Highland's Diabetes HealthSource Offers Tips for Eating & Staying Healthy Throughout the Holiday Season
November 18, 2011
Many people worry about gaining weight around the holidays. But people with diabetes face even more challenges. A lot of planning and work has to go into party and travel plans in order to maintain glucose levels and continue a healthy lifestyle.
The registered dieticians at Highland’s Diabetes HealthSource say there are ways to enjoy the holidays - and the food - without getting too stressed.
Here are a few tips:
- Don’t feel guilty on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day if you enjoy the traditional meals. However, it is not healthy to indulge for five weeks straight - from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day.
- Do not overeat at holiday parties. Plan ahead and make sure you eat regular meals during the day, including fruits and vegetables. You likely won’t have these options at the party.
- Maintain your exercise plan. This is the cornerstone of diabetes self management. Exercise helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- Spread out the number of carbohydrates you have if you want to eat sweets. For example, eat your dessert a couple of hours after the meal instead of right after you eat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has advice to help people manage diabetes during the holidays. The American Diabetes Association offers a list of alternative, low-stress recipes.
Highland’s Diabetes HealthSource hosts classes throughout the year to help people manage their diabetes. Upcoming "Living with Diabetes" classes will be 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The sessions, covered by most insurers with co-pay, will be held in the Calihan Conference Room at Highland. Each participant can bring a support person, and parking is free. For more information or to register, call (585) 341-7066.