Getting through the Holidays, Staying in Control
"Just This Once" Apply?
the first celebration of the holiday season. I'll treat myself
just this once." Have you heard yourself saying that very
thing? If it really is just once, it's probably okay. But
for most of us, there's Thanksgiving, and then a few parties,
and then maybe Christmas, and then New Year's Eve. Not to
mention other special occasions throughout the year-birthdays,
cookouts, picnics, anniversaries, etc. If you're ditching
your food plan "just this once" many times during the year,
it might be time to recommit to healthy eating.
Let Thanksgiving Make you Sick
Department of Agriculture estimates the average American male
consumes 7,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. That's enough
to make anyone with diabetes feel pretty bad after dinner.
Is it worth it?
sit down to dinner hungry. You'll feel more in control that
way. Decide ahead of time which foods you'll eat. If you're
a guest at someone's home, before you sit down to the meal
you may choose to whisper to the host that you need to watch
what you're eating. Keep your portions small and eat slowly.
Sabotage from Loved Ones
heard it before-"Oh, go on, you look great. You can eat this
pie." "Come on, it's Thanksgiving. Have some more mashed potatoes."
"You don't have very much on your plate. Here, take some more."
can do is prepare yourself ahead of time, smile and refuse
gently. People will get over it.
Food: Other Ways to Celebrate
nothing wrong with changing traditions a little. Suggest focusing
on something besides food. Create new traditions. Playing
cards or other games, going for walks, going to somebody's
house for a visit, going to the movies-things like this will
get you up and away from the table.
C. Ezrin, R. Kowalski. The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book. Lowell
House Publishing, Chicago, Illinois, 60646-1975, 1999; E.
Gehling. The Family and Friends Guide to Diabetes. John Wiley
& Sons, Inc., New York, New York, 10158-0012, 2000.