This will be my first Christmas holidays since diagnosed Type I and being on insulin. I'm comfortable and satisfied with adjustments in my eating to maintain a moderately low carb diet (100 - 150g / day). One way I do this is by limiting sweets and junk.
But, wow - it sometimes seems to me that the holidays are synonymous with treat foods! I've already offended a co-worker in turning down their heartfelt offer of what was probably a delicious home-baked goodie.. Sometimes in my effort to avoid every social interaction with food becoming a discussion about my diabetes I'll say something like, "I'm just not that into sweets." - but I find people can respond with defensiveness, etc. to that kind of comment. But then I'm frustrated when my, "Thanks, but no thanks - I'm diabetic!" elicits pity, awkwardness, etc.
Anyways, I'm wondering if there are old hat diabetics out there who may have advice or some strategies for a newbie preparing for how to manage the onslaught of high carb treats December can bring.....
Mike's video on holiday eating strategies
I love his videos!
his vids are excellent. i made my mom watch diabetes police one, she kind of needed it...
I just say thanks, I would love to and take it. They don't have to know that I don't eat it. I just put it aside. I don't have to explain myself and it makes it simple for me. For the most part the people I work with every day know I am a diabetic and I don't eat most of the holiday crap anyway. But it sure does take some self control to avoid it especially when vendors send us baskets of baked goods or chocolate.