tips for diabetes and christmas time
Written by Dr. César Giral

Christmas time is one of the most special times of the year. It is full of family, friendship, celebration, gifts, parties and many delicious dishes, and therefore overeating. Maintaining discipline can be a real challenge, and our willpower is challenged frequently.

If you want to make sure not to gain weight and be able to maintain control of your blood glucose during this season, then the following tips can help you plan and to enjoy the pleasure of eating this holidays. Like we always say, moderation is the key.

– Try to keep your daily diet plan. Avoid the temptation of extra and unnecessary snacks.

– Do NOT skip your medical treatment. The holidays tend to change our daily routine and forget to meet your medical regimen.

Monitor your blood sugar regularly, especially if you overeat and/or overdrink.

– Never go to a party on an empty stomach. Hunger will make you eat fast and too much. A good tip is to eat a protein based snack before. You will be satisfied and it will have little impact on your blood sugar levels before the main meal.

– Try to choose healthier meals and give yourself freedom to choose a small portion of what you know you shouldn’t eat.

  • Vegetables without added butter or oil.
  • Fish, chicken or turkey (baked or grilled). Do not eat the skin because they are high in cholesterol.
  • Ask for the dressing on the side so you can control the amount you use.
  • Desserts. Take a small portion and do not repeat.

– Alcohol is not absolutely forbidden for people with diabetes. Again, moderation is the key. In general, you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer. An excellent choice for those who want to drink alcohol is to have naturally carbonated water or a little juice with no added sugar.

– If you are the one in charge of the meal, make sure to have some low glycemic dishes for to be combined with protein meals (meat, poultry, fish). If you’re not the one in charge, make sure to have a good combination on your plate by respecting the common portion sizes. A rough idea of these portions are: fill half of your plate with salad and/or vegetables, one quarter with protein and the other quarter with carbohydrates (made with whole grains).

– Avoid the busy schedule. Leave time open to rest and exercise regularly, which is important, especially for those with diabetes.

Remember that everything is not lost if you overeat. After all, it’s only for a day and you can always go back to your healthy eating habits the next day, just make sure not to lose control!


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