For diabetics, the holidays can be really tough. Everywhere you go it seems like there are trays of foods that are "no-no's" on your list. Lots of sugary treats with extra carb - both home made and store bought. I wanted to offer a few tips to those who have been diagnosed with diabetes on how to celebrate Christmas.
First, when you eat sugar and carbs, be sure to eat some protein at the same time. Protein will help stabilize your blood sugar and prevent surges.
Second, if you are encountering lots of extra treats at work or anywhere else, take along your own healthier snacks so you can join in the fun while at the time eating better.
Third, if those cakes, cookies, pies, candies, etc are store bought, then they must have a nutrition label with the ingredients listed. Read the food label and determine if it has any of the REAL no-no's like high fructose corn syrup and/or trans fat.
Fourth, make sure you are eating healthy overall and not eating trans fat. Read this article if you don't know why diabetics (and everyone) needs to avoid trans fat. Read this article if you don't know why high fructose corn syrup is so bad for you. Even if you eat sugar, honey, etc.... don't eat high fructose corn syrup EVER - no exceptions!!! and avoid trans fat at all costs. These are two of the worse things a diabetic can eat!
Fifth, make sure you are getting an ample dose of omega-3. On days I don't eat fish, I take a fish oil or krill oil capsule. This is especially important during periods like the holidays when you are eating more carb.
Sixth, you really need a GOOD source for information on how to reverse diabetes. This is the best source I have found. Don't just depend on information you find online. Trust me, it is no where near enough detail, nor is it presented in a format that is easy to see the big picture and how all the steps fit together. I truly believe that the information I just linked could literally save your life and/or give you a much higher quality of life and/or prolong your life.
Happy Holidays Everyone!!