Diabetes Sugar Control with Diet and Exercise
Who isnt tempted to eat sugary treats during the holiday season? My mouth waters just thinking about the array of cookies, candies and cakes, not to mention the dishes high in calories and fat served at a Thanksgiving feast. And lets not forget the toasts to celebrate the holiday! But these kinds of temptations are double trouble for people who suffer with diabetes. Its challenging enough for many folks with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels stable but even more difficult this time of year.
The good news is that diabetes experts say there are ways to keep blood sugar levels on target even through the holiday season. How? Through a double strategy: a combination of prevention and simple lifestyle changes. First, choose a healthy diet with a low-glycemic index and then combine it with a regular, stress-reducing exercise program.
Of course, this is easier said than done, so here are some simple tips:
Set strict limits on how many sweets youre going to allow yourself to eat before you get to the party. Make a vow to stick to it. Keep the single digit number on a slip of paper in your pocket.
Eat a small, healthy snack such as nuts or cheese before you get to the party so you wont be hungry when youre there.
Allow yourself only ONE drink. Even moderate amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar limits to spike. Alcohol also stimulates your appetite. Plus, youll be less likely to be able to stay no to sweets if you get tipsy and lose willpower.