‘Tis the Season: Healthy Holidays for All


When it comes to the holiday season, “don’t mess with tradition” seems to be the motto. Maybe you have a favorite cookie recipe full of fat and calories handed down from several generations or a special kind of stuffing that you make. Perhaps this is the time of year when you catch up on your sleep (always a good thing) or imbibe a few too many holiday cocktails. Go to the gym? You’ll start January 2.

We tend to rationalize and figure that the holiday indulgences only fall on a day or two out of the whole year. Of course, we also tend to overlook the fact that the holiday season typically extends from Halloween to New Year’s, and sometimes beyond. Holiday parties, office treats, cookie swaps, and grabbing food on the fly when shopping make it easy to get off track with our usual routines. So it’s not surprising that calories and carbohydrate add up, pounds are packed on, exercise falls by the wayside, and come January 2, one feels like the overstuffed turkey that was on the table.

Yet, our holiday traditions are what help sustain us from year to year. Observing and honoring them are a way for us to connect to our past, so it’s understandable that we hold onto them. When you have diabetes, you might be feeling that it’s too hard to balance the holidays with blood glucose control, especially if you’re new to diabetes. How do count the carbohydrate? How do you gauge your insulin dose? What if you just can’t possibly be “good” at this time of year? Here’s some advice to help your holidays be as enjoyable and healthful as possible:

Look ahead. If 2010 wasn’t all you wanted it to be, remember that a new year and new beginning is right around the corner. Think of one goal you’d like to achieve over the next year and take some steps to make it happen.

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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