Contributed by: Anjali Sharma
Delicious sweets and food are essential for the festival!
Most celebratory foods in India are also deep-fried and over-salted, or they are cooked with sugar or other sweeteners such as jaggery and honey. These delicacies have one thing in common: a high carbohydrate and saturated fat content.
Overindulging in these foods during the festive season can make most people gain weight. However, diabetics are at risk of high blood sugar levels and related problems.
On the other hand, fasting on holidays like Navratri is more likely to cause low blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Studies examining Indians during festivals have shown that diabetics have poor blood sugar control, especially around Diwali and pre-Diwali festivals such as Navratri and Durga Puja.
Does this mean that managing diabetes and attending festivals are incompatible? No, not always. With a little planning and dedication it’s still possible to partake in the festivities while managing your blood sugar levels. Keep reading to learn more about the steps you can take to manage your diabetes this holiday season.
How to control diabetes during festive season?
Choose foods and sweets with natural sweeteners
To celebrate this occasion to the fullest with family and friends, will undoubtedly love to consume as much sugar as possible. However, those with conditions such as diabetes should avoid foods high in sugar.
Therefore, it is recommended to use natural sugar substitutes such as jaggery, dates or figs instead.
These options are not only nutritious but will also help with sugar cravings. Jaggery, rich in iron, helps to cleanse the liver by removing harmful impurities from the body. In addition, dates and figs are very nutritious and give great energy to the body.
Portion size should be small
During the festive season, most pantries are stocked with foods like sweets, dry fruits, snacks and other potentially unhealthy items. As a result, it can be challenging to keep track of what and how much you eat. Before you realize it, you’ve overindulged.
People should aim to eat smaller portions and stay away from junk food. It will help diabetics maintain healthy blood sugar levels. To avoid any health-related concerns, small portion sizes should be consumed regularly. Choosing the right time to eat is a good idea. Drinking at odd hours, such as late at night, should be avoided as it can harm one’s health.
Tracking your macronutrient (protein, fat, and carbohydrate) intake during the holiday season can also be a great way to stay balanced. Blood sugar levels.
By keeping track of your carbohydrate intake, you can enjoy sweets and fried foods while staying within the recommended daily carb and fat intake limits.
Choose healthy drinks
When it comes to maintaining blood sugar management, drinks like juice and soda are just as dangerous as sweets. These drinks contain a lot of sugar, which can instantly raise your blood sugar levels.
Instead, opt for healthier options, such as coconut water, low-fat smoothies, or smoothies made from low-glycemic index (GI) fruits, such as berries, apples, and oranges.
If drinking alcohol is a major part of the celebration, try to limit yourself to one drink or avoid it altogether. Alcohol can have a weird effect on your blood sugar levels, causing them to either rise or fall and cause problems.
Finally, remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which can help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Making time for fitness in your schedule can be challenging with all the holiday excitement. It’s no secret that regular physical activity and exercise are essential to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
Therefore, aim to schedule at least 30 minutes of brisk activity every day. If you can’t go to the gym, you can exercise at home (walking, running or cycling).
Take medicine on time if any
When it comes to ensuring your blood sugar levels remain stable during the festive season, our medicines are your best companion. You can prevent high and low blood sugar problems by taking your medication as directed and on time.
Talk to your doctor about your holiday activities so they can adjust your medication dosage as needed. If you take insulin, change the dose according to how many carbohydrates you eat at each meal after consulting with your doctor.
Keep your blood sugar levels in check
Various conditions can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate during the festive season. Your ability to manage blood sugar can be affected by factors such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress, etc Check your glucose (sugar) levels as often as needed to prevent blood sugar spikes or drops
To make tracking easier, record all your glucose levels in a journal. If you notice significant changes in your blood sugar levels, take remedial measures or contact your doctor.
Timely health check up
Prompt and frequent health check-ups, especially blood sugar levels, are recommended to detect diabetes. Early medical intervention can be initiated only if the illness is detected in time. One should also remember that timely and frequent health check-ups enable one to not only monitor one’s health but also to react accordingly.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that as food plays an important role in celebrations, especially during the holidays, health concerns need to be kept in mind. This warning is especially important for diabetics because staying healthy involves celebrating every day of the year, not just certain holidays.
On this Durga Puja, one should try to defeat the demon of diabetes by choosing healthy food, fighting the disease and eventually succeeding.
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