By Amy Campbell | December 15, 2008 12:01 pm
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us…and has been since October. Doesn’t it seem like people start decorating for Christmas earlier and earlier nowadays? It used to be that maybe after Thanksgiving, a few brave souls would put up Christmas lights. Now, the lights and lawn ornaments go up a day or so after Halloween.
As you’ve been making your lists and checking them twice for whatever holiday celebrations you’re observing, how many of you spend a little extra time thinking about your diabetes? What happens to your diabetes control over the holiday season? Or maybe it’s not a big deal for you — maybe you stick with your usual routine, no matter what.
Do you take a few days of high blood glucose levels in stride? Or do you curtail your holiday indulging to avoid that happening? My husband, who has Type 1 diabetes and wears a pump, seems to enjoy the holiday treats as much as the rest of us, but he boluses insulin appropriately to cover them. His blood glucose levels may not be ideal, but he does the best he can. However, I can recall patients of mine who wouldn’t give in to one holiday cookie or candy cane for fear of potential consequences.
There’s no one right way to “do” diabetes, particularly over the holidays. But if you’ve found some tricks or strategies that work for you, please share! In the meantime, I’ll share some tips with you.
Eating Well, Eating Right
We all know the eating part can be the toughest. Mealtimes are different, and carbs are found everywhere. If you choose, give yourself permission to indulge a bit. If it’s easier to just not go there, that’s OK, too. Whatever works best.
One of the best things you can do to stay in control — and sane — during the holidays is to be physically active.
Keep on Checking
De-stress and Unwind
Above all else, enjoy this time of year, even if you simply use the time to reflect on the past year and plan ahead for the New Year.
Happy holidays to all!
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