For people with diabetes, Christmas, for all its fun and jollity, can feel like a bit of an obstacle course. Calorific Christmas dinners can trip you up, and it’s often hard to know exactly how to navigate the festive season without disastrous consequences for your blood sugar. Here are a few ways you can have a healthy Christmas dinner without missing out on the festive fun:
As December begins, families across the country have no doubt been locking horns over just when is “too early” for Christmas decorations to go up.
A divisive issue, yes, but another quandary many find themselves in annually is what Christmas present to purchase for your loved one, family member or friend with diabetes.
We’ve selected five of the finest gifts that somebody with diabetes could receive, inevitably leading to admiration and appreciation from your esteemed receiver.
Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. Cliff Richard summed up Christmas delightfully with one lyric but people with diabetes, and who are over 18, must consider drinking alcohol carefully around Christmas time.
It can be tempting during the Christmas period for people with diabetes to consume alcohol more frequently then they perhaps would throughout the rest of the year.
Work Christmas parties and general festive celebrations will often see alcohol purchased, and while people with diabetes should not avoid drinking, understanding the effects of alcohol is essential.
Each person with diabetes will react differently to alcohol, which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) depending on the amount you consume and what food you have eaten beforehand.
I can quite see why new year resolutions exist; a clean slate and the fact that the Christmas period sometimes allows a little extra time for reflection seem to be the main ones. Then with diabetes there can be an extra reason if Christmas means that blood sugars and control has wavered.
I’ve noticed two ways in which a resolution can be made:
- The first where you feel some kind of societal pressure.
- The second where the resolution comes from within.
In most cases, the second seems to be by far the most effective.
When I look back over Christmas and think to myself whether I was able to keep my sugar levels in check as well as I hoped.
If I’m honest, I would have to say that the sugar levels weren’t as good as I might have hoped. I wouldn’t say I went crazy at any point and did well to avoid mid-meal pecking but my blood glucose levels were higher than I would have liked.
Christmas when younger …
I would relish Christmas dinner and each follow up dinner for much of the next week. After having tucked into roast potatoes and plenty of stuffing I’d then look forward to my favourite part, the puddings*, which usually consisted of 2 or 3 of the following; Christmas pudding with plenty of brandy butter, trifle, Christmas cake, mince pies and Christmas ice cream -a home made speciality of my father and probably my favourite.