. Yes, it's the time of the year for sweats and fleece, and while I'm as prone to flannel pj's as the next couch potato, it doesn't do you any favors to dress for bed all day. Even if you're on vacation, pick buttons over elastic.
6. Exercise! Exercise like your life depends on it. Because it does. Adding five minutes of walking to your daily routine might not seem like a lot, but it adds up. Try intervals—fast bursts of exercise broken by slower spots—to rev up your metabolism. Give your doggie more walks. Or your cat. Just one walk around the block can take your mind off of food.
7. Reward. Give yourself the gift of a snack. Trying to get through a long afternoon surrounded by Christmas cookies is torture. Plan a treat, like peanut butter and apple slices, baby carrots and hummus, mozzarella cheese and a few wheat crackers. It will take the edge off. Sometimes it really does help to eat.
Always remember that no one is perfect. Nobody. Not beating yourself up is the long-term key to success; picking yourself up after you overindulge is the secret to staying on track. Treat yourself as you would a friend who is trying as hard as they can to get through a challenging time—with kindness, care, and love—the three best gifts of all.
Here's to a Happy, Healthy New Year!
dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.
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