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Diabetes During the Holidays.

Being a diabetic during the holidays can be a burden. You look out over the table as your friends and family enjoy so many things that you cannot responsibly indulge in and keep your health a priority. We won’t even talk about the sweet potato pie, red velvet cake, and eggnog. We, as diabetics, know for a fact that those sugary desserts are the equivalent to poison as far as our bodies are concerned but what a lot of people do not understand including my fellow diabetics is the dangers of the “ordinary’ foods. We have to watch our starch intake as closely as we watch our sugar intake.

Starches, fruits, and vegetables will raise our blood glucose levels but they are also a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Ask your physician how you can plan ahead and adjust any medication dosage for the holidays. At the end of the day it is our duty to maintain our health and even if you can’t enjoy those sweet confections that the rest of your dinner party are taking part in you can be there next year to watch them do it all over again.

Take the time to use the tools available to you whether it is a dietician, your local library’s cook book section, or the internet and find some sugar free recipes and make your own desserts. Take them to your Thanksgiving get together and share them with your family. Maybe even forget to tell them that the dishes are sugar free and see how quickly they get eaten. When they tell you to make sure and bring the same thing the next year smile and enjoy your secret. In addition, you can still enjoy the food on holidays considering that you are also taking healthy diabetes supplement such as sugar balance. This supplement will help to regulate your blood sugar naturally so you can control your sugar intake even if it is on a holiday season where food are really tempting.

At the end of the day when you are enjoying some coffee after dessert remember that above all else your health is what is important not only to you but to your friends and family as well.

One quick, easy, and low sugar dessert recipe you can make is Amazing Diet Soda Cake. It makes 12 servings and has a little less than 19 grams of sugar per serving which is less than a 6 ounce cup of hot chocolate.

All you need for it is one 18.5 ounce package of yellow cake mix, one 12 ounce can of Diet 7-Up, and some diet cool whip. Spray a 13X9 cake pan with cooking spray, in a large bowl mix together the cake mix and diet soda, the carbination in the soda will make it expand, pour it into the cake pan and bake as directed on the box. Let it cool and add cool whip if desired. You can use Diet Coke and chocolate cake mix if you prefer.

The Amazing Diet Soda Cake recipe and many others can be found at dlife.com a website dedicated to healthier living with diabetes.

Jaime
Jaime London is a writer, contributor, editor and a photographer. He started his career as an editorial assistant in a publishing company in Chicago in 2009.