“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”…Gingerbread houses, holiday cookies, and candy canes. “It’s the hap-happiest season of all!” No matter what holiday you celebrate, they surround you, taunting you, begging to be eaten! And when you do open your mouth wide, munch on that chocolate frosted, vanilla cookie, it is delicious! “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And anyone, even people with type one diabetes, deserve to and can enjoy the holiday season and the mouth-watering foods that come along with it!
The holidays can be either the most enjoyable or the most stressful time of year, and with type one diabetes, it’s easy to take the latter. However, with some extra monitoring and care, this wonderful time can be enjoyed! Eating foods in moderation and remembering to count carbohydrates, administer insulin, and stay healthy is important. Of course, eating 10 holiday cookies is not a good idea…not only will blood sugars spiral out of control, but they are an overall unhealthy food for anyone! However, eating 3 or 4 cookies isn’t too bad, as long as you administer the correct amount of insulin prior to doing so. Everyone deserves to eat splurge foods (once in a while) and to celebrate the holidays!
No matter whom you celebrate holidays with, what you celebrate, or how you spread holiday cheer, chances are… there will be food. And chances are, you’ll be a little confused (or very confused) before and after the meal. I know I usually am! How much of that string bean casserole did I just eat? Did I give insulin for it already? Did I have two servings of the sweet potatoes and one serving of the stuffing or the other way around? How many carbohydrates are in the apple pie I am about to eat? It’s important to think healthy when piling food onto your plate. Stare down your plate before engulfing it. Make sure you know what you are eating and how many carbohydrates are in everything. If you are unsure of the nutritional information in something, don’t be afraid to ask whoever you are with if you can see the label, because a wonderful, joyful holiday meal can take a turn for the worse if too much or too little insulin is delivered based on how much food you eat.
Finally, a change in emotions can cause change in your blood sugar. If you are normally stressed over work, but get relaxed during the holidays, you can see that your blood sugars may alter. Maybe the opposite happens and you often feel extra stressed around this time; not sure what gifts to get, entertaining people, and thinking of a new year. This can also cause a change in your blood sugar. In addition, a slightly different diet and sleeping schedule can change your blood sugar! These are just some of the reasons why it is so important to keep a close check on your levels, especially now. If you keep checking your blood sugar, this can be a great holiday year!
With extra care, moderation, and some holiday spirit, this season can be a wonderful one! Type one diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from celebrating and having a great time with family and friends! So bake some cookies, build gingerbread houses, and have fun…because…“ ‘Tis the season, to be jolly!”
Hello everyone! I'm Hannah! I'm 16 years old and have been living a normal life with type 1 diabetes for 10 years! I'm so excited to share the journey of Penpals United with you through our blog!