Diwali is just around the corner; and that means it’s time to indulge in all of our favorite sweet and savory dishes! From kaju barfi to halwa and ladoos and a whole range of delicious snacks – the finest delicacies are found in our homes and bellies! However, these diet-focused festivities often take a toll on people with diabetes and other lifestyle-related illnesses. After all, temptation is everywhere, whether it’s at family gatherings or the ubiquitous Diwali card parties. Excessive consumption of sweets can lead to an increase in blood sugar. Sticking to their recommended meal plan can become difficult for diabetics right now. But with a few tips and strategies, here’s how you can make better choices and manage your blood sugar during the holiday season. And also, you can stay on track with your nutritional plan without depriving yourself of enjoying all the festive treats!
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9 healthy tips for managing blood sugar during the festival:
Whether you are heading to a friend’s house for a party or a restaurant meal, this will help you get a feel for the food that is likely to be served to you. Ask your friend what the likely menu is, and plan to eat only the foods that won’t raise your blood sugar. Go for low calorie vegetable or lean meat options. Choose baked and broiled options over fried snacks. You can also take a dish with you that you know you can eat without worry. Check out the restaurant menu and plan to order those cravings that complement your diet.
Never skip your meals:
Maintaining discipline in your eating routine is an imperative for a diabetic, and it is all the more important during the festive seasons. Never skip your meals, especially before attending a party, as this could negatively impact your blood sugar. Studies have shown that skipping meals can lead to unhealthy eating habits. If needed, you can always split your meals into smaller portions throughout the day, but never skip a meal.
Watch your carbohydrates:
Preventing a rise in your blood sugar levels is not only about monitoring your sugar intake, but also about consuming carbohydrates sensibly. Avoid simple and refined carbohydrates as this can cause blood sugar levels to rise. If you are planning to indulge in something sweet, cut back on the amount of carbohydrates like rice, wheat, potato during this meal.
Read the labels:
Read the labels of the products you buy and avoid products that contain ingredients like high trans fat and fructose corn syrup, which is commonly found in fried snacks, sodas, fruit juices, sweets, cereals, etc. Today we see a lot of grocery stores helping customers make healthier food choices with products that are free of chemicals and preservatives and made with healthier ingredients, so as a consumer we need to be aware and make those choices. also.
Get some exercise:
This can be one of the hardest things to do during the holiday season because the schedules can get completely messed up, whether you are busy with parties or just busy doing nothing! Can’t go to the gym? Instead, go for a short walk or a quick run. Avoid binge eating in front of the television.
Don’t compromise on your sleep:
Late nights are commonplace during Diwali celebrations, but lack of sleep can negatively affect your blood sugar. Try to get as much sleep as possible for 7-9 hours. If you think you need to be out late, take an afternoon nap. Remember that rest and recovery are essential to the health of any individual.
Saying no to second portions is a great way to take control of what you eat this holiday season. Avoid the temptation to dive into the snack bowl when passed around or pick something up from the buffet table as you pass by. Go for healthier alternatives whether you eat or cook. Use jaggery instead of sugar in your candy. Say no to fried snacks and choose baked options instead. Choose brown rice over white rice, whole grains over fancy options. If you’re making candy at home, jaggery might be a healthier alternative to refined sugar.
Say no to alcohol:
The high calories found in alcohol and the sugars in soft drinks can lead to increased sugar levels. Although it can be difficult to refrain from festivities, it is best to limit or ideally avoid alcohol consumption.
It is important to check your blood sugar at this time, especially before going out for a party or a meal. Always make sure you take your medication on time.
A few simple steps that will go a long way to help you enjoy a worry-free Diwali!
Author Biography: Shona Prabhu is Consultant Nutritionist at The Organic World
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