Everyone wants to relax and enjoy Christmas day to the max. This might mean eating more than usual and letting sugar levels slip.
Here are 5 tips to help maintain blood sugar control while having fun with your loved ones.
1. Choose your drinks wisely
Many drinks contain a lot of sugar which can drastically increase the amount consumed. Sugar in the form of liquid absorbs quickly, causing sharp glucose spikes.
So I recommend stocking up on low sugar options that you can enjoy without setting off the dreaded blood sugar rollercoaster. Save the high sugar options for when your blood sugars start to drop.
If you drink alcohol, keep in mind that wine and spirits with low sugar mixers are good options!
2. Timing is key
Before a big meal make sure you pre-bolus to prevent the post-meal glucose spike. For me this is usually 20 minutes before a meal, but make sure you find the timing that works best for you.
As I have said previously, try and time high carb/ sugar snacks for when you might need a correction dose anyway, or when your sugars start to naturally dip low.
3. Play active games
I don’t know about you but we love to play games on Christmas day! This is a fantastic way to get some activity in without actually thinking about it.
Some game examples are:
- Inflatable reindeer ring toss
- Just Dance
- Task Master card game
- The Sumo Squat hook race
- Hide and Seek
4. Go for a family walk
After Christmas dinner I love to go for a walk with my family. We usually go between main course and pudding to give ourselves a break.
Walking is a fantastic way to prevent or help to correct high blood sugars. We usually walk for around 30 minutes, and decide what games/ films we’ll play for the rest of the day.
5. Opt for lower carb starters and snacks
I usually snack on nuts, cheese, olives and cocktail sausages as well as having some crisps etc. This helps to decrease the carb load, and makes me feel less restricted.
Keeping the carb content a bit lower helps blood sugar control, and it means less corrective insulin doses!
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