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1st Christmas as a t1, do I treat myself or stick to my routine

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Diabeticger, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Diabeticger

    Diabeticger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Was always pretty good treat wise, but at Christmas always tended to splurge a bit, any advice on splurging a bit christmas day and beyond
     
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  2. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi there, it's entirely up to you, you definitely don't need anybody's permission. Like any other person (diabetes or not), splurge if you like! If I am going to eat extra carbs etc, I adjust my insulin accordingly. I get that that can be hard but if you want what you call 'treats' and I call extra carbs, then go ahead, just be mindful that it can be hard to adjust dosage if you are used to the same regime. x
     
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  3. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @Diabeticger ,

    Nice avatar (profile pic.) by the way.. RS1600 Mexico jobbie??

    Happy Cristmas to you. & why shouldn't it be...

    If you've been recently diagnosed & have been sticking to a regime? Then test & monitor effects regarding BGs a little more than usual of your festive cheer if your planning a change from what has been the "norm."

    What insulin regime have you been prescribed? Fixed doses could be tricky.
    But if you are on a basal bolus regime, the "magic" can happen..? Just be carful of timing of basal dosage for that mince pie.. You may find a high then the need for another if you drop.. If the treat is boxed? It will be easier to work out what you are dealing with other than home made contributions by a relative.. "Relly roulette.."

    We're only human, celebrate it by all means. Have fun. But play safe..
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @Diabeticger

    I tend to just pig out on Christmas Day and carb count anything that I fancy, I don’t go mad as I’d be ill but I don’t restrict myself either. I do find it’s a bit of a guess at carb values and I do keep a close eye on my meter as I do try to avoid hypos as much as I can, as I had one a few years back at the in laws and it made me feel really awkward.
     
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    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Diabeticger This is my third T1 Christmas.
    1st T1, I made my own low carb Christmas pud and mince pies, yummy.
    2nd T1, I bought in because it had the carbs count on the packaging.
    3rd T1, already had a mini mince pie from M&S, got the pud and my choc puddles and twiglets ready. I'm planning on my usual veg mountain and goose and will eat what I fancy. We just need to count.Have a good one.
     
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  6. Diabeticger

    Diabeticger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone , really appreciate advice, I'm on a fixed dose Basel-bolus , but have a sliding scale if needed , think I'll just take it as it comes, I'll probably no crave the usual stuff as I'm well into a routine but can adjust a wee bit if I need to

    @Jaylee, yup Mexico - dream car, so if ye want to set up a crowd fund I'll gladly accept :D
     
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  7. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi there, it sounds like you are usually on a fairly restricted diet?, would you mind telling us what a normal days eating would be for you?, that might help us with a few 'tips' for you? x
     
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    mrtn.pllr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm new too and had the same thougts! What will happen at christmas? There are so many great foods and most of them are full of carbs... o_O
     
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    ianf0ster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Each diabetic will have to make their own decisions about food over the festive season. The options range from remaining strict on carbs/diet, to eating at least a little of what everyone else is eating.
    The major difference for those on Insulin is that they have to make that decision at the time they take their Bolus.

    It is fairly easy for me, since I'm a Type 2 on no medications and will be mainly eating at home - so I will eat as usual. I have been to an early Xmas party at a neighbour's and managed to restrain myself to just drinking red wine and just eating cheese, cocktail onions and other very low carb hordevres since no meat/fish was available.
     
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    mrtn.pllr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Would be nice if I could eat like the others. The problem is with the sweet stuff. The soups and meats are ok of course, but the desserts, maaan, that's a tough one...
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    49th type 1 xmas for me.....
    As always nothing is off the menu for me. As long as I can fairly accurately count the carbs and bolus for said carbs I am usually in range. A few xmass ago I decided to get myself a small(ish) xmas pud (I lurve xmas pud) and custard. Counted the carbs and worked out the bolus for it....well over 30 units of Novosluggish has to be taken.....was well worth it. Bloods stayed below 10 all afternoon and evening....WINNER :)

    Edited to add......we are all VERY different......what works for me may not work for anyone else :)
     
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    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'd beg to differ re the idea that as long as type 1s bolus for carbs then they will be fine. I know some guys can do this and have a smooth ride but for me I cannot 'think like a pancreas' and get it right.
    I restrict so as not to get into bolus errors.
    I do eat treats and will do so at Christmas but also know that I will have some bad spikes when I've got the timing wrong which is fine for a day or two and I will avoid feeling guilty about it.
     
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  13. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    My first motor was an Escort estate. From memory MK1, 1300 engine? (Bit of a nightmare of a vehicle for me if i was to be honest.) :banghead:

    Oddly, i saw a MK1 next to a BMW Mini in a car park a few months back? By comparison the Escort looked tiny..

    Keep your dream alive though. :):cool:
     
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