Holiday do’s and don’ts.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching I thought it would be fun to put together my own little do’s and don’ts list for dealing with my diabetes. Consider this a how-to guide for all you non-d people out there who love someone with diabetes. :)

Do – Invite me out to your holiday parties and festivities. Diabetes doesn’t mean I don’t know how to have fun.

Don’t – Announce to everyone in the room that I am your friend/relative with the lazy pancreas. It’s not something I am personally excited about sharing while asking for the mashed potatoes to be passed my way.

Do – Let me know what you’ll be providing food/drink/dessert wise so I can game plan.

Don’t – Give me looks, or ask if I should be eating this or that, I know what I’m doing here. Promise.

Do –  Provide “diabetic friendly” dishes if that will make you feel more comfortable with inviting me over. I always appreciate the care and concern that people take to ensure that I feel welcome.

Don’t – Assume that I am a “bad” diabetic because I indulged in a little apple pie/cookie/sweet treat. Diabetics CAN eat sugar. In moderation. Diabetes doesn’t mean I’ve completely lost my sweet tooth.

Do – Provide diet coke, and lots of it. :)

I know that sometimes it’s difficult for family members to know how to treat us diabetic folk. Sometimes they feel like they have to protect us from the dangerously carb-y dressing, or not so healthy fruit salads. The truth is it’s alright to live a little and enjoy myself just like everyone else tries to do during this time of year.

I appreciate the concerned look and whispered, “can she really eat that?” I do. Keep in mind though I have to think about every single thing I consume on a DAILY basis. It doesn’t go away and it isn’t magnified just on holidays. It is something I am constantly thinking about. How this bite and that sip are going to affect my body, my blood glucose, my everything. So when this season rolls around I like to be able to eat and be merry. Just like you.

So, you don’t have to worry about it.

I do it enough. Quit asking if I can eat that and just pass it on over.

I’ll decide if I want to be adventurous or not. :)

Happy Holidays.

To my fellow D friends. What are some holiday “do’s and don’t’s” you’d add to the list?

Lemme know.

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12 thoughts on “Holiday do’s and don’ts.

  1. I generally ask that a carb light appetizer be provided, or ask if I can bring one on my own to share. That way I’m not filling up before the actual meal nor going through my entire insulin supply before the main course.

    • That’s a great idea too. I almost never end up eating the appetizers for the very same reason. I’ll usually munch on a little something before heading out though just in case. Bringing something is also very nice and a smooth way to make sure you’re taken care of.

  2. My main “do” is: DO let me know when we will actually be eating the main meal, and stick to that time. I don’t want to plan a bolus to be eating at 12:30pm (I pre-bolus and do a lot of square waves), and then everything gets pushed out to 1:30pm or 2pm. That wrecks me!

  3. Good list. Generally for the holidays I let myself slide a little bit. If my sugar runs a little high, that’s OK. However, this will be my first year with my CGM so we’ll see how that goes.

    I second 15wait15. Last year there was an “incident” where it seemed like Christmas Eve dinner was about to be served. So I excused myself to go to the restroom to test and inject (I was on MDI then) and guess what? We didn’t eat for another 2 hours. And also, we didn’t eat until 10:30 at night. As you can imagine, my BGs were out of whack the following day due to the very late, very heavy meal. *sigh* (Of course, I could have said “no” to the potatoes, but who wants to do that?!)

    So my additions to the list would be – Plan on serving your meal at a normal time (a little variation is OK) and discretely tell the PWD when you plan on serving said meal so he/she can plan accordingly.

    • That can be very frustrating. A lot of people don’t understand how important this DO is. Let’s eat when you say because I can’t undo that insulin dose. Thanks for commenting.

    • Glad I could help then. I think you’ll do just fine. It can be a bit stressful at first, well, always, :) but you’ll find a rhythm. Wishing you luck and great numbers during the holidays.

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