During this time, there is unlimited access to leftover Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies, holiday cookies and other treats, not to mention, numerous social gatherings that all tend to revolve around food. This can set us up for a glucose disaster if we aren’t careful.
As we age, managing blood sugar levels becomes increasingly more difficult yet simultaneously more important.
Here are three tips to help manage your blood sugar levels while still enjoying your family and friends… and yes, food, too.
- Exercise in the morning: One of the best ways to balance blood sugar levels is to exercise. Exercise helps regulate and reduce sugar in the blood. Finding small and regular ways to implement movement throughout your day is going to benefit you in the long run. However, aim to exercise in the morning. This will help trigger healthier food and life choices throughout the day.
- Eat your veggies first: Holiday treats are inevitable. They are integral to the holiday season and should be enjoyed instead of feared. But they also spike your blood sugar more quickly than other foods due to the high sugar content. Rather than restricting your dessert intake, start by filling up on more nutrient-rich foods first--- such as proteins and non-starchy veggies. Start with greens like salad, green beans, broccoli or Brussel sprouts, saving comfort veggies like mashed potatoes or yams for last. These foods are healthy and help to fill you up so you are less likely to overeat on the post-meal sugar.
- Take a deep breath: There is a connection between stress levels and blood sugar. Elevated cortisol (a hormone) due to physical or emotional stress can cause your blood sugar to spike. While the holidays are full of fun and laughter, they can also be a source of major anxiety and stress. Take some time to meditate in the morning or simply take long, slow, restorative breaths throughout your day. This will not only help you to maintain your sanity amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, but it will also help you manage your blood sugar levels too.
Whether you have diabetes or tend to have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, it is imperative you head into this holiday season with a plan of attack. Use the tips above as your guide to help keep your body in check while still enjoying all the wonder – and deliciousness - of the holiday season.
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Article From Inter Valley Health Plan