How I Stay on Track With My Diabetes Diet During Holiday Meals | Everyday Health
My 79-year-old mother is a house- and pet-sitter in her hometown and is usually busy whenever the holidays roll around, so the family usually spends these special occasions anywhere but her house. Over the last few years, weve held gatherings in various places from the local steak house and our favorite barbecue joint to other family members abodes, such as my cousins house in Atlanta, where we enjoyed Turkey Day in 2015.
That year was the first time we had enjoyed Thanksgiving at her house in several years, but the memory stands out for another reason: I ate way too much.
I remember the day distinctly: I made three trips through the food line, had a quick nap in the recliner while reminiscing about family gatherings spent down on the farm at Grannys, and, two hours later, was ready for a turkey sandwich and more deviled eggs. I was so full that I could barely move, and I hadnt had dessert yet!
How Holiday Meals Tend to Derail My Diabetes Management Plan
Although I remember the discomfort of last years feast vividly, this episode of joyful binge-eating actually wasnt a stand-alone event. Whenever a big day rolls around, no matter how hard I try or how many preparations I make, I usually tend to go off my meal plan, eat too many carbs, and overeat, not finding my way back into my healthier lifestyle until about a week later.
As someone who has lived with type 2 diabetes for 20 years, I have learned a lot, but I continue to struggle with the management of my disease. Its a daily struggle, but as I have matured, not only in real life but as someone with a chronic illne Continue reading