Tis the season to stuff your face—fa la la la la la la la la! It might sound funny, but it’s true. Christmas season is a month-long barrage of sweets, treats, desserts, and more. Everywhere you go you are faced with food laden with sugar and more sugar.
Usually, this is not a problem. Most individuals can binge a little and get away with it. They just get right back on the healthy food wagon the following month and start over.
Unfortunately, not everyone can get away with Christmas binging. If you struggle with diabetes, you know you have to be constantly vigilant about what you are putting in your mouth, particularly around the holidays. This vigilance can be greatly challenged during this season. Remember though: out -of -control blood sugar levels are dangerous for your long-term health. It wreaks havoc not only with your foot health, but every part of your well-being!
If you struggle with diabetes, here are some tips to help you overcome the temptation to binge:
- Have a plan! Try to plan ahead of time what your meals are going to be. This will take the guesswork out of it and keep you off the fast-track to binging.
- Avoid feeling hungry for too long. One surefire way to binge is to let your hunger get out of control. Make sure you ARE eating during the holidays so you’re not set up for disaster at that holiday party.
- Have a glass of water before eating. Having a glass of water before you eat is an effective way of reducing your appetite. The glass of water makes you feel full, thus reducing your appetite and the likelihood of binging.
- Don’t feel guilty. It’s obvious when you are at a holiday party that the host or hostess has put a lot of work into the planning and menu. This sometimes makes it hard to say no to all that work, but do it anyway. Your health is worth it!
- Treat yourself. Take time to treat yourself with a no or low-sugar dessert. These goodies have come a long way in the taste department and may satisfy that need for a little something sweet when the urge arises.
The holidays are a fun, but often stressful times, particularly for those with health issues. Take the time to take care of you…you are worth it!