Christmas tips for diabetics

Posted by Lynda on December 19th, 2013 (Diet, Health)

Christmas tips for diabeticsYou don’t have to feel like you are missing out if you have diabetes.

Healthy eating for people with diabetes is the same as for everyone else at Christmas.  Treats can still be enjoyed, but remember that traditional Christmas foods do tend to be higher in fat and calories than everyday foods, so moderation is the key.

Try not to eat too many or too much in one go.  Instead spread these treats out over the Christmas period, and keep your portions as small as possible.  It is better to eat little and often as a diabetic, rather than over-load your body with one large meal.

Checklist for choosing healthy festive foods:

  • Low GI
  • Low saturated and trans fat
  • Whole food and high fibre
  • Eat the recommended portion size

Christmas Tips for Diabetics

  1. Monitor you blood sugars closely and don’t skip doses of your medication. 
    Always check your blood glucose levels before you decide to have a treat.  If your blood sugar is already high, delay eating something sweet.  You may also find that a sweet treat eaten with a meal in place of a dessert won’t upset your blood glucose levels too much.
  2. Eat regularly and avoid allowing your blood glucose levels to drop.
    Include Low GI foods and some protein at every meal to help keep blood sugar levels stable. This will also help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  3. Do not drink excessive alcohol, and do not drink at all on an empty stomach.
    Alcohol can actually lower your blood sugar levels.
  4. Eat before the party
    If you will be attending a party, eat before you go in case your food choices at the party are limited.  Keep healthy food and glucose supplements with you at all times.
  5. Be positive.
    Remember that you control your diabetes; it doesn’t control you.
Written by Lynda

Lynda Hamilton is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist BSc, BHSc (N&D) and member of Dietitian Association Australia (APD).

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