So the temperatures have begun to drop and your body needs to adjust your blood glucose levels in order to face the harsh winters. People with diabetes have to take extra precautions during winters in order to prevent the cold and the festive season from derailing their diabetes regime.
With the cold breeze forcing you to stay indoors most of the time and the festivities pulling you away from your daily carbs and calorie watch chart, not to mention the looming depression that accompanies winters, all this together can easily derail your motivation to live a happy life with diabetes.
No, we certainly don’t mean to spoil the festive spirit and that is precisely why we have got some quick tips to prepare your diabetic food list for winters.
High fat meals lead to High Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have proven that foods high in their calorie and fat content have direct impact on a person’s blood glucose levels. Identify the hidden fat foods like sauces and creams and avoid them completely. It may be easier to find healthy food for diabetics in winters given the variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables to choose from.
Enjoy the weather as you snack light and healthy and you won’t have to worry about your sugar levels or feel the winter blues.
Keep your alcohol intake in check along with the sweet flavours you are likely to be surrounded with given the festivities.
Try and get moving even if it means exercising indoors as this will ensure you are able to counteract the insulin resistance.
Change your Food Environment
It is not possible to switch to a healthy diet in diabetes overnight, nor is it possible to maintain it over a period of time, that too consistently. But you can begin by using the following tricks and it will easily slip into a routine for you after a while.
- Always ensure, out of the full serving you are eating, half consists of fresh veggies and salad. Make it easy to remember by calling it the half-plate rule.
- Eating directly from the packet of any ready-to-eat packaged food calls for unchecked consumption, especially when you are hypoglycemic or literally hungry. Transfer the contents into another serving dish and you will feel full after a few bites.
- Out of sight is out of mind, and this is absolutely true for food. Try and keep food out of your sight or make it difficult to reach for a second serving. This way you will feel full and content even after your first serving.
- Reduce the size of your plates. Studies have shown that if your large size plate or serving bowl looks empty, you are likely to fill it up with more food which results in overeating. Portion size is everything in consuming foods that control diabetes.
- Just as you wish to hide the foods that cause cravings, make healthy food items more visible and accessible.
Enjoying festive seasons along with winters doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the joys. In fact you can be a little aware and smart to multiply your festive joys with friends and family.