Published on October 16, 2015

Live well with diabetes: Eat healthy and be merry

Are visions of sugar plums dancing in your head?

holiday decorThere’s no doubt that the holidays are a deliciously tempting time of year. But life with diabetes means you must keep a close eye on your diet.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t savor the festivities along with everyone else. Just follow these tips to keep you—and your blood sugar numbers—on a merry track.

Plan ahead. Heading to a holiday get-together? Offer to bring your favorite healthy side dish. And have a small snack before you go. That way you won’t be overly hungry or tempted to overeat when you get there.

Pick and choose. Take a look at all the dishes offered. Choose just a few things you really want to try and take reasonable portions of each. If you want to sample everything, just a little of each.

For refreshment, aim to sip water rather than calorie-filled drinks. And try to put some distance between you and the buffet. You might move to another room to visit with friends and family, where you’ll be less tempted to snack the night away.

Put your walking shoes on. Make time to exercise every day. If you overindulge, head outside after your meal for an extra bit of walking to help work it off.

Health starts at home

Diabetes self-management is just one of Mercy Home Health’s many programs for an all-around healthier you. Our expert team delivers care throughout the five-county Philadelphia area. To learn more, call 1.888.690.2551.