Two years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was only 35 then, and it was a major wake up call. I realized I needed to dramatically change my eating habits and eat right for my body. Since then, I’ve done a pretty good job eating healthy. I plan out all of my meals ahead of time to make sure I get all of the vitamins and minerals I need from the food I eat. I’ve had a lot of success using a meal planner template, and doing so has allowed me not only to improve my health but also to lose weight. Unfortunately, I always feel as though I have my food intake under control until the holidays. During the holiday season, I find it very challenging to eat as healthy as I should and stick to my meal plans. Other people with diabetes I have talked to have this same problem. Here are some ways I keep my eating under control during the holiday season:
1. I bring healthy food I know I like to holiday potlucks and dinner parties. I know people will be bringing not-so-healthy dishes to these holiday events, so I plan ahead. I don’t want to end up in a situation where I’ll be tempted to eat unhealthy food because it’s right in front of me, there’s nothing else to eat, and I’m hungry. My staple dish to bring to potlucks and other events is a low carb broccoli casserole.
2. I let my family members know that I eat a diet that is low in carbs and low in sodium. I give them suggestions for meals to cook that are heavy on the veggies and lean protein. I find that communicating with family members about my diet restrictions is a huge help over the holidays. They’re very understanding and are usually happy to make sure the holiday family meals meet my dietary restrictions.
3. I remember that the holidays are the perfect opportunity to reward myself for all my hard work. I buy myself a Christmas present each year, and I let myself enjoy some edible holiday treats as well. I have quite the sweet tooth. So, I love to reward myself with sugar free hot chocolate and sugar free Jell-O. I think a big reason I’m able to stay motivated to eat healthy, especially during the holidays, is because I reward myself with sweet things I love to eat every once in a while.
Author’s Bio: Carolyn is a guest post writer from the Blog ContentGuildwho writes about the subjects of healthy eating and living with diabetes.