How to Navigate the Holidays With Diabetes
If you’re one of the 100 million people in the US with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the holidays can be even more stressful. In addition to dealing with hectic schedules and frantic family members, those with diabetes have to always be on guard when attending cocktail mixers and dinner parties throughout the season. Because while everyone loves a good fancy fig cocktail or handful of Christmas cookies now and then, those occasional indulgences could wreak havoc if you’re watching your blood sugar. But you *can* arm yourself so it’s easier to navigate your way through all those holiday get-togethers. These five tips from Dr. Lesley Rennis, Chair of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Health Education Department, will help you feel full, satisfied, and healthy, so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones and having fun instead of fretting over your diet.
1. Eat before you go
The easiest way to resist those decadent holiday dishes? Eat before you go to parties. Once there, you can sensibly try small portions of the healthier items available, without feeling a ravenous hunger that would cause you to overindulge.
2. Bring your own dish
Offer to bring a healthy, diabetic-friendly side dish to dinner parties. Not only will it be a help to your host, but it will also ensure that you have something you can eat without worrying about your blood sugar.
3. Focus on fiber and protein
Though it’s totally tempting to dig into those creamy casseroles and candied sweet potatoes, focus on simply prepared whole foods instead. Low-carb, fiber-rich veggies, whether roasted, steamed, or boiled, are a wise choice. (Just make sure they’re not slathered in too much butter or salt.) You can also help yourself to the main protein, especially if it’s turkey, chicken, or fish; lean pork and beef can be consumed in moderation too. Sticking with these fiber and protein-filled dishes will keep you feeling full.
4. Exercise in the morning
Studies show that morning exercise can help regulate your appetite throughout the day, so try to wake up in time to go for a brisk walk or do at least 30 minutes of exercise before your day of festivities begins.
5. Drink water
Feeling thirsty? Stick with water. Alcohol, soda, and other high-calorie beverages are loaded with sugar and pretty much devoid of nutrients, and can cause your blood sugar to spike dangerously.
If you take these tips to heart, the holidays will be a lot less stressful (and healthier) this year.
For more healthy holiday inspiration, follow us on Pinterest.
(Photo via greekfood-tamystika/Pixabay)
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)