Ask the RD: Managing my Diabetes Health over the Holidays

Q: So I already know that I need to keep an eye on my portions of food around the holiday season to keep my blood sugars in check,  but what else can I do to control my diabetes management over the holidays?

A: An excellent question – we often focus only on the food choices, but staying active is just as important as healthy eating! As the cold Canadian winter makes its appearance, the temptation to stay in and hibernate is inviting! Even so, this snow-filled season still presents opportunities to be active.

  • Try going for a walk after your big holiday meal.
  • Start a new family tradition of snowshoeing, skating or tobogganing during the holidays.
  • And what better way to ring in the New Year than dancing with friends?

Keep moving every day by finding what you really enjoy.

The holidays are meant to be a joyful time, but it’s not uncommon to feel stressed. Between shopping for presents, visiting the whole family and taking care of your health, it’s no wonder your stress level may be rising. Recognize that this is a reality for most people and that planning ahead can reduce stress later. Start your holiday shopping earlier or plan in advance when you’ll see your friends and family. In those moments of inevitable stress, find a way to relax. Try meditation, going for a walk, or listening to music. Planning for stress will alleviate some of the pressure and allow you to enjoy a healthy and happy holiday.

Assistance provided by Leandra Rabinovitch, dietetic intern

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