Across all cultures, holidays are a wonderful time for friends and families to reconnect and share meals. They are also stressful due to the demands on our time and attention. This can be especially challenging for children living with a chronic disease. Staying on track with diet and medications can be especially challenging during these busy times. Children living with diabetes are often left with few options during holiday gatherings and meals. It becomes especially difficult to eat a healthy, balanced diet during these times.
During this holiday season, make a promise to plan ahead. Having a plan and refusing to skip meals will go a long way toward keeping blood glucose levels in control.
If you follow these strategies, you can help your child maintain his/her blood sugar levels and enjoy the parties and gatherings along with everyone else. But, just like everything else with diabetes, you have to take a few extra steps.
Attending a holiday gathering?
Make sure your child eats a small, balanced meal or snack before you leave home. If he/she arrives to the party hungry, they’ll be more likely to overindulge (another great reason to NOT skip breakfast and lunch).
Offer to bring along a healthy dish you know your child will enjoy and can substitute for a not-so-healthy option
Teach your child to:
Stick with your usual family exercise routine on the day of a party. Make it a priority rather than saying there isn’t time. It is probably more important than the party!
Are you hosting a dinner?
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