Archive | December 15, 2010

Diabetes and Holiday Sweets?

Here is a question I recently received from

I have diabetes and this time of year is the toughest for me. It seems holiday treats/sweets are everywhere tempting me! Is it ok to indulge a little? If not, how can I build up enough will power to avoid holiday sweets?

Answer: Managing diabetes can be a challenge during the holiday season with tempting treats everywhere.
Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Eat moderately and plan ahead what and how much you will eat.
  • Before a holiday event eat a snack or a light meal.  Foods high in protein, such as, chicken or cottage cheese help you eat less later.  Fasting before an event may lead you to overeat.
  • Eat smaller portions to keep yourself from indulging too much.
  • When eating high-sugar foods, such as, cookies, cakes, candies and pies, do not just add them to your diet, but substitute small portions of these sweets for other carbohydrates in your meal (e.g a dinner roll)

  • You can modify dessert recipes by replacing up to half of the sugar in a recipe with a sugar substitute.  You can also cut down the sugar and increase the use of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other sweet-tasting spices and flavorings.  You can replace half of the fat in the recipe with applesauce.  You should still eat a small portion and keep in mind that replacing fat with fruit ingredients increase the carbohydrate content.
  • Eat slowly and enjoy the taste of food.  This will give your stomach enough time to register that you are full.
  • Exercise – you can go for a walk to avoid the temptation of sweets and if you over-indulge you can exercise, which helps decrease the blood sugar.