Surviving Special Occasions with Diabetes
"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Life is filled with choices. Decisions of all kinds need to be made from the moment we wake until we finally rest at night. For someone living with diabetes, choices are of utmost importance, especially when it revolves around what to eat.
If you are newly diagnosed with diabetes, it may feel as though food choices have now been bound in chains with more restrictions than you can keep track of. The good news is that living with diabetes doesn’t mean having to live being deprived of good food!
“I Will Survive”
Gloria Gaynor made these lyrics famous in her song from 1978. With the holidays around the corner, many diabetics are repeating these words over and over in preparation for the food fest that lies ahead. We want to encourage diabetics not to make mountains out of molehills when it comes to surviving the holidays. There are many tips and tools out there to help you mange your health and enjoy the holiday at the same time.
The American Diabetes Association offers some helpful guidelines:
- Plan your special dinners meal around your normal mealtime.
- Be physically active to counteract the “extras” that are consumed.
- Be selective about food choices and keep portions reasonable.
- Bring your own diabetes-friendly dish if you eating away from home.
- If you overdo it, monitor glucose levels and get back on track.
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
There are many online resources filled with diabetes-friendly recipes for you to try out and show off to your family and friends!
Drs. Brook and Northcutt at Dallas Podiatry Works are highly committed to caring for their diabetic patients, as foot care is essential when living with diabetes. If you are in need of diabetic foot care, please call our office today in Dallas (972) 566-7474 or Plano (972) 943-3323 to keep feet happy and healthy all year long.
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