What to Do About the Holidays

Diabetes doesnt have to take the life out of the party.

By Nicole Johnson, MA, MPH

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. The joy of family and friends, the sharing of the thankfulness in our hearts with those we cherish, and of course, the food! When I think on this holiday though, there is always a certain amount of anxiety. What is the next year going to hold? How many more diabetes anniversaries will I celebrate? (I was diagnosed on Thanksgiving.) Am I going to be able to control my glucose during the upcoming holiday celebrations? How much is the fun and food going to cost me in terms of my control? I bet these are questions each of us will ponder and ask throughout the season (or at least we should!). Here are my thoughts on how to make this an exceptional celebration season and how to approach food-related holidays with vigor and enthusiasm.

First, we must consider the rules…. or at least Nicole's rules:

  • Don't go to a party hungry.
  • Don't starve yourself throughout the day to "save up" for the big meal.
  • Don't stand near the buffet or food table.
  • Eat small portions. (Reduce by 25-50%) Use a small plate.
  • Avoid rolls and extra bread – too many extra carbs.
  • Drink lots of water before and during the meal. Precede each meal with at least one 8 oz. glass of water.
  • Know the facts about alcohol and diabetes – what lowers and what raises your blood sugar.
  • Avoid sauces that are cream-based if you are watching fat and calories.
  • Watch for hidden sugars in foods made with fruit, jams, or dried fruit.
  • Choose appetizers with veggies and protein.
  • Fill your plate with 50% veggies and/or salad.
  • Fill your plate once and no more. Do not go back to the kitchen/buffet.
  • Take "breaks' between bites.
  • Keep your head up. Talk to others at the table during dinner.
  • Check your blood sugar before and after holiday celebrations.
  • Enjoy yourself!!!

If you are the chef this year, here are a few ideas for your holiday meals and parties. These are all on my list for my family Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, they are repeat requests!

Page: 1 | 2 | 3

Last Modified Date: May 06, 2013

All content on dLife.com is created and reviewed in compliance with our editorial policy.

Sign up for FREE dLife Newsletters

dLife Membership is FREE! Get exclusive access, free recipes, newsletters, savings, and much more! FPO

You are subscribed!
You are subscribed!
You are subscribed!
106 Views 0 comments
by Carey Potash
Charlie’s 12-year anniversary with type 1 just passed and I still know nothing about this diabetes and why it hates us so much. As if to remind us that it was its anniversary, diabetes unleashed hell on Friday. Charlie was stranded well over 400 for hours and even tipped the scale at 580. Susanne pulled Charlie out of school and started what became a wartime exercise in futility. It was one of the worst blood sugar days we’ve had in years. ...